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Bethesda Jewish Congregation (BJC)

Creative Judaism Rooted in Tradition

We serve Jews from traditional and liberal religious backgrounds, as well as secular Jews, interfaith couples, and their families. We vary in degree of observance and cultural practice, bringing new vitality to our tradition while maintaining continuity with our heritage, our people, and our history. BJC chooses to remain independent and unaffiliated with established movements, taking a trans-denominational approach to Jewish worship and thought. Music and congregant participation infuse all of our services. Our programs enable everyone to engage fully with our traditions no matter their level of Jewish knowledge or practice. 

Join with us on your Jewish journey, and become part of our community.

Click here for the  Membership Registration Form

Upcoming Events


All Events
  • Friday ,
    JunJune  3 , 2022
    Confirmation Shabbat Service

    Friday, Jun 3rd 7:30p to 9:00p
    Join the 2022 BJC Confirmation Class as they lead us in worship on Shabbat! this special Friday night service is June 3rd at 7:30 PM in Covenant Hall and online. Come and support our students! Cheesecake and refreshments will be served.


  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  4 , 2022
    Tikun Layl Shavuot
    Shabbat, Jun 4th 7:30p to 10:00p
    Shavuot with Yoel Sykes, Cantor David Abramowitz, Rabbi Evan Krame, Cantor Stephanie Weishaar, Ben Pagliaro, and our own Rabbi Sunny Schnitzer. A musical tikun layl shavuot - first evening of Shavuot devoted to uplifiting your soul with Torah. We'll go one better, with music and munchies! Outdoors at the Bender JCC unless the weather forces us inside. Please register in advance.


  • Friday ,
    JunJune  10 , 2022
    Simcha B'Shabbat

    Friday, Jun 10th 7:30p to 9:00p
    The band is back together for one last time! Join Rabbi Sunny and the BBC Simcha Band for Simcha B'Shabbat. This is Rabbi Sunny's last Friday night service as spiritual leader. Come on out for ruach, singing, and some wonderful potluck desserts. June 10 at 7:30 in Covenant Hall.


  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  11 , 2022
    Farewell to Rabbi Sunny- Shabbat Picnic

    Shabbat, Jun 11th 10:30a to 2:00p
    It's Rabbi Sunny's last Shabbat leading services at BJC! Join us in Covenant Hall for worship and then weather permitting, outside for a picnic Kiddish luncheon. Please register in advance for this Shabbat! June 11th at 10:30 AM.


  • Thursday ,
    JunJune  16 , 2022
    Mahjongg Madness

    Thursday, Jun 16th 7:00p to 9:00p
    Mahjongg is back for our monthly session! Come play with BJC and friends, have a nosh, and win some fabulous prizes. Beginners and players of all experience welcome. Please register in advance. We're just playing for fun and bragging rights so join in!



BJC is Here for You

Our BJC Staff members are available by phone or email to answer any questions.

BJC Main Office Phone:  301-469-8636

Rabbi Sunny Schnitzer

Geryl Baer, Synagogue Director,

Amy Kertesz, Programs and Social Media Director,

Maran Gluckstein, Religious School Coordinator,


Office Hours (all times Eastern)

Tuesday thru Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  

Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Friday evening and Saturday the office is closed for Shabbat*.

Sunday and Monday our offices are closed.

Weekend messages will be returned on Tuesday unless urgent. 


Pastoral Care

Please remember that you remain part of a loving and caring community concerned for your spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. Should you or a family member experience any illness, injury, loss, or simply wish to talk to someone, please contact the Rabbi Sunny Schnitzer.

Board Co-Presidents, Harri Kramer and Wynne Busman are also available.


Welcome to BJC's website and membership database: Shul Cloud 


Shul Cloud is designed to make it easy, to stay informed about services and programs, stay connected and find members in the directory. It also allows you to pay for synagogue support, register for programs, and make donations.  


Once you create your personal login, you can also use it to update personal contact information, add yahrzeits, anniversaries and other simchas you'd like to share. In addition, you can find other members' contact information under My Directory. 


1st Step:  Click on MY ACCOUNT at the top of this page and use your email to login.  Need help? Contact Elizabeth Kirkpatrick at or call the office.


2nd Step" Review this ShulCloud 101 PDF to guide you through the set-up of online transactions.  Save your stamps, and the trees.

Use Shul Cloud.


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