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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 ,
    JanJanuary  28 , 2022
     
     
    Reproductive Rights Shabbat

    Friday, Jan 28th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Reproductive freedom is a Jewish value. Nationwide, Jewish spiritual leaders will be speaking and singing about the critical importance of reproductive health access, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice. Together we will learn more about Judaism’s approach to these issues. Our communities should be places where anyone impacted personally by these issues feels loved and welcomed. They should be places where people understand what our tradition teaches. Join BJC for Friday night Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm to listen to Rabbi Sunny discuss this issue.

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  • Sunday ,
    JanJanuary  30 , 2022
     
     
    Voter Issues Discussion

    Sunday, Jan 30th 3:00p to 5:00p
    BJC is co-sponsoring a Candidates Forum on June 12th. Get yourself ready and learn about local issues at this discussion on January 30th, 3 pm online, with presentations by Senator Cheryl Kagan and Council President Gabe Albornoz. Registration link is on event page

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  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  3 , 2022
    Adult Education Judaism Class
    Thursday, Feb 3rd 2:00p to 3:00p
    Whether you are curious about Judaism or just want to know more, Rabbi Sunny will be leading a class designed to answer all your questions. Discussions will focus on all things Jewish: Holiday observances, philosophy, history, liturgy, and more. Please register in advance for this 15 week course.

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  • Monday ,
    FebFebruary  7 , 2022
     
     
    Social Media 101

    Monday, Feb 7th 7:00p to 8:45p
    Not sure about social media? What does it do? How can it help BJC? What on earth is a "retweet"? Get your questions answered on Feb 7th. BJC's Program and Social Media Coordinator, Amy Kertesz, will walk you through the different platforms and how to work them.

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  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  10 , 2022
    Adult Education Judaism Class
    Thursday, Feb 10th 2:00p to 3:00p
    Whether you are curious about Judaism or just want to know more, Rabbi Sunny will be leading a class designed to answer all your questions. Discussions will focus on all things Jewish: Holiday observances, philosophy, history, liturgy, and more. Please register in advance for this 15 week course.

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  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  17 , 2022
    Adult Education Judaism Class
    Thursday, Feb 17th 2:00p to 3:00p
    Whether you are curious about Judaism or just want to know more, Rabbi Sunny will be leading a class designed to answer all your questions. Discussions will focus on all things Jewish: Holiday observances, philosophy, history, liturgy, and more. Please register in advance for this 15 week course.

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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 rabbi@bethesdajewish.org

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, Administration and Membership Coordinator, admin@bethesdajewish.org

Amy Kertesz, Programs and Social Media Coordinator, amy@bethesdajewish.org

Maran Gluckstein, Religious School Coordinator, eddirect@bethesdajewish.org

 

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 admin@bethesdajewish.org 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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