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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
  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  11 , 2023
    BJC Youth Consecration & Member Lunch

    Shabbat, Feb 11th 10:30a to 2:00p
    Join us for a special service and lunch as we celebrate our Youth Education and our members! Feb 11, Shabbat. Service begins at 10:30 AM in Covenant Hall, lunch will be in Memorial Hall at 12:15. $18 per adult, $10 per child, new BJC members are free!


  • Wednesday ,
    FebFebruary  15 , 2023
    Lunch and Learn for Jewish Disability Awareness Month
    Wednesday, Feb 15th 12:30p to 1:00p
    Take your lunch break with BJC! February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance,and Inclusion Month. But what does that mean? Come online for a short, personal ELI talk by Pamela Schuler, and learn a little about Judaism and disability.


  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  16 , 2023
    Mahjongg at BJC

    Thursday, Feb 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!


  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  25 , 2023
    Mishloach Manot Dinner and a Movie!

    Shabbat, Feb 25th 3:00p to 7:00p
    Help out the Program Committee to put together the Mishloach Manot bags! We'll relax after the work is done with dinner in the lounge and a viewing of "Spaceballs: The Movie" by Mel Brooks. Feb 25th at 3 PM in Memorial Hall.


  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  4 , 2023
    Purim Celebration Dinner and Magic Show

    Motzei Shabbat, Mar 4th 7:00p to 9:00p
    Come celebrate Purim at BJC on March 4th! Enjoy a wonderful dinner catered by CAVA, a limited bar, and stay for the mind-blowing magic performed by mentalist Kourosh Taie! While this event to open to all, please be advised that alcohol will be served. $50 per adult, $20 per child (13 and under)



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 Eric L. Abbott

Rabbi Emeritus Sunny Schnitzer

Geryl Baer, Synagogue Director,

Amy Kertesz, Program and Communications Director,


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.



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 Geryl Baer 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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Wed, February 8 2023 17 Shevat 5783