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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
  • 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


  • 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.


  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  17 , 2022
    The Art of Modigliani

    Thursday, Feb 17th 7:00p to 8:00p
    THE ART OF MODIGLIANI explores the remarkable life and artworks of this Italian-Sephardic Jewish artist. His brief life left a legacy of intellectual bravado, brilliant art, and a mysterious death. A melodramatic and romantic legend has grown up about him, yet his art endures as pure genius. Please register to get the Zoom Link. Thursday, February 17, 2022 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Presented by Jewish Art Education


  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  24 , 2022
    Mahjongg Madness

    Thursday, Feb 24th 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!


  • Friday ,
    FebFebruary  25 , 2022
    Choral Shabbat

    Friday, Feb 25th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Members of BJC Choir will lead us in worship and song this Shabbat. Online at 7:30 pm


  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  26 , 2022
    Interfaith Youth Event- author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

    Shabbat, Feb 26th 4:00p to 6:00p
    Our culminating Mashehu M’yuchad activity will be a shared event with our friends from Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Maqaame Ibrahim, Idara-e-Jaferia, and the Islamic Cultural Center of Potomac It will take place on Saturday, February 26 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Beginning with a Zoom presentation by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, author of "Your Name is a Song", it will continue with small groups discussion and an art project. Please register in advance for this event.



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

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, Administration and Membership Coordinator,

Amy Kertesz, Programs and Social Media Coordinator,

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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