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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 ,
    DecDecember  3 , 2021
    Hanukkah Shabbat

    Friday, Dec 3rd 7:30p to 9:00p
    Come welcome in Shabbat with BJC and bring your menorahs to light candles for Hanukkah as one community. Celebrate the Festival of Lights!


  • Saturday ,
    DecDecember  4 , 2021
    The Great Latke Cookoff

    Shabbat, Dec 4th 12:30p to 2:30p
    Bring your latkes into BJC to win the Silver Spatula Award! Sing songs with Rabbi Sunny, enjoy sufganiyot, and don't forget your menorahs.


  • Thursday ,
    DecDecember  9 , 2021

    Thursday, Dec 9th 7:00p to 9:00p
    Mahjongg is coming back! If you didn't get to attend in October, here's your chance! Beginners and players of all experience welcome. We have more amazing prizes to raffle off! Please register in advance. We're just playing for fun and bragging rights so join in!


  • Friday ,
    DecDecember  10 , 2021
    Simcha B'Shabbat

    Friday, Dec 10th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Friday December 10th, the BJC Simcha Band will be back in Covenant Hall at 7:30 PM. Jay, Barbara, Loretta, Andrea, Karen and the Rebbetzin will join Rabbi Sunny for DC’s rockin’est Shabbat. Come and celebrate the joy of Shabbat the way we used to before the shut down. We’ll be here! This service will be limited to 50 in-person attendees. Please reserve your socially distant seat by registering.



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.


Connect With Us!


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