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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  24 , 2024
    Pajama Havdalah

    Shabbat, Feb 24th 5:30p to 7:30p
    Join the BJC Religious School for an evening of dinner, crafts, songs and celebrating Havdalah: the separation between Shabbat and the rest of the week. We're delighted to have PJ Library co-sponsor this event!


  • Sunday ,
    FebFebruary  25 , 2024
    Twisted Stitches

    Sunday, Feb 25th 2:00p to 4:00p
    BJC's newest group! Like to knit, crochet, or otherwise be crafty? Contact Amy Kertesz in the BJC office to get meeting location and to get on the group mailing list.


  • Wednesday ,
    FebFebruary  28 , 2024
    Lunch & Learn- "The Artisans" Documentary

    Wednesday, Feb 28th 12:00p to 1:30p
    February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Hop online and join BJC for a Lunch & Learn, featuring the documentary “The Artisans”. Zoom link will be in BJC Now.


  • Friday ,
    MarMarch  1 , 2024
    Family Shabbat!

    Friday, Mar 1st 5:30p to 8:00p
    It's Family Shabbat at BJC! Join Rabbi Abbott for a short tot shabbat service at 5:30 PM followed by a 6:00 PM pizza dinner. Family friendly services for older kids and all families begin at 6:45 PM. RSVP required for dinner. Dinner: Member $7 per adult/ $5 per child. Non members $10 per adult, $8 per child.


  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  16 , 2024
    Purim Carnival

    Shabbat, Mar 16th 1:00p to 3:00p
    It's a fun filled Purim Celebration at BJC! Bring the kids for inflatables, games, crafts, and much more. March 16th from 1 PM to 3 PM in Memorial Hall. But your tickets in advance, tickets will not be sold at the door.



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,

Rebecca Leavey, 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.



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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