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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
  • Thursday ,
    DecDecember  15 , 2022
    Mahjongg at BJC

    Thursday, Dec 15th 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 ,
    DecDecember  16 , 2022
    BJC's Hanukkah Celebration

    Friday, Dec 16th 5:30p to 8:30p
    Come bring in the Festival of Lights with BJC! Bring the kids for "Maccabee Warrior Training" at 5:30 PM. A delicious Hanukkah dinner will be served at 6:15. Then stay for the Hanukkah Shabbat service at 7:00 PM. Dinner is $20 per person and $10 for children currently enrolled in BJC Youth Education


  • Monday ,
    DecDecember  19 , 2022
    Rosh Chodesh Women's Group

    Monday, Dec 19th 7:00p to 8:30p
    New at BJC! Using a guide from "At the Well", this new womens group will bring in the new month with learning & sharing.


  • Sunday ,
    JanJanuary  8 , 2023
    Speaker Mark Vandroff- The Abraham Accords
    Sunday, Jan 8th 3:00p to 5:00p
    We are honored to have Retired U.S. Navy Captain Mark Vandroff speak to the BJC community about his part on the American team of the historic Abraham Accords. Q and A session to follow. There is no charge for this event. Join us on Jan 8 at 3 pm in Covenant Hall.



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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