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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
  • Tuesday ,
    AugAugust  9 , 2022
    NCCF Backpack Drive
    Tuesday, Aug 9th 12:00a to Monday, Aug 22nd 5:00p
    Back to School is almost here! Help BJC put together backpacks loaded with supplies for deserving kids currently supported by the National Center for Children and Families. Donation box is outside the BJC Office until August 22. Please see event page for a printable supply list link.


  • Thursday ,
    AugAugust  18 , 2022
    Mahjongg at BJC

    Thursday, Aug 18th 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 ,
    AugAugust  26 , 2022
    Back to Shul Celebration

    Friday, Aug 26th 5:30p to 9:00p
    Summer is ending and BJC is ready to celebrate! Come join us for Shabbat outside with food trucks, face painting for the kids, and a special performance by Seniorita Sunshine. Mark your calendars for August 26th at 5:30 PM and tell your friends!


  • Sunday ,
    SepSeptember  18 , 2022
    Apple Picking with BJC

    Sunday, Sep 18th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join BJC and the BJC Religious School for a fun morning of apple picking! Begin the High Holy Day season with us at Homestead Farm on Sept. 22 at 10 AM. Please let us know you're coming!


  • Monday ,
    SepSeptember  26 , 2022

    Monday, Sep 26th 1:00p to 2:30p
    After Rosh Hashanah services, join us at Cabin John Park for an uplifting Tashlich service. During Tashlich, we symbolically cast off the sins of the previous year by tossing bread crumbs into flowing water. Light lunch will be served. Family Services will take place directly after Tashlich. Please RSVP so we can plan for lunch. Cabin John Picnic Area is located at 7701 Tuckerman Lane in Potomac, MD.



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.

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 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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