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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 ,
    JulJuly  14 , 2022
    Mahjongg Madness

    Thursday, Jul 14th 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 ,
    JulJuly  15 , 2022
    Family Shabbat for Kids!

    Friday, Jul 15th 6:00p to 7:00p
    BJC will be holding a special early Shabbat service for families with young children! Come in jeans, come in jammies, come as you are! Bring the whole crew for a fun sing along Shabbat. and meet our new Rabbi! Pizza and cookies will be served afterwards. July 15th at 6 PM in Covenant Hall. Open to non-members! Please let us know you're coming. Regular Shabbat services will take place at 7 30 PM.


  • Sunday ,
    JulJuly  17 , 2022
    New Story Leadership

    Sunday, Jul 17th 3:00p to 5:00p
    The summer program of New Story Leadership (NSL) — an interfaith partner of BHPC and BJC, and now also Maqaame Ibrahim Islamic Center — is in DC in-person for the first time since before the pandemic. Nine university-age delegates (four Palestinian and five Israeli) arrived in the US on June 12 to spend seven weeks in DC. They will share their stories in Covenant Hall on Sun., July 17. The event will be held in-person and by Zoom. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Gathering Space and on the patio. To attend in-person, please register as space is limited.



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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