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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 ,
    OctOctober  22 , 2021
    Shabbat Under the Stars
    Friday, Oct 22nd 5:30p to 9:00p
    Come on out for "Food Truck Friday" on October 22nd at 5:30 pm. Dalia's Falafel and Fred's Ice Cream will be in the lot. Then stay for 7:30 pm services wiht the BJC Simcha Band!


  • Sunday ,
    OctOctober  24 , 2021
    Morning Hike with BJC
    Sunday, Oct 24th 9:30a to 10:30a
    Get some fresh air and see the gorgeous fall leaves with fellow members of BJC! We'll be meeting at Great Falls at 9:30 am on October 24th.


  • Tuesday ,
    OctOctober  26 , 2021
    Mahjongg Madness
    Tuesday, Oct 26th 7:00p to 9:00p
    Love mahjongg? Always wanted to play but never learned how? Come play with BJC from 7-9 pm on October 26th! This free event is for everyone. Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win some amazing prizes!



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.


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Sun, October 17 2021 11 Cheshvan 5782