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Bethesda Jewish Congregation (BJC)

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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.

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Upcoming Events


All Events
  • Sunday ,
    OctOctober  9 , 2022
    Pizza in the Hut

    Sunday, Oct 9th 5:00p to 7:30p
    What's better than decorating the sukkah? Eating AND decorating, of course! Bring the kids to help make BJC's sukkah beautiful, have pizza on us, and sing along with Rabbi Abbott for a Sukkot service. Let us know you're coming so we can plan for dinner!


  • Friday ,
    OctOctober  14 , 2022
    Simchat Torah Celebration

    Friday, Oct 14th 5:00p to 8:00p
    Join us outside- weather permitting- for a joyous Simchat Torah celebration! Corned Beef King food truck will be in our lot to purchase dinner. Schmooze with friends, get some ice cream, and stay for the service and to dance with the Torahs.


  • Sunday ,
    OctOctober  16 , 2022
    Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Build

    Sunday, Oct 16th 9:00a to 12:00p
    Build a playhouse with the BJC Youth Education team! The Habitat for Humanity Playhouse build provides two different methods for our families to engage in Tzedakah: monetarily and through acts of service. See the event page for more information!


  • Thursday ,
    OctOctober  20 , 2022
    Mahjongg at BJC

    Thursday, Oct 20th 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!


  • Sunday ,
    OctOctober  23 , 2022
    Hillwood Museum Tour

    Sunday, Oct 23rd 11:30a to 1:00p
    Join BJC as we go on a guided tour of the Hillwood Estate and gardens. Stay after tour to have lunch at the cafe, or walk through the special Grace Kelly exhibit. Cost is $18 for the tour. Space is limited, so please register today!


  • Sunday ,
    DecDecember  11 , 2022
    Fiddler On The Roof in NYC

    Sunday, Dec 11th 8:00a to 11:30p
    BJC is going to NYC! Join us for the acclaimed musical Fiddler On The Roof during it's limited 7 week run! Tickets are currently available for members beginning at $165 per person. BJC members may purchase tickets for guests. December 11, bus leaves at 8:00 AM.



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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