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“Who gives charity with a smile is truly a right-minded human.” Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav

Bethesda Jewish Congregation (BJC is a 501(c)(3), which means your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Your generosity enables BJC to support programming beyond our budgeted expenses, as well to support those members who are a vital part of our community, but face limitations in their ability to pay tuition or synagogue support. As we are experiencing some of the most difficult economic times in recent memory, we need our BJC community now more than ever. Your generosity allows us to affirm our highest spiritual and cultural values. 

BJC always welcomes donations to our general fund without limitation. We also have specific opportunities and funds to direct your contributions.

Specific Funds

General Fund:  Support to the general fund allows the Board to direct your contribution to the area of greatest need.

Yizkor Book:  Each High Holy Days, we create a special tribute through our Book of Remembrance/Yizkor Book. This book memorializes how our loved ones touched our lives spiritually and culturally.  

Every BJC member is encouraged to include their loved ones—whether family by birth, by marriage, or by choice—in this keepsake book that will become part of the BJC archives. While BJC members may submit names of remembrance for complimentary listing in the Yizkor book, tzedakah in your loved one’s names during the High Holy Days is a mitzvah.   

Religious School/Education Fund: These earmarked funds for the Youth Education Program  support activities, such as cultural enhancements through art, music, and dance, supplies, and other needs.  

Maran Gluckstein Education Fund:  Created in honor of our esteemed retired school director, administrator, and now adult Hebrew instructor, this fund supports education speaker programs and related educational events and activities for the family.

Cuba Mission Fund:  Since 2003, BJC and Rabbi Schnitzer have traveled to Cuba to provide basic support and necessities to struggling Jewish communities in Cuba, by bringing much needed supplies not readily in Cuba. One BJC member noted, “The Rabbi has grown this group of disorganized Jewish Cubans into a real Jewish community and helped provide each of them with educational, spiritual, monetary, and every other kind of resource. His commitment is beyond deep and his enthusiasm and caring is contagious for the Cubans and for many of us who are involved with the Cuba America Jewish Mission, which continues to attempt to provide relationships, fellowship, affection, emotional support and every kind of monetary support we can muster.” Most recently, in 2019 the Rabbi led an ecumenical trip to Cuba that included members of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church (BHPC). Not only did the group bring aid to Cuba, it enhanced BJC’s relationship with BHPC.

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund:  This special fund  is supported by member donations.  It is used by the Rabbi to make donations to organizations in the name of BJC and to support those in need. Please contact the Rabbi if you are interested in supporting this fund. 

Ways to Give

We are pleased to accept checks sent directly to the office or members can donate through the Member Portal on this website.  Nonmembers are welcome to make a donation by credit card, or by sending a donation to our office. 

Consult your financial advisor or attorney for tax and legal information. Contributions to BJC, a 501(c)3, are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

  • We encourage members to round up when making their synagogue support or tuition payments.
  • We are delighted to acknowledge a special occasion, a mitzvah, or a remembrance at any time of the year with a donation.
  • Give Appreciated Stock.  Consider transferring stocks to BJC for a tax-deductible contribution that will support our Jewish community and BJC programs. Check with the office for details.
  • Direct an IRA Withdrawal to BJC.  If you are age 72 (70 ½ if you reach 70 ½ before January 1, 2020)with an IRA with a mandatory minimum withdrawal, consider supporting BJC’s programs with a charitable gift from your IRA.  There may be added benefits to giving though an IRA.
  • Write BJC into your Will/Estate Plan.  After you’ve taken care of your family and friends, naming BJC and other charitable organizations in your will is a true mitzvah —a lasting gift expressing your commitment to Jewish life, Jewish values, and to the future of BJC. 

Here’s a suggestion for simple language to include in your will:

I give, devise, and bequeath $________(amount) or _____% (percentage) [Optional: and residue of my estate] to the Bethesda Jewish Congregation (BJC), 6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland 20817, recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Funds from my bequest should be designated for operational and/or program needs as recommended by the Rabbi, Board Chair, and Treasurer, upon approval of the Board of Trustees.  

You can always contact the BJC office to learn more:  301-469-8636 or

Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781