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Bethesda Jewish Congregation

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
  • Saturday ,
    MayMay  18 , 2024
    Youth Education End of Year Israel Celebration

    Shabbat, May 18th 5:00p to 7:00p
    Come join the BJC youth Education for a fun Havdalah with Israeli treats, games, and crafts! Say goodbye to another successful school year. Please register in advance.


  • Sunday ,
    MayMay  19 , 2024
    Conflict Resolution Workshop

    Sunday, May 19th 3:00p to 5:00p
    The Inter-Congregational Partnership Committee (ICPC) invites you to a workshop on "How to Have Conversations with Friends About Difficult Topics." The workshop will be held on May 19, 2024 from 3:00-5:00 pm in Memorial Hall and will be led by Conflict Resolution experts, Adina Friedman associated with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University and Hakam Takash, Founding Director of Jus Gentium, a counter extremism consultancy. Participation will be limited to the first 50 people who sign-up.


  • Thursday ,
    MayMay  23 , 2024
    Mahjongg at BJC

    Thursday, May 23rd 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 ,
    JunJune  2 , 2024
    Walking Tour of Jewish DC

    Sunday, Jun 2nd 10:00a to 12:00p
    Off The Mall Tours partner guide Ami Greener leads this tour about notable Jewish contributions to DC history! It will also answer such questions as: Who was the first US president to visit a DC synagogue while in office, and why did he donate $10? Why did the first synagogue built in DC have wheels? Which historic synagogue was saved at the last minute from turning into a nightclub? And who were the first Jews to live in this new city on the Potomac? You'll get the answer to these questions and more on that fascinating and insightful tour. ​​​


  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  8 , 2024
    Capital Pride Parade

    Shabbat, Jun 8th 4:00p to 8:00p
    BJC is again marching in the Capital Pride Parade! Join us as we show our support for the LGBTQIA + community. Sign up to march with us and don't forget to get a t-shirt!



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,

Rebecca Leavey, 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.



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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