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We're Turning 60!

We're "All In" as we celebrate 60 years of being a community! Come join us at Casino Night for drinks, delicious food, and of course games. $118 per ticket, please RSVP by April 30th.

Sponsorships are available. 

Thank you to our Casino Night Corporate Sponsors! 




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.

Click here for the  Membership Registration Form

Upcoming Events

All Events
  • Thursday ,
    MayMay  2 , 2024
    Adult Ed with the Abayudaya

    Thursday, May 2nd 10:00a to 11:00a
    BJC is excited for a joint adult education program with members of the Abayudaya Congregation in Nasenyi Uganda. Sessions will be held monthly, usually on the first Thursday of each month at 10 AM Eastern. Topics will include the Jewish holidays, Jewish practices, and Jewish wisdom/law. Each online session will be led by a knowledgeable member of BJC. Zoom link will be in BJC Now.


  • Friday ,
    MayMay  3 , 2024
    Family Shabbat!

    Friday, May 3rd 5:30p to 8:00p
    It's Family Shabbat at BJC! Join Rabbi Abbott for a short tot shabbat service at 5:30 PM on May 3rd followed by a 6:00 PM pizza dinner. Intergenerational services for all families begin at 6:45 PM. RSVP required for dinner. Dinner: Member $7 per adult/ $5 per child. Non members $10 per adult, $8 per child.


  • Sunday ,
    MayMay  5 , 2024
    Interfaith Family Fun Day

    Sunday, May 5th 5:00p to 7:00p
    Join the ICPC for an amazing afternoon of arts and crafts, friendship, and fun! Beltway Bistro will be on site with a great menu available to purchase dinner.


  • Monday ,
    MayMay  6 , 2024
    Yom HaShoah Documentary

    Monday, May 6th 7:00p to 8:00p
    Spend an hour online with BJC in observance of Yom HaShoah on May 6th at 7 PM. We will watch the PBS Frontline documentary "The Last Survivors". Zoom Link is in BJC Now


  • Saturday ,
    MayMay  11 , 2024
    Celebrate 60 Years With BJC

    Shabbat, May 11th 7:00p to 10:00p
    We're "All In" as we celebrate 60 years of being a community! Come join us at Casino Night for drinks, delicious food, and of course games. $118 per ticket, please RSVP by April 30th. Sponsorships are available.



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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