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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
  • Sunday ,
    DecDecember  3 , 2023
    Concert to Benefit Israel
    Sunday, Dec 3rd 4:00p to 6:00p
    Join us for an amazing afternoon of music in Covenant Hall featuring Dylan Schenker on piano. This concert is free to attend with a donation to Magen David Adom. Show your donation receipt at the door or donate at the concert using the QR code. Help us support Israel! Secure your seat by RSVP below.


  • Friday ,
    DecDecember  8 , 2023
    Hanukkah Celebration

    Friday, Dec 8th 5:30p to 8:00p
    Come kick off the Festival of Lights at BJC! Enjoy a Hanukkah dinner including latkes and sufganiyot and some fun Hanukkah game at 5:30. We'll light candles as a community at 6:15- don't forget your menorahs! Then join us at 6:30 for a Hanukkah sing-along and Shabbat service. Please RSVP for dinner, $21 per adult and $11 per child.


  • Thursday ,
    DecDecember  14 , 2023
    Rosh Chodesh Women's Group

    Thursday, Dec 14th 2:30p to 4:00p
    New at BJC! Using a guide from "At the Well", this new womens group will bring in the new month with learning & sharing.


  • Thursday ,
    DecDecember  21 , 2023
    Mahjongg at BJC

    Thursday, Dec 21st 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!



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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