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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 ,
    MarMarch  26 , 2023
    Passover Resin Art Workshop

    Sunday, Mar 26th 7:00p to 9:00p
    Make Passover a little more special this year! Create a resin matza tray with local resin Judaica artist, SHANAnigans Studio! $50, includes 9" tray Upgrade options available at event for additional cost. Workshop is March 26 at 7 PM in Memorial Hall. Please RSVP by March 22.


  • Sunday ,
    AprApril  2 , 2023
    Single In The City

    Sunday, Apr 2nd 5:00p to 7:00p
    Single In The City, the BJC Chavurah for 50+, is meeting in April! RSVP to Cindy Bogorad and let her know what you'll be bringing! Only RSVP's will receive meeting address.


  • Thursday ,
    AprApril  6 , 2023
    Second Night Passover Seder With BJC

    Thursday, Apr 6th 5:00p to 8:00p
    BJC has you covered for Passover! Join Rabbi Abbott for an in-person seder as we celebrate the second night of Passover. Enjoy an engaging and spiritual seder with a delicious menu. RSVP is required by April 2nd.


  • Friday ,
    AprApril  14 , 2023
    Installation of Rabbi Eric Abbott

    Friday, Apr 14th 6:00p to 9:00p
    Please join us as we joyfully welcome Rabbi Eric Abbott as our official Spiritual Leader. Installation and service to being at 6:00 PM. Shabbat dinner and drinks to follow at 7:30 PM. RSVP required by April 5th. $54 per adult, $36 per child.



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.



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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