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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
  • Friday ,
    JunJune  9 , 2023
    Pride Shabbat
    Friday, Jun 9th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Start the Parade weekend at BJC for Pride Shabbat! BJC believes that everyone in our community should be able to be present and live openly as their authentic selves without fear or discrimination. Bring in Shabbat with us as we pray for a more loving and open world.


  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  10 , 2023
    BJC Goes to Capital Pride

    Shabbat, Jun 10th 3:00p to 7:00p
    We are delighted to be marching in the Capital Pride Parade! Please grab your friends and family and march to represent Bethesda Jewish Congregation at DC's most popular parade. Let's show our #Pride! This year's parade theme is Peace, Love, & Revolution. Break out any 60's/70's accessories you have!


  • Thursday ,
    JunJune  15 , 2023
    Mahjongg at BJC

    Thursday, Jun 15th 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!


  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  17 , 2023
    Picnic at Bethesda Big Train

    Shabbat, Jun 17th 5:30p to 9:30p
    Take Me Out to the Ball Game! Spend Father's Day weekend with BJC at Bethesda Big Train on June 17. Choose your meal for a 5:30 dinner and then watch Big Train take on the Southern Maryland Senators at 7 PM! $25 per attendee includes dinner and game ticket. Registration closes June 14 at 5 PM.


  • Sunday ,
    JunJune  25 , 2023
    Chant Circle & Spirit Spa

    Sunday, Jun 25th 2:00p to 3:30p
    We're delighted to welcome Rebbitzin Yaffah Schnitzer back to BJC to lead a chant circle! Raise your spiritual awareness with this Opening the Heart chant circle & spirit spa "with love at the center". RSVP is requested.



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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