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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 ,
    SepSeptember  29 , 2023
    Pizza in the Hut

    Friday, Sep 29th 5:00p to 8:00p
    It's "Pizza in the Hut" at BJC! Come help us decorate the BJC outdoor sukkah. Let's make it beautiful! Enjoy a pizza dinner on us as we shake the luluv and etrog with Rabbi Abbott. Let us know you're coming!


  • Wednesday ,
    OctOctober  4 , 2023
    Sippin' in the Sukkah

    Wednesday, Oct 4th 7:00p to 8:00p
    Torah Today is taking it outside to the sukkah! Come study the weekly Torah parsha with Rabbi Abbott and enjoy drinks and snacks on us. Bring dinner if you'd like! Wednesday, October 4th at 7 PM. In case of inclement weather, Torah Today will move inside to BJC.


  • Friday ,
    OctOctober  6 , 2023
    Simchat Torah Celebration and Consecration

    Friday, Oct 6th 5:30p to 8:00p
    Celebrate with BJC! Have a delicious deli Shabbat dinner, dance with the Torahs, and welcome our new Religious School students to the BJC community. Dinner is $21 per adult and $11 per child. RSVP by October 3rd.


  • Sunday ,
    OctOctober  8 , 2023
    Tour of the Capital Jewish Museum

    Sunday, Oct 8th 2:00p to 4:00p
    The Capital Jewish Museum is open! Come take a guided tour of the exhibits with BJC, including the special exhibit of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Sunday, October 8th at 2 PM. Space is limited for this outing, so please register ASAP!


  • Friday ,
    NovNovember  3 , 2023
    Family Shabbat!

    Friday, Nov 3rd 5:00p to 8:00p
    Perfect for young children! Join Rabbi Abbott for a short tot shabbat service at 5:30 PM followed by a 6:00 PM pizza dinner on us. Family friendly services for older kids and all families begin at 6:45 PM. RSVP required for dinner



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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