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Religious School

Bethesda Jewish Congregation Religious School

The Religious School provides a warm, lively, and creative environment in which students develop a solid understanding of Judaism, knowledge of the Hebrew language, and positive Jewish identity. Students also acquire the skills and ethics necessary to become responsible and motivated members of the Jewish and world communities.

BJC brings a new vitality to our tradition while maintaining continuity with our heritage, our people and our history. We welcome all without regard to gender, race, creed, color, religious background, sexual orientation or origin. Our membership includes Jews from traditional and liberal religious backgrounds, secular Jews, intermarried couples, and their families. BJC takes a trans-denominational approach to Jewish worship and thought.


Our experienced staff uses a variety of teaching methods, including social action projects, field trips, art, music, plays, text study, crafts, games, videos and cooking.  To see our Religious School in action click here.


Pre K-Grade 2
10:00am – 12:15pm
Grade 3
9:00am – 12:15pm
Grades 4-7
9:00am – 12:15pm
Grades 4-7
Wednesday (Hebrew)
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Grades 8-10
Tuesday (Once a Month)
6:30pm – 8:00pm

In addition to Religious School classes, BJC offers a wide array of special events that help children learn about and connect to their Jewish heritage, including:

  • High Holiday Family Services
  • Tot Shabbat Services
  • Interfaith Thanksgiving Service and Celebration
  • Hanukkah Latke Breakfast
  • Passover Seder
  • Purim Carnival
  • Shabbat Under the Stars
  • Cultural and service events and much more!

B’nai Mitzvah

At BJC, B’nai Mitzvah is a personalized experience that embraces each child and all members of their family regardless of religious background. Rabbi Schnitzer works closely with each student, preparing them for this important milestone.


Tichon is a program geared specifically for 8th to 10th graders. The curriculum guides teens as they explore how popular media reflects Jewish values. There is an emphasis on applying Jewish ethics to today’s world. Tichon culminates with Confirmation at the conclusion of 10th grade.

To Learn More


Mindy Silverstein
Director of Congregational Education
301-469-8636 x4


Bethesda Jewish Congregation

Bethesda Jewish Congregation