Shaare Tefila is an egalitarian congregation, affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, which encourages member participation in a variety of activities and where individuals of diverse backgrounds and levels of observance are accepted and valued. We build on our heritage by strengthening our connections to Jewish life through worship, education, and community. Check out these upcoming events at Shaare Tefila…

  • Shabbat Tribute In Honor of Cantor Gershon E. Levin – Saturday, November 21st 2015, 9:30 am
    Shabbat Tribute In Honor of Cantor Gershon E. Levin
    We are planning a special Shabbat service and kiddush in memory of Cantor Gershon E. Levin, Z”L. We hope all who remember and loved our dear Cantor will attend this Shabbat service where there will be short stories, songs and dedications.
    We will be seeking sponsors for the special kid-dish and dedications. Further information will follow. In the meantime, if you would like to donate to help with this special occasion, you may contact one of the co-chairs or the Shaare Tefila office.
  • Pre-Chanukah Celebration – “Taste of Chanukah” – Friday, December 4 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
    Join us for our Pre-Chanukah Celebration
    and Shabbat Dinner at…
    Shaare Tefila’s “Taste of Chanukah”

    Join us for a wonderful night of Chanukah festivities….
    Featuring Family Entertainer Mike Read, Comedy Improv for ages “3 to 103”; 6:00 to 6:45 pm
    Delicious Dairy Chanukah Dinner, complete with latke bar and donuts (6:45 to 7:45 pm)
    Shabbat Services (7:45 to 8:15pm)
    Special Chanukah Dinner Prices:
    Children 12 & under are Free!
    $18 – Adults; $10 Youth 13-18.
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    So reserve your seats and don’t miss out on this wonderful evening of
    Chanukah Celebration complete with Entertainment and Dinner!!!

    Click here for more information.

  • Family Services – December 19th
    • Family Service – 10 – 11:30 am
      For all families, especially for those with children in elementary and middle school. In the Main Sanctuary.
    • Tot Shabbat – 10:30 -11:15 am
      For children ages through pre-school. In the Grosberg-Baumgart Chapel.

    Come and join us for a wonderful morning of Praying, Singing, and Learning!
    Save the dates:
    February 20th
    March 12th
    April 16th
    May 21st

  • ’Scene Through the Lens’ Exhibition – November 3 – January 3, 2016
    Enjoy Visiting or Buying Some of the Photographs on Display at Shaare Tefila’s ’Scene Through the Lens’ Exhibition

    The exhibition includes 25 generous-sized, well-matted and effectively framed pieces of photography— each of them shot with an expert photographic, loving eye and insight into the subject matter! It’s a treat to walk around the exhibition and see these 25 photographic images: 13 shot in color by Stuart Eisen, and 12 in black/white by Marge Wasson.

    Stuart often carries his camera with him, on the lookout for pictures that leave him with a powerful and memorable experience of recent trips wth his wife, Rona, to Israel, Italy and Key West, Florida. Thus his photographs depict, among other subjects, The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Rosh Hanikra Grottoes in Israel, Row Boats in Cinque Terre, Italy, and a Key West Sunset.

    Marge has chosen other, but equally striking subjects that leave you looking at them over and over, each time seeing more in the photographic image. She has exhibited in numerous juried, non-juried & invitational shows. She has twice received Best in Show for Photography at the Art League of Germantown Exhibit. Some of her photographic images depict Great Escapes, Iron Lace, Stone Eclipse, and Transparency.

    Viewing hours match Shaare Tefila’s hours: Mon – Thurs 9 am- 5 pm, and Fri 9 am– 1 pm. (For Saturday and Sunday hours, please call 301-593-3410 in advance.) To make a purchase, please pick up the sheet titled “How to Buy Artwork” located near the exhibition, and complete the order form on the bottom of that page.

    For more information about the exhibition, e-mail winerfamilygallery@gmail.com, or call Exhibition Manager and Curator, Fran Abrams at 301-593-3410.
    Shaare Tefila is located at 16620 Georgia Avenue, Olney, just north of the ICC at the Georgia Avenue exit, opposite the Olney Indoor Swim Center, and just south of the Roots Market on the same side of Georgia Avenue. Free parking is adjacent to the building.

      • Sign Language interpretation is provided on the last shabbat morning of the month.
      • Click here to view our Survivor Stories from the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook Shabbat Dinner program.
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