Welcome to Shaare Tefila
Where you will always belong

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


Gan Katan – Next Date: 10/13, 9:45-11:15 a.m. Join our experiential play group focused on Jewish Values for Preschoolers & a Grown-up! Bring your friends & have fun with crafts, story time & music! Register on ChaverWeb by Thursday, October, 10. Questions? Contact Babette or call, 301-593-3410 x106 Cost: $18 for the full year of sessions OR $5 per session.

JOIN OUR RELIGIOUS SCHOOL FOR THE 2019-20 YEAR – Looking for an engaging, liberal Jewish education program for your child? We offer free tuition for grades K-2 and have a unique two-day-a-week program for grades 3-7 which combines in person and online learning, plus teen education on Sunday mornings. Register on ChaverWeb or if you would like to learn more please contact Babette Cohn, Director of Education & Programming.

Gates of Discovery Preschool Information

Upcoming Events

Join Rabbi Layman for a New Year of Adult Education! Times and Days are Listed Here
The First Wednesday with the Rabbi series continues on October 2nd at 7:45 p.m. 

 Mini Minyan & Shabbat Service & Dinner, 10/4, 5:45 p.m. – Join for a musical Shabbat with songleader extraordinaire Sally Heckelman!  Families with young children can come early at 5:45 for a cool activity, then everyone will gather for a musical Shabbat service, followed by a relaxing dinner. Come catch up with old friends and make new ones as we welcome Shabbat together. RSVP on ChaverWeb or call Shana in the office, 301-593-3410 x101, by October 3rd.


See more information here about these events and more.

Service Times

Sukkot Week

Sunday, Oct 13 – 6:00 p.m. (in the Sukkah weather permitting)
Monday, Oct 14 – 9:00 a.m. – Hallel, Parade with Lulav and Etrog, Blessing of Kohanim; 6:00 p.m. (in the Sukkah weather permitting)
Tuesday, Oct 15 – 9:00 a.m. – Hallel, Parade with Lulav and Etrog, Blessing of Kohanim – No evening service
Thursday, Oct 17 – 8:00 a.m. Minyan
Friday, Oct 18 – 6:00 p.m. – Shabbat (in the Sukkah weather permitting)

Sun Mornings- 8:45am
Mon & Thurs Mornings- 8am
Sun-Thurs Evenings- 7:30pm

Friday Evening- 6:00 pm
Saturday Morning- 9:00 am

Family Shabbat Service – 10:15 am, Next Date: 11/16/19
Join Rabbi Layman, Hazzan Adina and Morah Babette for a service led by the children of the Chavaya Religious School. We offer a family friendly, camp-style Shabbat service using Siddur Shema Yisrael. Enjoy a ruach/spirited Shabbat experience!

Tot Shabbat – 10:45 am, Next Date: 11/16/19
A fun, music-filled service for families with little ones (0-6yrs), the same morning as the Family Shabbat Service, in the Grosberg-Baumgart Chapel. Join Morah Mara for the next Tot Shabbat.

Centrally located in Olney just off the Intercounty Connector

Shaare Tefila is located on the west side of Georgia Avenue across from Olney Manor Park.