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: 3/22/20, 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, March 19th. Questions? Contact Babette or call, 301-593-3410 x106 Cost: $18 for the full year of sessions OR $5 per session.

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming summer camp and fall 2020 school year programs at Gates of Discovery: The Rose and George Teller Preschool of Shaare Tefila. As always, the opening of registration for the upcoming year is an exciting time. As a staff, we have already begun planning for next year and this is another major step in the process  While the summer and fall may seem far away, they will be here before we know it. For registration materials, please contact Beth Adler at badler@shaaretefila.org or 301-593-3410 ext. 105
For many years now, the Sisterhood has offered scholarships of $300 for teens and other young adults who plan on going on an organized, sponsored trip to Israel. This year is no different. If there is a trip to Israel in your future through USY, B’Nai B’rith, Habonim, Young Judea, High School in Israel, a good-will mission or volunteer project, consider applying for this one-time scholarship. Trips through Birthright or other fully-funded trips will not be considered. The young adult’s parent must be a Shaare Tefila member and the mother must be a current paid-up member of the Sisterhood as of the date of the Paid-Up Membership Dinner. The deadline to apply is March 27th. The form to apply for this great opportunity is here. Please do not pass-up this important opportunity! 

JOIN OUR RELIGIOUS SCHOOL FOR THE 2020-21 YEAR – OPEN HOUSE ON MARCH 1ST – 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.

Upcoming Events

Join Rabbi Layman for Adult Education! Times and Days are Listed Here
The First Wednesday with the Rabbi series continues on February 5th at 7:45 p.m. 

Havdalah Experience: Taste of Chocolate & ST’s Got Talent! 2/15/20, 7:00 p.m. – Come together with the Shaare Tefila community to bid farewell to Shabbat and enjoy some delicious chocolate desserts with some home grown entertainment! RSVP on Chaverweb by February 12th.

Makers & Bakers: Hamantashen Bake! – 2/23/20, 10:00 a.m. – Join us for the next in our series of hands on experiences for adults! Make some delicious homemade hamantashen for your family’s Purim celebration. RSVP on Chaverweb by February 20th

Shaare Tefila Men’s Club is excited to announce the selection of Ira Kolmaister as this year’s Blue Yarmulke Person of the Year! Please join us in honoring Ira at the FJMC Seaboard Region Blue Yarmulke Person of the Year Awards Brunch on Sunday March 22, 11:00 am, at Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon VA.  Make your reservation here and send Ira a congratulatory message! Reservations must be made by March 10th. Questions? Contact Mike Binder for help

A Musical Women’s Seder: Celebrating Pesach Through Song & Dance, Featuring Sally Heckelman & Lisa Baydush – 3/29/20, 5:00 p.m. – Join the Shaare Tefila Sisterhood for our annual Women’s Seder. Take time to reflect on what the holiday means to you through song led by Sally and Lisa. More information can be found here, including the registration form. Registration deadline is March 23rd.

Support Sisterhood and buy Scrip! There are lots of merchants available for gift cards – you can even use them to buy your groceries! See all the details here.



See more information here about these events and more.

Service Times

Junior Congregation – 10:15 am, Next Date: 3/28/20
Join Morah Babette and Eytan Layman for a service focused on engaging the children Shaare Tefila in prayer. We offer a camp-style Shabbat service using Siddur Shema Yisrael. Enjoy a ruach/spirited Shabbat experience!

Tot Shabbat – 10:45 am, Next Date: 3/28/20
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.

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

Friday Evening- 6:00 pm
Saturday Morning- 9:30 am


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.