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…

  • ST’s 5TH ANNUAL COMEDY NIGHT – February 6, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Back by Popular Demand SHAARE TEFILA 5TH ANNUAL “NIGHT OF SWEET LAUGHTER” COMEDY NIGHT Saturday, February 6, 2016 – Doors Open at 7:15pm, Show at 8:00 pm
    Tickets $30 per person if purchased by February 1st, $35 at door: Wine & Beer Cash Bar and Delicious Dairy Refreshments after Show
    Reserve a table of 12, get 2 free bottles of wine for your table!

    Headline Comedian: Kelly Terranova…. Terranova is known as a skilled comedian who features playful audience interaction, making each show unique. Kelly is featured on
    CMT’s hilarious program, CMT’s Comedy Stage. He was a finalist in both the Funny Bone Comedy Club’s World Series of Comedy and Carnival Cruise Line’s Las Vegas Comedy Challenge and was Carnival Cruise Line “Comedy Entertainer of the Year, 2014”. Kelly has appeared with Michael Bolton, The Doobie Brothers, Jim Breuer, Brett Butler and Tim Wilson.

    Featured Comedian: Mike Aronin… Aronin is a nationally acclaimed speaker and comedian who teach his audiences how to get past personal shortcomings and move
    forward in their life/careers. His outstanding efforts have been recognized by such prominent media as ABC, NBC, and CBS & FOX TV. He was a semi finalist in “Last Comic Standing”, and appeared in the TV series pilot “Special Units.” Mike’s comedy impacts his audience in a way that lifts their spirits and motivates them to improve their abilities all while making them smile.

    Also featuring, ST Congregant & Stand Up Comedian, Jeff Hysen… Jeff has appeared at the Gotham Comedy Club, The Comic Strip and seen on RLTV.

    Host Irwin Loring… Loring founded Kaleidoscope Comedy and has appeared at NY City Laugh Factory and worked with such greats as Gallagher and Jimmy Walker and more!

    Hosted by Shaare Tefila
    16620 Georgia Ave, Olney, MD 20832
    To reserve your seats or table(s) call us at (301)593-3410 or visit our website at www.shaaretefila.org
    and register through ChaverWeb, If you are sitting at a particular table note that in your seating request area!

    For printable flyer click here

  • Mediterranean Shabbat Dinner! – February 12, 6:00 pm
    Mediterranean Shabbat Dinner!
    Friday, February 12, 2016
    Service—6:00 pm
    Dinner—immediately follows
    Know any prospective members? Please extend an invitation to this event. If you have any friends,
    relatives or neighbors to whom we should reach out, please contact Cilla Grosberg at
    membership@shaaretefila.org or call 301-593-3410 x101.
    RSVP by Tuesday, February 9th
    Send registration form and check directly to the office to hold your spot!
    Send this reservation form and check to:
    Shaare Tefila Congregation
    16620 Georgia Avenue
    Olney, Maryland 20832
    Phone: 301-593-3410
    Questions, contact Fran Weiss (faoweiss@gmail.com)
    Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item for Olney Help!
  • Jewish Camping Shabbat! – Saturday, February 20, 2016
    Youth Speakers
    Hear from our Shaare Tefila youth about their
    personal experiences at summer camp!
    Camp Style Kiddush
    Enjoy camp food favorites as we give Shabbat Kiddush a new twist!
    Camping Games & Fun
    Come have some “fun in the sun” on a cold winter day
    with indoor camp games and activities.
    For more information, or if you would like to help in the planning, contact:
    Stefanie Levy, Youth Chair
    Lisa Arber, Youth Director
    Click for flyer about program.
  • Shaare Tefila Men’s Club, 2016 Passover Wine Sale
    For more information please email Stephen Leavey, or call 301-384-8928.
    or mail to Stephen Leavy, 13704 Castle Cliff Way, Silver Spring, MD 20904
    For a list of the wines available, please see here
  • A Musical Women’s Seder – Sunday, April 10 at 5:30 PM
    Celebrating Pesach through Song and Dance
    Sunday, April 10 at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall
    Featuring songs led by professional musicians
    Sally Heckelman and Audrey Katz
    Bring your timbrels and dancing feet!

    $25 per person (students $18) through April 3
    $30 per person (students $25) after April 3

    For more information, or if you would like to help, contact:
    Please direct all questions about this program to Lenore Layman. You can
    contact her most easily by email: Lenore Layman
    Click for flyer about program.

  • ’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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