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.


Mini-Minyan – Next Date: 10/4/19, with Special Guest Sally Heckelman! Register by October 1 on ChaverWeb 5:45-7:00 pm – Come in your pajamas and enjoy the beginning of Shabbat with a program for families of children ages 0-7! Enjoy dinner and fun activities for Shabbat, led by Morah Mara & Morah Babette. We promise you will have an evening filled with ruach

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.

Upcoming Events

Annual Selichot Program and Service, Hosted by Shaare Tefila, September 21, 8:30 p.m. – Beginning with Havdalah & Dessert at 8:30, we will be joined by our neighbors at B’nai Shalom of Olney, Kehilat Shalom & Tikvat Israel for an uplifting evening. The theme this year is ‘Welcoming the Stranger’. More details are here.

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. 

Shabbat Service & Dinner, 10/4, 6:00 p.m. – Join for a musical Shabbat with songleader extraordinaire Sally Heckelman!  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, by October 1st.


See more information here about these events and more.

Service Times

The High Holidays Are Coming! More Information, including our Youth Program Times & Tickets for Non-Members, Can Be Found in this Packet Service Times as Follows:
Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, September 29 – 6:00 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah, Monday, September 30 – 8:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah, Tuesday, October 1 – 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Kol Nidrei, Tuesday, October 8 – 6:15 p.m.
Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 9th – 9:00 a.m.
      Study Session 3:45-4:45 p.m.
      Mincha/Neila 4:45 p.m.
      Shofar 7:20pm.

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.

Shabbat Shira
Shabbat Limmud

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.