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.

Families

Gates of Discovery Preschool

Mini Minyan – Next Date – May 10, 5:45 pm
For families with children ages 0-7. Come celebrate Shabbat and let us do the cooking! We will sing, socialize & eat. Register by May 8 on ChaverWeb

Tot Shabbat – 10:45 am, Next Date: 5/18
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.

Chavaya Religious School 2019-20 – 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. If you would like to learn more please contact Babette Cohn, Director of Education & Programming.

Upcoming Events

See more information here about these events and more.

Yom HaShoah Part I, Service of Remembrance – May 1st – 7:30 pm
Our service will include Mincha and Maariv for that evening. It will include a special candle lighting ceremony when survivors & children of survivors are invited to light candles, as well as special meditative readings for the occasion.

Yom HaShoah Part II – The Neuroscience of Hate – May 8th, 7:15-8:45 pm
Mike Niconchuck is the Senior Researcher at Beyond Conflict’s Innovation Lab for Neuroscience and Social Conflict in Boston, MA. He will share a unique perspective to help us understand what motivates hate and reveal strategies for bringing about positive change for individuals, societies, and governments. He will also share lessons learned from his fascinating field work with refugees around the world. His presentation will be followed by a short question and answer session. The event is free but RSVPs are appreciated.

Sponsored by the Shaare Tefila Social Action Committee

TGI Shabbat Dinner, May 10th – 6:30 pm (note special time)
Join us for another wonderful evening with the Shaare Tefila community! The menu includes delicious Sephardi-style food! The Shabbat evening service will follow dinner. Register here by May 8th. 

Service Times

Passover Week Special Schedule
Friday, April 19
8:00 am: Service and study session for first born followed by burning of the chametz.
Evening: First Seder (NO Evening Service)
Saturday, April 20
9:00 am: Service includes Hallel, prayer for dew
Evening: Second Seder (NO Evening Service)
Sunday, April 21
9:00 am: Service includes Hallel and the blessing of the Kohanim (NO Evening Service)
Thursday, April 25
6:00 pm: Evening service 
Friday, April 26
9:00 am: Service includes Hallel/Blessing of the Kohanim
6:00 pm: Evening service
Saturday, April 27
9:00 am: Service includes Hallel and Yizkor (NO Evening Service)
8:39 pm: Passover holiday concludes

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

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

Family Shabbat Service – 10:15 am, Next Date: 5/18
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: 5/18
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.