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: 1/12, 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, January 9th. Questions? Contact Babette or call, 301-593-3410 x106 Cost: $18 for the full year of sessions OR $5 per session.

Gates of Discovery Preschool Information

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

Sweet Night of Laughter 9 – February 1st – Join us for our annual Comedy Night! Tickets are $36 until January 29th and will be $42 after and at the door. Tickets include a free drink, refreshments & desserts; reserve a table for 12 and get a complimentary bottle of wine. Register on ChaverWeb today. Questions? Email Babette Cohn or call 301-593-3410 x106. All information, including our line up for the evening, is on this flyer!

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. 

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


Shabbat Service & Dinner, 3/6, 6:00 p.m. – Join us for a wonderful Friday evening service followed by a relaxing dinner. Come catch up with old friends and make new ones as we welcome Shabbat together. RSVP on ChaverWeb by March 2nd or call Rosanne in the office, 301-593-3410 x104.

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: 1/18/20
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: 1/18/20
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.