About Us

Our Mission

Shaare Tefila is an egalitarian synagogue affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and was established in 1951. Rich in history and Jewish community involvement, our synagogue offers many exciting programs and activities for young and old and maintains a warm, personal and caring environment. We are so pleased you have taken the time to visit our website to learn more about our synagogue community.

Meet Our Clergy and Staff

Jonah Layman


Hazzan Adina Klein Ackerman


Jonathan Cohen

Executive Director

Babette Cohn

Director of Education and Programming

Board of Directors

President – Perry Sandler

Administrative VP – Jeff Weiss

Programming VP – Cathy Plotkin

Membership VP – Cilla Grosberg

Religious VP – Josh Lansky

Education VP – Elissa Wolf

Financial VP – Michael Auerbach

Treasurer – Phil Temkin

Recording Secretary – Jodi Goldreich

  • Wendy Abraham
  • Sharon Bender
  • Stephanie Buckberg
  •  Adam Glaser
  • Miriam Ito
  • Freda Krosnick
  • Ken Libby
  • Stacey Lynch
  • Eric Marshall
  • Shawn Miller
  • Marlene Sandberg
  • Sheryl Tilles
  • Judy Bresler
  • Stuart Carroll

Men’s Club Representative – Mike Binder

Sisterhood Representative – Jackie Benn

Inclement Weather Policy

In all cases every effort will be made to send an email broadcast and change the outgoing voice mail message at 301-593-3410.  Outgoing voice mail messages indicating the building is closed will announce the date(s) for which the message is valid. IF THERE ARE NO CLOSURES, THE MESSAGE WILL NOT BE CHANGED.  [Please note that it is not always possible to change the outgoing voice mail message or send an email.]

In all cases – please be sure to consider your safety first and do not attend an event if you feel that will put you in harm’s way.

Decisions will be made by the Executive Director in concert with the appropriate committee chair or professional.  If it is necessary to cancel or postpone meetings and/or classes a timely announcement will be broadcast via email.

 If Montgomery County Schools are closed or delayed then morning minyan is canceled.  If Montgomery County Schools cancel evening activities then evening minyan is canceled. No other notification will be given for these events.

The notice from the school system can be found at: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/emergency/

The notice for evening programs in the school system can be found at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cupf/

     For the first day of any weather event, we follow the decision of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).  MCPS usually makes a decision around 5 am.  If they are closed, we are closed.  If MCPS delays school opening, Gates of Discovery will open at 10:00 am, regardless of the number of hours Montgomery County Schools are delayed.

     Subsequent day closings in the same event will be made at the discretion of Gates of Discovery.  This will be influenced by our knowledge of road conditions, the ability of families and staff to safely travel to school, the conditions at the school facility and other factors.

            If there is electricity and we are able, we will send an email to all families when there is a closure or a delay.  Otherwise, please follow MCPS’s decision. 

 Any decision to close Chavaya Sunday school will be announced on our website, via email, and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts no later than 7 am Sunday morning.

 Chapter events will be cancelled on a case-by-case basis.  Those who have RSVP’d to the event will be notified via email and/or phone call.

We do not cancel Shabbat Services.

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