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

Rabbi Jonah Layman

Rabbi

Hazzan Adina Klein Ackerman

Cantor

Briana Porter

Executive Director

Babette Cohn

Director of Education and Programming

Board of Directors

President – Eric Marshall
Administrative VP – Adam Glaser 
Programming VP – Sharon Bender
Membership VP – Cilla Grosberg
Religious VP – Josh Lansky
Education VP – Elissa Wolf
Financial VP – Ken Libby
Treasurer – Saul Cohen
Recording Secretary – Bess Teller

  • Mike Auerbach
  • Melissa Druxman
  • Lisa Hedgepeth
  • Ira Kolmaister
  • Freda Krosnick
  • Shawn Miller
  • Gary Mizrachi
  • Cathy Plotkin
  • Marlene Sandberg
  • Phil Temkin
  • Sheryl Tilles
  • Jeff Weiss
  • Perry Sandler
  • Judy Bresler

Men’s Club Representative – Mike Binder

Sisterhood Representative – Ethel Levine

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/

 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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