Get Involved

Looking to get involved?

Have a special interest? Want to help others? Get involved with Shaare Tefila in many different ways. Our synagogue offers many exciting programs and activities for young and old and maintains a warm, personal and caring environment.


Many Chavurot (friendship circles) were formed (and more are being formed) through the auspices of the Shaare Tefila Membership Committee. While many Chavurot members are empty nesters, a typical Chavurah has approximately 7 couples, all of similar age and geographic locations. A Chavurah decides independently how often to meet, where and what programs to have. Activities have included: serious topics of discussion, theater parties, eating out, eating in, a day at the races, a tour of the newly renovated DC Historic Synagogue at Sixth and I Street. Chavurot are unified in that there are no officers, no dues and no minutes. Chavurah is purely a social construct created to foster closer relationships within the greater Shaare Tefila community. Chavurah members attend and sit together at many regular Shaare Tefila Congregation activities, e.g. Friday night dinners, holiday celebrations, social functions. A Chavurah acts as an extended family, being there in good times as well as bad. Solid friendships are forged that last a lifetime.​

Social Action

One of the first rabbis, Simon the Righteous nearly 2300 years ago, stated that the world exists because of three activities: the study of Torah, spirituality and performing acts of loving kindness. Our community takes that statement to heart so that you will find opportunities here to not only support members of our community through the work of our Chesed (compassion) Committee but also opportunities to be involved in social justice programs in the greater Olney and greater Washington communities.

Good Neighbor Drop Off Day, 10/10, 9am-1pm, Shaare Tefila Parking Lot – Clean out your house & help these community organizations at the same time: Bare Necessities Foundation, Leveling the Playing Field, Lions Club, Montgomery County Humane Society, New Neighbors Initiative for Afghan Refugees & Secure the Call! All the details can be found on this flyer. 


Support Sisterhood while doing your shopping – 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.

Shaare Tefila Sisterhood programs are designed to enhance your personal growth, Jewish involvement, a feeling a community and plain old fashioned camaraderie. We offer a variety of new and old programs to involve you with both Shaare Tefila and with current and new friends.

Men's Club

The Shaare Tefila Men’s Club offers a spectrum of activities designed to promote the social, physical, and spiritual health of its members. The Men’s Club is a full participant in programs organized by the Seaboard Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs. These include the annual Sukkah building, extra eyes at High Holidays, and the “It’s Academic” competition in which members of the region’s Men’s Clubs match wits in a knowledge competition.

Buy Passover Wine 2023 & Support the Men’s Club! Orders accepted from March 5-26. Once again, we are offering Kosher for Passover wine through Shaare Tefila. For all the information you need to order take a look at this flyer.


The Shaare Tefila Men’s Club has been a regional leader in organizing athletic events for the benefit of our members and Men’s Clubs throughout the Greater Washington area. Shaare Tefila currently fields two teams in each of the spring and fall inter-synagogue softball league and two basketball teams in a winter league.

Youth Groups

Have fun with your friends in Shaare Tefila Youth groups! Youth group events occur generally right after Chavaya on Sundays. 

For more information or questions, contact Shaare Tefila’s Director of Education and Programming, Babette Cohn or by phone at 301-593-3410 ext 106.

Youth groups:
Bonim (K-2nd Grades)
Machar (3rd-5th Grades)
Kadima (6th-8th Grades)
Teens (9th-12th Grades)

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