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.​


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.

Returning this year are the ever popular Sisterhood Shabbat, Women’s Seder, and Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle. Click the links below for event information and to stay up to date with Sisterhood this year.

I am so excited about this new year and I hope you are also! I look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Fran Weiss
Sisterhood President

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.


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.


Hokhma – Wisdom

Ziknah – Maturity

Kadimah – Looking Ahead

Hazak is the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s organization for mature (55+) Jews. The function of Hazak is to provide programming for, addressing the needs of and working with “Senior Citizens,” who are members of full service affiliated congregations of the United Synagogue.

Hazak complements congregational adult education programs with specially designed social, spiritual and educational components geared to and for the 55+ population of a congregation.

Hazak members not only have the opportunity to meet on a regular basis with peers from their own congregation but with fellow Jews from other affiliated Conservative synagogues.

Shaare Tefila has a vigorous and growing Hazak program. Contact Rita Rubinstein for more information.

Youth Groups

Have fun with your friends in Shaare Tefila Youth groups!

A full year youth calendar of events can be found here. Youth group events occur generally right after Chavaya on Sundays. See below for details on the first events of the year for each age group. 

Registration for all events can be found via ChaverWeb or by contacting Sara Miller in the office at 301-593-3410 ext 104.

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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