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Family Programming

Chavaya Religious School 2020-21 – Looking for an engaging, liberal Jewish education program for your child? For the past 10 years we have successfully used an online platform with grades 3-7 for one-on-one Hebrew learning arranged at times convenient for families and tutors together. While all grades focus on Jewish Studies on Sundays, grades K-2 attend tuition-free. We also offer engaging social and educational experiences for grades 8 & up. The new school year will began on Sunday, September 13, and will continue in a virtual format until further notice, with the next session on October 18. If you would like to learn more please contact Babette Cohn, Director of Education & Programming.

Gan Katan – Join our experiential play group focused on Jewish Values for Preschoolers & a Grown-up. We will be back on Sundays this fall starting online – mark your calendars now for October 18, November 15, December 20, February 21, March 21 and April 18. Contact Babette Cohn to receive the ZOOM link.

Junior Congregation – Join Morah Babette and Eytan Layman for an online service focused on engaging the children of Shaare Tefila in prayer. Details will be coming soon!


Shaare Tefila Social – Ongoing Thursdays – During this time of being physically distant we are offering opportunities for people to get together in different ways. Each week of the month will have a different focus for every member of our community. This programming will continue as long as we remain in the virtual environment. Details particular to each week will be sent to those who sign up here.
9/24 – 6:30pm (4th week) – Family Game Night
10/1 – 10am (1st week) – Coffee Hour
10/8, 5:00 p.m. (2nd week) – Happy Hour

Give Us A King! – You did not study this in Hebrew School!
Leadership usually isn’t easy, and transitions aren’t always smooth. The process of moving from tribal to national leadership and government can be a great window on human behavior and divine observation. With text study of the Early Prophets, we will explore the books of Samuel and look at the beginnings of the Israelite monarchy, from Saul to David.
Learners should bring their own copy of the Tanakh in English (or Hebrew, if desired). Taught by Steve Kerbel.
Four Tuesday Mornings
October 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:00 – 11:15 AM
$50 Friends of the Haberman Institute & Shaare Tefila Members, $60 General Public –
Register Here


A Season of Tikkun Olam – August-October – Tikkun Olam means to repair the world. It has become synonymous with the notion of social action and the pursuit of social justice. It is important for Jews to participate in repairing the world by participating in tzedakah (justice and righteousness) and g’milut chasadim (acts of loving kindness).

For the months of August, September and October the Social Action Committee will be collecting donations for local shelters. Each month will focus on a different shelter. Every Tuesday & Friday a collection box will be sitting outside the synagogue at the office entrance. Please drop off your donations between 10:00am & 1:00pm. The September Project will be to collect toiletries for the Rainbow Place Shelter in Rockville. Please donate toiletries, feminine hygiene items, tissues and the like, laundry pods, random paper goods and cutlery for the residents of the shelter.  As always, your generosity will be much appreciated by the residents. If you are more comfortable making a monetary donation, you may write a check made out to the Rainbow Place Shelter; just send it to Shaare Tefila and mark it Attn: Social Action Committee.


We regret to announce that Gates of Discovery: The Rose and George Teller Preschool of Shaare Tefila will be temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is our hope that, as circumstances change, we will be able to again offer a preschool to the greater Olney community.  For more information about our current preschool aged programming, please contact Babette Cohn at 301-593-3410 ext. 106 or 

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