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Family Programming


Shaare Tefila Social – We are now meeting twice a month for these social gatherings. The first Thursday at 10:00 a.m. is a Coffee Hour and the second Thursday at 5:00 p.m. is a Happy Hour. Mark your calendars for these upcoming dates and join us on ZOOM here.

  • 1/7 – Coffee Social
  • 1/14 – Happy Hour

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 began on Sunday, September 13, and will continue in a virtual format until further notice. If you would like to learn more about all Shaare Tefila has to offer please contact Babette Cohn, Director of Education & Programming.

Gan Katan – Our experiential play group focused on Jewish Values for Preschoolers & a Grown-up is back!  Join us on on February 21 at 9:00 a.m. on ZOOM. Sign up here for all dates – February 21, March 21 and April 18Contact Babette Cohn to receive the ZOOM link.

Junior Congregation, Grades 3-7 – Join Babette Cohn and Ilana Gorod for an online, camp-style Shabbat Service. Dates: 1/23, 2/20 and 4/22. New This Year: Students who attend 4 out of 5 dates receive a gift of recognition at the end of the year.


B’nai Israel of Rockville, Maryland, has partnered with Director, Peter Hutchison, to help publicize his important movie called, Healing from Hate, which examines the root causes of hate group activity through the bold work of those battling intolerance on the front lines, including “Life After Hate”, an organization founded by former Skinheads and neo-Nazis. Documenting hatred in America, Healing From Hate follows these reformers in their work to de-radicalize white nationalists, and heal communities torn apart by racism.
B’nai Israel is graciously sharing this opportunity with the greater Jewish community and has arranged for week-long screening opportunity, from January 4-11, culminating with a discussion on January 12 by Meredith Weisel of the Anti-Defamation League.  There is a nominal charge of $6 per household to screen the film.


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 

The Shofar

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