Welcome to Congregation B'nai Tzedek
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It is my pleasure to welcome you to Congregation B'nai Tzedek. We are a vibrant, unique and dynamic synagogue, which is proud of the wide variety of programs and activities we offer. We are a Conservative congregation affiliated with the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism.
Permeating the atmosphere is the warm feeling of community, evident at our worship services and in the ways that members help and care for each other in times of need. We offer excellent educational programs for both children and adults as well as a myriad of opportunities to do Tikun Olam and to come together for socializing. We are a community of communities, with many groups such as Brotherhood, Sisterhood and Hazak, and we welcome you into our family.
Please click here for information on how to contact me or any of our staff.
B'nai Tzedek Community Builders Initiative
Congregation B'nai Tzedek’s Community Builders initiative has been awarded a 2015 Solomon Schechter Artisan Award by United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism (USCJ). This award recognizes congregations for innovative initiatives that “Shape the Center” of the dynamic experience of Conservative Judaism. Community Builders was chosen by an international committee as an exemplar of this goal, and will be featured at the "Shape the Center" Biennial Convention in Schaumburg, Illinois this November. Mazel tov to Devorah Berman, Chair of Community Builders, Beth Swibel, Chair of Leadership Development and Amanda Katz, for all their hard work towards building our community! And a special thank you to Allan and Shelley Holt for their generous donation which made this program possible and to all the families who have participated in the Community Builders program. Click here for more information on the Community Builders Program.
B'nai Tzedek News
Please Note: The weather is getting better and all programming for Sunday and Monday, October 4 & 5, will occur as scheduled. Religious School will start at 9:00 am per the normal schedule, Hoshana Raba services will occur from 9:00 am to approx. 10:00 am in the Chapel, the learning prayer series with our clergy will continue from 10:00 am to 11:30 am (note different time this week due to Hoshana Raba), the New Member open house at the Rabbi's home (and Sukkah, weather permitting) will occur from Noon to 2:00 pm and Erev Shemini Atzeret services will occur at 6:30 pm. On Monday, Shemini Atzeret services with Yizkor will occur at 9:30 am, and Simchat Torah festivities will begin at 5:00 pm with our Monday Night Tailgate Party. Tot Simchat Torah services will occur at 5:30 pm and our regular Simchat Torah services will begin at 6:30 pm. Lox and Vodka, a wonderful local Klezmer band, will join us at 6:30 pm.
To complete your membership renewal form online, please click here.
Click here to view the 2015/5776 High Holiday Guide.
Rabbi Weinblatt organized a solidarity Shabbat for the Jewish community to show its support and solidarity with the African American community and to express its abhorrence of the horrific act of violence in Charleston, SC. Eighteen major national Jewish organizations endorsed this event. Please click here to read the speech he gave at the People’s Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, MD on June 28, 2015.
GECC 2015-16 Enrollment is open! Click here for enrollment applications and descriptions of our full day options.
The Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center (GECC) is a warm, welcoming, and innovative preschool.
Click here to learn more.
The Bernice & Mannie Rabovsky Religious School registration for 2015-2016 is open!
Click here to learn more. Questions? Contact the RS Office at 301-299-9751
Thank you to everyone who helped make the CBT Golf Tournament honoring Harvey Goodman a huge success.
People vs. Moses, a trial in which the congregation served as jury and two great litigators, Nat Lewin and our fellow congregant Abbe Lowell, argued their cases in front of "Judge" Geoffrey Melada, managing editor of the Washington Jewish Week, is now available for your viewing pleasure. If you could not be present on Sunday April 26, or if you simply want to relive the humor and education we received that morning, please click here. Sorry Abbe, the jury verdict upheld the arguments of Nat and the words of the Torah.
On Mitzvah Day We…
Cooked for Shelters, Packed Snack Bags for Manna Food Center, Cleaned Up Cabin John Park, Planted Flowers for the Residents of Group Homes and Hebrew Home, Decorated Tzedakah Boxes and Cards for those in need, Created Blankets for Chemo Patients
…and so much more! Thank you to all who came out to help do Good Deeds! Click here to watch a video of CBT families in action at Mitzvah Day.
On November 20, 2014, the B'nai Tzedek Board of Directors voted to fund our innovative Community Builders program for 2 more years, through the 2016-2017 school year. The Board allocated $185,000 to fund the program for the 2015-2016 school year and $225,000 to fund the program for the 2016-2017 school year, which will permit both 50% tuition subsidies on the core day tuition to families in our preschool who are eligible and become Community Builders (in exchange for a commitment to perform 10 hours/month of meaningful activities within CBT), and overall reductions in tuition and fees for all families for the next two school years. For further information, please contact the synagogue office or the preschool office. We anticipate commencing registration for the 2015-2016 school year in late December, at which time we will share preliminary tuition pricing. We are very excited about the continuation of this new initiative and hope our current families will help spread the word to friends and family. Click here to read an article from the January 16, 2014 issue of The Washington Jewish Week on B'nai Tzedek's new program.
Please check this space whenever there is a question about the impact of inclement weather on our programming.
Please contact the synagogue office for a copy of Cantor Kapell's CD Tefillah B'Yachad (Together We Pray), a collection of Shabbat melodies. The CD is available free of charge to all B'nai Tzedek members.