Bethesda Jewish Congregation
Bethesda Jewish Congregation

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Established in 1964, BJC is a liberal Jewish congregation whose members engage in a wide spectrum of Jewish practice. All are welcome, regardless of religious background, race, gender, or sexual orientation. BJC stresses equal participation of all members in all aspects of congregational life. BJC currently has members from Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia, as well as members who join us online from all over the country. While there are several movements in Judaism, BJC chooses to remain independent, that is, not officially affiliated with any of the established Jewish movements. BJC takes a trans-denominational approach to Jewish worship and thought. We use prayer books from both the Reform and Conservative movements for their even-handed balance between Hebrew and English in the liturgy. Our worship style, however, incorporates Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Neo-Hassidic, and Jewish Renewal liturgical elements, and most prayers are expressed through song and chant. We use musical instruments in all of our services. As a result of this blending, our worship experience is a dynamic expression of modern Judaism.

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