Mailing address:

Beth Chai

6301 River Road

Bethesda, MD 20817

Sunday School and Adult Education usually meet at Burning Tree Elementary School, 7900 Beech Tree Rd, Bethesda

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Finding the Right Place

July 14, 2018

As a Jewish mom, I always wanted my children to have a strong connection to their Jewish background and heritage. But finding the right place for my children to experience and learn about Judaism was a challenge.


I searched everywhere for a good fit for our diverse family. My family needed something different than the type of reform congregation I attended as a child.


I found what we were looking for at Beth Chai.


Our introduction to this wonderful place came during a visit to Beth Chai’s Sunday School in Bethesda, Maryland. Almost as soon as we walked in the door, the school director  greeted us warmly, introduced us to teachers, the rabbi, other parents and their families. 


The room was filled with bagels, cream cheese, and smiles.  Soon, the music started up and the light hearted, exuberant, and fun-filled voice of Phillip Resnick, song leader, filled the room.  His energy brought me back to those childhood days when my family would sit around the kitchen table, joyfully singing Chanukah songs, laughing with one another along the way. My spirit was lifted.


During our visit, we observed and participated in the Sunday School classes.  The hands-on activities, music, movement, and discussions involved and embraced the children.  This was Not My Mama’s kind of Cookin’… Oops, I mean Sunday School! There were none of the boring lectures and  drudgery I experienced in Hebrew School as a child.


This was our kind of Judaism!


So here we are several years later, still lovin’ it!

I welcome you to join us and check it out for yourselves.

Beth Chai Jewish Humanist Congregation of Greater Washington is an open, inclusive, welcoming community that celebrates Jewish values, history, ethnicity, music and culture.


We believe that it is up to humans to create the world we wish to live in and we strive to make the world a better place. We celebrate all major Jewish holidays, run vibrant adult education and social action programs, and offer Sunday School from pre-K through 8th grade. Our B’nai Mitzvah program gives young people and their families the chance to create meaningful ceremonies marking this coming of age moment. 



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