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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Bringing "Tikkun Olam" Alive

Social Action

At Beth Chai, social action is considered an integral congregational program. We take on year-round projects and activities aimed at positively impacting our community. All members are encouraged to participate, and new project ideas are always welcome. Consistent with our emphasis on being an inclusive, egalitarian community, we participate in efforts to combat discrimination and exclusionary policies where they appear in the Washington metropolitan area.

Tikkun Olam, “repairing the world” also is a key part of our Sunday School curriculum.  Throughout the year, each school grade hosts in their classroom a representative from one of our partner organizations, collects Tzedakah contributions, and offers a presentation to the congregation and other school classes to educate them on what that organization does.


Bringing "Tikkun Olam" Alive

Beth Chai in Action

A sampling of other current Social Action activities in Beth Chai:

  • We teamed up with Lutheran Social Services and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society to sponsor a refugee family. Beth Chai members came together to fully prepare and furnish an apartment for a refugee family that arrived over the summer. Several members attended training and were prepared to regularly help the family with the challenges in starting over.

  • Every year, upon returning from winter break, we host a Community Work Day at A Wider Circle where we gather for Sunday morning to volunteer there—there are productive tasks for all ages.

  • In collaboration with River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, we collect, cook and serve a day’s worth of meals to one of the shelters run by Interfaith Works.

  • During High Holiday services, we collect non-perishable food items and donations for Manna Food Center.

  • To mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, we present a special program exploring how we can work, as a congregation and as individuals, toward a more equitable and just society. Speakers for this event have included Beth Chai members active in civil rights causes, as well as Florence Isbell, a former colleague of Dr. King, who successfully “converted” Ku Klux Klan leaders from their racist views.


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Social Action Photo Gallery