Contact Us

Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 3:00pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – noon when Religious School is in session

The office is closed on Jewish holidays and major Federal holidays.

Main Number: 301-652-2606
Fax Number: 301-907-8559

Services Schedule

Services are available in person and online:
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 am and 8:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am and 6:30 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am and 9:15 am
Sunday: 9:00 am and 8:00 pm

Lifecycle Emergencies

If there is a lifecycle emergency, contact Rabbi Harris first: 301-652-2606, ext. 105. If he does not pick up, contact the synagogue office: 301-652-2606.

After office hours, call the following numbers in this sequence until you have reached one of these synagogue officers who can provide the information you need immediately:

  • Rabbi Harris: (301) 928-7288
  • Rabbi Megdal: (240) 781-8689
  • Hazzan Fradkin: (240) 543-0218

Non-Emergency Pastoral Care

We offer pastoral care for Beth El members in times of immediate crisis, such as after a death or during a sudden illness. We are also present and accessible for support as you confront the challenges and joys of everyday life.

For pastoral support on a non-emergency timeline, we have created two new access pointscall 301-652-2607 or email You can also click below to schedule time to meet with Rabbi Harris or Rabbi Megdal.

Click to schedule time to meet with Rabbi Harris

Click to schedule time to meet with Rabbi Megdal


From Washington, DC

  • Go north on Wisconsin Avenue
  • Make a diagonal left onto Old Georgetown Road (MD-187 West) in downtown Bethesda at the intersection with East-West Highway
  • Go approximately one mile
  • Congregation Beth El is on your right at the light for Huntington Parkway

From the Beltway (495)

  • From the Beltway (495), exit at Old Georgetown Road (exit 36)
  • Follow the exit ramp south toward Bethesda
  • Continue on Old Georgetown Road for 1 3/4 miles
  • Congregation Beth El is on your left at the light for Huntington Parkway