Contact Us

Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

For media inquiries, please contact Executive Director Heather Garrett at

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 3:00pm

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

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

Services Schedule

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

Please note: Morning Minyan takes place at 9:00 am on federal holidays and other days when the Beth El building is closed. Evening minyan is 8:20 pm on Wednesdays when the Scolnic Institute is in session, and there is no 6:30 pm service on Shir Yachad Fridays. 

Lifecycle Emergencies

If there is a lifecycle emergency, contact the synagogue office: 301-652-2606.

After office hours, call the following clergy members in this sequence until you have reached someone who can provide the information you need:

  • 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.


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