Community Events

The Bethesda Historical Society:

Established in 2019, we are an organization of volunteers dedicated to sharing and reflecting on the history of the Bethesda, Maryland area and its diverse residents.  The Society plans to develop events and educational programs focusing on significant locations and important moments in our history.  To learn about our upcoming events, click here.

Do you like to plan events, collect memorabilia, research, or fund-raise? We are looking for fellow volunteers to help us preserve Bethesda memories while having fun at the same time!


Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Israeli American Council of Washington DC presents: Israeli Books on the Big Screen

The IAC Library invites you to a Monday Night Film Series based on signature Israeli books by outstanding Israeli authors. The movies are, by turns, heartfelt, dramatic, satirical and humorous, covering different aspects of contemporary Israeli history and the country’s diverse society. The events will include introductions to the movies and the books, followed by audience discussion in English. All Shows start at 7:30 pm.  Cost is $12 per movie or $40 for the series. All movies will be shown at the Bender Jewish Community Center, 6125 Rockville MD . To purchase tickets click here. The movies are in Hebrew, with English subtitles.

  1. Farewell Baghdad, Monday, January 27
  2. A Borrowed Identity,  Monday, March 30
  3. Apples from the Dessert, Monday, May 11
  4. Saleh Shabbati, Monday, June 1

Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington: Maximizing a Journey to One’s Roots

Sunday, February 23, 1:00 pm at  B’nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Rd., Rockville, Maryland.

In this presentation, Tony Hausner will describe how his Jewish genealogy research laid the foundation for his travels to towns in Eastern Europe where his and his wife’s families lived over the past four centuries, as well as travel to his birthplace of England. The pre-travel research process enabled him to maximize the results of his travels. He will also describe the many dimensions of his experiences in visiting all of these places and his experiences with the guides that he used. Finally, he will discuss lessons he learned on steps that can improve one’s genealogy experiences. 1:00 pm is Schmooze and Mavens, 1:30 pm Meeting and Program.  Meetings and most events are free to JGSGW members, $5 for non-members.

 Click here to view the Beth El upcoming special events calendar.