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!


Tuesday, January 21 – Madonna of the Trail,  2 pm,  Connie Morella Library. Bethesda’s statue marks what is considered to be the beginning of The Old National Trails Highway, a spot where pioneers heading west spent their first night out of Georgetown. Installed by Daughters of the American Revolution and dedicated by future president Harry Truman in 1929, its future is now being debated. Join Bethesda Metro Area Village member David Moulton and Patti Maclay, State Historian for the Daughters of the American Revolution, for a discussion about the history of this iconic statue, and the petition campaign to relocate it. Co-sponsored with the Connie Morella Library. Free and open to the public. RSVP to

Saturday, January 25 – Montgomery County History Conference


Manassas Ballet Theatre: Colin at the Bender JCC

Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 pm – Colin: Son, Marine, Hero is the story of Colin J. Wolfe, the son of Amy and Mark Wolfe, who grew up dancing with the Manassas Ballet Theatre, performing each year through 2005. In June 2005, Colin enlisted with the Marine Corps, graduating that September. Colin was deployed to Iraq in July 2006. He was killed by a roadside bomb only seven weeks later on August 30th.

This ballet centers on the three main focuses of Colin’s life: his training in ballet, his love of Judaism, and his pride of being an American. These three elements came together to produce his desire to become a Marine, which crystalized on September 11, 2001.

This poignant ballet will come to life through the choreography of Amy Wolfe and the music of Mark Menza.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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.