Avodah means “sacred service” and is that pillar of Judaism when we share gratitude to the Holy One of Being for life, and express our yearnings as individuals and as a community for health, clarity and peace.

Shabbat Services – Most Shabbat mornings, we gather at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in North Bethesda. (9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814) Members and friends  gather for a reflective, joyful, musical and user-friendly service and Torah discussion. The service, which begins at 10:00am, is followed by a pot–luck vegetarian/dairy Kiddush lunch. Once a month we hold our Shabbat services at Sanctuary with an Open Shabbes! See our calendar for schedule and location of Shabbat Services. Shabbat Services are highlighted in light blue throughout the Calendar for easy identification.

Open Shabbes - Our Open Shabbes begins Friday evening at the Am Kolel Sanctuary and Renewal Center in Beallsville, MD (19520 Darnestown Road, Beallsville, MD 20839). We begin with a Kabbalat Shabbat complete with dinner and singing. Members and friends are invited to spend the night at Sanctuary and stay through Saturday services. Again, the service begins at 10:00am Saturday and is followed by a pot–luck vegetarian/dairy Kiddush lunch. See our calendar for Open Shabbes schedule. Open Shabbes, as well as our other Shabbat & Holiday programs are highlighted in green in the calendar.

Holiday Celebrations  - We also offer services and gatherings for other major and minor Jewish holidays. Simchat Torah has become a very special time when we organize and lead services at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue for the larger Jewish community. Other regular holiday events include a Sukkot Celebration, a Hanukah Party, a Tu Bishvat Seder and a freilach Purim Party.  Most of these celebrations occur in Bethesda, Rockville or Silver Spring. We also offer a communal Seder the first night of Passover at Sanctuary. Join the Am Kolel email list to receive information when these events are scheduled. Shabbat & Holiday programs are highlighted in green in the Am Kolel calendar.

High Holidays with Kehila Chadasha - We have been most grateful to join with members of the Kehila Chadasha havurah community for the Yom Tovim. More than 1,000 individuals attend High Holiday services at Walter Johnson High School each year. For more information about this year’s services, click here.

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