About Our Congregation
A Humanist Approach to Judaism
Beth Chai is a welcoming community that celebrates Jewish values, history, ethnicity, music and culture. We believe that it is up to humans to create the world we wish to live in, and we work to bring alive the principles of tikkun olam – “repair the world.”
We celebrate all major Jewish holidays, run vibrant adult education and social action programs, and offer Sunday School from pre-K through 8th grade. Our B’nai Mitzvah program gives young people and their families the chance to create meaningful ceremonies marking this coming of age moment.
We draw members from all over the Washington, D.C., metro area. In 2018, we celebrated 40 years as a congregation. Email us at to learn more!
Events Coming soon:
Adult Education: The Keys to Bonhoeffer's Haus: Exploring the World and Wisdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
The Keys to Bonhoeffer's Haus recounts the story of a German pastor and anti-Nazi dissident, who died in a concentration camp.
Jacob Remes will discuss the labor history of the bagel.and how it has led to the adoption of the iconic New York Jewish bagel by non-Jewish Americans.
Kimberly Cheng will discuss how WWII Jewish refugees interacted with their Chinese neighbors in Shanghai.