Shaare Tefila

Rabbi: Jonah Layman

Hazzan: Adina Klein Ackerman

President: Perry Sandler

Affiliated with the United Synagogue of
Conservative Judaism
Happening This Month At Shaare Tefila
Wick & Flick
Havdalah & Movie
Beth Shalom of Columbia and Shaare Tefila
invite you to join together for these events on
February 20 & March 20.
Cantor Rebecca Apt will lead the Havdalah Service.
Watch the movies ahead of time and then participate in an enlightening discussion!

Jews and Power: From Biblical to Modern Times
Wednesdays from 8:00-9:00 pm
An exploration of the implementation of Jewish power, in the past and in the present. How have Jews rebelled against, accommodated to, and made use of structures of power in varying historical contexts?
  • February 24: Dr. Jack Wertheimer with new research on the nexus of money and power in Jewish philanthropy today.
  • March 3: Rabbi Gordon Tucker on allegations of dual loyalty against Jews in power throughout Jewish history.
  • March 10: Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky on rebellions in the Bible, both lauded and decried.
  • March 17: Dr. Marjorie Lehman on what we can learn from the power wielded by an ancient Jewish queen.
Register Here for free - use Coupon code: OlneyFeb21
Social Action Committee Event
There's still time to register for our next partnership meeting with the Round Oak Missionary Baptist Church. This program should be both challenging and rewarding as we begin to share our personal experiences with our new friends. In order to be true partners, we need to delve deeper.  
Members of Round Oak want to know why we care. Why do Jews, and Shaare Tefila members in particular, care about racial justice? What is it about our history that motivates us to fight for justice? What can we share about Judaism and ourselves that will create a comfortable space for developing trusting relationships?
Please join us on February 23rd at 7:30 for a lively discussion as we Get To Know each other and share our hopes and goals for our successful alliance. Every one of us has a unique Jewish experience to bring to the table.  

Register Here
Winer Family Gallery

Though the Art Gallery at Shaare Tefila is not open for visitors, we are pleased to present our current exhibit “Portraits of Spring,” fine art photography by Marge Wasson, via
this catalogue. These portraits are not of people. But as with any portrait, they capture a likeness and seek to convey something noteworthy, memorable, or essential about the subject. You may see a hint of personality, a certain mood, a touch of attitude; you may be struck by the subject’s power, importance, grandeur, beauty, or another unique quality. You may get a sense of serenity, or a big “pow” of energy. Perhaps a trait like shape, form, or texture, or just something unexpected, will catch your eye.

Bring spring to your walls with one of these “portraits” for your home or office. All images are available in a variety of sizes. If you see one that you like, but want a smaller or larger version, or for more information about this work, please contact Marge at Note that all work is sold framed unless you request it unframed.

To make a purchase, please contact Fran Abrams, Chair, Arts & Interiors Committee, at A portion of all sales benefits Shaare Tefila.
Big Red
Supporting Our Members

Need a ride?
Contact:  Betty Balin 301-622-4354
               Bernice Goldstein 301-384-1024
Need a meal?
Contact: Ethel Levine 301-593-7041
                Joyce Feinstein 240-428-1329
Need support?
Contact: Rabbi Layman 301-593-3410 x102
Donation Opportunity
Consider a donation of:
Siddur $54
Machzor $36
Large Type Machzor $54
"in memory of" or "in honor of" a friend or loved one

Contact Jonathan Cohen
301-593-3410 X 101

In The Community
Covid-19 Vaccine Information

For updates on the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in Montgomery County and for information on how to receive notifications regarding registering for the vaccine once it is available to your age group.

Maryland call center for Covid vaccine appointments at the state mass vaccination sites: 1-855-634-6829 for ages 65+
Daily 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Shaare Tefila has partnered with Sunflower Bakery to bring you hamantaschen for Purim! 

Sunflower's Purim menu includes delicious traditional, specialty, chocolate-dipped and gluten-free hamantaschen. Hamentashen are available by the half-dozen, dozen, select assortments by the dozen, and individually-wrapped favors. You may also order traditional and gourmet mishloach manot. See the menu below. 

Place your order online by Monday, February 22, 1:00 pm.

Pick up at Shaare Tefila is on Wednesday, February 24, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

This year Sunflower is also shipping hamentashen nationwide. Click here to order.

Sunflower Bakery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that trains young adults with learning differences for employment in the baking and hospitality industries.  

Questions?, 240.361.2698.
Shaare Tefila | 301-593-3410
16620 Georgia Ave. Olney, MD 20832