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PLANNING YOUR VISIT

We can't wait to see you!  Whether you are visiting us to celebrate a life cycle event (bar or bat mitzvah, upcoming wedding, or baby naming), want to enjoy a Shabbat experience, or just drop by during the week for a program or to meet our staff, we welcome you.

Visiting on Shabbat (Friday Night and Saturday) and Holidays

  • On Friday evenings, instead of a regular Shabbat service, we have a variety of services or programs.  Check the calendar to verify the program being offered.
  • On Shabbat morning, services begin at 9:30 AM, and end at around Noon.  The Torah service, during which most life cycle events take place, begins at 10:15 AM.  It is perfectly acceptable to arrive late, or to leave early, as needed.
  • For bar or bat mitzvah services held on Shabbat afternoon, the time varies -- please check the calendar.  The Torah service (and the student's participation) begins immediately, so it is important to arrive on time.
  • Our facility is wheelchair accessible, including elevators and bimah access.  However, if you have special needs or challenges with mobility, sight or hearing, diet, or other issues, we invite you to contact us ahead of your visit (301-869-9842) so we can accommodate you fully. 
  • On Shabbat morning, men and boys should wear neat slacks and shirts (suit/sportjacket with or without a tie is optional); women should wear pants, dress or, skirt of knee length or longer, and covered shoulders.
  • As a gender egalitarian congregation, we ask all men to wear a head covering while in the building, and encourage women to do so as well.  In addition, On Shabbat morning, Jewish men are expected to wear a tallit (prayer shawl with special tzitzit fringes), and women are highly encouraged to wear one as well.
  • Our restroom facilities include a private family bathroom on the second floor, as well as male and female bathrooms on the street level.  Use of the bathrooms is according to one's own current gender identity.
  • We ask that on Shabbat and holidays all participants refrain from the use of cell phones, cameras, and other electronic devices.
  • Children are always welcome at Shaare Torah, and may come in and out of the Sanctuary as desired.  There is a play room for younger children on the first floor, and a lounge for older children and teens on the third floor.  The Rabbi invites younger children to participate in our Torah parade, and to share a story, at 10:15 every Shabbat morning.

Visiting at Other Times

  • Visitors are always welcome.  The building is generally open 9-5 Monday through Thursday, and 9-3 on Fridays.
  • If you would like to meet a specific staff member, it is generally best to call ahead for an appointment.
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