Bethesda Jewish Congregation is truly representative of Klal Yisrael (all Israel), serving Jews from traditional and liberal religious backgrounds, as well as interfaith couples, and their families. We are concerned with bringing a new vitality to our tradition, while maintaining continuity with our heritage, our people, and our history to preserve our unique way of life and value system. We have always enjoyed the benefits of the diversity among our members, and we seek like-minded individuals to join with us and enrich our explorations with their experiences and points of view.
BJC has a very special relationship with Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church. We believe that this arrangement, 46 years old, is the longest-lived such relationship, between a Jewish congregation and a church, in existence in the United States. Our relationship has allowed us to truly practice the ideal of people dwelling together in harmony. We are two distinct congregations that share space and friendship. There is no blending of faiths and Bethesda Jewish Congregation has no Christian affiliation.
In 2003, the synagogue and the church created a covenant which reads in part, "We wish to acknowledge and celebrate commonalities and differences." We see this relationship as a living example of understanding and respect among people of different heritage. This synagogue-church partnership has served both congregations well, allowing them to gain insight and understanding into the faiths of others, and, at the same time, serving to deepen their respective faiths.