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What SYNAGOGUES can do for you

Here are some of the reasons why you should consider becoming a member, if you’re not already:

1. The Power of Prayer

Prayer provides an opportunity to connect with the Divine, work toward spiritual refinement, achieve the meditative benefits and connect with community.

2. Life-Cycle Events

Being a member of a synagogue can help you to receive support and guidance around births, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, funerals, family conversions, saying kaddish in one’s year of mourning a family member and much more.

3. Pastoral Support

Our amazing clergy can be here for you and your family members in your time of distress and sickness, whether mental health or physical ailment.

4. Passing on the Tradition

Our children and grandchildren can receive all the religious education in the world but if they don’t see that we are committed to religious life, they won’t understand the value of their Judaism. It is upon us to be Jewish role models for today’s children.

5. Family Services

Synagogue preschool is a great gift we can give to our children, as it connects our children to other kids, provides them with a quality start to their education and bonds our Jewish families together.

6. Chesed Committees

One of the most important and practical mitzvot we can partake in is helping community members in need. By joining a synagogue chesed committee, you can support the sick, welcome new members in the community, lead social action and much more.

7. Deepened Community

Yes, synagogues provide the potential for new friendships, but the benefit is more than that. A community of support beyond our closest friends is emotionally powerful and gives us the security and fulfillment we desperately need in these challenging times.

8. Holidays

Each holiday adds something unique to our communal and spiritual lives. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we reflect and work to improve ourselves. On Pesach, we work toward liberation. During Chanukah, we celebrate Jewish resiliency. On Shavuot, we celebrate the moral clarity of revelation from God. On Purim, we emphasize giving to the poor. The list goes on. Holidays are not designed to be spent alone.


*The text is based on WJW article 
To read the full article, CLICK HERE

New! Survey for Current Members

The membership committee has worked with the Rabbi and the shul board to create a survey for current HTAA members.  We would love feedback from our members about services, programs, and the HTAA community in general. We are also seeking input regarding the future of virtual services that have been established during the COVID pandemic. Please take a few moments to complete the survey linked here. 


Welcome Home!!


Join our vibrant congregation and enjoy our educational programming for all ages, including an Early Childhood Program, Hands-On Family Educational Programming, and Adult Education classes. Become socially active, and meet friends and "grandfriends!" Participate in our daily minyan, meet our friendly Rabbi and schmooze with the minyannaires

At HTAA, you are one-of-a-kind and we are looking forward to you being part of our caring and loving family. Looking for a place to belong?


2023-2024 Membership Application.

Fill out our application and email it to: or mail it to our office: Congregation HTAA, 1840 University Blvd West Silver Spring, MD 20902


Typical Membership Process:

  1. Learn about Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim - We invite you to browse the HTAA website, visit with us for services and activities, and review the membership form.
  2. Meeting and tour – Though not required, we would love for a member of our clergy, staff, or membership committee to meet with you. Contact us anytime by phone (301) 649-3800 or email (
  3. Complete application – Once you’re ready to join our congregation, just complete the online membership form. Welcome to HTAA!


Your membership includes: 

We have established a structure that encourages congregants to join the synagogue and assures that funds are not an impediment. We don't turn anyone away for financial difficulties.

Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim

1840 University Blvd West

Silver Spring, MD 20902

Synagogue Office: 301-649-3800

Fri, May 24 2024 16 Iyyar 5784