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Welcome to our synagogue!

​​​​Magen David Sephardic Congregation (MDSC) is a Modern Orthodox synagogue founded in 1966. Our building is ideally located to serve worshippers from Bethesda, Rockville, and Potomac (Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC).

Our distinctive Sephardic character is a source of pride for us, but membership in MDSC is not exclusive. Visitors may hear not only “Welcome” but “Bienvenue” and “Bienvenidos” – and from our many Israeli members, a hearty “Shalom”. In this diverse and vibrant environment, a biseleh Yiddish is not out of place.

A more welcoming, caring congregation you won’t find. We think our energy and devotion will inspire you to share in our prayer services and learning sessions.

We invite people of all levels of Jewish knowledge and awareness to explore their personal growth here, supported by others in this warm, outgoing community. Magen David is the go-to gathering place for Jews of all ages, backgrounds, and perceptions.

We hope you will explore this website to learn about the life of our community and the breadth of our mission. If you're not already on our mailing list, it’s easy to sign up. Just send a request to our executive director, Andrea Choobineh, at

Today's Calendar

Erev Pesach
Taanit Bechorot
Pre-Pesach Seder
: 6:45p
Candle Lighting
: 7:22p

Upcoming Programs & Events

Pre-Pesach Seder
Wednesday, Apr 8 6:45p

Candle Lighting

Wednesday, Apr 8, 7:22p


Motzei Shabbat, Apr 11, 8:22p

Erev Pesach & Taanit Bechorot

Wednesday, Apr 8
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Parashat HaShavua            Tzav           Leviticus  6:1 - 8:36

Hashem tells Moshe to instruct Aaron and his sons regarding their rights and duties as kohanim. They are advised in the rituals of offering karbanot.

A burnt offering must be kept burning on the fire until the morning. The fire may not be allowed to go out.

A homage offering of flour, oil, and incense is placed on the fire and burned. What is left of it may be made into unleavened cakes and eaten by Aaron and his priests.

The offering of anointment must be entirely consumed on the fire. None of it may be eaten.

Animals are slaughtered in the sin and guilt offerings; their meat may be eaten my the priests. The peace offering is eaten by the one who brought it, except for portions specified, which are eaten by the kohen. Meat offerings must be eaten by ritually pure persons within the holy place and within a specified time.

Moshe consecrates the Tabernacle. The priests are annointed, and dressed in their special vestments they remain in the Sanctuary compound for seven days. 

Bulgarian Night

With over 250 attendees, MDSC's Bulgarian Night was a rousing success!  Below are a few of the beautiful photos from the event. Thank you to everyone who helped organize, participate in and attend this wonderful cultural celebration.




Wed, April 8 2020 14 Nisan 5780