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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

Yom Kippur
Neilah & Shofar
: 6:45p
: 7:41p

Candle Lighting

Friday, Oct 2, 6:30p


Monday, Sep 28, 7:41p

Yom Kippur & Yizkor

Monday, Sep 28
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Parashat HaShavuah            Ha'Azinu          Deuteronomy 32:1- 52    

Moshe calls on heaven and earth to hear his words, and asks that his speech be like rain and dew for the grass. He reminds the people that although His children have been unworthy, HaShem remains ever perfect in deed, that He is just, truthful and upright. He has chosen the Israelites to be his own people, guarding them throughout their desert journey. He has cared for them and fed them well on honey, oil, curds, milk, lamb, wheat, and wind. Despite this, Israel grew arrogant and fat and forsook their caring God.

HaShem became angry with His people but did not abandon them. Though the people deserve many terrible punishments, and their God may hide his face from them, HaShem will ultimately be reconciled with the people in their land and protect them from their vicious enemies. There is no god beside the God of Israel, who deals with death and gives life.

Moshe has been standing with Joshua to recite this summary poem to the people. When Moshe finishes reciting, he enjoins them to take this warnings to heart for themselves and for their children, as their very lives are at stake.

HaShem directs Moshe to ascend Mount Nebo and look out over the land of Canaan. He is not to enter the land, for he is to die on the mountain as his brother Aaron died on Mount Hor, as they had both broken faith when they struck the rock to produce water in the wilderness.  


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.




Mon, September 28 2020 10 Tishrei 5781