• Contact Us

    If you would like more information, we can be reached in the following ways.

    By Mail or In Person:

    B’nai Israel Congregation
    6301 Montrose Road
    Rockville, MD 20852-4195

    By Phone: 301-881-6550

    By Fax: 301-881-6221

    By E-Mail: info@bnaiisraelcong.org or to contact an individual, click Clergy and Staff E-Mail

    Schilit Nursery School: 301-816-5578


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Wedding

Dear Friend,

Mazal Tov on your forthcoming marriage. The Jewish wedding is a sacred community event. There are many opportunities to customize the ritual to make it most meaningful for you – with the primary commandment being to bring joy to the bride and groom.

We are delighted that you are considering B’nai Israel as a venue for your celebration. We are very proud of our beautiful sanctuary, chapels, social halls, and garden areas. Our staff works tirelessly to ensure that every simcha is a memorable event. Our rabbis and cantors are eager to officiate at weddings for B’nai Israel members. More than speaking under the huppah, we meet with couples to help them understand the dynamics of the Jewish wedding and to begin to explore challenges and opportunities of married life. Nonmembers are also invited to rent our facility. We ask that your rabbi and cantor be in touch with Rabbi Schnitzer and Cantor Perlman in advance.

If you have any questions or would like a personal tour of our buildings and grounds, please do not hesitate to contact our Events Manager, Beth Balinas.

Shalom,

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Rabbi Jonathan A. Schnitzer

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Rabbi Michael J. Safra

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Cantor Josh C. Perlman

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Cantor Ilana Wolpert

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B’nai Israel has two huppot available for weddings. A stationary huppah with cover (metal poles, gold-colored velvet cover) and a fine arts huppah which fits only on the center bima of Dweck Sanctuary. Please contact Beth Balinas for an appointment to view the huppot.

Your first step when planning your wedding at B’nai Israel is to call the synagogue. Let the synagogue know that you have become engaged so we can properly recognize you in our monthly newsletter, the Scroll!

Next, you will begin the process of selecting a date and confirming the availability of clergy.

For a complete list of steps to planning your wedding at B’nai Israel, please visit our Wedding Planning page.

For additional questions, please contact our Events Manager Beth Balinas.

Mazal Tov!

Featured Ceremony Venues

We have three beautiful indoor venues for wedding ceremonies: Dweck Sanctuary, Hayman Chapel and Goldberg Youth Chapel. The Hurwitz-Guritzky Meditation Garden is a lovely location for an outdoor ceremony. Learn more about additional venues here.

  • Hayman Chapel

    For up to 144 persons, the Hayman Chapel is a beautifully traditional, intimate space. The huppah is placed either on the bima (a short step up) or on the floor directly in front of the bima.

  • Hurwitz-Guritzky Meditation
    Garden

    For up to 100 persons, seated, the Hurwitz-Guritzky Meditation Garden is a landscaped courtyard setting for smaller weddings. The huppah can be placed on the stage at the west wall of the courtyard.

  • Dweck Sanctuary

    The Dweck Sanctuary accommodates weddings with either a huppah on the center bima, or a huppah on the main bima. With seating for 613, large weddings can be accommodated in the Dweck Sanctuary. Our seated capacity for formal receptions in our social areas is 350.

Facility Use Information

Find all guides and forms you will need to put on your Wedding at B’nai Israel.

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Event Planning Guide FAQs

Get answers to common questions about planning your next event at B’nai Israel.

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Event Venues

View descriptions, images and virtual tours of our event spaces at B’nai Israel.

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Clergy Officiating Policy

Read our policy on who can officiate at weddings and lifecycle events at B’nai Israel.

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We Are Accessible

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Accessible to all

B’nai Israel is proud to be accessible to all.

Large print siddurim, assistive listening devices and page magnifiers are readily available. Our entire building and grounds are wheelchair accessible. We can provide sign language interpreters upon request and subject to availability.

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