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

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    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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High Holy Days

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are collectively known as the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe), the holiest days of the year. We welcome the new year with apples and honey, family togetherness, and hope for the days ahead. The sounds of the shofar remind us that forgiveness and change are both possible and necessary.

At B’nai Israel the High Holy Days typically bring more than 3,000 people to the synagogue. Members choose from three traditional services – the order of prayers are identical but the size, style, and physical space vary. We also offer a family service, primarily for children 5 years old  and under with their parents, and a full menu of babysitting, youth, and teen services. Each of our services is participatory, with members of the congregation leading some prayers, chanting Torah, and accepting literally hundreds of other honors. We also convene as a united community at selected moments during the high Holy Days, including a beautiful Tashlich ceremony attended by hundreds at our B’nai Israel Agam (pond).

 

Click here for our Guide to Celebrating Rosh Hashanah at Home.

 

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“Each year I look I forward to High Holy Day services at B’nai Israel– beautiful and solemn liturgy, inspiring sermons from our rabbis, impressive Torah readings by our young adults and the warm feeling of community. B’nai Israel is very special during the holidays. I can’t imagine being anyplace else!” – Sol L.

 

Important High Holy Day Information

  1. Service admission is by ticket only. Tickets are mailed out 2 weeks prior.
  2. Service times are on the back of the ticket or click here.
  3. For all other ticket questions contact us at 240-221-2510.
  4. For additional High Holy Day forms, click here.

Our Services

We are excited to welcome you to B’nai Israel for the High Holy Days. Our traditional evening services will take place in the Dweck Sanctuary.  Morning services begin in the Dweck Sanctuary and then break off into three locations for the Torah Service and Mussaf.  The split into separate services takes place at approximately 10:00 a.m. on each day of Rosh Hashanah and 10:30 a.m. on Yom Kippur. Learn more about our different services here.

  • Bimblich Hall

    This service takes place in our expanded sanctuary, which seats nearly 1800 people. The service is primarily led by Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer and Cantor Josh Perlman.

  • Dweck Sanctuary

    This service takes place in our expanded sanctuary, which seats nearly 1800 people. The service is primarily led by Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer and Cantor Josh Perlman.

  • Gudelsky Hall

    This service takes place in our expanded sanctuary, which seats nearly 1800 people. The service is primarily led by Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer and Cantor Josh Perlman.

  • Goodman Assembly
    Hall

    The Goodman Assembly Hall seats 800 people in only 15 rows. The service is primarily led by Rabbi Michael Safra and Cantor Ilana Wolpert.

  • Hayman Chapel

    The Hayman Chapel seats approximately 200 people in a beautiful, intimate setting. The service is primarily led by Dr. Gershon Kieval and a guest rabbi.

  • Family Services

    Family Services are designed for families with children age 5 and under. You have the option to select one of two service times for the First Day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Join the High Holy Day Committee

The High Holy Day Committee’s mission is to provide meaningful services and a pleasant ambiance for our congregants during the High Holy Day.

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Get ready for the High Holy Days by listening to our Music and Sermons

“At the High Holy Days I look back on the past year and think about what I’ve accomplished. I think about the new year and my goals. I enjoy learning from the sermons and listening to the beautiful chanting of our cantors.” Jake R.

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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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