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    B’nai Israel Congregation
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    Rockville, MD 20852-4195

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Celebrating Pesach

Pesach is Zeman Heiruteinu, the Season of Our Freedom from Slavery in Egypt. The highlight of the festival is the Seder, the ritualized “retelling” of the story of the Exodus. We are guided by special songs, foods, and symbols – including matzah (unleavened bread), maror (bitter herbs), haroset (a tasty dish of apples, nuts, and wine), 4 cups of wine, and more. In preparation for the holiday, Jews take special care to clear their houses of chametz (leaven), which cannot be consumed throughout the 8-day festival. The liturgy of the first day of the holiday includes Tefilat Tal, the Prayer for Dew upon the conclusion of the rainy season in Israel. Services on the last day include the Yizkor memorial prayers, and each daily service includes a special Torah reading.

At B’nai Israel, we are eager to ensure that anyone who desires is invited to celebrate the Seder with a member of our community. If you  have extra spaces at your seder table or are looking for a seder to attend, contact Allia in Rabbi Safra’s office. Popular family programming for the holiday includes Matzah Brei Mania (children and adults make the popular breakfast treat at the synagogue) and our annual Pesach Pizza Party.


Click here  for the Rabbinical Assembly Pesach Guide.


Click here for the Pesach Home Enhancement Guide.


Click here for the Mechirat Chametz – Selling of Chametz form.


Click here for the Sisterhood Passover Flowers order form.


Large print haggadot are available from the Jewish Braille Institute of America. Click here for details.

Pesach Programs

Passover Seder Workshop with Rabbi Safra

When: Friday, March 31, 2017

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


Discover new resources and share best practices to help you… More details

Passover Seder Workshop with Rabbi Schnitzer

When: Sunday, April 02, 2017

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


Discover new resources and share best practices to help you… More details

Shabbat Hagadol Dinner

When: Friday, April 07, 2017

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


Co-Sponsored by Sisterhood 6:15 PM Shabbat Service, 7:00 PM Shabbat… More details

B’dikat Chametz—The Search for Chametz, and Bi’ur Chametz—Burning Chametz

When: Sunday, April 09, 2017


The search for leavened bread takes place on Sunday evening,… More details

Siyyum Bekhorim—Siyyum for the First-Born

When: Monday, April 10, 2017

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


All first-borns past bar/bat mitzvah age are urged to… More details

Pesach Pizza Party

When: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


We hope you’re not too full from two seders’… More details

Music and Sermons

Listen to a selection of music and sermons from 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.