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    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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Purim

Celebrating Purim

Purim celebrates the courage of Queen Esther, who pleaded before King Ahasuerus to save the Jews of Persia from the destructive plot of the wicked Haman. Drawing on key words from the Scroll of Esther, v’nahafokh hu (the plot was turned on its head), Purim is celebrated as “topsy-turvy day”. Children and adults dress in costume, and the day is marked by feasting and revelry. The four commandments of the holiday include: reading the Megillah (Scroll of Esther), Se’udat Purim (Purim feast), Mishloach Manot (sending gifts of food), and Matanot L’evyonim (charitable gifts to the poor).

At B’nai Israel, children and adults come in costume, and the Megillah is chanted in the evening and morning by teen and adult members of the congregation. Our annual Purim carnival is a real treat, so popular that it is divided into shifts for younger and older children. Our three age-appropriate youth services are led by members of the clergy and professional staff with significant participation by the children. The congregation also provides opportunities to support community charities and send Mishloach Manot (gifts of food) to family and friends.

To send Mishloach Manot, click here. (2017 ordering has ended.)

For carnival information, click here.

To order carnival and meal tickets, click here.

To volunteer at the Purim carnival, click here.

To view the Purim Enhancement Guide, click here.

 

Purim Services & Programs

Erev Purim: Megillah on Broadway

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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7:00–7:30 PM Shmoozing, snacks New York City style, and… More details

Purim Day – Morning Minyan and Traditional Megillah Reading

When: Sunday, March 12, 2017

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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Morning Minyan and Traditional Megillah Reading More details

Purim Day – Youth Services & Programs

When: Sunday, March 12, 2017

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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Three youth services will take place this morning. Ensemble… More details

Purim Carnival on Broadway

When: Sunday, March 12, 2017

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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9:30 a.m.      Purim Carnival Opens (Geared Toward… 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.

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