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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


    If you'd like to submit a message electronically, please use the form below.

Meet Our Clergy

Senior Rabbi

Portrait of Rabbi Michael J. Safra

Assistant Rabbi

Portrait of Rabbi Mitchell H. Berkowitz

Associate Hazzan/Music Director

Portrait of Cantor Sarah Bolts

Associate Hazzan

Portrait of Cantor Ilana Wolpert

Visiting Our Synagogue

Welcome to B’nai Israel!

Founded in 1925, B’nai Israel has been a major presence in the Washington area for generations. Our talented clergy and staff, creative and innovative programming, and magnificent facility are well known. Anyone who enters the building can sense our commitment to children and adults of all ages through our multiple weekly Shabbat Magic youth services, impressive schools and youth groups, and top-notch educational programs for adults.

But B’nai Israel is much more. We are a caring community that supports members in times of need and celebrates life’s joyous moments together. We inspire individuals and assist them in charting their own spiritual journeys. We engage in the larger community, doing our part to improve the world and sustain the institutions of Jewish life here and in Israel.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about all that B’nai Israel has to offer. And I hope that you will be in touch … to tell us about yourself, ask questions, and be an integral a part of this special community.

We aspire to be your home for Jewish life.


Michael J. Safra
Senior Rabbi

More than 50 members of B’nai Israel attended this year’s Aipac Policy Conference, which emphasized the importance of bi-partisan support for the America-Israel relationship. Many of our delegates are pictured here.

Latest Happenings

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Shabbat Magic Youth Services Schedule

Saturday, October 19
10:00 AM 5th Grade Family Brunch
10:15 AM Gold Kippah Chug
10:30 AM Mini Minyan (grades K–2)
10:30 AM Junior Congregation and 5th Grade Shabbat (grades 3–6)
10:30 AM Teen Minyan
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)

Saturday, October 26
10:15 AM Gold Kippah Chug
10:30 AM Junior Congregation (grades K-6)
10:30 AM Three Year Old Classes Family Brunch
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat and Three Year Old Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)

Saturday, November 2
November Birthday Shabbat
10:00 AM Family Minyan
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)
11:40 AM Youth Kiddush honoring all of our November Birthdays
12:00 PM Congregational Kiddush

Saturday, November 9
10:00 AM Kindergarten Family Brunch
10:15 AM Gold Kippah Prayer Practice
10:30 AM Mini Minyan (grades K–2) and Kindergarten Shabbat
10:30 AM Junior Congregation (grades 3-6)
10:30 AM Teen Minyan

Saturday, November 16
EPIC Shabbat & Ramah Shabbat
MACCABIAH GAMES
10:00 AM Family Brunch
10:30 AM Maccabiah Games Activities Begin
10:45 AM Special Parent Session with Rabbi Berkowitz
It’s Blue against White in our very own B’nai Israel Maccabiah Games! Join us for an EPIC Shabbat filled with games, contests, activities and more. Begin the day with an energizing breakfast and get ready to score some points for your team.

Saturday, November 23
6th Grade B’nai Mitzvah Institute
10:15 AM Gold Kippah Prayer Practice
10:30 AM Two Year Old and Transitional Two Year old Family Brunch
10:30 AM Junior Congregation (grades K-5)
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent) and Two Year Old and Transitional Two Year old

Saturday, November 30
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)

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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