Yom Kippur  – Tuesday evening, September 18 through Wednesday evening, September 19. 

Please click here for the complete list of service times.

  • 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


    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

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.

Announcements

Latest Happenings

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Shabbat Times

    For September 21 & 22
  • 6:50 PM Candlelighting
  • 6:15 pm Friday Evening
  • 9:00 am Saturday Morning
  • 12:30 pm Saturday Mincha
  • 7:31 PM Havdalah

Weekday Services*

  • 9:00 am Sunday Morning
  • 8:00 pm Sunday Evening
  • 7:15 am Monday-Friday
    Mornings
  • 8:00 pm Monday-Thursday Evenings
*Service times vary on holidays.

Shabbat Magic Youth Services Schedule

Saturday, September 22
10:15 AM Gold Kippah Chug
10:30 AM Junior Congregation (for children in grades K–6)
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)

Saturday, September 29
Shabbat Magic Opening
September Birthday Shabbat
10:15 AM Gold Kippah Chug
10:30 AM Mini Minyan (for children in grades K–2)
10:30 AM Junior Congregation (for children in grades 3–6)
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)
11:40 AM Youth Kiddush honoring all of our September Birthdays
12:00 PM Congregational Kiddush

Saturday, October 6
October Birthday Shabbat
10:15 a.m. Gold Kippah Prayer Practice
10:30 a.m. Junior Congregation (for children in grades K-6)
10:30 a.m. Teen Minyan
11:00 a.m. Tot Shabbat
(ages 5 and under with parent)
11:40 a.m. Youth Kiddush honoring all of our October Birthdays
12:00 p.m. Congregational Kiddush

Saturday, October 13
10:15 a.m. Gold Kippah Prayer Practice
10:30 a.m. Junior Congregation (for children in grades K-6)
11:00 a.m. Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent) and Pre-K Shabbat

Saturday, October 20
10:15 a.m. Gold Kippah Prayer Practice
10:30 a.m. Mini Minyan (for children in grades K-2)
10:30 a.m. Junior Congregation (for children in grades 3-6)
11:00 a.m. Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)

Saturday, October 27
10:15 a.m. Gold Kippah Prayer Practice
10:30 a.m. Junior Congregation (for children in grades K-6)
11:00 a.m. 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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