• 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.


Latest Happenings

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Shabbat Times

    For June 21 & 22
  • 8:20 Candlelighting
  • 6:15 pm Friday Evening
  • 9:00 am Saturday Morning
  • 12:30 pm Saturday Mincha
  • 9:03 Havdalah

Weekday Services*

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

Shabbat Magic Youth Services Schedule

Saturday, June 8
10:30 AM Junior Congregation (grades K–6)
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)

Sunday, June 9
11:00 AM Shavuot Youth Services

Monday, June 10
11:00 AM Shavuot Youth Services

Saturday, June 15
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat led by Juliann Goldman (ages 5 and under with parent)

Saturday, June 22
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)

Saturday, June 29
11:00 AM Dinosaur Shabbat in Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)

Saturday, July 6
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat

Saturday, July 13
10:30 AM Junior Congregation (grades K–6)
11:00 AM Beach Shabbat in Tot Shabbat

Saturday, July 20
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat

Saturday, July 27
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat led by Arielle Katzel

Saturday, August 3
10:30 AM Junior Congregation (K–6)
11:00 AM Superhero, Princess and Prince Tot Shabbat

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.