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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.

Rabbi Michael J. Safra

Rabbi Michael J. Safra


301-881-6550 ext. 565

Rabbi Michael Safra joined B’nai Israel after his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2002.  While in rabbinical school, Rabbi Safra served as rabbinic intern at Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, NJ.  He received his BA in history and Judaic studies from the University of Michigan, and holds a Master’s Degree in Bible from the Graduate School at JTS.

At B’nai Israel, Rabbi Safra is primarily interested in strengthening congregational life through education at all levels.  He continues to work to broaden the variety of learning opportunities available to all members of the community, and to engage people in various aspects of this dynamic community.  Committed to the Jewish community as a whole, Rabbi Safra is a past president of the Rabbinical Assembly Washington/Baltimore region. He serves on the boards of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA), Camp Ramah in New England, and the National Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds. He frequently teaches for various programs and groups in the Washington area.

Rabbi Safra and his wife Sharon are the parents of three beautiful children, Rebecca, Ethan, and Gila.

Click here for a list of selected sermons given by Rabbi Michael J. Safra.

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.