• 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.

Library & Resources

Welcome to the Blumberg-Zalis Family Library! The Blumberg-Zalis Family Library is Washington’s premier synagogue library, and a beautiful setting for reading, learning and relaxing. Accredited by the Association of Jewish Libraries and recently recognized with a Solomon Schechter Gold Award from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, it supports the curricula of the Schilit Nursery School, the Talmud Torah, and teen and adult education programs.


The library contains reading areas with tables, chairs and upholstered furniture. The collection totaling over 12,000 items features fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, tapes, and, Jewish newspapers, periodicals, with both reference and circulating sections. There is an extensive collection on the Holocaust for both adults and children. The reference area includes different editions of Talmud, encyclopedias, and other texts of Judaic scholarly interest. Members and non-members are always welcome. Non-members may check out books for a small yearly fee.


Click here for our online catalog.


We look forward to hearing from you!
bnailibrary@bnaiisraelcong.org, 301-881-6550 ext. 524.

About Our Library

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Library Hours:

Mondays 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Tuesdays 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Sundays 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Closed Shabbat and Holidays

June 2014 – The Blumberg-Zalis Family Library is Awarded the Advanced Accreditation Degree by the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)

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Recent additions to our collection include:

The Family by David Laskin

The Aleppo Codex: In Pursuit of One of the World’s Most Coveted, Sacred, and Mysterious Books by Matti Friedman

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Ruchama King Feuerman

An American Bride in Kabul by Phyllis Chesler

My Mother’s Secret: A Novel based on a True Holocaust Story by J.L. Witterick

The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler by Ben Urwand

The Remains of Love by Zeruya Shalev

Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Future by Rabbi Sidney Schwarz

Things that Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics by Charles Krauthammer

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Marching to Zion by Mary Glickman

Visit our online library catalog.

Our Library Features:

  • Chod Media Center

    Features a network of computers available to congregants of all ages.

  • Jewish Genealogy

    An extensive reference collection containing, periodicals and CDs.

  • Children’s Library

    A colorful kid-friendly seating area to enjoy our wonderful collection of children’s books for all ages and abilities.

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.