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Our building is closed, but our community is open. 

We look forward to bringing our community together for virtual events during this time. Please check this page regularly as events are being added as we have them. 

To add an event to your personal calendar, visit the event on the full calendar at

Worship Services 

We are continuing our daily minyanim and Shabbat services via Zoom and Facebook Live. Please click here for all of the service times and access information.

Shabbat Morning Sermons

March 14 by Rabbi Berkowitz Click here to download the sermon. Click here for the video version.

March 21 by Rabbi Safra Click here to download the sermon. Click here for the video version.

community gatherings 

Saturday, March 28 at 8:15 PM, Musical Havdalah with Cantor Bolts. Say farewell to Shabbat and hello to a hopeful week ahead with a musical Havdalah.


 ​​​​​​B’nai Israel Adult Education

Wednesday, April 1 at 11:15 AM, Rabbi Berkowitz’s Weekly Talmud Class Since we cannot gather on Saturday afternoon, let’s study Talmud on Wednesday mornings. We are studying Tractate Beitzah. The text will be provided from This class will meet weekly.

Thursday, April 2 at 1:00 PM, My IDF Service with Netta Asner Join our shlicha Netta Asner for weekly interviews in honor of the upcoming Israeli Memorial Day and Independence Day at the end of April. These interviews will be conducted with current and former soldiers from an array of different positions in the IDF who will be speaking about their service. (Continues on April 7, 21)

Monday, April 6 at 1:00 PM, My IDF Service with Netta Asner 

Wednesday, April 22, at 1:00 PM, Adult Education with Netta Asner: Join our shlicha for a conversation about Holocaust thought in America and Israel. This follows the International Holocaust Remembrance Day which took place on January 27. The series will continue with discussion of Holocaust survivor authors such as Primo Levi, Elie Wiesel, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, etc. For more information, click here.

B’nai Israel Schilit Nursery School 

Fridays at 11:00 AM, Shabbat Sing-a-long with Cantor Josh This program is especially great for families with pre-school-aged children, whether or not they are enrolled in Schilit Nursery School. This program will continue every week for as long as our building is closed and be broadcast on Facebook live for all of our congregation to enjoy! Click here for access information. Click here to watch a recording of the Shabbat Sing-a-Long from Friday, March 20

Mondays at 10:00 AM, Havdalah with Rabbi Berkowitz The Monday morning Havdalah is a regular feature of our Schilit Nursery School. We will keep this weekly program going online for as long as our building remains closed. This program will continue every week for as long as our building is closed. Please use this Zoom link to access: and the event will also be broadcast live in the B'nai Israel Congregation Facebook group. 

Talmud Torah

All Kindergarten-6th grade families should have received emails with information about distance learning for each grade. If you are not receiving emails, please let us know. Noar B'Yachad families will be receiving information soon.

Our Talmud Torah Kindergarten - 2nd Graders can join Cantor Josh, music teacher Rachel Gomberg and some special guests for Tefillah via Zoom. Click here to join in.

Talmud Torah Parent Beit Cafe with Moshe, Monday, March 30th at 2:00 PM on ZOOM. You bring the coffee, Moshe will bring the discussion topics. 

From Our Music teacher, Rachel Gomberg

Tefillah for Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Songs found in the back of the children's Haggadah
Avadim Hayinu
Go Down Moses
Lotsa Matzah (silly song for preK-1st grade)
Ten Plagues in Egypt Land
Miriam's Song (better for older kids)

Youth Programming

Tuesday, March 31 at 9:30 AM, Morning Ivrit (Hebrew) with Netta Asner Join our shlicha for 20 minutes of Hebrew vocabulary! Designed for kids and open to adults

Teen Catch Up (Grades 9–12) Come chat with Sarah Jarvis! Catch up, tell jokes, and (google) hangout during this crazy time. Click here for the Calendly link to sign up.  

Passover Kahoot (Grades K–5) 
Tuesday, March 31, 3:30-4:15PM
Come play a fun trivia game inspired by Passover with some extra fun questions mixed in! Click here for the link. 

General Trivia and Passover Kahoot (Grades 6–12) 
Tuesday, March 31, 4:20-5:15 PM
Come join Sarah for an awesome game of Kahoot with general trivia questions and some fun Passover questions included. Click here for the link. 

Arts and Crafts (Grades 6–12) 
Wednesday, April 1, 3:30-4:30 PM
Grab some supplies and get to make collages with your friends online. Click here for the zoom link. 
Supplies needed: Cardboard or poster board, glue or tape, old magazines and newspapers, markers, crayons, pens, and some creativity and an open mind! 

Show & Tell (Grades K–5)
Thursday, April 2, 3:30-4:15 PM
Bring something to this call that you think everyone would love to see! Be creative (can be an animal, person, something too big to bring to school!) Link coming soon.
Show & Tell Talent (Grades 9–12)
Thursday, April 2, 4:20-5:15 PM
Come and show off your best talent! Be creative! Link coming soon.
Disney World Q&A (Fun for the whole family!)
Friday, April 3, 11:30 AM (Join in during Cantor Josh's Sing!)
Hear about Sarah's experiences working at Disney World! Ask her questions and find out some fun secrets about the Happiest Place on Earth. Click here to join.



We understand that many people have questions related to this unprecedented situation and the celebration of Passover. Please visit  our Pesach 2020 page for information and resources beyond the events listed below including  resources from the Rabbinical Assembly, lists of Kosher for Pesach caterers, and places to order haggadot. Chag sameach from your B’nai Israel family!

Kid-Focused Seder Workshop with Arielle Katzel

Monday, March 30 at 10:30 AM 
Small seder this year? That’s the perfect opportunity to design an experience around your kids’ interests! Spend some time with  Arielle as she shares some of her ideas (activities are best for children ages 4–11). ZOOM or Facebook Live

Seder Song Swap with Cantor Josh, Cantor Bolts, and Netta Asner
Tuesday, March 31 at 1:00 PM 
Take time to refresh yourself on some of the seder classics, learn newer songs coming out of Israel, and even enjoy a few parodies. ZOOM or Facebook Live

Click here for Cantor Josh & Cantor Bolts' Pesah music.

Model Seder (Beginner) with Rabbi Michael Safra
Wednesday, April 1 at 1:00 PM
Learn all the necessary basics to conduct a seder on your own. How do you arrange the seder plate? What are some recommended haggadot? How does one lead a discussion that says enough, doesn’t include too much, and engages everyone at my table? ZOOM or Facebook Live

Leader’s Guide (Intermediate/Advanced) with Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz
Thursday, April 2 at 2:00 PM 
Take your discussion to the next level with stories and teachings that go beyond the classical text of the Haggadah. ZOOM or Facebook Live

Pre-School Model Seder
Tuesday, April 7 at 11:30 AM
Children in the  Schilit Nursery School and beyond are invited for a short, interactive model seder with the clergy. Break the Matzah, sing songs, and show off how ready you are for the big holiday! ZOOM or Facebook Live


community events and items of interest

  • For this year’s COVID-19 emergency, Haggadahs-R-Us is offering free downloads of several hagaddot. Click here for more information.

  • Sundays at 11:00 AM EDT: Worldwide Synagogue Sing! Are you a Jewish Sunday School Student, Parent, or Educator?Do you want to sing with your friends and family near and far? Join the Mishpacha Collection EVERY Sunday at 11am EDT/8am PDT (or whenever you want using the replay) for Worldwide Synagogue Sing - a chance for school age kids to connect virtually for a meaningful and creative Jewish experience. Eliana Light was the featured performer on Sunday, March 29! Click here for more information. 

  • Monday, March 30 at 12 PM: Preparing Your Kitchen for Passover with the Jewish Theological Society (JTS): Are you having Passover at home for the first time? Or do you simply need a refresher? In this webinar, JTS's Rabbi Marcus Mordecai Schwartz will demystify the process and review everything you need to know to make your home kitchen kosher for Passover. Time will be allotted for a Q & A, so please bring your questions or submit them in advance. Click here to register. 

  • Congregant Jonathan Salant wrote an article about his experience attending his uncle's funeral during this time of social distancing. Read the article here

  • Maryland Senior Call Check: Maryland is the first state in the country to start a free, opt-in, telephonic service to check on Maryland’s older residents, all across the state.​ Learn more

  • Go2Films is offering a 50 percent discount on the award-winning Israel films Outdoors, Family in Transition, and Saving the Hermans with code Together2020 (expires April 30). View more at

  • Our community Shlichim are hosting several events during this time. Please click here to access the Google Calendar. If you have any questions, please contact Netta Asner-Minster, B'nai Israel Shlicha, at

  • Starting  Thursday, March 19, some local grocery stores and two national chains will open their doors in Montgomery county to seniors (60 and over) only, allowing them to shop among a smaller group of people and without the increased possibility of COVID-19 infection. Check this list for specific hours and contact participating stores as these hours may change in the future:
    Grosvenor Market, Rockville Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:00–9:00 AM (301-493-6217)
    Safeway, Rockville Pike Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:00–9:00 AM (301-945-3608)
    Dawson's Market, Rockville Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:00–8:00 AM (240-428-1386)
    Whole Foods, Rockville Every day, 7:00–8:00 AM (301-984-4880)
    Target, Rockville  Wednesdays, 8:00–9:00 AM (301-945-0018)
    For more information, visit Montgomery County’s website

  • Congregant Marion Haberman, who runs the Youtube channel MyJewishMommyLife, interviewed Rabbi Berkowitz for a conversation entitled, “Asking a Rabbi—Coronavirus, Prayer, Conversation, & God”. Please click here to watch the video. 

  • American Jewish University (AJU) has been working on ways for us to stay connected, even in the era of social distancing. We are welcoming B’Yachad Together: Spirited by American Jewish University, offering you NO COST ONLINE LEARNING that captures and delivers the insights of our faculty and friends and convenes our diverse and inclusive community to advance ideas, dialogue and debate. We invite you to learn, sing and be b’yachad- together as a community. Visit us at

  • Ordering Prayer Books for Home Use
    Scanned copies of our siddurim are available on the Minyan Page of our website, but many are inquiring about purchasing books for their own use at home. During this time, the Rabbinical Assembly is offering our movement siddur at a 40% discount. Books may be ordered via the links below, at, or by calling our distributor, G & H Soho, at 201-216-9400, ext. 2.

Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat and Festivals: list price $49.00, now $29.40 (40% discount).
Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals: list price $25.00, now $15.00 (40% discount). 
Siddur Sim Shalom for Weekdays: list price $25.00, now $15.00 (40% discount). 
Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary: list price $79.00, now $59.00 (25% discount).​​

  • Water Wednesdays: An Informative 4-Part Series on Water As you may know, Israel is an arid country and water is a precious commodity there. Israel is the only country in the world to be water independent and is a leader in hydro diplomacy. This series begins on Wednesday, March 25, 12:00 PM with Seth Siegel, author of Let There Be Water and Troubled Water, speaking on Your Drinking Water in the Time of Coronavirus: Lessons From Israel. Click here to join. For audio only: Call 646 876 9923, 669 900 6833 or 03 978 6688 (within Israel). Meeting ID: 144 259 981 #
  • Click here for the March issue of News with Netta!
  • Do you know about the Jewish Broadcasting Service?  JBS is a Jewish television channel featuring daily news from Israel, leading Jewish figures, issues and events of Jewish importance, call-in programs, Jewish studies, 92nd Street Y, Live Friday and holiday services for the home-bound, children’s programs, films, music, books and entertainment. It is channel 798 on Fios. Click here for the daily schedule.
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