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Worship Services 

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

Outdoor Friday Evening Service
Friday, August 14, 7:00-8:00 PM
B'nai Israel Parking Lot
In accordance with Montgomery County Phase Two guidelines, we are excited to bring our community together for an outdoor Friday Evening service on August 14 at 7:00 PM in the B’nai Israel parking lot. We will be led by Rabbi Safra and Cantor Josh and look forward to joining our voices for the melodies of Kabbalat Shabbat in a safe, socially distant environment. Please BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) – this service is not drive-in style. There will not be assigned spots, but the parking lot will be clearly labeled with directions where to park and where to gather to safely social distance. Please click here to register for this event as space is limited.

Summer Speaker Series

August 22 What it Means for Me to be a Shlicha with Netta Asner-Minster, Congregational Shlicha

To view the recordings and learn more about our Summer Speaker Series, click here

B’nai Israel Adult Education

Women in the Bible
Thursday, August 13, 7:30–8:30 PM
Join our Shlicha, Netta Asner-Minster, for a discussion about women and their representation in the Tanach (bible). Netta will be hosting Chelsea Feuchs, a third year student at HUC, who has created a unique theory of women in the tanach as part of a fellowship in Israel, connecting the women through shared themes. This session will help to expand and deepen the understanding of the Tanach through feminist interpretation. This session is in cooperation with the B'nai Sisterhood and Men's Club.
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Blumberg-Zalis Family Library 

B’nai Book Discussion Group
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
Wednesday, August 12, 11:30 AM–12:30 PM
A deliciously funny, remarkably poignant, and simply ‘unputdownable’ novel about the power of friendship and complexities of female relationships, the lure of frenemies, and the importance of making peace with yourself through all life’s ups and down, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart. 
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Author Presentation with David Spiegel The Promise
Tuesday, August 25, 7:00–8:00 PM
A priest in King Solomon’s Jerusalem temple is desperately trying to save two mysterious artifacts that are connected to the sacred religious rites of ancient Israel and God. When a celestial messenger appears, he agrees to give the artifacts to her in exchange for a seemingly benevolent promise. Now, in modern day United States, three people must deal with the promise’s unintended consequences and a life and death prophecy that affects each of them and the world in which they live. 
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B'nai Book Discussion Group
The Promise by David Spiegel
Tuesday, September 8, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
As a follow-up to the Author’s Zoom presentation given on August 25th we will be discussing the book and the author A priest in King Solomon’s Jerusalem temple is desperately trying to save two mysterious artifacts that are connected to the sacred religious rites of ancient Israel and its All Mighty powerful God. When a celestial messenger appears, he agrees to give the artifacts to her in exchange for a seemingly benevolent promise. Now, in modern day United States, three people—two men and a woman—must deal with the promise’s unintended consequences.
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B’nai Israel Schilit Nursery School 

Pre-Recorded Tot Shabbat Service Morah  Arielle and Morah Juliann prepared a special Tot Shabbat service for all of our Tots friends. Enjoy and Shabbat shalom! Click here to celebrate Tot Shabbat!

Shabbat Sing-a-long with Cantor Josh
Friday mornings, 11:00 AM  (No Shabbat Sing-a-long on Friday, June 9 and 12.)
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! 
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Talmud Torah - To access virtual Talmud Torah click here

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.

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

General Knowledge Kahoot (Grades 3-5)
Tuesday, August 11, 3:30-4:15 PM 
Put your knowledge to the test with the fun kahoot! See who comes out on top. 

Cooking with Sarah: Israeli Salad (Grades 6-8)
Wednesday, August 12, 5:00-5:45 PM
Grab your ingredients and get ready to make a yummy meal! Supplies needed: 2 tomatoes diced, 1 bell pepper diced, 1 cucumber diced, 1/2 of a chopped red onion, juice of 1 lemon, 2-3 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper, large bowl. 

Charades/Act it Out (Grades K-2)
Thursday, August 13, 4:00-4:30 PM
Guess your way to the winner circle with this fun game of acting out. 

Cooking with Sarah: Rugelach (Grades 9-12)
Thursday, August 13, 5:30-6:00 PM
Come hang out and grab your ingredients for cooking with Sarah! This week were making Rugelach! Supplies Needed: Pie Dough. filling of your choice (chocolate chips, jam, chopped nuts, nutella, etc.), 1 egg, cinnamon sugar, baking sheet. 

Youth activities & resources

SHARE (Students Help and Reach Elders)
The Jewish Council for the Aging's Heyman Interages® Center intergenerational programs have brought children and older adults together for 30 years. Even though our SHARE (Students Help and Reach Elders) program is not able to bring people together in-person at this time, we can still make intergenerational connections from a distance. Sign up to make a difference in the lives of isolated older adults by sending warm, cheerful letters, messages, art, poetry and stories. Youth as well as adult volunteers can participate in SHARE From a Distance by  signing up here.

BBYO on Demand

Ramah Babayit

Schlichim Activities Calendar

Young Judea


social action

B’nai Israel COVID-19 Relief Drive 
Thursday, August 20, 9:00-11:00 AM 
B’nai Israel Parking Lot
The B’nai Israel Social Action Committee has organized a second donation drive so that we can do our part to assist others in this time of need. Please note that all donations will be contactless drop offs. Please click here for more information.

community items of interest

Israel Bonds: Global Blessings for the New Year
Tuesday, August 18
8:00 PM EST
Israel Bonds proudly invites you to a spectacular international celebration of heritage and unity featuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau, Ambassador Ron Dermer and renowned Israeli performers David De'or and Gil Shohat.
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to for more information.

A Virtual Travel Adventure to Israel
Never been to Israel? Missing a planned return trip? Here is an opportunity to join fellow congregants on a virtual tour—no passport needed! Click here for more information.

An Invitation From JSSA to Share Your Experience
Jewish Community COVID-19 Impact Survey for Greater Washington
During these trying times, we'd like to know how you're doing. To understand the impact of the coronavirus crisis on individuals and households in our region, JSSA is partnering with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, in collaboration with Brandeis University researchers, to conduct the Jewish Community COVID-19 Impact Survey for Greater Washington. Your answers will help us best respond to our community's changing needs. Click here to take the survey. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. All answers are confidential and no personally identifiable information will be shared with The Jewish Federation or other organizations.



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