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    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

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B’nai Mitzvah

Dear Friend,

We are delighted to welcome you to the rewarding experience of preparing for and celebrating a Bar or Bat mitzvah at B’nai Israel.  Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a significant milestone, as children formally accept the values of our heritage and responsibilities of our tradition.  Our children spend many hours discovering our history and learning to participate in Jewish life, and we are very proud to celebrate this transformational event with them.

We encourage you and your family to participate as fully in the entire educational process. Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a transitional moment not only for your child, but for the entire family.  Our B’nai Israel community is eager to support you and to strengthen your connection to the synagogue as a spiritual home.



Rabbi Michael J. Safra

Senior Rabbi


Rabbi Mitchell H. Berkowitz

Assistant Rabbi


Cantor Josh C. Perlman


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Steps to Planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah image

The Chod Media Center provides many resources for helping your child prepare for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Learn more here.

Steps to Planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah

The planning process begins by selecting a date for your B’nai Mitzvah. Dates are assigned by calendar year three years in advance.  At that time, families receive a form that they must fill out and return to the Allison Karasik, Assistant to the Cantors.

Subsequently you’ll contact our Events Manager, Patricia Simitakos (301-881-6550) to reserve a room the party at B’nai Israel.  For parties at B’nai Israel, families may choose from one of our approved Kosher caterers.

For the full list of steps to plan your B’nai Mitzvah at B’nai Israel, please click here.

Mazal Tov!


Bar & Bat Mitzvah Experiences at B’nai

  • “B’nai Israel made Emily’s Bat Mitzvah one of our family’s proudest memories. Not only because of how we all marveled at how beautifully our daughter shined, but also because B’nai encouraged our entire family to take part in the service. Siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles participated. From opening the ark to reading Torah to carrying the scroll. It was a full family Simcha.” - Kim and Steve C

  • “This being our first and only Bar Mitzvah, working with Cantor Ilana through the process made the whole experience something we will always cherish. Not only did she have Sam prepared, but also had him very comfortable to be called upon as a Bar Mitzvah. Being members since pre-school, B’nai has become a place where our son now spends time going to minyan with his father.” -Lisa G

Event Planning Guide FAQs

Get answers to common questions about planning your next event at B’nai Israel.

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Event Venues

View descriptions, images and virtual tours of our event spaces at B’nai Israel.

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Facility Use Information

Find all guides and forms you will need to put on your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah at B’nai Israel.

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Kadima Youth Group

Kadima offers middle school students social and leadership opportunities similar to those offered to USY teens. Members meet once or twice a month for activities, at B’nai Israel and throughout our region.

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Talmud Torah School

Far beyond preparing students for Bar and Bat Mitzvah, the B’nai Israel Talmud Torah offers a curriculum to build Jewish knowledge and build Jewish identity.

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Music and Sermons

Listen to a selection of music and sermons from B'nai Israel.

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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.