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With the substantial rise in Covid-positive testing rates due to the Omicron variant, our synagogue is enacting some temporary measures while Montgomery County endures an unprecedented high rate of transmission. We want to reiterate that we are taking these steps so that we can continue to remain open for in-person services as we have since June 2020. 

Here are measures that are being temporarily made to synagogue operations: 


  • We now require advance registration to attend Shabbat services: Please click here to register. We will not be assigning seats but will be adding chairs and taping off more spaces to increase distancing. We maintain our expectation that people who come to services have received all age-eligible vaccinations. In the event that attendance exceeds capacity, late registrants will be notified. **Registration for each Shabbat will close on Thursday of each week at 3:00 PM**

  • Torah Study, Family Minyan, and Outdoor Tot Shabbat Services are continuing as they have been and pre-registration is not required to attend. 

Our Daily Minyan will remain in-person, but will move back to the larger space in Dweck Sanctuary. Registration is not required to attend. These services will continue to simulcast via Zoom at

We are suspending all food service, both indoors and outdoors, for the time being, including our Shabbat kiddush and daily minyan breakfasts. 

During this period, other synagogue programs are being reviewed on an individual basis. Find the most up to date information at or through our weekly Upcoming Events email each Monday morning. 

We are communicating directly with families in the Schilit Nursery School and Lessans Talmud Torah regarding adjustments to their programs.

The Judaica shop will suspend its regular hours during the month of January and be by appointment only. For appointment information, click here.

Finally, we remind everyone who comes to B’nai Israel to remain masked and socially distant. We believe these measures will be short lived, as even these alarmingly high numbers will fall again. Even as these adjustments are made, our community and building remain open. Please be in touch with the synagogue as you normally would with pastoral, spiritual, educational, and other needs. 

Rabbi Michael Safra, Senior Rabbi

Hal Ossman, Executive Director

Scott Hodes, President

Thu, January 27 2022 25 Shevat 5782