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Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Schedule


Wednesday, October 15 

6:15 p.m. Festival Evening Services


Thursday, October 16  

9:00 a.m. Shemini Atzeret Festival Service

11:00 a.m. Yizkor

6:30 p.m. Simchat Torah for Tots

7:00 p.m. Simchat Torah Service and Hakafot (dancing)

8:30 p.m. Torah Roll


Friday, October 17

9:00 a.m. Simchat Torah Service

10:00 a.m. Hakafot (dancing)

6:15 p.m. Shabbat Services 


Celebrate Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah at B'nai Israel. Click here for a full list of service times and more information about family and youth activities. 


Shabbat Magic Highlights


October 18 - 4th Grade Shabbat in Junior Congregation

October 25- Parashat HaShavua Discussion

November 1- Tailgate Shabbat, 3's Shabbat in Torah for Tots, 3rd Grade Shabbat in Mini-Minyan, 5th Grade Shabbat in Junior Congregation, and Camp Ramah Shabbat

November 8 - Parashat HaShavua Discussion, 6th Grade Shabbat and November Birthday Shabbat

For a full list of our regular youth services and special events, go to our website.


Golem: Jewish Super Hero

Instructor: Cantor Ilana Wolpert

4 Tuesdays, October 21-November 11

7:30-9:00 p.m.

Registration: $30 members, $40 nonmembers

The golem, born of our rich Jewish imaginative tradition, was a being created from mud or clay by masters who knew a special magical incantation powerful enough to bring about a life, albeit a life minus its own soul or conscience.  This creature, resembling a human being, would then serve its master in whatever purposes that master had in mind.  Cantor Wolpert explores some literary works that feature the golem, from children's fairy tales to the current hit The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.  


Click here to register.


How We See the Other: Non-Jewish Views of Jews and Jewish Views of Non-Jews, A Historical Survey

Instructor: Dr. George Berlin

8 Wednesdays, October 22-December 17

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration: $215 (made payable to Jewish Texts Study, c/o Rabbi Jacob Halpern, 11724 StoningtonPlace, Silver Spring, MD 20902)

This course is offered at B'nai Israel by Jewish Texts Study. For registration information, please contact Rabbi Jacob Halpern (, 301-442-8233).


Rabbi Simon's Fall Book Review

Wednesday, October 22 

10:00-11:00 a.m. in the Blumberg-Zalis Family Library 


Wine, Women and What's Nu Fall Program:  "Salud to Women!"

An event for all B'nai Israel women, sponsored by Sisterhood

Wednesday, October 22

7:30 p.m.

Explore women's health with B'nai Israel's:

Amy Barinbaum (Dr. Amy Byer), Ob/Gyn - Human Papilloma Virus

Helain Landy, MD, Ob/Gyn, Maternal-Fetal Medicine - Updates in Prenatal and Genetic Screening

Nancy Markus, Surgical Oncologist/Breast Surgeon and Director, Acquilino Cancer Center Breast Program at Shady Grove Medical Center - Updates in Genetic Breast Cancer

Abby Rogers, CRNP, NCMP, a nurse practitioner in the Women's Health Clinic at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - The Transition to Menopause and Beyond

Ellen Slotkin MS, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian specializing in heart-healthy nutrition, weight management, and maternal nutrition - Popular Diets: Winners and Losers


A Q & A session will take place after the presentations, as well as refreshments and, of course, wine. Please RSVP to Carol Vogel (301-770-5444).


Shemot I: From Slavery to Sinai
Instructors: Rabbi Adam Raskin and Rabbi Michael Safra
Thursdays, October 23, 2014-January 22, 2015
9:30-11:00 a.m.
(No class November 27, December 4, December 25, 2014 or January 1, 2015.)
B'nai Israel Congregation

Registration: $140 (includes a $150 subsidy made possible by the Dollye and I. Wolford Berman Educational Initiative Grant)

Leadership, bravery, faith and doubt define the critical moments of this dramatic story of our rescue from Egypt and survival in the wilderness.

Join eager adults for a journey of deep examination of Jewish texts, brought to us by the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Click here to learn more and to register.


Men's Club Sports Night

Thursday, October 23

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us for our annual Sports Night featuring Andy Pollin of ESPN 980.Hear an inside take on the ever-changing Washington sports scene and ask Andy all your sports questions. We will also have a trivia contest with prizes. The evening starts with a free and delicious buffet dinner. Please RSVP by October 16 to Joel Goldberg


Family Service and Dairy Potluck Shabbat Dinner

Friday, October 24 

6:00 p.m. - Family Service

6:45 p.m. - Potluck Dinner


Bring in Shabbat together with your friends at B'nai Israel at our winter dairy potluck Shabbat dinner. Each attending family is asked to bring one dairy or parve item to feed approximately 15 people. The atmosphere for the evening is informal with opportunities to meet other B'nai members and enjoy relaxed time with your synagogue community. Registration is taking place online through Sign Up Genius - go to our website for details. Or contact Sharon with questions.  


Back by Popular Demand!  
Saturday, October 25

8:30-10:30 p.m.

Lounge 6301 returns for one night only! B'nai Israel will once again be transformed into a lively piano lounge! Join us for an interactive and entertaining evening with professional dueling pianists, beverages and dessert.

$22 per person (through October 24)

$25 at the door

Questions? Contact Marty (301.881.6550) Click here to register.
Chairs: Jennifer Schwartz, Adam Tennen, Stacy Rabkin and Wendy Stickle


Heath for Life Expo

Sunday, October 26
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Chairs: Wayne Berman, Bram Hass and Steve Goldberg

Services Offered
Flu Shots ~ Vision & Hearing Screenings ~ Carotid Artery Screening
Grip Strength and Skin Screening ~ Nutrition Advice ~ Health & Fitness Advisors ~ Finger Prints  ~ Interesting Vendors ~ And More

Learn Your Numbers
Body Mass Index ~ Blood Pressure ~ Grip Strength ~ Brake Reaction Time ~ Bone Density
Height, Weight, Girth

For the 9th year, this event is brought to B'nai by the Men's Club


Schilit Nursery School BOOK FAIR 

It's not too early to think about shopping for Hanukkah at the BISNS Book Fair from Sunday, October 26-Thursday, October 30 in the Goldberg Youth Chapel. There are wonderful books, software, puzzles, videos, etc that will be on display and available for purchase. There will be many Judaic selections as well. Books make great gifts for birthdays, Hanukkah and all occasions. Call the school office for hours or to schedule an appointment to shop


weathered-movie-reel.jpgMonday Night at the Movies

October 27

7:30 p.m.


The GateKeepers (2012) - 95 min (Hebrew with English Subtitles)

An unprecedented look into the Israeli internal security service, Shin Bet, from the perspective of six of its former heads and the role that the group played in Israel's security from the Six-Day War to the present. 


Schilit Nursery School Sing Along with Karen Toddler Music
Friday mornings, October 31, 2014 - January 30, 2015
9:15-10:00 a.m.
Early Bird Registration thru October 15: $200
Registration after October 15: $225

Karen Shapiro Barbash's dynamic and spontaneous music sessions delight and enchant both children and adults. A professional guitar player and singer, Karen combines her musical talent with creativity, humor, and love for children. Her goal for each class is to create a memorable, special time for all. For information, please contact Nursery School Director, Karen Gerton (301-816-5578). 
Click here to download the registration form. 


Shabbat Around B'nai

An ongoing, pay-it-forward Shabbat Dinner Program designed to expand your circle of friends within the B'nai Israel community

The first night of Shabbat Around B'nai will be Friday, November 14.  All you have to do is invite another B'nai Israel family to join you for Shabbat dinner in your home.  You will receive a nice Shabbat bag for hosting, plus of course enjoy an evening of lovely conversation.  

On December 19, the program will run again.  On that date, we hope that all the original hosts will want to host other families and more importantly, we hope all the original guests will pay forward the hospitality by inviting another family to their home.  It is, in essence, a Shabbat dinner pyramid scheme. The program will run again on February 6, March 13 and May 1.

You do not need to know how to cook to host!  You can bring in a prepared meal, or even pizza.  A kosher home is not required.  Just disclose to your potential guests whether your home is kosher or not, and if it is not, please serve a dairy or pareve meal.

Light the candles, recite the blessings (we'll provide them for you!)  and enjoy a wonderful evening! Register online or download a paper registration form. Questions?  Contact Jennifer Schwartz.


Programs in Celebration of Jewish Book Month


Rabbi Matthew Simon's Jewish Book Month Review

Sunday, November 2

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.   

Join Rabbi Matthew Simon for his exciting annual book review session.  


Book Presentation by Allan Goodman, Author of Father, Son, Stone 

Sunday, November 2

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Father, Son, Stone blends history and mystery to reveal the secret of the most controversial religious site in Jerusalem - known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Books can be ordered through our Sisterhood Judaica Shop. 


Rabbi Jonathan A. SchnitzerMonthly Lunch and Learn: Torah Study
Instructor: Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer
Monday, November 3 and and the first Monday of each month
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Registration: Free

Join the eager group of congregants and others who assemble monthly to participate with Rabbi Schnitzer in a detailed engagement with the text of the Torah.


Bereavement Support Group
Led by Natalie Merkur Rose
4 Wednesdays, November 5-December 3
No session on November 26.
7:00 p.m.

Our Jewish traditions and rituals are important and comforting components of dealing with loss, but they might need to be supplemented with opportunities for more consistent and frequent companionship.  Join others from the B'nai Israel community who have experienced loss for moderated discussion about the healing process, sharing, and mutual support.


Save the Date - 6th Grade Family Mini-Shabbaton!

Friday evening, November 7 - Saturday afternoon, November 8 


As the Bar and Bat Mitzvah dates creep closer, we are all looking for ways to enhance the experience and to bring the celebration into the larger context of synagogue and communal life. This annual event for 6th grade families will present an opportunity to spend Shabbat together, form closer relationships, and strengthen the connection to B'nai Israel and each other. Save the Date and look for further information in the mail and on email! Contact Sharon

with questions.


Mitzvah Day

Sunday, November 9

9:00 a.m. Morning Minyan

9:35 a.m. Continental Breakfast

10:00 a.m. Mitzvah Day projects begin

New Projects

 Peace Players International Basketball Tournament

Friendly Tennis Game to Benefit Israel Tennis Centers

Be Brave and Shave to Benefit Children's National Health Systems


Montgomery County Humane Society

Cookies for U.S. Soldiers

Thoughtful Treasures Project

Clothing Drive for Interfaith Works of Montgomery County

Phoenix Computers

Habitat for Humanity

Click here for more information and to register for Mitzvah Day. Click here to register for the Blood Drive. Click on the links above for special registration for the basketball tournament and shave events.


L.I.F.E. Lecture: World Religions: Spotlight on Judaism
with Susannah Heschel and Jack Miles

Sunday, November 9
7:30 p.m.
This lecture is presented live via satellite from New York. Participants will have the ability to submit questions via email in real time. Free of charge and open to the public.

Explore Judaism in the context of the world's other great religions. What unique ideas has Judaism contributed to the world? How has Judaism been influenced by the traditions and beliefs of others?

Click here for more information.


Monday Night at the Movies weathered-movie-reel.jpg

November 10

7:30 in the Goldberg Youth Chapel


A Home on the Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma (2014) - 56 min. English

Jack London, California vigilantes, McCarthyism, the Cold War and agribusiness all come to life in this quintessentially American story of how a group of immigrants, Jews who fled the pogroms and hardships of Eastern Europe and traveled to California, and found their new home "on the range" where they became chicken ranchers.


HAZAK: Active Seniors Presents . . .
News Media Meltdown: Discovering the Gaza War
with Eric Rozenman, Washington Director of CAMERA - Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America
Thursday, November 13
Bring a dairy lunch at 12:00 p.m.
Programs begin at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Eric Rozenman has served as Washington director of CAMERA, the 65,000 - member, Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, since 2002.  From 1997 to 2002 he worked as executive editor of B'nai B'rith's International Jewish Monthly, senior speechwriter and press spokesman.  For five years prior to that Rozenman was editor of the Washington Jewish Week.  

HAZAK is our group for individuals 55 or older who want to share in interesting experiences. It's never too late to make new friends!

Questions? Contact Beth in Rabbi Safra's office.


Jews and Brews: An Informal Jewish Conversation for Men
Thursday, November 13

7:30-9:00 p.m.
Lakewood Country Club
This program is sponsored by the B'nai Israel Men's Club.

Join our rabbis and educators for drinks and schmoozing, followed by informal text study and discussion about ethical living in our modern world.


Trip to the JCC Book Festival and Book Discussion 

Friday, November 14

10:30 a.m.                     

Please join our B'nai Israel book club as we head over to the 45th Lessans Family Book Festival at the JCC for a 9th Annual Book Club Brunch featuring Susan Jane Gillman, author of  The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street (see description below). The cost of the program includes brunch and a signed copy of the book. Tickets can be purchased at; and will be available for early pickup at the JCC box office. For more information call 301-348-3805.


Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, November 19

11:00 - 12:00 in the Blumberg Zalis Family Library

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street is a captivating story of ice cream queen Lillian Dunkle. A young Russian immigrant, Dunkle, is all at once pathetic, sarcastic, ambitious, and bold. As a poor immigrant becomes the ice cream queen, the story provides historical insights on the development and franchising of the ice cream industry. Gilman is the acclaimed author of several books and has written commentary for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Ms. Magazine.  


B'nai Israel Schilit Nursery School OPEN HOUSE 2015-2016

Friday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Learn more about our half- and full-day programs and tour our school. Meet B'nai Israel's staff and clergy. RSVPs are appreciated but not required to Karen Gerton (301-816-5578). Individual tours are also available throughout the year.


Social Action


Manna Food Sorting

Sunday, November 16

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for our first of the new year Manna Food Warehouse food sorting.  It's always a wonderful family activity.  The Manna Food Warehouse is located at 9311 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD.  Contact Andrea Nadelman.


Thank you to our Rosh Hashanah Baskets Deliverers!  

Many thanks to the following who made the holidays brighter for elderly Jewish residents in the Rockville area by helping deliver over 50 Rosh Hashanah Baskets. A big Toda Raba to: Christina Hersh; Signe and Leon Wetrogan; Rachel, Dylan and Ari Platt; Jennifer Russel and Joel Michaels; Kristen Mirsky; Juliann Goldman; Steven, Hollee, Micah, and Lillie Gritz; Ellen and Maya Gutridge; Phyllis Lieberman; Art Fuchs; Shelley and Danny Rothenberg; Barbara Roberts; Sarit, Shoshana and Ethan Scott; Wendi and Danny Abramowitz;   Amanda, Mark, Lily, and Grady Goldstein; Jodi Shulimson.  


Shabbat: A Unique Time Zone

Instructor: Rabbi Jonathan A. Schnitzer
4 Tuesdays, November 18-December 9
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Registration: $30 members, $40 nonmembers

Over the course of four  sessions, we will explore core sources relating to Shabbat in biblical and Rabbinic literature. We will also discuss how we as 21st century Jews might be able to develop our own Shabbat style and spirit.
Click here to register.


Sisterhood Paid-Up Membership Dinner
Thursday, November 20
6:30 p.m.

Please join us for a wonderful dinner and a raffle for some great prizes! Entertainment by Steve Friedman, a Broadway educator and vocalist. RSVP by Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Questions? Contact Audrey Suskind or Susan Lazerus.


Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Rahel Musleah
Friday, December 5 - Sunday, December 7

Rahel Musleah was born in Calcutta, India, the seventh gen eration of a Calcutta Jewish family that traces its roots to 17th century Baghdad. With song, story, and pictures, she shares her rare and intimate knowledge of this ancient community's history, customs and melodies.

Friday, December 5
6:15 p.m. Shabbat Service, with special tunes from Calcutta
7:00 p.m. Indian-themed dinner (Click here to make a dinner reservation.)
8:15 p.m. "Jewish Calcutta through Music and Memory"
A fascinating personal story mirrors the story of Calcutta's Jews with humor, poignancy, and song.

Saturday, December 6
9:00 a.m. Shabbat services begin
9:50 a.m. Torah Service, featuring an intriguing medley of ancient texts, distinctive Shabbat rituals, customs and liturgy
11:00 a.m. Sermon: "The Power of Prayer to Create Community"
12:30 p.m. (following Kiddush) Q&A, informal discussion

Saturday Evening
"Awafi: An Intimate Evening of Music and Food"
Hosted by Vicki Berman and Yeheskel Dori
Join Rahel in learning about the cuisine and food customs of the Baghdadi-Indian Jewish community, singing its songs for motza'ei Shabbat (the end of Shabbat), and enjoying a cooking demonstration and dessert.
Advance registration is required to Beth (301-881-6550, ext. 575).

Sunday, December 7
9:00 a.m. Morning Minyan, followed by breakfast
9:45 a.m. "The Blessings of a Pomegranate"
The riveting legacy of the Jews of Iraq and an unforgettable return "home" to Calcutta.

For more details, click here.


B'nai to Broadway
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Sunday, December 14

Join us as we travel to New York in style! A luxury motor coach will pick us up at B'nai Israel at 7:30 a.m.   On the way we will enjoy a delicious continental breakfast.  You must bring your own coffee or tea.  
We will arrive in New York City at approximately 12:00 p.m., three hours before the 3:00 p.m. curtain. Enjoy holiday shopping and lunch at the many fabulous eateries.

After the show, the motor coach will pick us up right outside the theatre.  Dinner will be pre-ordered from Ben's Kosher Deli.  An order form/information will be sent to attendees.  Dinner will be served on the way home while enjoying a video. We plan to return to B'nai Israel around 11:00 p.m.

The fee is $262 per person and includes everything but lunch. Payment is due by October 20 and is nonrefundable.  Deduct $125 if you have already sent in a deposit. In the memo area, list the number of people in your party. Checks should be made payable and mailed to: B'nai Israel Sisterhood, 6301 Montrose Road,  Rockville, MD 20852. Questions? Contact Gail Libin (301-871-3661) or Norma Krupenie (301-260-8283).


Israel: Conversation Plus
The Melted People of the Melting Pot
Instructora: Pnina Agenyahu and Shelley Kedar
3 Wednesdays, January 14-28, 2015, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 1, 2015; 11:00 a.m.
Suggested Donation: $40-$150
(Your donations will be used to fund a project in our Partnership Region in Israel.)

Connect with Israel with the head, heart and hand. Join two fabulous teachers for an exploration of the diverse cultures that make up Israel's "melting pot". The final session will be a chat via Skype with our partners in the Bet Shemesh / Mate Yehudah region in Israel. Participants will evaluate proposals and choose a philanthropic project to make a
difference in Israel. All moneys collected will be matched by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to fund the project.

Pnina Agenyahu is the community Shlicha (emissary) to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Her amazing personal story is emblematic of Israel's remarkable diversity. Born in Ethiopia, Pnina traveled to Israel with her family by foot at the age of three. Prior to coming to Washington, Pnina was the director of Hillel at Tel Aviv University.

Shelley Kedar is the Director of Jewish Agency for Israel and Campus Israel Fellows at Hillel International. Prior to coming to America for her three year Shlichut, Shelley was the director of the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv.

Both Pnina and Shelley are remarkable teachers who combine their knowledge of the subject matter with their personal stories.

Click here to register.


Gift Card/Scrip Fundraiser


Want to support B'nai Israel with no strings attached? Go grocery shopping frequently? Support our gift card scrip program, which benefits the synagogue.


The Education office is selling gift cards for Giant Food, Peapod, Moti's Market (formerly, Koshermart) and Shalom's in Wheaton! You can buy them at face value and use them just as you would cash or a credit card at those stores. It will not affect your gas points, school bonus points, coupons, or any other reward points.


Buy them in the Education Office during office hours and most Talmud Torah school hours. Or order them online and specify your pick up date by clicking here. Cash or checks only! Questions? Contact Sharon Safra (240-221-2500).   


From Our Table to Yours, Volume II

B'nai Israel Schilit Nursery School Cookbook


Check out our collection of over 450 recipes including Jewish holiday recipes, family favorites, child-friendly foods and many more organized in a professionally designed 3-ring binder. The format allows you to add additional recipes to the cookbook; now all of your recipes can be in one location. 


Buy a few!  From Our Table to Yours, Volume II is a great gift for house warming, birthday, bridal shower, hostess gifts, etc. 


Don't miss out-Volume I sold out in record time. Available in the Nursery School Office for only $25 per book.


Sisterhood Judaica Shop - For All Your Judaica Needs! 



For Your Sukkot Enjoyment


Lanterns ~ Fruit ~ Wall Posters ~ Etrog Boxes ~ Children's Books & Toys

Entertaining & Gift Giving
Come see our new Judaica, Hostess Gifts, Serving Pieces, Platters, Frames and so much more!

Shop Hours
Sunday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
Tuesday 4:15-6:15 p.m.

For special appointments call Dottie (301-881-7115), Ellen (301-231-9312), or Miriam (301-649-3770).

To special order personalized kippot and benchers for your simcha, call Suzy Levy


B'nai Israel Schilit Nursery School  is linked with Harris Teeter! 

B'nai Israel Schilit Nursery School is linked with Harris Teeter as a registered school for Together in Education (TIE). It is easy and linking your VIC card to Bnai Israel Schilit Nursery School #1506 does not cost you ANYTHING! Don't forget ALL VIC cards will need to be RE-LINKED for the 2014-15 school year starting August 1st. After your card is linked, simply purchase Harris Teeter brand products or fill a prescription and if enough people shop at Harris Teeter a donation will be made to our nursery school. We appreciate your support.


Questions? Contact the Nursery School Office (301-816-5578).    


Mah Jongg Cards 


The Sisterhood Judaica Shop is selling the 2014 Mah Jongg Card. Extra cards were ordered and will be available as long as they last. The Standard Card is $8.00 and the Large Card is $9.00. If you have any questions, call Harriet Levi (301-649-3429). 


The DJTorah Honor Society in Memory of Hazzan Deborah Togut


The DJTorah Honor Society was created to honor the memory of Hazzan Deborah Togut by increasing the number of teenagers who participate in the ritual life of the synagogue through Torah reading. Teenagers who read full-length portions in the Dweck Sanctuary service will receive credit towards the Society.


Three (3) qualified readings reaches the Yad (Pointer) level and earns a gift certificate to, a special kippah, and a yad.


Seven (7) qualified readings reaches the Keter (Crown) level and earns a place on a plaque in the Goldberg Youth Chapel. Students at this level will be entitled to an additional $100 for approved youth programs (i.e. a member of the Society who would normally receive $500 for a trip to Israel would be entitled to $600).


The rules governing eligibility for scholarships are determined by the B'nai Israel Scholarship Committee. For more information about our scholarship programs, please contact Melissa Schwartz.


Get started reading Torah and earning credits this fall. Please contact Cantor Ilana Wolpert to schedule your first reading today!


Project Linus


Are you cleaning up your basement or closets?  Do you have half-finished knitting or sewing projects lying around?  Donate your washable yarn and quilting-friendly fabrics to support Project Linus, a Sisterhood Social Action project.  The yarn and fabric are delivered to a Montgomery County group whose "blanketeers" create blankets and afghans to provide love, security, warmth and comfort to ill or traumatized children.  You can donate yarn/fabric, knitted or crocheted squares (which are assembled into blankets), and new homemade washable blankets, too.  Project Linus has distributed nationally more than 3 million blankets since 1995.


For more information or to arrange for collection, contact Juliann Goldman


Sisterhood Dues 


We extend a hearty appreciation to everyone who sent in B'nai Israel Sisterhood dues in response to our recent mailing. If you have not sent in your dues, we urge you to do it as soon as possible!  Your $36 annual dues will pay you back in so many ways.  Sisterhood's educational, cultural, and social programs benefit our synagogue, its members and the community at large.  Sisterhood offers camaraderie and community, can hone religious and leadership skills, and connect our synagogue women with others from near and far.


 A member of Women's League for Conservative Judaism, Sisterhood's goal is to support the ideals of Conservative Judaism.  Love of family, observance of mitzvot, the Jewish people, and the Land of Israel are the foundations of our programming.


Don't miss out on our engaging programs.  Submit your dues now so we will see all the women of B'nai Israel at our Paid-Up Membership Dinner on Thursday, November 20.


Your membership counts!  For more information, contact the Sisterhood Membership Coordinators Juliann Goldman or Rhona Shemesh


Washington Jewish WeekDon't forget to subscribe or renew your Washington Jewish Week subscriptions through Sisterhood. 

Make your check payable to B'nai Israel Sisterhood and leave it in the Washington Jewish Week envelope found in the Sisterhood mailbox in the main office.  For questions, contact Toby Loewy. The rates are as follows: 



Regular:  $72.08 for 1 year, $99.64 for 2 years

Senior (55 and up):  $38.16 for 1 year, $72.08 for 2 years 


An Invitation to Join Your Congregation by Telephone When You Cannot Be With Us at Our Services


Open your Siddur or Humash at home or away from home and participate in our Shabbat, Festival and High Holy Day services. Follow the reading of the Torah, study the parasha together with the congregation, listen to the comments of the rabbis on the many concerns of Jewish life, offer personal prayers and sing familiar melodies along with the Hazzan and our B'nai Israel community.  


Up to 15 participants will be able to call into the B'nai Israel phone system between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon and listen to the live audio of our service in the Dweck Sanctuary.


How to use the system:

1.  Dial the regular B'nai Israel phone number, 301-881-6550.

2.  When the automatic system answers the telephone, dial "7".

3.  You will be transferred to the live Dweck Sanctuary audio.


Please note:  If 15 participants are already listening on the system, you will receive a message that the system is full. Please try again later in the morning. 


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