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How can $10 add up to $2 million?

By Voting Mercaz Vote for an Inclusive Israel


Did you know? There is an international parliament of the Jewish people.

They Represent You. Your ideas. Your priorities. Your vision of Israel.

There is an election Right Now for new delegates.  The WZO allocates funds raised for the Jewish Agency through local Federations.  Our institutions in Israel are allocated money based on the number of votes received.  It will take you only 5 minutes and $10; but the allocations received can add up to more than $2 million for our movement in Israel.  




Mercaz is the political arm of the Conservative/Masorti movement. A vote for Mercaz ensures an Israel that we can all identify with and be proud of . . . 


- Pluralistic   - Inclusive   - Egalitarian   - Unified   - Sustainable   - Diverse


Make Your Voice Heard! Vote for our Judaism, our Israel on our terms by voting Mercaz,  

Slate #2, at the 2015 World Zionist Congress Elections by Tuesday, April 28




HAZAK-Active Seniors: Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community
Featuring Wendy Turman, Archivist of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
Thursday, March 12
Bring a dairy lunch at 12:00 p.m.
The presentation begins at 12:30 p.m.
Explore the rich and unique history of the Washington-area Jewish community from 1795 to today through historical photographs, oral histories, community scrapbooks, and rare archival materials.

Wendy Turman has worked for the Jewish Historical Society since 2000. She has a Masters in Museum Studies from George Washington University and a Bachelors degree in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She previously worked at the National Museum of Health and Medicine and the Smithsonian Institution.

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!


Jews and Brews: An Informal Jewish Conversation for Men
Thursday, March 12
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Lakewood Country Club
This program is sponsored by the B'nai Israel Men's Club.
Join Rabbi Michael Safra for drinks and schmoozing, followed by informal text study on the meaning of Passover.


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

It's this simple...

1. Invite a B'nai Israel family for dinner on March 13.

2. Register as a host.

3. Enjoy a Friday night with friends!

You do not need to know how to cook to host!  You can bring in a prepared meal, or even pizza.  It's not about the food-it's about the connections.  It is not necessary to have a kosher home in order to participate, either.  Just disclose to your potential guests whether your home is kosher or not, and if not, please serve a dairy or parve meal.


Light the candles, recite the blessings (we'll provide them for you!) and enjoy a wonderful evening! Click here to register. Questions?  Contact Jennifer Schwartz.


Shabbat Magic - including a variety of age-specific youth services, special events, and adult learning - is a regular feature of our Shabbat morning program. For a full list of our weekly youth services and special events, go to our website. Here are some special Shabbat programs in the upcoming weeks:


March 14 - Parashat HaShavua Discussion; 1st Grade Shabbat

March 27 - Pajama Shabbat; Dairy Potluck Shabbat Dinner

April 11 - Youth Service at Landow House


Day School Parent Social

For all B'nai Israel parents with children attending a local Jewish day school

Saturday evening, March 14 

8:15 p.m. 

At the home of Alisa & Aaron Rulnick 

8913 Copenhaver Drive, Potomac


Join us for drinks and dessert! Once again this year, all participants will be asked to bring one item to the social.  


Click here to register online. For more information, contact Sharon Safra (240-221-2500) or the Day School Committee Co-Chairs, Dana Lande or Aaron Brickman


Cemetery Sale at B'nai Israel Congregation

Sunday, March 15

9:30 a.m -12:30 p.m.


Representatives from Garden of Remembrance and Judean Memorial Gardens will be present. 


The Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day
Sunday, March 15

There are two opportunities to participate through B'nai Israel:

Manna Food Center
Meet at the Manna Food Center (9311 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg) at 10:00 a.m. to help sort and pack food boxes for needy individuals in our community. Register with Andrea Nadelman.

Basketball Tournament to Benefit Peace Players International
Join our 3 on 3 tournament and help bring together Palestinian and Israeli children for the pursuit of peace.  

Your $24 registration includes the tournament, a t-shirt and pizza lunch.
Proceeds benefit Peace Players International
Click here to register. 
Please contact Rabbi Safra's office (301-881-6550) for more information.

Divisions and Chairs
4th-6th Grade: Robin Lenkin and Emily Weiner
7th-9th Grade: Bobby Epstein and David Bauman
Adult: Robin Lenkin and Emily Weiner


JGSGW Margot S. Heckman Memorial Genealogy Lecture Presents ...

After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History Through DNA

with Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist 

Sunday, March 15

1:00 p.m.

B'nai Israel Congregation

Free of Charge and Open to the Public


Catastrophic records loss due to fires and other disasters at courthouses is a fact of life for genealogists. When a disaster takes out birth, marriage, death, court, land and probate records all in one fell swoop, it may still be possible to light our family's research fires - to rekindle our interest in our ancestral roots - using DNA evidence.



L.I.F.E. Lecture - FDR and the Jews: Hard Questions, No Easy Answers
with Dr. Richard Breitman
Sunday, March 15
7:30 p.m.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt earned the respect and affection of many American Jews by waging war against Hitler, supporting a Jewish homeland in Palestine, and appointing a Jew to the Supreme Court. But did he turn his back on the Jews of Hitler's Europe? Could he have done more to save them from genocide? Historian and author Richard Breitman closely examines FDR's decisions and the political pressures he faced. Roosevelt was no "savior", but he reacted more decisively to Nazi crimes than any other world leader of his time.

Click here for more information.


Pesach is on the way . . .

Do you have an extra seat at your table? Are you looking for a place to celebrate the seder?

Rabbi Safra's office is eager to make connections. If you are looking for a place or would like to host another person at your seder, please contact Beth in Rabbi Safra's office (301-816-5575).


maturesinglesCalling All Mature Singles

We are looking to bring together singles in our congregation, ages 60 and older for tea and discussion, leading to the formation of a new group or Havurah.  Join Rabbi Safra and Natalie Merkur Rose, LCSW-C, on Wednesday, March 18, at 3:00 p.m. for light snacks and lots of sharing.


All are invited, but please respond in advance to Beth Balinas (301-816-5575) to let us know you are coming.


Join Us for Our Annual Talmud Torah Shabbat Service & Dinner
Friday, March 20
6:15 p.m. Service
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Friday night family services will be followed by an enjoyable "Israeli-style" Shabbat dinner.  Registration is due by Thursday, March 12. After March 12, the prices go up by $3 per person. Click here to register. 

Questions? Contact Jennifer Inzelstein (301-816-5576).


Please note: Rabbi Simon's Spring Book Review originally schedule for Sunday, March 22 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled soon. Watch for more information.


New ACHOT Mother-Daughter Group Starting for 5th Graders

Sunday, March 22 

4:30-6:30 p.m.

ACHOT was created by B'nai Israel member Mindy Berger as an opportunity for mothers and daughters to celebrate the vital role of Jewish women in community life. The program was created to help girls approaching their bat mitzvah to develop a positive self-image and meaningful personal goals within a pluralistic and nurturing environment of women.


New groups are beginning for families celebrating b'not mitzvah in 2016 and 2017 and will come together about once per month (during the school year) to learn through informal study, discussions, creative activities and living Torah. The first session will be on Sunday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. at B'nai Israel. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact Sharon Safra or Mindy Berger.


L.I.F.E. Lecture - Family Business: The Department Stores of the Baltimore-Washington Region
with Michael J. Lisicky
Sunday, March 22
7:30 p.m.

Hutzler's. Hecht's. Hochschild's. Stewart's. The grand department stores that attracted shoppers and transformed local-and American-social history over a period of more than 100 years have been lost, but the memories remain. Local author and retail historian Michael J. Lisicky brings back memories as he explores the history of the stores in our region and paints a portrait of the families, many of whom were Jewish, who made these stores such treasured institutions.

Click here for more information.


Best Birthdays Project
Sunday, March 22
Isn't it fun to celebrate your birthday? How do you like to spend the day? Do you have a cake? Receive gifts? Feel special? Did you know that there are many boys and girls right here in Montgomery County who can't stay in their homes, which are unsafe and dangerous? These children must go to live with foster families, who don't always know when the children's birthdays are or don't take the time to make these dates special for the foster children who are living with them.  

We can help Child Protective Services make these children smile on their birthdays. In the next several weeks, please take this list to the store, purchase as many items as you can, and bring them to the specially marked bin, "Best Birthdays," in front of the Education Office at B'nai Israel.

On Sunday, March 22, we will be assembling the birthday bags. The filled bags will be brought to Child Protective Services, where the counselors will store them and then deliver them to each of these "forgotten" children on their birthdays.

With your help, we can make sure that every child will have a best birthday. Thank you so much for participating in this mitzvah!

Co-Chairs:  Beverly Schnitzer, Valerie Eisenstein, and Wendi Abramowitz


Z'havah Presents . . .
Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front          
Sunday, March 22
4:00- 6:00 p.m.
Members: $8/$20 family max
Nonmembers: $10/$25 family max
This film is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Refreshments will be served.

Beneath The Helmet is a coming-of-age story that highlights five young Israeli high school graduates, who are drafted into the army to defend their country. At the age of 18, away from their homes, family and friends, these young individuals undergo a demanding journey, revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be.

The filmmakers were granted an unprecedented access into the lives of these young people, which allowed them to create a unique and intimate documentary that brings to the screen rarely seen human faces to the men and women who are the soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces.

Hosted by Melissa Schwartz and Rachel Sunshine, Bnai Israel Sisterhood's Z'havah. Please RSVP to Rachel


Holiday Afternoon at the Movies for Children and Parents
Monday, March 23
12:45-1:30 p.m.
Passover on Planet Matzah Ball
(rated G, 36 minutes)
Millions of Miles away, on Planet Matzah ball lives a family of funny furry Jewish Aliens. Sadly, though most Jewish traditions on the Planet have been lost. How will they lead the Seder? A trip to earth solves the problem. This amusing story of Passover and all its joyful traditions is ingeniously wrapped around fun songs, unusual, and adorable Muppet characters.  


Please note: Monday Night at the Movies originally scheduled for Monday, March 23 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled soon. Watch for more information.


Sisterhood Bingo

Join us for Bingo with the residents of the Hebrew Home. With just an hour of your time, you can help brighten someone's day!


Tuesday, March 24, 10:15-11:30 a.m. (Smith-Kogod Building)

Tuesday, April 14, 10:15-11:30 a.m. (Wasserman Building)
Tuesday, April 28, 10:15-11:30 a.m. (Smith-Kogod Building)

Tuesday, May 12, 10:15-11:30 a.m. (Wasserman Building)
Tuesday, May 26, 10:15-11:30 a.m. (Smith-Kogod Building)


For additional information, contact Dottie Cohen (301-881-7115). 


Passover Workshops
Friday, March 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m. with Rabbi Michael Safra
Sunday, March 29, 9:45-11:00 a.m. with Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer
Registration: Free
The seder is a pivotal educational opportunity that comes to life anew each year in our own home. Its core purpose is to teach the idea of freedom. Let's explore together our goal of making the seder experience most meaningful and enjoyable across the generational lines. 

Click here to register for Friday, March 27.
Click here to register for Sunday, March 29.

The Pesach Guide can be found here


Pajama Shabbat

Friday, March 27

6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

Pajama Shabbat is a family-oriented Friday night service geared for young children. This mini-Kabbalat Shabbat service will feature singing, age-appropriate prayers, story time, and dessert refreshments. We encourage all children and any children-at-heart to come dressed in their favorite pj's. Teddy bears and other bedtime lovies are welcome too! Adults need not worry about getting dressed up either-this will be a fun and casual night for all.


There is no fee to attend but registration to Sharon Safra is appreciated.


The event is geared towards toddlers, preschoolers, and young elementary schoolers. A Potluck Shabbat Dinner will be held in conjunction with this program but the dinner is optional.


Dairy Potluck Shabbat Dinner
Friday, March 27
6:45 p.m.

Bring in Shabbat together with your friends at B'nai Israel at our next dairy potluck Shabbat dinner. Each attending family is asked to bring one dairy or parve item to feed 15 people. The atmosphere for the evening is informal with opportunities to meet and schmooze with other B'nai members, sing Shabbat z'mirot and Birkat Hamazon, and enjoy relaxed time with your synagogue community.
Click here to register online. Questions? Contact Sharon Safra


No Kvetch Kid-Friendly Passover Recipes and Recipe Swap
Sunday, March 29
9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
in the Blumberg-Zalis Family Library  


Project Hope Passover Package Delivery
Sunday, March 29
10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

We are participating with Jewish Social Services and the Chesapeake Region B'nai Brith Chapter in their annual Project Hope.  Help distribute prepared Passover packages to residents in the Rockville (B'nai Israel area). Each volunteer will be asked to deliver 5 or 6 packages. prior to 1:00 p.m.  that day.  Please meet in the B'nai Israel parking lot at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Signe Wetrogan (301-384-2994). 


Sisterhood Holiday Flowers

Enhance your holiday table or send holiday flowers to a family member or friend. Flowers always compliment a beautifully set table.  Let B'nai Israel Sisterhood take care of the legwork so you have less to think about during the holiday preparations.  The charge is $54 for local delivery and $59 for Baltimore and out-of-state delivery.  All arrangements will arrive in time for Passover. Place your order by Monday, March 30. Questions?  Contact Gail Libin.


Men's Club Dinner and Holocaust Survivor Speaker
Wednesday, April 1
6:30 p.m.
Please RSVP to  There is no charge for this event. 


Pesach Youth Services & Family Programs

Saturday, April 4  - 1st day of Pesach
11:00 a.m. - Youth Services

Sunday, April 5 - 2nd day of Pesach
11:00 a.m. - Youth Service
Pesach Pizza Party at the conclusion of services. $12 per family.* Reservations are due by Monday, March 30.

Friday, April 10 - 7th day of Pesach
10:30 a.m. - Matzah Brei Mania
$12 per family.* Reservations are due by Monday, March 30.
11:00 a.m. - Youth Service

Saturday, April 11 - 8th day of Pesach
10:30 a.m. - Youth Service (K-7) with our neighbors at the Landow House
Please meet at B'nai Israel at 10:30 a.m. and walk with our staff to the Landow House.
11:00 a.m. - Torah for Tots

*Special rate of $20 per family for both events.

Registration is due by Monday, March 30. Register online at Questions? Contact Sharon Safra (240-221-2500, 


Rabbi Jonathan A. SchnitzerMonthly Lunch and Learn: Torah Study
Instructor: Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer
Monday, April 6 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.


Passover Recipes 


If you are looking for tried and true Passover recipes - we have the answer. Would you like the recipe for: Matzah Farfel Veggie Kugel? Matzah Pizza? Passover Muffins? Passover Stuffed Chicken Breasts? Passover Spinach Lasagna? Simply purchase a copy of the well-received cookbook From our Table to Yours, volume II. This professionally published cookbook that contains over 450 recipes (not all are Passover recipes) is designed so that additional recipes can be added using the three-ring binder. From Our Table to Yours is available for only $25 in the Nursery School Office. The cookbooks make great gifts for Mother's Day, house warming, engagement, weddings, birthdays and graduation. Everyone that reviews the book is amazed at the vast collection of family favorites - buy your copies today! 


Sisterhood Judaica Shop - For All Your Judaica Needs! 



Mark Your Calendars!


The first seder is Friday, April 3.

Stop into the Judaica Shop for all your Pesach needs

  • Haggadot
  • Seder Plates
  • Matzah Plates & Covers
  • Children's Books
  • Afikoman Gifts
  • Interactive Seder Items
  • and much, 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


What is the Good Life? Happiness
and Fulfillment in the Jewish Tradition
Sunday, April 26
1:00-5:15 p.m.
Congregation Har Shalom
11510 Falls Road, Potomac, MD

Registration: $36 in advance
$54 at the door (includes all program materials and refreshments)
Childcare: Available at no cost (with registration by March 30)

A Celebration of Adult Jewish Learning Featuring JTS's Outstanding and Diverse Faculty and Fellows

Dr. Eitan Fishbane - Associate Professor, Jewish Thought
Rabbi David Hoffman - Assistant Professor, Department of Talmud and Rabbinics
Dr. David Kraemer - Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics
Dr. Michal Raucher - JTS Fellow and Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati

Register Online at

Questions? Please contact Erika Balser at Congregation Har Shalom (301-299-7087, ext. 228) or Tani Schwartz-Herman at JTS (212-678-8996).

This program is made possible by a partnership between the Jewish Theological Seminary, B'nai Israel, Har Shalom, and many other synagogues and institutions in the Greater Washington area.  


For all B'nai Israel Women . . .

Wine, Women and What's Nu Concert Featuring Sally Fingerett
Wednesday, April 29
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Concert begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Members of B'nai Israel are free of charge, nonmembers $10/person
Take Erma Bombeck, David Sedaris, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Mason, and Billy Joel, throw them into a blender, microwave on high to realign the molecular structure, and voila, you have Sally Fingerett, a "Mental Yentl" and one of Cantor Ilana's favorite singer/songwriters.  No need to shlep to the Birchmere or fiddle with the Apple Store.  Hear Sally perform in our own Gudelsky Hall followed by a book/cd signing.  10% of the proceeds from sales will support Wine, Women and What's Nu events.  

Please consider supporting the Ritual Director's Fund which subsidizes Wine, Women and What's Nu programs. Those who donate $72 or more by Friday, April 24 will be listed in the event program distributed that night.  If you are interested in donating, please contact Liat in Cantor Wolpert's office.

To help us with our planning, please RSVP by Wednesday,  April 15 to Carol Vogel.  


Golf Classic at Whiskey Creek Golf Club
Wednesday, May 6  
8:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast & Warm-up
10:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
2:30 p.m. Nosh & Awards Ceremony
Please join us for our 14th Annual Golf Classic at Whiskey Creek Golf Club, one of the most beautiful golf courses in our region. Enjoy golf with that special B'nai Israel twist as we bring back the Hamantashen Hole, the Blessing over the Golf Balls, a full Kosher BBQ, and some special noshes for our golfers.  

This year we will have a $5,000 putting contest and a chance to win a lease on a new Cadillac CTS.  There will also be contests on all Par 3 holes and around the course, a souvenir foursome photo compliments of Freed Photography, and prizes for the winning men's and women's foursomes.

Play with friends, entertain clients, or sign up individually and meet some of your fellow congregants. Proceeds from this event go toward programming at B'nai Israel Congregation. For more information about Whiskey Creek Golf Club, go to

* Early bird discount ($25 per individual golfer) is applicable until Monday, March 30.
* Payment is required by Friday, April 17.
* Camera-ready logo artwork/disc for signs and ads is due by Friday, April 17.
* Sponsors are invited and encouraged to play in thetournament.

To register, click here


The Ever-Changing Israeli: Cultural Reflections on Israeli Society
Instructor: Eric Zakim
3 Wednesdays, May 6-20
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Registration: $30 members, $40 nonmembers
What does it mean to be Jewish? What does it mean to be Israeli? What does it mean to be a productive member of society? Over the course of three weeks, Professor Zakim uses the medium of modern Israeli culture to explore changing attitudes towards religion, the military, and the Holocaust. Participants will examine how changes in the Israeli and American communities are bringing us further apart and closer together.

Click here to register. 



Thursday, May 14 
Celebrating Rabbi Jonathan & Beverly Schnitzer's
25 Years at B'nai Israel Congregation



Camp Katan 2015 Registration  

Registration for B'nai Israel Schilit Nursery School summer program, Camp Katan 2015 will begin this month. Camp Katan is designed for children two-years-old through five-years-old and is geared to the more relaxed pace of summer. If you would like to receive a registration application, please contact Nancy Goldberg


REGISTRATION for Nursery School year 2015-2016  

Attention all prospective families with children ages 2-5 interested in enrollment in our half day or full day programs for nursery school 2015-2016, including Before Care and After Care. Please contact Karen Gerton, Director, Schilit Nursery School, 301-816-5578, to schedule a tour of our school. Registration has begun. 


Mabel's Labels

Get ready for camp! Mabel's Labels carries awesome colorful, indestructible, easy-to-use labels. They are dishwasher, microwave, and laundry safe labels that can be attached to practically anything you don't want to lose. You can use the lablels when setting up a Kosher kitchen. To browse products and place an order we ask that you use the unique B'nai Israel Schilit Nursery School link; 


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


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).   


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!


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).    


Complimentary Sisterhood Memberships

Are you a new B'nai Israel member?  During your first year, Sisterhood is pleased to present a welcome gift of a one-year complimentary Sisterhood membership (expires June 2015). For more information, contact Juliann Goldman


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 


Torah Fund Conservative/Masorti Jewish Education 

Torah Fund Pin 2015 


Family and the  


Tree of Life 

Women's League for Conservative Judaism is the largest synagogue-based women's organization in the world. Its mission is to strengthen and unite synagogue women's groups and their members; support them in mutual efforts to understand and perpetuate Conservative/Masorti Judaism in the home, synagogue, community; reinforce their bonds with Israel and Jews worldwide.


Women's League, through its financial contribution to Torah Fund, ensures that the Movement's outstanding institutions of Judaic learning produce the rabbis, cantors, scholars, teachers, and educated laity needed for the entire Movement.


Donate $180 or more to receive the pin in gratitude and recognition of your special gift. Other levels to consider are $18, $28, $36, and $50. Please consider giving any amount you are comfortable with. Every gift is important.


Make checks to Torah Fund and mail to: Torah Fund, B'nai Israel Sisterhood, 6301 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD 20852.


Sharyn Fuchs, Torah Fund Chairman (301-822-4477) 


Mah Jongg Cards 

Sisterhood is selling the 2015 Mah Jongg Card. The Standard Card is $8.00 and the Large Card is $9.00. You will be notified when your order is ready for pick up in the Sisterhood Judaica Shop. Please send your check payable to B'nai Israel Sisterhood and mail to: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852 and mark the envelope "Mah Jongg Card". Questions? Call Harriet Levi (301-649-3429). Thank you for ordering from us. We appreciate your support!  


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. 


B'nai Israel Congregation
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6301 Montrose Road,Rockville, MD 20852




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