• Contact Us

    If you would like more information, we can be reached in the following ways.

    By Mail or In Person:

    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

    If you'd like to submit a message electronically, please use the form below.

Karen Gerton

Karen Gerton

Early Childhood Director


Karen Gerton has been the Director of the award-winning B’nai Israel Schilit Nursery School (BISNS) for the past eighteen years and has been a member of the B’nai Israel staff since 1989. She holds degrees from the University of Maryland in both special education and elementary education and has secured advanced credentials in early childhood education. As the Director of a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) licensed school she is committed to being up-to-date on organizational and mandated requirements in order to enhance all aspects of the nursery school program. In addition, Karen’s dedication to remaining current on curricular and training developments is demonstrated in her active membership in a wide variety of professional organizations including NAREA and NAEYC. She has served as Co-Chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s (JFGW) Early Childhood Director’s Council as well as being a member of the Directors Leadership Team. She participated in the Jewish Life and Learning’s (JLL) Israel: In our Hearts, Minds and Souls – a two year course studying contemporary and innovative ways to bring Israel into our early childhood classrooms and culminating with a grant-funded trip to Israel.  Her dedication to Judaic education extends beyond school walls with her long-term commitment to Jewish summer camps where she has played an administrative role at Camp Louise for over twenty years.

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.