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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

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High Holidays

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are collectively known as the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe), the holiest days of the year. We welcome the new year with apples and honey, family togetherness, and hope for the days ahead. The sounds of the shofar remind us that forgiveness and change are both possible and necessary.

At B’nai Israel the High Holidays typically bring more than 3,000 people to the synagogue. Members choose from three traditional services – the order of prayers are identical but the size, style, and physical space vary. We also offer a Family Service Experience, primarily for children 5 years old  and under with their parents, a Creative Service  on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, adult learning opportunities, and a full menu of babysitting, youth, and teen services. Each of our services is participatory, with members of the congregation leading some prayers, chanting Torah, and accepting literally hundreds of other honors. We also convene as a united community at selected moments during the high Holy Days, including a beautiful Tashlikh ceremony attended by hundreds at our B’nai Israel Agam (pond).


Prepare for the High Holidays

High Holiday Workshop: Didn’t We Read This Last Year? The Deeper Meaning of the High Holiday Torah Readings with Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz

High Holiday Workshop: God, the Prayerbook, and Me: Finding Meaning in Services with Rabbi Michael Safra

High Holiday Workshop: “Notes” from the Cantors on the High Holidays with Cantors Josh Perlman & Sarah Bolts

L.I.F.E. Lecture & Leyl Selihot

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“Each year I look I forward to High Holy Day services at B’nai Israel– beautiful and solemn liturgy, inspiring sermons from our rabbis, impressive Torah readings by our young adults and the warm feeling of community. B’nai Israel is very special during the holidays. I can’t imagine being anyplace else!” – Sol L.


Important High Holiday Information

  1. High Holiday information and individualized seat forms were mailed out to each member. If you have misplaced your packet, click here to download the information you need.
  2. For all seat related questions contact us at 240-221-2510.
  3. Service times are listed on the back of the ticket or click here.
  4. Service admission is by ticket only. Tickets are mailed out 2 weeks prior to the High Holidays.

Our Services

We are excited to welcome you to B’nai Israel for the High Holidays. Our traditional evening services will take place in the Dweck Sanctuary.  Morning services begin in the Dweck Sanctuary and then break off into three locations for the Torah Service and Mussaf.  The split into separate services takes place at approximately 10:00 a.m. on each day of Rosh Hashanah and 10:30 a.m. on Yom Kippur. Learn more about our different services here.

  • Bimblich Hall

    This service takes place in our expanded sanctuary, which seats nearly 1800 people. The service is primarily led by Rabbi Michael Safra and Cantor Josh Perlman.

  • Dweck Sanctuary

    This service takes place in our expanded sanctuary, which seats nearly 1800 people. The service is primarily led by Rabbi Michael Safra and Cantor Josh Perlman.

  • Gudelsky Hall

    This service takes place in our expanded sanctuary, which seats nearly 1800 people. The service is primarily led by Rabbi Michael Safra and Cantor Josh Perlman.

  • Goodman Assembly

    The Goodman Assembly Hall seats 800 people in only 15 rows. The service is primarily led by Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz and Cantor Ilana Wolpert.

  • Creative Service on the Second Day of Rosh

    The creative service omits some prayers in order to allow for more time and focus on the most familiar parts of the liturgy. The service includes informative explanations, engaging discussions and a small amount of meditation and musical exploration.

  • Family Service

    Our Family Service Experience is designed for families with children age 5 and under. Includes a service, refreshments and art project.

Join the High Holy Day Committee

The High Holy Day Committee’s mission is to provide meaningful services and a pleasant ambiance for our congregants during the High Holy Day.

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High Holy Day Music and Sermons

“At the High Holy Days I look back on the past year and think about what I’ve accomplished. I think about the new year and my goals. I enjoy learning from the sermons and listening to the beautiful chanting of our cantors.” Jake R.

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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.