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    B’nai Israel Congregation
    6301 Montrose Road
    Rockville, MD 20852-4195

    By Phone: 301-881-6550

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Pesah (Passover)

Celebrating Passover

Passover is Zeman Heiruteinu, the Season of Our Freedom from Slavery in Egypt. The highlight of the festival is the Seder, the ritualized “retelling” of the story of the Exodus. We are guided by special songs, foods, and symbols – including matzah (unleavened bread), maror (bitter herbs), haroset (a tasty dish of apples, nuts, and wine), 4 cups of wine, and more. In preparation for the holiday, Jews take special care to clear their houses of hametz (leaven), which cannot be consumed throughout the 8-day festival. The liturgy of the first day of the holiday includes Tefilat Tal, the Prayer for Dew upon the conclusion of the rainy season in Israel. Services on the last day include the Yizkor memorial prayers, and each daily service includes a special Torah reading.


At B’nai Israel, we are eager to ensure that anyone who desires is invited to celebrate the Seder with a member of our community. If you  have extra spaces at your seder table or are looking for a seder to attend, contact Rabbi Berkowitz’s office. Popular family programming for the holiday includes Matzah Brei Mania (children and adults make the popular breakfast treat at the synagogue) and our annual Pesah Pizza Party.


Click here for Passover service times.

Click here  for the Rabbinical Assembly Pesah Guide.

Click here for the Mekhirat Hametz – Selling of Hametz form.

Click here for the Sisterhood Passover Flowers order form.

Large print haggadot are available from the Jewish Braille Institute of America. Click here for details.

Pesah Programs

Clear Out Your Hametz Dairy Potluck Dinner

When: Friday, April 12, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


Cleaning out your kitchen for Pesah? Come use up… More details

Social Action: Pesah Basket Delivery

When: Sunday, April 14, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


Deliver Pesah packages to senior residents in the Rockville… More details

Pesah Seder with Residents of Area Senior Residences

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Where: Brookdale Senior Living


Join Rabbi Berkowitz to retell the story of Pesah… More details

B’dikat Hametz—The Search for Hametz, and Bi’ur Hametz—Burning Hametz

When: Thursday, April 18, 2019


The search for leavened bread takes place on Thursday… More details

Siyyum Bekhorim—Siyyum for the First-Born

When: Friday, April 19, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


On Friday morning, April 19, all first-borns are urged… More details

Pesah Pizza Party

When: Sunday, April 21, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


Join us during Kiddush for this annual tradition. Make… More details

Kadima: Master Chef Pesah Dessert Edition

When: Sunday, April 21, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


Compete with friends to serve the tastiest Pesah treats. More details

Pesah Bistro

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


Go out to dinner with your friends on this… More details

Family Pesah Experience

When: Friday, April 26, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


with Tamar Sommer & Sarah Jarvis More details

Music and Sermons

Listen to a selection of music and sermons from B'nai Israel.

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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.