On Monday, February 17 morning minyan is at 9:00 AM and evening minyan is at 8:00 PM.

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

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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

    By E-Mail: info@bnaiisraelcong.org or to contact an individual, click Clergy and Staff E-Mail

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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.


Service Times & Other Links

Passover Service Times

Rabbinical Assembly Pesah Guide

Mekhirat Hametz – Selling of Hametz Form

Sisterhood Passover Flowers Order Form

Large Print Haggadot From the Jewish Braille Institute of America

Pesah Programs

Social Action: Pesah Basket Delivery

When: Sunday, April 05, 2020

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


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

Siyyum Bekhorot—Siyyum for the First-Born

When: Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


Participate in this annual event to exempt oneself from… More details

Passover Youth Services

When: Friday, April 10, 2020

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


Celebrate the second day of Passover with your friends… More details

Pesah Pizza Party

When: Friday, April 10, 2020

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation


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