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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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Saturday Youth & Family Programs

Kids love to pray at B’nai! Join us for services and programs for youth of all ages from our Tot Shabbat service on up to our USY Teen Minyan. Be sure to also check out our Gold Kippah Honor Society prayer mastery program just for kids! Click here for our Shabbat FAQs.

 

NEW THIS YEAR! Family Minyan
November 2, December 21, February 1, March 7, April 4, May 9
10:00–11:45 AM
Gather as a family for these special Shabbat morning services with meaningful learning, spirited prayer, and engaging Torah reading. All are welcome to attend. Those who wish to lead and participate in the service can contact Rabbi Berkowitz.

 

NEW THIS YEAR! Kids Club
Shabbat Mornings, 10:30–11:45 AM
December 14, January 4, February 29, March 14, April 25
We invite parents to drop-off their children (grades K–6) in Hayman Chapel for services designed exclusively for them. Parents are welcome to join the congregation in Dweck Sanctuary and/or in other Shabbat morning programs.

 

NEW THIS YEAR! Shabbat Shenanigans
September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11
12:15–1:15 PM
Games and fun for middle and high school students on the second Saturday of each month. Sports, activities, board games, crafts, and more for you and your friends. Contact Sarah Jarvis, Director of Youth Engagement, for more information.

 

Tot Shabbat (Ages 5 and Under with Parent)
Shabbat Mornings, 11:00–11:45 AM
This service introduces our youngest children to the joys of Shabbat. The program, which combines singing, storytelling, and movement, is a great way for families to find a chevrah (a friendly community) at B’nai Israel. The Tot Shabbat listserv offers timely information about special events and services. To join, send an email to Arielle Katzel.

 

Mini Minyan (Grades K-2)
Shabbat Mornings, 10:30-11:45 AM
September 7, October 19, November 9, December 7, January 11, March 21, April 18, May 16
Using a siddur specially crafted for our students, children are encouraged to lead prayers and actively participate. The service generally concludes with a story or an abbreviated Torah service and parasha discussion. On weeks when Mini Minyan does not meet, students in this age group are encouraged to attend Junior Congregation.

 

Junior Congregation (Grades 3–6 when Mini Minyan meets, Grades K–6 when Mini Minyan does not meet)
Shabbat Mornings, 10:30–11:45 AM
This service, largely led by the children themselves, includes a short Torah discussion, game, or parasha play. Children from the Talmud Torah and the day schools are encouraged to read Torah and lead prayers together. Children are invited to attend this service with or without their parents.
New This Year! Selected Junior Congregations will be “Kids Club,” which means that they are for students only. Parents are invited to Dweck Sanctuary and all other activities that morning.

 

Teen Minyan
September 7, October 19, November 9, December 14, January 11, March 21, April 25, May 16
10:30-11:45 AM
This special service is led by and for teens. Join us for creative, interactive services, discussions, and unique parasha presentations designed around special themes. Want to lead a teen minyan? Contact Moshe Ben-Lev, Education Director.

 

Shabbatot by Grade
During the course of the year we honor our students at special grade-level Shabbatot.  Click here for the Shabbatot by Grade schedule for 2019-2020.

 

 

Upcoming Programs

3s Shabbat & Brunch

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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10:30 AM Brunch 11:00 AM Tots Service We invite… More details

November Family Minyan

When: Saturday, November 02, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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Gather as a family for these special Shabbat morning… More details

Kindergarten Shabbat & Brunch

When: Saturday, November 09, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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10:00 AM 10:30 AM Mini Minyan Service We invite… More details

Shabbat Shenanigans in November

When: Saturday, November 09, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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Games and fun for middle and high school students… More details

EPIC Shabbat & Ramah Shabbat: Maccabiah

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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10:00 AM Brunch 10:30 AM Maccabiah Activities Begin 10:45… More details

2s, Tikvah Twos, & Toddler Time Shabbat

When: Saturday, November 23, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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10:30 AM Brunch 11:00 AM Tot Shabbat Service We… More details

6th Grade B’nai Mitzvah Experience

When: Saturday, November 23, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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Preparing for b’nai mitzvah is an exciting time that… More details

4th Grade Shabbat & Brunch

When: Saturday, December 07, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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10:00 AM Brunch 10:30 AM Junior Congregation Service We… More details

2nd Grade Shabbat & Brunch

When: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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10:00 AM Brunch 10:30 AM Mini Minyan We invite… More details

Kids Club in December

When: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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We invite parents to drop-off their children (grades K–6)… More details

Shabbat Shenanigans in December

When: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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Games and fun for middle and high school students… More details

Havdalah “Have Deli” & Pajama Shabbat

When: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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Enjoy a delicious deli dinner as we gather together… More details

December Family Minyan

When: Saturday, December 21, 2019

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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Gather as a family for these special Shabbat morning… More details

Kids Club in January

When: Saturday, January 04, 2020

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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We invite parents to drop-off their children (grades K–6)… More details

1st Grade Shabbat & Brunch

When: Saturday, January 11, 2020

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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10:00 AM Brunch 10:30 AM Mini Minyan We invite… More details

Shabbat Shenanigans in January

When: Saturday, January 11, 2020

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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Games and fun for middle and high school students… More details

Pre-K Shabbat & Brunch

When: Saturday, February 01, 2020

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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10:30 AM Brunch 11:00 AM Tot Shabbat Service We… More details

3rd Grade Shabbat & Brunch

When: Saturday, February 22, 2020

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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10:00 AM Brunch 10:30 AM Junior Congregation Service We… More details

Kids Club in February

When: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

Details:

We invite parents to drop-off their children (grades K–6)… More details

Kids Club in March

When: Saturday, March 14, 2020

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

Details:

We invite parents to drop-off their children (grades K–6)… More details

Kids Club in April

When: Saturday, April 25, 2020

Where: B'nai Israel Congregation

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We invite parents to drop-off their children (grades K–6)… More details

Shabbat Magic Youth Services Schedule

Saturday, October 19
10:00 AM 5th Grade Family Brunch
10:15 AM Gold Kippah Chug
10:30 AM Mini Minyan (grades K–2)
10:30 AM Junior Congregation and 5th Grade Shabbat (grades 3–6)
10:30 AM Teen Minyan
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)

Saturday, October 26
10:15 AM Gold Kippah Chug
10:30 AM Junior Congregation (grades K-6)
10:30 AM Three Year Old Classes Family Brunch
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat and Three Year Old Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)

Saturday, November 2
November Birthday Shabbat
10:00 AM Family Minyan
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)
11:40 AM Youth Kiddush honoring all of our November Birthdays
12:00 PM Congregational Kiddush

Saturday, November 9
10:00 AM Kindergarten Family Brunch
10:15 AM Gold Kippah Prayer Practice
10:30 AM Mini Minyan (grades K–2) and Kindergarten Shabbat
10:30 AM Junior Congregation (grades 3-6)
10:30 AM Teen Minyan

Saturday, November 16
EPIC Shabbat & Ramah Shabbat
MACCABIAH GAMES
10:00 AM Family Brunch
10:30 AM Maccabiah Games Activities Begin
10:45 AM Special Parent Session with Rabbi Berkowitz
It’s Blue against White in our very own B’nai Israel Maccabiah Games! Join us for an EPIC Shabbat filled with games, contests, activities and more. Begin the day with an energizing breakfast and get ready to score some points for your team.

Saturday, November 23
6th Grade B’nai Mitzvah Institute
10:15 AM Gold Kippah Prayer Practice
10:30 AM Two Year Old and Transitional Two Year old Family Brunch
10:30 AM Junior Congregation (grades K-5)
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent) and Two Year Old and Transitional Two Year old

Saturday, November 30
11:00 AM Tot Shabbat (ages 5 and under with parent)

Gold Kippah Honor Society

The B’nai Israel Gold Kippah Honor Society celebrates our worship tradition by recognizing students for their proficiency in various prayers. Learn more about our Gold Kippah Honor Society.

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Birthday Shabbat

At our monthly “Birthday Shabbat” we recognize children celebrating recent birthdays. Visit our Events & Programs Calendar for the date of the next Birthday Shabbat. Yom Huledet Sameach to all our birthday kids!

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Shabbat Services and Programs for Adults

Stimulate your mind with services and captivating programs for adults with a range of Jewish backgrounds

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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.

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