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Your Home at the Harbor

Our COVID-19 Policies

Everyone is Welcome at B'nai Israel

And everyone has an equal right to expect safe and healthy conditions when they are here. B'nai Israel has re-opened for Shabbos minyan for the following essential functions:

  • To re-establish our shul community
  • To facilitate community davening
  • To allow recitation of kaddish with a Minyan
  • To allow leining of the Torah

In an effort to create a safe davening environment for our members, the following protocols have been put in place:

  • Register in advance for each service or event you wish to attend. Registration for a minyan is not transferable.
  • Registration must be submitted through this link. A separate registration will be required for each service you plan to attend. If you do not pre-register, you will be asked to provide your first and last name, contact information and Covid-19 exposure related questions as contained in the online registration. If the service or event is full, we not be able to accommodate you.

  • WEAR A MASK COVERING MOUTH AND NOSE. Anyone not wearing a mask at all times will be asked to leave in the interest of public safety. Please note that you may not use masks with external valves, bandanas, and neck gaiters, as they have been shown to be ineffective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

  • MAINTAIN A DISTANCE OF AT LEAST 6' FROM THE TORAH AND THE BIMAH. No one shall approach the Torah or Bimah space for any reason. Brachot can be said from your standing or sitting spot. Never come closer than 6 feet to the bimah or person carrying the Torah.
  • Sanitize hands upon entry. Hand sanitizer is provided on-site.


  •  If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID or otherwise do not feel well, stay home and daven there.
  • If anyone in your household tested positive for Covid-19, no one else in that household should attend B'nai Israel minyanim or other events until 14 days after the patient is determined by their medical provider to no longer be infectious.
  • If anyone in your household has been required to quarantine but has not displayed symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19 (i.e., a child who was in a class with someone who tested positive and the child is quarantining without symptoms) you may come to shul.
  • If you are in a high risk group, consult your physician before attending minyan or other events.

By your presence in the synagogue space, including the building, parking lot, street, sidewalk, and the JMM courtyard, you agree to abide by and observe these protocols. We will always put forth our best effort to create a safe and healthy environment for our B’nai Israel community, but the effectiveness of our efforts relies upon your cooperation. These restrictions are put in place to keep everyone safe by minimizing the risk of viral transmission, and in the interest of public health and safety we reserve the right to ask anyone who is non-compliant to leave. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation to provide a safe davening space for all.

This week at B'nai: Learning & Davening

Online Zoom Kiddush Club/Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, November 20
3:59 pm
Click here to join the Zoom session!

Time will change weekly, to 30 minutes before Candle Lighting time.

Shabbat Morning Service

Saturday, November 21
10:00 am

Weather permitting, services will take place in the courtyard of the Jewish Museum of Maryland on Lloyd Street.

Space is very limited.
Sign up soon

Morning Minyan and the
Mintz Minute

(Words of Inspiration from Rabbi Mintz)

Sunday, November 22
8:30 - 9:10 am EST

Click here to join the Zoom session!

Torah Study with
Rabbi Mintz

Wednesday, November 25
Noon - 12:40 pm

Click here to join the
Zoom session!

Every year our members and visitors make Yom Kippur pledges of financial support. These pledges are crucial to the synagogue's sustainability. This year, your donations are even more important. We hope that we can count on each of you to match what you gave last year, and increase your donation where you can. We thank you in advance for your dedication to our historic synagogue.

Help sustain Jewish life in Downtown Baltimore
by making a donation to B'nai Israel's Yom Kippur Appeal.

Your donation will help keep our historic shul operating, and makes possible our exciting programs and educational offerings.  


Click here
to make your donation

Thank you in advance!


The historic B’nai Israel Congregation has been the downtown home for Jewish families for generations, and it remains Your Home at the Harbor today. These last months have underscored how much we need each other and how much we need our community. Whatever it is that draws you here, your commitment to downtown Jewish life is what makes continuing this 147 year-old shul community possible, and for that we are deeply grateful to each of you.

As we overcome the pandemic and look toward our collective future, the renewal of your membership, new members joining, and the purchase of High Holiday seats are critical to the survival and growth of our shul community. You enable us to build our programs, provide services, and ensure a shul and community for generations to come. We need your continued support now more than ever. Thank you for being part of the B'nai Israel and downtown Baltimore Jewish community.

Our current members will soon be receiving their bills for membership renewal. Dues of current members renew on 1 August 2020 at the same membership category unless you inform us in writing of a change. Any changes can be sent to

If you have not yet become a member. we invite you to join. Membership forms can be downloaded here. Or join online here.

We look forward to another year of Torah, prayer, and life at B'nai Israel with you and your family.

Wed, November 25 2020 9 Kislev 5781