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Your Home at the Harbor

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!

This week at B'nai: learning and davening 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to how hot it is expected to be today we are canceling the onsite Kabbalat Shabbat services tonight. B'nai Israel is committed first and foremost to everyone's health.

Consequently, our first onsite services will be next Friday. We hope to see everyone on Zoom tonight at 6:30 pm for Welcoming the Shabbat. Click here!

Friday, July 3rd: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Welcoming the Shabbat: Kabbalat Shabbat Together Click here to join the Zoom session! Sponsored by Rick Gwynallen in honor of Maraji's birthday.

Sunday, July 5th, 8:30 - 9:10 am: Morning Minyan and the Mintz Minute (Words of Inspiration from Rabbi Mintz)Click here to join the Zoom session!

Monday, July 6th, 7:45 - 8:25 am: Morning Minyan and the Mintz Minute (Words of Inspiration from Rabbi Mintz)Click here to join the Zoom session!

Tuesday, July 7th, 8:00 - 8:40 pm: Weekly Wellness Check-In with Rebbetzin Tammy: This is such a challenging time for us all. I know for myself I go through the range of emotions, positive and negative, each day. We can all use a place to reconnect and debrief with one another. I view this as a weekly opportunity for us to see each other and check in on each other and how we have been feeling in this new reality. - Click here to join the Zoom session!

Wednesday, July 8th, Noon - 12:40 pm: Torah Study with Rabbi MintzClick here to join the Zoom session!

Thursday, July 9th - 17th of Tammuz, 7:45 - 8:25 am: Morning Minyan and the Mintz Minute (Words of Inspiration from Rabbi Mintz)Click here to join the Zoom session! Fast begins: 4:36 am - Fast ends: 9:18 pm

Friday, 10 July 2020, 6:30 - 7:00 pm

We will begin holding brief onsite Kabbalat Shabbat services starting this Friday. We plan to use Zoom to live stream these services for the benefit of those who cannot attend.  Sign up to attend the onsite service hereClick here to join the Zoom session! 

Kabbalat Shabbat services will take place in the museum's back parking lot, which is on Watson Street between Lloyd Street and Central Avenue. Parking will not be possible in this lot, but there is ample on street parking as well as the regular parking lot across from B’nai. In case of rain or extreme temperatures, the service will be canceled. We will email all registrants if services are canceled due to weather.

  • During this initial stage, everyone attending services will be required to sign up in advance (and certify that they are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and are healthy). Please sign up to attend here. 
  • One will have to register prior to services. It will be first come first serve.
  • We will not necessarily be able to accommodate walk-ins.
  • Please bring and wear a mask at all times. There will be no admittance without a face mask. 
  • Bring your own siddur or use an electronic siddur on your mobile phone. 
  • Bring your own tallit and head covering. 
  • Maintain a distance from others of at least 8 feet (there will be spaces marked off). 
  • Stand during davening (or bring your own chair). Initially, there will be no chairs. There will be X markings taped on the concrete showing where one should stand or place your own chair. 
  • Make sure to bring a hat, water, suntan lotion, etc. 
  • Per OU guidelines, anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, quarantined due to exposure, exhibiting any signs of illness, or otherwise under suspicion of developing infection, may not attend.  There will be a questionnaire asking pertinent questions of all attendees and B’nai Israel reserves the right to deny admission to anyone refusing to answer or who answers Yes to ANY screening question. 
  • Notify B’nai Israel immediately if you attended a service and subsequently exhibit symptoms of, or test positive for, COVID-19. This is to allow for contact tracing to protect the health of the other service attendees. 



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.

B'nai Israel is currently developing plans for holding 5781/2020High Holiday services onsite, but under the current public health crisis the form of services will be very different. We will be releasing more information in the coming weeks, but here is what we know now.

  • We are planning for outdoor services, and will make a judgement call regarding indoor services later in the summer.
  • Protocols for sanitizing, use of masks, and social distancing consistent with Orthodox Union guidelines will be in place.
  • This will necessarily reduce the numbers of people at any one service.
  • High Holiday seats will be assigned on a first come first served basis.
  • We most likely will offer more than one service to accommodate congregants with time between for cleaning. One will have to attend the service to which one is assigned.

We encourage everyone to fill out a High Holidays seat request with your membership or with a non-member payment for a seat to ensure your place in High Holiday services. 

High Holiday seats can be reserved here

To register for The Book of Remembrance, download the form here.

Every community and every family has interesting stories. 
In the B'nai Spotlight
you will find a few.

Click here to learn about Darren's, Carrie's, and their family's story and connection to B'nai Israel

Mon, July 6 2020 14 Tammuz 5780