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Your Home at the Harbor

Everyone is welcome to join us for in-person, socially distanced, outdoor (weather permitting)
High Holiday services


Rosh Hashanah 2020 begins in the evening of: Friday, September 18th, 2020, and ends in the evening of: Sunday, September 20th, 2020.

Yom Kippur 2020 begins in the evening of: Sunday, September 27th
 2020, and ends in the evening of: Monday, September 28th, 2020. 


All services will take place outdoors except in the case of inclement weather, in which case most will take place in our breathtaking sanctuary (with windows open for air circulation). The Alternative Service will only be held outdoors.

All services will follow social distancing protocols and will require worshipers to wear masks. Please be mindful we will require all attendees to follow CDC guidelines whether indoors or outdoor

Rosh Hashana: 

Day 1: Saturday, September 19th, 9:30 am - 11:45 am
Noon - 1:30 pm Alternative Service

Day 2: Sunday, September 20th, 9:30 am- 11:45 am
Shofar Blowing at 10:30 am

Tashlich at Noon following services 

Yom Kippur:

Sunday, September 27th
Mincha/Kol Nidrei/Maariv: 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Monday, September 28th
Shacharit/ Torah Reading/Yizkor/Musaf - 9 am- Noon

Alternative Service: 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Mincha/Neilah: 6:30-7:33 pm

Break the Fast: following services (pre-packaged individually wrapped snacks to break the fast) - Sponsored by Seymour and Lynne Farbman

Whether you are a B'nai member or a non-member, you MUST register. Anyone who is not registered will be turned away.

High Holiday seats can be reserved here

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

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 

Onsite services this Saturday - Read more below!


An Online Zoom Kiddush Club/Kabbalat Shabbat is held every Friday at 6:30 pm. Shabbat morning services are every Saturday at 10 am. If you sign up for onsite services, please be sure to arrive on time to ensure we have a minyan.   Sign up to attend the onsite service here. For Friday night, Click here to join the Zoom session! 

Services will take place in front courtyard of the Jewish Museum of Maryland on Lloyd Street. Space is very limited. Sign up soon. 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 and tallit if you live within the eruv. Otherwise, we will provide them. 
  • Maintain a distance from others of at least 8 feet (there will be spaces marked off). 
  • We provide chairs for those who need them. There will be X markings taped on the concrete showing where one should stand or place your own chair. 
  • 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 health 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. 


Wednesday, September 23rd
Noon - 12:40 pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Mintz
 - Click here to join the Zoom session!


Friday, September 25th
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Online Zoom Kiddush Club/Kabbalat Shabbat 
Click here to join the Zoom session!

Saturday, September 26th, 10:00 am: Shabbat Morning Davening. Space is very limited. Sign up soon

Sunday, September 27th, 8:30 - 9:10 am: Morning Minyan and the Mintz Minute (Words of Inspiration from Rabbi Mintz) - Click here to join the Zoom session!



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.

Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781