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Membership is more than just a fee - it's belonging, it's being a part of the fabric of this evolving downtown Jewish community and its illustrious history here in the original Baltimore Jewish neighborhood.

We are all interdependent parts of this community, each needing the other in the communal involvement that makes B'nai Israel special.

From Our Archives: The Stories They Tell and How to Find Them

Sunday, January 30
2 pm - 3 pm
Free online event
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Mysteries Solved, New Tales Revealed Through Two Years of Research into the B'nai Israel Archives

  • Descendants' Day researchers Lia Dankowicz and Rebecca Dobbs will share some of the interesting finds, mysteries they were asked to unravel, and stories that provide color to early B'nai Israel history.
  • Jewish Museum of Maryland archivist Maggie Hoffman will discuss how to use the archives at the Jewish Museum of Maryland to maximize your research. She will cover the scope and formats of materials included within the collection, and what a researcher might learn from different record types. All with images of the materials, including images of some eye-catching materials. 


Torah Study with
Rabbi Mintz

Noon - 12:40 pm

Click here to join the
Zoom session!

Mincha/ Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv
10 minutes after candlelighting


Shabbat Morning Service
 10:00 am

Update to our COVID-19 Policies

revised 29 December 2021

Everyone is Welcome at B'nai Israel,

And everyone has an equal right to expect safe and healthy conditions when they are here.

The B’nai Israel COVID committee has convened to address the quickly accelerating Omicron Variant and the following guidelines were agreed upon as our policy going forward. We foresee some of these adjustments as being short term to get us through this current surge, and we will be re-evaluating and making adjustments to this policy as events dictate.

  • All members and visitors must be fully vaccinated to enter the B’nai Israel building. 
  • Fully Vaccinated is as defined by current CDC guidelines**
  • Per city mandate, masks continue to be required while in the building
  • While attending services, all participants are required to maintain adequate distancing.
  • Kiddushes will be on hold until further notice.
  • Please not attend services if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness. 

**Per CDC current guidelines, a person is considered Fully Vaccinated: 

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Richard Andorsky, M.D.
Dr. Ilene Harris
Co-chairs of B’nai Israel COVID Committee

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!

Tue, January 25 2022 23 Shevat 5782