B’nai Israel was one of a handful of synagogues founded to meet the needs of Jewish families moving north from downtown in the inter-war years.
Increased membership propelled a move to a new, larger synagogue at 16th and Crittenden Streets, NW, in 1951. With the move, the congregation affiliated with the Conservative movement.
Like a number of other congregations, B’nai Israel launched a school in suburban Maryland to meet the needs of families moving farther north. The Paul Himelfarb Hebrew School on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring opened in 1967.
When congregants moved to Rockville, B’nai Israel followed. It constructed a new synagogue on Montrose Road in 1976. Recent renovations and new additions accommodate B’nai Israel’s membership of 1,200 households.