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B’nai Shalom of Olney is an egalitarian, Conservative Jewish congregation, committed to enhancing life through prayer, religious education, Mitzvot, community outreach and social action. We join together to share in one another’s Simhot and sorrows. It is our goal to meet the diverse spiritual, religious and social needs of our members with the framework and traditions of Conservative Judaism. We nurture our Judaic growth through engaging educational programs for children and adults. We strive to further the causes of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. We build unity with our fellow Jews and the community at large in the spirit of love and respect.


Adult Education -   Click here to   see all Adult Ed

Thursday, February 22, 7:45 p.m.                                                RSVP here for Hazzan Sara Geller's class: “Leaning Into Great Comedy” – a look at humor and feminism in the Book of Esther.  This is a great way to explore and appreciate the Megillah as literature.  It will get you in the mood for our Purim celebration on Wednesday night, February 28.  

Saturday, February 24, 12:30 p.m. - Kiddush Konversation       Join us for lunch on Saturday, February 24, for our next Kiddush Konversation. This month's speaker will be Al Temin, presenting a discussion on: "Developments between Israel and India.”

Sunday, February 25, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Baking Class      Not Your Bubbe’s Hamentaschen Baking with Laurie Blumstein - $5 for the cost of materials.  Register here 

Inclusion Shabbat - Saturday, February 24

 "The house of worship represents one place where barriers     fall and we stand equal before G-D."

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month.  It is a time in which Jewish communities unite, in an effort to raise awareness and champion the rights of all Jews, in that they should be included to participate in all aspects of Jewish life.  

On February 24, BSO will be holding our Disability and Inclusion Shabbat. Please join us as we raise awareness of the special value that everyone in our congregation adds to our community. Experience a Shabbat that focuses on inclusion, accessibility and an enhanced belonging for all members.

After services we will be dedicating an accessible Mezuzah      to be placed on our front door.

             BSO Scholar in Residence Program                                                                       Sunday, February 25                                                                                              10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Please join us to hear Dr. Edna Friedberg discuss and then answer questions on "What is Justice? The Nuremberg Trials and Beyond" (appropriate for high school age and above)         

Be sure to save yourself a seat - Click here to RSVP
Dr. Edna Friedberg is a JTS Fellow and Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. A graduate of the University of Illinois, she received her Ph.D. in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary where she wrote her dissertation on the origins of American Jewish services for the elderly. Dr. Friedberg joined the staff of the Holocaust Museum in 1999 and has served as the historian for the museum’s highly-visited, online Holocaust Encyclopedia and as Director of its Wexner Learning Center. She also curated a special exhibit on the legacy of the Nuremberg trials and postwar justice.



Contact us for information about our community and membership


18401 Burtfield Drive, Olney, MD 20832  [MAP/DIRECTIONS]


Administrative Office: (301) 774-0879/Fax: (301) 774-3992   

Religious School Office: (301) 774-9323

Early Childhood Office: (301) 570-0699

    Mishloach Manot Project    - Time's Running Out - The Last Day to Order is   February 20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Once again, we are offering the convenience of participating in our annual Mishloach Manot Project online. You will be able to place your orders at our secure site:
Through B'nai Shalom of Olney's Mishloach Manot Project, you can participate by sending a festive gift basket to your friends and family that will be delivered to them during the week of the Purim holiday, Wednesday, February 28 - Erev Purim.
It's a mitzvah, it's great fun and, with B'nai Shalom of Olney, it's easier than ever!  Click here for more details.

              The ECSC Silent Auction at the Purim                                     Carnival  is looking for items to be                                                                          donated for bidding. 


Do you have your own business or contacts who can help with donations?  Click here for a list of ideal items.


  Wednesday, February 28 at 6:15 p.m.
                          BSO Family Purim Celebration                                 and    Full Megillah Reading 

When a tornado rips through Olney, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Shushan. 
They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward Ahasuerus
 palace to meet the Wizard.  All ages are encouraged to come along on this daring adventure!  

Storytelling & Hamantashen 
Food, drinks, activities & a full Megillah reading for all ages

              Mac & Cheese Boxes as Groggers —
                                                                                           No Way!?!   But—Yes, it’s true!


USY will be selling boxes of Mac & Cheese to use as Groggers  on Wednesday, February 28, before the Megillah reading that is open to all ages! They will be $2/box or 3 for $5.

The proceeds will go to Tikun Olam - the USY Tzedukkah, and the boxes of Mac & Cheese will be donated to Olney Help after they are used.


March 1 at 9:45 a.m.                                                                                           ECS  Purim Costume Parade & Sing-Along                                               

Join us for a festive Purim sing-along led by Cantor Geller and Rabbi Dina!  Parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends are invited for singing and story telling! 

                                                                    Please bring boxes of Macaroni and Cheese to use as "groggers" (noise makers) during the story-telling. Afterward, we will donate all of the boxes to the food pantry at St. Johns!

                                             March 4 at 10:30 a.m.                                                                           Religious School Purim Carnival                               

Enjoy DOZENS of Booths, a Moon Bounce, an Obstacle Course & More Surprises! ◾ The Men’s Club will be Selling Lunch ◾ Sisterhood Hamentashen Sale ◾ Men’s Club Passover Wine Tasting and Sale ◾ ECSC Silent Auction and Much, Much More!
Tickets: Buy tickets here or by clicking the "buy tickets" icon or at the door. 50 cents each or 25 for $10.  Special Ticket passport for ages 7 and under - $8. 


Men's Club Passover Wine Fundraiser 

Click here to print the list/order form.
Contact Steve Leavey with questions or to place an order at: or call 301-384-8928 or 301-325-4859.




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