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Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop

With a trace of fall in the air, we know that the High Holy Days cannot be far behind. And the gift shop is staying proactive by displaying all of the items relating to the holidays. When you pass by our window, you’ll see many of our offerings on display. Stop by and check out everything. We have a large selection of holiday cards, both individual and in packages, and numerous children’s books introducing your kids to the holidays. And don’t miss our myriad honey dishes.

Two items of interest: For the first time since the pandemic we are attending NY NOW, the international gift show held every year at the Javits in New York. We hope to come up with much new merchandise to pique your interest. Second, we are still in the process of changing our software, so we appreciate your patience while we straighten any kinks in the changeover.

Hours of Operation Update
Through September 1, we are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. We are closed over the Labor Day weekend, and are returning to regular hours beginning Tuesday, September 5. Those hours are Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. On Tuesday, we have extended hours, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Of course, if none of these times is convenient for you, please email us at adasgiftshop@gmail.com, and we can set up a special appointment.

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Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop
2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
202-364-2888
adasgiftshop@gmail.com


 

Gifts For All Occasions

Jewish life cycle events: b'nai mitzvah, baby naming, Shabbat, havdalah, confirmation
Holidays: seder plates, challah boards, honey dishes, Kiddush cups, shofarot, books.

*Chavera level sisterhood members get a 25% discount on a single item.

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Our Gift Shop

Meet the Volunteers

Acknowledging the Gift Shop Volunteers

Everyone coming into the Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop—whether shopping for b’nai mitzvah, conversion, confirmation, or wedding gifts; a present for a friend (Jewish or non-Jewish); or a special occasion card—is struck by the variety of items—both religious and secular—the shop carries. But what is just as impressive is the professionalism, friendliness, and knowledge of the shop’s very special volunteer sales associates, many of whom have worked there for years. Without their efforts, the shop would not be the success it is and would not be able to support the synagogue financially as it does.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Sisterhood members who donate their time in this way. Below we introduce you to them as they describe their experiences as sales volunteers.
 

Jean Bernard, co-manager, has been with the shop for almost 15 years. She generally oversees the business side of the shop, including ordering, paying sales tax, maintaining the schedule, and filling in where needed. Jean has filled many roles at Adas, including secretary of the Gan Parents Association (long ago) and serving on the congregation’s board of directors.

 

Susan Winberg, co-manager, is a Washington, DC, native and has been associated with Adas for many years. Her grandmother (z”l) was a past Sisterhood president, and Susan came to the shop with excellent experience. She ran the Bombe Shop  for the Jewish Social Service Agency for many years, and she has worked at our gift shop for 10 years. Susan is primarily responsible for the lovely way the shop is organized.

 

Marian Fox recently became a co-manager of the shop, rounding out our co-manager positions. Marian says, “A pet rabbit in the Gan brought us to Adas Israel. Although banished for inappropriate behavior by the time our son started there, its presence when we toured sealed the deal. Rabbi Wohlberg said, when we told him, that there are many doors into the synagogue. Meanwhile, I've been working Sundays at the shop for well over 12 years. It's very different from my real job and gives me a chance to connect with my retail side. I love talking to customers and helping them find purchases that are just right for them."

Leah Chanin has been with the shop for over 18 years. She explains that she volunteered because she “…thought it would help the synagogue and also because it is a nice place to work.” Leah adds, “I enjoy my time each week in the Gift Shop. I do meet a lot of people, both Adas members and others. Most people are happy when they come in the gift shop to buy a tallit or a yad or other religious objects for special occasions—a bar/bat mitzvah or a wedding or a new home or a conversion. Sometimes I get to explain the religious purpose of a hanukkiyah or a mezuzah or other objects.”

Mindy Gaynor will begin her 5th year as a Gift Shop volunteer in August. She says, "I love working in the shop. It's a lovely way to extend the warmth that defines Adas Israel. Many first-time visitors are surprised to discover we're more than a Judaica shop." Personal treats: a front-row seat to the Gan kids on Fridays & visitors in town for a conversion or baby-naming ceremony.

 

For Myra Promisel, September will mark the beginning of her 15th year as a volunteer sales associate. Myra explains her motivation: “I very much liked the women who were involved (including Shirley Abrams and Ruthe Katz, both of blessed memory). I grew up in the retail business and have always enjoyed doing that kind of work. I love meeting people—synagogue and Sisterhood members—but also those going to the mikvah or passing through Adas for some other reason. I appreciate that what we are doing in the Shop is so important in supporting the synagogue.”

Elaine Rose Elaine joined Adas a couple of years ago to be with her daughter, who is also a member. She says, “I am proud to say I am a member of the superstar gift shop team—a fun, happy bunch of ladies. My little commute to Adas from where I live in Silver Spring is worth the trip. I have lived there for 15 years. I have two kids—a son and a daughter, each of whom has two kids—all girls and all too cute for words and under age five. Pride and joy for sure.”
 

Susan J. Wedlan has been associated with the Gift Shop for over 25 years. Susan writes, “I started on Sundays, with Judy Hartman as my co-volunteer, while my three children were attending religious school. Sundays seem to be the busiest day of the week for the shop, and I loved all the activity. Now I take the Tuesday afternoon shift and follow up by volunteering in the library afterward. I enjoy having friends come in for a chat while they browse and buy. We have such a wonderful selection of Judaica; I am sure I am a top customer of the Shop!”
 

Bunny Weinstein, who has volunteered at the Gift Shop for over 12 years, says “I began because Leah Chanin can talk anyone into doing anything.” She goes on to say, “I feel that the Gift Shop serves not just members of the congregation but also the wider community. On Sunday I often have people from buildings nearby who say they don't know where else to buy candles, menorahs, etc. How nice to know the Gift Shop accommodates them as well.”

 

Nancy Weiss has been a mainstay in the Sisterhood Gift Shop for around 25 years. She reports that she “…started because the then manager, Aline Quint, was my bat mitzvah sister and asked for help. I enjoyed it so I never left my Tuesday morning slot!”


 

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