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Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop

Spring has arrived, and summer is soon to follow. We’re cutting back our hours, so please see the note below. We’re still offering our “Spring Is in the Air” items, which you will find on the cart outside the shop during the hours we are open. The offerings (all at 25% off; no other discounts apply) on the cart include jewelry, Michael Aram serving pieces, child-size Bukharan kippot, challah covers, a children’s travel set, and other odds and ends.

And for our Washington Nationals fans, we have official red kippot to show off your team spirit!

And, of course, you can always find hostess gifts, bat mitzvah presents, a plethora of tallitot (for males and females), and items for children.



Beginning Monday, May 20, summer hours are in effect. We will be open only three days a week and for shorter hours: TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY, 10 am until 12 noon. If these hours are not convenient for you, please email us at

and we will endeavor to set up a special appointment for you. Please do not call us, because we are unable to retrieve messages when we are off-site.

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.

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."

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.”

Miriam Rosenthal, our newest volunteer: I know I have big shoes to fill: Leah Chanin’s Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop’s shift on Wednesday mornings. She retired from the gift shop, and I was looking for volunteer opportunities after retiring from the U.S. Census Bureau. As a former Adas Israel Sisterhood president, I was aware of the gift shop and its philanthropic relationship with the synagogue. As a lifetime synagogue member, I didn’t realize all of the opportunities to connect with others during my shift. I’ve enjoyed catching up with fellow congregants who stop by the shop, helping people who have just been in the mikvah to pick out a mezuzah case for their new Jewish home, and meeting Adas employees who are using their latest gift card from Adas Israel’s angel, Donald Saltz. Who knew retail could be so much fun?

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!”


Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop
2850 Quebec Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

Every purchase, large or small, benefits Adas Israel Congregation.


Mon, May 20 2024 12 Iyyar 5784