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Adas on the Airwaves

Continuing Our Commitment to Adas Prayer, Learning, & Connection

As you have all heard by now, Adas will be suspending onsite operations and closing our building through April 26. If you have not had the chance to do so, please read through our note to the community carefully. We continue to send abundant love, gratitude and blessings to each and every one of you.

As we mentioned in our communication, we will proudly continue our commitment to Adas prayer, learning, and connection — through the airwaves. Below, you will find a comprehensive collection of upcoming services, classes, and other opportunities to engage remotely. We affirm once again that our unwavering connection to each other is among our greatest blessings at Adas, and is felt just as palpably in our hearts, and even online, as it is in our building. We are each of us, aravevim zeh la-zeh, deeply bound, one with the other.

Live Prayer & Learning | Passover LearningDaily Minyan Zoom | Hesed | Virtual School | Upcoming "Gatherings" | Other Learning | Zoom Genius Bar

Live Prayer and Learning Schedule, 4/5 - 4/11


Weekdays (4/5 - 4/8) at 12pm: 
Daily Torah Bite from our Clergy

View Live Daily:
Sun, 4/5: click here for archived video
Mon, 4/6: archived video posted shortly after broadcast
Tue, 4/7: archived video posted shortly after broadcast
Wed, 4/8: archived video posted shortly after broadcast​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Click here to find past broadcasts.


Wednesday, April 8 at 12pm:
Passover Sing and Story with Cantor Ari and Rabbi Solomon

View Live:


Thursday, April 9 at 10:00am:
Shacharit Service and Hallel with Cantor
View Live:


Thursday, April 9 at 6:30pm:
Second Night Community Seder with Rabbis Holtzblatt & Alexander

Join the Zoom Session:


Friday, April 10 at 10am: 
Shacharit Service with Rabbi Holtzblatt
View Live:


Friday, April 10, Beginning at 5pm: 
Family Service​​​​​​​ Followed by Community Kabbalat Shabbat with Hazzan Goldsmith
View Live:


Saturday, April 11 at 9:30am: 
Shabbat Shacharit and Hallel with Rabbi Krinsky

View Live:
Siddur Lev Shalem Shabbat morning PDF: Download Here


Saturday, April 11 at 11:30am: 
Family Shabbat Service with Rabbi
View Live:


Saturday, April 11 at 8:00pm: 
Maariv/ Havdalah with Rabbi Alexander​​​​​​​

View Live:


We are blessed to have the opportunity to stream all of our chag (holiday), chol hamoed (weekday), and Shabbat services live throughout the Passover holiday. Please visit our Passover webpage to view the full schedule along with zoom, livestream, and Facebook live links. 

Please be sure to set up a Facebook account in advance to view the Facebook videos live. Don’t worry, you can keep your profile private and set it up with minimal information. Once you land on our Facebook page, just scroll down until you see the live post. They will be archived there for later use if you happen to miss the live viewing. Or you can access them here shortly after each broadcast without using Facebook. Please email: for any technical assistance, thank you!

Passover Learning Opportunities


Passover Q&A with Rabbis Holtzblatt & Alexander
Click here to listen to the audio
Access the archived broadcast with Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander, for a comprehensive guide to the upcoming Passover holiday. Learn all you need to know to navigate this year's Festival of Freedom at home. 


Torah Bite Passover Learning with Rabbis Holtzblatt & Alexander
View archive here
Join Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander as they highlight components of Passover including the Seder meals, avoiding leaven and the retelling of the Exodus story. Post questions in the comments.


Sunday, April 5 at 1pm
Zoom Tips for the Passover Seder with Rabbi Krinsky
Join the Video Zoom: 
Join by phone: 16465588656, Access 157 421 056

Come and learn how to make the most out of the Zoom platform for your seder attendance and participation. Designed for both those hosting via Zoom as well as those attending via Zoom, this session will cover the basics of the platform as well as advanced features that will enhance our virtual experiences. 


Monday, April 6 @ 12pm
Sing the Seder: Torah Bite with Cantor Arianne Brown

View live:
Passover songs are essential to enhancing the seder, while supporting a structure that leads us from one part of the seder to the next. Join Cantor Brown as she teaches the music of Passover. 


Adas Israel Passover Webpage
We are committed to marching towards freedom with all of you over the airwaves, and will provide numerous opportunities for holiday guides, learning, services, and even virtual seders. Keep a close eye on the Adas webpage at for all of this and more!

Daily Minyan Zoom Schedule (April 5 - April 8) 

We invite our Daily Minyan community, particularly those in the early stages of mourning, to join us for our daily Zoom minyanim. Please be sure to use the appropriate meeting login for the applicable date and service. Don't have a siddur at home? Click the following links for the siddur pages we will be using during the Minyan Zoom calls: Shacharit, Mincha, Maariv.


Shacharit, Sunday, April 5 at 9:00am:
Join the Video Zoom at
Join by phone: 16465588656, Access: 883300617

Shacharit, Monday, April 6- Wednesday, April 8:
Join the Video Zoom at
Join by phone: 16465588656, Access: 140264233

Mincha/Maariv, Sunday, April 5 - Tuesday, April 7:
Join the Zoom at
Join by phone: 16465588656, Access: 778820594



We are currently mobilizing the largest Hesed Call Task Force in Adas history. Together with our clergy and staff, we are actively calling everyone from the more vulnerable populations within our community. This is a significant, but critical, undertaking, requiring hundreds of individual phone calls. As we learn more about what our members need from these phone calls, we will be in touch with additional information. Please register your interest in providing Hesed, by clicking here.


Sew for Unity Health Care DC with Sisterhood and Hesed!
Health services and providers around DC need our help in protecting their patients and themselves. If you sew, please consider joining the nationwide movement of at-home, shut-in crafters to make protective masks.

You can find information on templates, materials and methods at The Million Mask Challenge. This is a DC-Md-Va focused organization that is coordinating mask-making and distribution. They are able to identify the needs, provide information on how-to, and instruct you on how to safely get your completed masks to those who need them. 

Virtual School

We encourage all preschool and religious school families to stay closely connected to us and each other throughout this closure. Our hope is that these experiences will offer a meaningful point of routine, connection, learning, and growth through the airwaves during this period. We look forward to seeing you all online!


Gan HaYeled
The Gan is committed to staying connected, and has created a comprehensive new digital framework for day-to-day school life throughout this period. The framework revolves around three core elements: CONNECTION, CONTENT, and ROUTINE. The full Gan will gather three times per day, every day, via Zoom. And individual classes will Zoom daily as well. In addition, our teachers and staff will be sharing ongoing content, checking in on each family regularly, and making themselves available for individual Zoom sessions. Read more about how we are actualizing these elements during our closure here


Religious School
While we may not be gathering in person, we have been thinking about you all a lot and have a number of exciting ways for us to connect while we are out of the building. Our teachers have lessons to share, we will have an "all-school zoom gathering" with Rabbi Kerrith, and there will be family and children's services over Shabbat. We will continue to be here with you and are available to you in our professional and pastoral capacities. Please do lean on us and our community as we continue to move forward together. Each grade has received a comprehensive email with gathering instructions, please do read carefully, and we look forward to seeing you. 

Upcoming "Gatherings"


Sunday, April 12 at 12pm - קפה עברית Café Ivrit- Hebrew meetings
Join Zoom Meeting
Come and speak in Hebrew! We invite anyone who has a knowledge of conversational Hebrew and wants to practice and speak with others to join us. Please note, this is not a lesson, but rather a place to feel comfortable to practice and speak with others. Have a cup of coffee, chat about the Mezeg Avir, read news articles or book excerpts and just feel free to talk about anything you want. Led by Talia Garber, our Israeli Shlicha.


Tuesday, April 14 at 11am - A Backstage Look At Jewish Theater With Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr
Join Zoom Session
Join by phone: 16465588656, Access 568 602 057
Join Theater J artistic director Adam Immerwahr for a candid,  behind-the-scenes exploration of our nation’s largest and most prominent Jewish Theater, Theater J.  From how seasons are chosen to how the productions are shepherded onto the stage, learn about the questions, challenges, and opportunities in producing Jewish theater for a diverse audience in the nation’s capital.  How are scripts selected, artists chosen, designs created, and production elements assembled?  What makes a play Jewish, and what makes a production Jewish?


Sunday, April 26 at 11am - Book Chat on "Inheritance" by Dani Shapiro
Join the Zoom video call at
Join by phone: 16465588656, Access: 916-175-989
Join us to discuss this thought-provoking (yet easy-to-read) memoir. Through chance genetic testing, Dani Shapiro discovers that her beloved deceased father and illustrious Jewish forbears were not her blood relatives. Ethical questions about family secrets, sperm donation, and other sensitive issues abound.  Our librarian, Robin Jacobson (, will provide background on the author/book and facilitate the discussion. 

Other Learning Content to Use and Enjoy 

We invite you to take (what we hope will be) some extra free time at home to catch up on all of our amazing learning and engagement content. Coming to you straight from the Adas treasure trove.

Daily Torah Bite Archives From Adas Clergy
• Sun, 3/15 Archive:  click here for archived video
• Mon, 3/16 Archive:  click here for archived video
• Tue, 3/17 Archive:  click here for archived video
• Wed, 3/18 Archive:  click here for archived video
• Thur, 3/19 Archive:  click here for archived video
• Fri, 3/20 Archive:  click here for archived video
• Sun, 3/22 Archive:  click here for archived video
• Sun, 3/22 Archive (2):  click here for archived video
• Mon, 3/23 Archive: click here for archived video
• Tue, 3/24 Archive:  click here for archived video
• Wed, 3/25 Archive:  click here for archived video
• Thur, 3/26 Archive:  click here for archived video
• Fri, 3/27 Archive:  click here for archived video
• Sun, 3/29: click here for archived video
• Mon, 3/30: click here for archived video
• Tue, 3/31: click here for archived video
• Wed, 4/1: click here for archived video
• Thu, 4/2: click here for archived video
• Fri, 4/3: click here for archived video

Heal Us Now with Cantor Arianne Brown
Click here to listen

3/12 Greeting from Rabbis Holtzblatt & Alexander
Click here to view

3/13 Parsha Study (Ki Tisa) with Rabbi Holtzblatt
Click here to view

Adas @ Home: Blessings Book
Click here to read

Our Comprehensive Text and Source Sheet Learning Archive

Awake: Podcast with Rabbi Holtzblatt

Tricks of the Trope with Cantor Brown

Content for Families with Children


Shabbat Shalom from Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander! Sing along with us to a special Shabbat edition of "She'll be coming round the mountain"!
Click here to view


Sing and dance along with Cantor Arianne Brown to a few favorite "Shabbat Sing" songs, including: I've got that Shabbat feeling and Bim Bam!
Click here to view


A friendly message to parents: Take ten minutes to turn off the news, and get on the floor and play with your child. You have the perfect distraction in front of you!
Click here to view


Enjoy videos from your Gan teachers and educators! Read-alouds, songs and story times from a few familiar faces.
Click here to view


As we look ahead to the coming weeks, we will have lots of home time for children and families. Here are a few ways you can set yourself up for success!
Click here for at-home tips

Full Calendar

Adas Zoom Genius Bar

Do you need help getting connected to the virtual programming that is going on at Adas Israel?  Do you want to join or host a Zoom meeting but you aren’t sure how?  Our Zoom Genius Bar is here to help you.  We will match you up with one of our members who can talk to you on the phone and walk you through the process step by step, in real time, so you can remain connected with our community.  If you would like assistance, please sign up here:

Are you a member who is available to help our members stay virtually connected? We are looking for folks who can help people join and host Zoom meetings, and provide other basic tech services to help us stay connected.   We will assign you a member who you can work with one on one over the phone.  If you are able to help, please sign up here:

Zoom Instructions

To help us stay connected as best possible, we will be using Zoom, a web-based video- and teleconferencing platform. If you are new to Zoom (or want to refine your skills), we offer instructions and helpful hints.

Download and install the Zoom App on your computer, smartphone or tablet prior to joining a meeting

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Sign Up – It’s Free” at the upper right, OR
  3. Go to the “Resources” tab at the upper right and click on “Download Zoom Client”
  4. Follow the instructions

Note: if you click on a link to join a Zoom, and do not have Zoom installed, you will be prompted to download the app before you can join the call.

Join a Zoom Call

A few minutes before your Zoom is scheduled to begin, click on the Zoom link you were given

Tips for Participating

There is a menu of options at the bottom of your screen (if you don't see the menu, just move your cursor to or tap the bottom of your screen, and it will pop up):

  • “Mute” - Unless you are the meeting organizer, please mute your microphone; this is especially important when there are multiple participants. You can unmute when called on to make a comment.
  • “Stop Video” - This option turns off your webcam. You can still see others, but they cannot see you.
  • "Chat" - This opens a panel where you can type a question or make a comment. Within the panel, you will have options for chatting with everyone or selecting a specific participant.
  • "Leave Meeting" - When the meeting ends (or when you need to go), click here or simply close the app.
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