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Bereavement and Funeral Practices

Adas Israel mourns the loss of our loved ones… Your community is here for you in your time of need.
When death occurs, please call 301-421-5271 for an answering service who will page the staff member on call, so we can assist you with anything you nay need. 

Upcoming Community Shiva Minyamim

Tuesday Evening, 2/16 at 7:30pm:
In memory of Franklin Norman Himmelfarb
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On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to offer our condolences to: Steve (Lisa) Himmelfarb, Paul (Cheryl) Himmelfarb, Maxine Himmelfarb, on the loss of their father and husband, Franklin Norman Himmelfarb, of blessed memory, who passed away today, February 13, 2021 at the age of 82. Frank is also survived by his sister Barbara Peters and grandchildren Samara and Jake Himmelfarb. Frank was predeceased by his sisters Carol Himmelfarb and Marlene Leon.

Bereavement Committee

We encourage our members to consider using the help of our Bereavement Committee for funeral arrangements. One of the most significant benefits of Adas Israel membership is knowing that if (God Forbid) you and your family find yourselves in a period of grief, your community will be there to support you, and to help you with all of the arrangements. Our Bereavement Committee is comprised of nearly twenty dedicated Adas members who will help you coordinate every aspect of the grieving process – from funeral arrangements, to Jewish ritual matters, to bereavement posts, to moral support, to connection with clergy members. We are here for you.


Founded in 1870, Adas Israel owns and maintains its historic cemetery in DC on 1400 Alabama Ave, SE. While there are no new plots available at this location, the congregation also owns a section of available cemetery sites at Judean Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Olney, Maryland. More Info for Cemeteries: Directions, Hours, Phone. For cemetery information, you can also contact David Polonsky at the synagogue.

Guide to Jewish Funeral Practices

Download Adas Israel's "Guide to Jewish Funeral Practices" (pdf)

This guide provides information about:
Making funeral and burial arrangements Contact information for area funeral homes and cemeteries What to do from the time of the death to the funeral Burial preparations, funeral service and burial Mourning, memorials, and guidance for planning ahead.

Driving Directions to Adas Israel Cemetery

  • Connecticut Ave. South to Woodley Rd intersection
  • Bear right after Woodley Rd on 24th St. (at the CVS)
  • Take 24th down onto Rock Creek Parkway
  • Follow Rock Creek Parkway across Virginia Avenue.
  • Stay in the left lane, passing Watergate and the Kennedy Center.
  • Just past the Kennedy Center, the road divides into a Y. Take the left fork. Follow the road as it curves around, first left, then right, then following along the river, then left again
  • Follow the Parkway as it becomes Independence Avenue. Do not go toward the memorials
  • Continue past grass and polo fields. Pass the Washington Monument on the left and cross a small bridge over the Tidal Basin.
  • Just past the bridge the road forks. Stay to the right, then get in the middle lane towards Maine Avenue. Do not go to the Jefferson Memorial. Continue straight onto Maine Avenue.
  • Follow Maine Avenue, which becomes M Street. After Half Street, move right and take the ramp to the South Capitol Street Bridge.
  • Cross the bridge and turn left onto Suitland Parkway (1.5 miles).
  • Turn right onto Stanton Road (1/2 mile)
  • Turn right on Alabama Avenue (.4 miles).
  • Turn right into the cemetery.

METRO Directions to Adas Israel Cemetery

  • Take the Green Line, exiting at Congress Heights
  • Metro: Congress Heights (map by StationMasters®)
  • Exit station using main exit
  • Walk approximately 2 blocks E on Alabama Ave SE
  • Get door to door directions using Metro's Ride Guide. Visit

Directions to Judean Memorial Gardens (Adas Israel Section)

  • 16225 Batchellors Forest Road, Olney, Maryland (301) 384-1000
  • Go North on Connecticut Avenue (Rte 185)
  • Turn Left on to Georgia Ave North (Rte 97) when it crosses Conn. Ave.
  • Pass Leisure World on your right – big copper globe
  • Cross next big intersection which is Rte 28 – Norbeck Road
  • Make next right on to Batchellors Forest Road and first right into Judean Memorial Gardens
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