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Community Message from our Rabbis and President

 
   
 
Dear Adas Community –

This week our hearts and minds turn in particular to the many in our own community who have been impacted by the government furlough, now the longest in our nation’s history. Many of us, our friends, neighbors and community members, find themselves in surprising and deeply challenging circumstances--without a paycheck, a stable daily routine, or any indication of when this shutdown might end.

First and foremost, for those of you who have been impacted by the shutdown: we see you, and we invite each of you to step through the doors of Adas Israel and feel the love, compassion, and support of your fellow community members, together. Please don’t hesitate to stop by our clergy offices for a hug, a moment of blessing, or an attentive ear with which to process. In addition, there are endless opportunities each week to join us at Adas for daily prayer services, programs, classes, events, or, to just pull up a chair and a cup a coffee in our Biran Beit Midrash. The building is always bustling, and our doors and hearts are always open to you.
 
Several programs and activities specifically designed for furloughed federal workers will be taking place at Adas during daytime hours throughout the government shutdown. Please keep an eye out in next week’s @adas newsletter and other communications for the full schedule of these events.
 
We also want to call your attention to an important resource for those in the greater DC Jewish community in need of emergency funds as a result of the furlough. With the support of synagogues and other Jewish organizations, The Hebrew Free Loan Association has made emergency loans available to current Federal employees adversely affected by the shutdown. We at Adas have been proud to participate in this program to make needed funds available to HFLA for these emergency loans. We recommend you click here to learn more about the loan program if you find yourself in such a circumstance.

Lastly, this Shabbat presents a unique and special opportunity for us to be together. Over the next several days, we at Adas will again dedicate Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend to the ongoing pursuit of racial justice and equality. We hope you’ll join us tonight for a spirited Return Again Shabbat service at 6pm. Tomorrow, our Shabbat morning service will feature the Return Again Band, the Roderick Giles and Grace Gospel Ensemble, and the Adas Flash Choir. We’ll also hear a special sermon from Rabbi Sandra Lawson, and join with her in the Biran Beit Midrash at 1:15pm for her thoughts on "Creating an Inclusive Jewish Future." Please click here for the full weekend schedule, and join us for as much as you can.

Truly, may we see a world filled with tzedek (righteousness) and mishpat (justice) quickly in our day.
 
Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt & Aaron Alexander
Ricki Gerger, Synagogue President
 
 
Adas Israel Congregation • www.adasisrael.org 202-362-4433
Cleveland Park Metro •  2850 Quebec Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008
 
 

Mazal Tov to Rinat Glinert and Zach Stern

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Rinat Glinert and Zach Stern on the birth of their daughter, Liora Elise Stern, born on January 8, 2019.

If you would like to help with meals, please click here to sign up using Baby Meal Train.

We wish our newborn and her family strength, good health, and joy.

   
           
     
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

@Adas: MLK Weekend, Mayim B'Sasson Mikvah Rededication & Meditation w/ Rabbi Naomi Levy

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Shabbat Times & Services January Chronicle
       
 
       
       
  Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend
This Friday, January 18 - Sunday, January 20
Click Here For a Full Schedule

Each year, Adas Israel dedicates the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend to the pursuit of racial justice and equality. Please join us on Friday night, for a Return Again Shabbat service. Our Shabbat morning service, which coincides with Shabbat Shirah, will feature the Adas Israel Flash Choir, Return Again Band and Roderick Giles and Grace Gospel Ensemble. The sermon will be given by featured guest, Rabbi Sandra Lawson, who will lead a 1:00 PM workshop entitled "Creating an Inclusive Jewish Future." And finally, on Sunday, all are welcome to Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ for their annual 10am service. Click here for a new Mizmor L’David we will sing on Shabbat Shirah & beyond.

 
       
       
  Mayim b’Sasson: A Joyful Mikvah Rededication Ceremony
Wednesday, January 30 @ 7pm Register Here
 
The Adas Israel Community Mikvah would be honored by your presence as we celebrate the renovation of our space. Join us for a night of blessings, singing, storytelling, and honoring our Mikvah Guides. Storytellers trained by master storycrafter Noa Baum. The newly renovated, fully accessible space will be open for all to see. Reception and hors-d'oeuvres: 7:00pm, Ceremony and Storytelling: 7:30pm.
 
       
       
 
Meditation & Discussion with Rabbi Naomi Levy
and the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington
TODAY, Wednesday, January 16 at 7:30pm, Wasserman
 
Please join us for a special meditation class and discussion with Rabbi Naomi Levy, founder and leader of Nashuva, a groundbreaking Jewish spiritual outreach movement based in Los Angeles. Author of the national bestseller To Begin Again, as well as Talking to God and Hope Will Find You Rabbi Levy was named one of the top-fifty rabbis in American by Newsweek and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, and NPR. She was in the first class of women to enter the Jewish Theological Seminary's rabbinical school and the first woman in her movement to head a congregation on the west coast. All are welcome to attend this evening program, no registration necessary.
 
       
       
 
       
 
       
       
 
5th Grade L'dor VaDor Dinner and Services
Friday, January 25 @ 6pm Register Here

Experience a joyous Friday Night service for all generations, featuring participation from our wonderful 5th grade students. Our clergy team and students create an inclusive and joyful atmosphere engaging children and offering adults an uplifting and traditional experience of t’filah (Jewish prayer). This service will be followed by a home-style Shabbat Dinner. Services begin at 6pm in the Gewirz Sanctuary, followed by dinner in Kay Hall. We hope to see you there!
 
       
       
 
Mendelson Shabbat Scholar: Rabbi Dr. Noah Bickart
"All This, and Perhaps?"
Saturday, January 26 @ 1pm

The Rabbis of the Talmud were confronted by a troubling paradox. On the one hand, much of the Biblical tradition, especially in the Prophetic and Wisdom books, presents a clear moral calculus: behave righteously and do justice and you will be rewarded. And yet, when the editors of the Talmud tell stories about themselves and their lives, they reveal that they know that the world doesn't always work this way. We will study a story from tractate ta'anit about Rabbi Eleazar ben Pedat, whose students visit him in his home and find him in a dream-like trance. When he wakes up, he seems to have figured it all out, while making it ever more confusing. As a result, we'll have to look elsewhere in the Talmud to try to explain what the author(s) of this story might be trying to teach us.
 
Rabbi Noah Bickart is assistant professor of Jewish and Interreligious Studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland. His first book, based on his Ph.D. Dissertation at JTS, “The Scholastic Culture of the Babylonian Talmud,” will be published later this year.
 
       
       
 
Inclusion Celebration Shabbat
With Guest Speaker: Dr. Julia Watts Belser
Saturday, February 2
9:30am Shabbat Morning Service, 1:15pm Interactive Text-Study

Join us at 9:30am in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary for a Dvar Torah by our guest speaker, Dr. Julia Watts Belser "Beyond Productivity: How Shabbat Values Underscore the Principles of Disability Justice." At 1:15pm the post-kiddush interactive text-study will be "Priestly Bodies & Blemishes in Torah and Talmud," an examining of Leviticus 21's prohibitions regarding disabled priests -- and their interpretation and transformation in Jewish law and practice.
 
Dr. Julia Watts Belser is an associate professor in the Theology Department at Georgetown University. Her work in Jewish studies focuses on Talmud, rabbinic literature, and Jewish ethics. An ordained rabbi, Watts Belser writes queer feminist Jewish theology and brings disability culture into conversation with Jewish tradition. She is the author of Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity: Rabbinic Responses to Drought and Disaster (2015).
 
       
       
  Bimah Basics: Hagbah Practice!
Traditional Egalitarian Minyan
Saturday, February 9 @ 1:15 after Kiddush, Gewirz Beit Am
 
Hagbah is the term for raising the Torah scroll, and gelilah is the word for rolling up and tying the Torah scroll and replacing its cover and ornaments. After kiddush on the February 9 Shabbat, anyone who’s interested is welcome to join for an explanation and “how-to” about hagbah and gelilah. This event is open to anyone in the congregation who wants to practice this wonderful mitzvah, particularly those who’ve never done it . . . and women are especially encouraged! After the explanation, everyone will be able to practice lifting the Torah scrolls for themselves, with spotters. Please join us as we practice this important community mitzvah.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Upcoming Hesed Events:

"I Don't Want To Talk About That:" Conversations About Death & Dying
First Session: Sunday, February 3 @ 10am Register Here
Rabbi Sarah Krinsky will facilitate the Adas version of the successful “Death over Dinner” experience. The session will be an uplifting interactive adventure that transforms this seemingly difficult conversation into one of deep engagement, insight and empowerment. Along with teachings from Rabbi Holtzblatt, we will explore and experience the belief that talking about death prepares us to approach life's most challenging moments, and also helps us articulate and affirm who we are and what we ultimately care about, giving us a great appreciation for life.

 
New! Shabbat Morning Healing Service with Rabbi Krinsky
Saturday, February 9 @ 9:30am, Funger Hall
Designed for those in need of spiritual, emotional or physical healing as well as caretakers, Rabbi Sarah Krinsky will create a space to explore and process challenges, and to access places of support and resilience. Grounded in Jewish prayer and ritual, the service will include moments of liturgy, song, meditation and learning to build a community of compassion, comfort, and strength.
 
       
       
  Parlor Concert & Community Reception
Palm Beach, FL (address provided upon RSVP)
Monday, February 4 @ 3pm
 
Calling all Adas Snowbirds: Because Florida is so very far away from your congregational family at Adas Israel, we’re happy to announce that we are bringing Adas to you! We cordially invite you to a special parlor concert and casual community reception on Monday, February 4th at 3pm, at the home of one of our very hospitable members in Palm Beach, FL (address provided upon RSVP). You’ll all have the chance to connect with our incredible clergy, leadership and fellow community members, and to enjoy a varied presentation of music by our beloved Cantor Arianne Brown. Please RSVP to Emma Rosenthal by January 25th.
 
       
       
 
Restoring the World Within: A Day long Jewish Mindfulness Retreat with the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington
Monday, February 18 @ 9am - 6pm Register Here
 
In the depth of winter, nature turns inward toward a season of quiet cultivation and tending. Our bodies mirror these cycles and in turn, long for extra care as the days shorten and darkness falls. Join us for this signature JMCW Jewish mindfulness retreat at Pearlstone Retreat Center where we will immerse ourselves in the contemplative practices of restorative and yin yoga, guided meditation, mindful discussion and journaling. Working from the outside in, we will bathe ourselves in the healing balm of tikkun olam for the body, a gentle process of using stillness and reflection to restore the world within.
 
       
       
  Summer Subsidies
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

Summer Scholarships are back! Adas Israel will again be offering Summer Scholarships to engaged youth of our community. Please fill out the summer subsidy application here. For questions or information about Jewish summer camps or Israel trips, please contact Sarah Attermann at 202-362-4433 x131, sarah.attermann@adasisrael.org. Deadline February 1, 2019
 
       
       
  Adas Israel Sweat-A-Thon for N Street Village
Sunday, February 17 @ 11am Register Here

Sweat for a good cause! Join your Adas community on Sunday, February 17th from 11 – 1pm for a fun, heart-pumping workout! We will have a variety of workouts available including a boxing boot camp, cardio dance and yoga session. All ages and ability levels are welcome. The cost to participate is $10 and all proceeds will go to N Street Village, a local organization supporting homeless women in DC. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers and bring a water bottle. We do have yoga mats available or you can bring your own. Registration is $10 and can be done beforehand online or at the door.
 
       
       
 
Celebrate President's Day at SOME (So Others Might Eat)
Monday, February 18 Register Here
Breakfast Shift (6:30am - 9:15am) | Lunch Shift (10:30am - 1:15pm)

Adas Israel will be serving breakfast and hosting and serving lunch at So Others Might Eat on Monday, February 18. Join your fellow congregants for the breakfast shift (6:30 to 9:15) or lunch (10:30 to 1:15). This is a great family event and everyone 13 or older is welcome. For info contact Sharon Burka slburka@aol.com.
 
       
       
  Jewish Study Center at Adas Israel
Loving the Earth: Community Tu B’Shevat Seder
Wednesday, January 23 @ 7pm Register Here

From its ancient origins as the deadline for determining offerings of tree fruit at the Temple, to the 16th-century mystical creation of a Feast of Fruits, down to our climate-challenged times, Tu B'Shevat is the Jewish holiday that reminds us of our love for, and dependence on, the natural world.  Join us for the fourth annual JSC Tu B'Shevat Seder at Adas Israel!  We'll attune ourselves to the earth's rhythms and cycles, tasting the three types of fruits and seven species of foods from the land of Israel. We'll enter into "tree consciousness" and sing Tu B'Shevat songs.
 
       

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
 
Friday, January 18
Candle Lighting: 4:53pm
 
PARSHA WITH TALMUDIC COMMENTARY
10:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
RETURN AGAIN MLK SHABBAT SERVICE WITH RABBIS HOLTZBLATT, ALEXANDER & CANTOR BROWN
6:00pm; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
 
MLK COMMUNITY SHABBAT DINNER & SPEAKER
7:30pm; Kay Hall
 

 
 
Saturday, January 19
PARSHAT BESHALACH/ SHABBAT SHIRAH
 
BOKER OHR CLASS
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
SHABBAT MORNING RETURN AGAIN SERVICE WITH RABBIS HOLTZBLATT, ALEXANDER & KRINSKY
9:30am; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
 
TRADITIONAL EGALITARIAN MINYAN
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
 
HAVURAH SHABBAT SERVICE
9:45am; Library
 
PARSHA FOR KIDS
11:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
TOT SHABBAT
11:00am; Cohen Hall
 
CONGREGATIONAL KIDDUSH
12:00pm; Kay Hall
 
HAVURAH SHABBAT KIDDUSH
12:30pm; Funger Hall
 
MINCHA
12:45pm; Gewirz Beit Am
 
MLK SHABBAT SPEAKER
1:15pm; Biran Beit Midrash
   
HAVDALAH: 5:53pm
 
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Stanley Macklin
Michaela Miller
Stanley Bobb
Lillian Podgorsky
James Edward Draheim
Ethel Kaplan

May their memories be for a blessing.
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Mazal Tov to Sandra and Andrew Eskin and Family - Updated Family Information

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Sandra and Andrew Eskin on the birth of their grandson, Davies Nolan Heckroth, born to their daughter and son-in-law, Naomi and Thomas Heckroth, on January 12, 2019.

We wish our newborn and his family strength, good health, and joy.

   
           
     
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

Mazal Tov to Sandra and Andrew Eskin and Family

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Sandra and Andrew Eskin on the birth of their grandson, Davies Nolan, born to their daughter and son-in-law, Naomi and Thomas, on January 12, 2019.

We wish our newborn and his family strength, good health, and joy.

   
           
     
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

Mazal Tov to Rob and Mariah Litowitz

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Rob and Mariah Litowitz on the birth of their daughter, Selma Wayne Litowitz, born on December 7, 2018.

We wish our newborn and her family strength, good health, and joy.

   
           
     
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

@Adas: Lev B'Lev (Heart to Heart) Speaker This Week, MLK and Return Again Next Week

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Shabbat Times & Services January Chronicle
       
 
       
       
  Lev B’Lev (Heart to Heart) Speaker Series
Rachel Brown, Founder and Executive Director of “Over Zero”
This Saturday, January 12 @ 1pm
 
Rachel Brown is a former fellow with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Founder and Executive Director of Over Zero, an organization established to create long-term societal resilience to violence and positive, peaceful coexistence. Rachel is the author of Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech, which brings together insights from diverse fields of expertise — from marketing to cognitive neuroscience — to support practitioners seeking to design communications-based interventions for atrocity prevention. As Lev B’Lev (heart to heart) continues to explore hate in America, Rachel will bring a communications perspective that will help us understand how dangerous speech incites hate and reveal communications strategies for bringing about positive change for individuals, societies, and governments.
 
       
       
  Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend
Next Friday, January 18 - Sunday, January 20
Click Here For a Full Schedule

Each year, Adas Israel dedicates the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend to the pursuit of racial justice and equality. Please join us on Friday night, for a Return Again Shabbat service, followed by dinner with our community partners. Our Shabbat morning service, which coincides with Shabbat Shirah, will feature the Adas Israel Flash Choir, Return Again Band and Roderick Giles and Grace Gospel Ensemble. The sermon will be given by featured guest, Rabbi Sandra Lawson, who will lead a 1:00 PM workshop entitled "Creating an Inclusive Jewish Future." And finally, on Sunday, all are welcome to Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ for their annual 10am service. Click here for a new Mizmor L’David we will sing on Shabbat Shirah & beyond.

 
       
       
 
Return Again to Shabbat

Join us for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat with Rabbi Holtzblatt, Rabbi Alexander, Cantor Brown & the Return Again Band, in the style of our innovative outdoor Kol Nidre service. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, personal excursion into prayer and song. Please gather with us after the service for a Shabbat Dinner with community partners and speaker George Lambert, president and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League, who will facilitate a study of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas in conversation with Jewish text. Come lend your voices and welcome Shabbat with us.

 
       
       
  Mayim b’Sasson: A Joyful Mikvah Rededication Ceremony
Wednesday, January 30 @ 7pm Register Here
 
The Adas Israel Community Mikvah would be honored by your presence as we celebrate the renovation of our space. Join us for a night of blessings, singing, storytelling, and honoring our Mikvah Guides. Storytellers trained by master storycrafter Noa Baum. The newly renovated, fully accessible space will be open for all to see. Reception and hors d’oeuvres: 7:00pm, Ceremony and Storytelling: 7:30pm.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
 
5th Grade L'dor VaDor Dinner and Services
Friday, January 25 @ 6pm Register Here

Experience a joyous Friday Night service for all generations, featuring participation from our wonderful 5th grade students. Our clergy team and students create an inclusive and joyful atmosphere engaging children and offering adults an uplifting and traditional experience of t’filah (Jewish prayer). This service will be followed by a home-style Shabbat Dinner. Services begin at 6pm in the Gewirz Sanctuary, followed by dinner in Kay Hall. We hope to see you there!
 
       
       
 
Mendelson Shabbat Scholar: Rabbi Dr. Noah Bickart
Saturday, January 26 @ 1pm

Join us as our January Mendelson Shabbat Scholar, Rabbi Dr. Noah Bickart, guest teaches this month’s text-based class, after Kiddush, using halakhah (Jewish life and living) as a prism through which to access our monthly topic. Rabbi Noah Bickart is assistant professor of Jewish and Interreligious Studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland. His first book, based on his PhD Dissertation at JTS, “The Scholastic Culture of the Babylonian Talmud,” will be published later this year.
 
       
       
 
Inclusion Celebration Shabbat
With Guest Speaker: Dr. Julia Watts Belser
Saturday, February 2
9:30am Shabbat Morning Service, 1:15pm Interactive Text-Study

Join us at 9:30am in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary for a Dvar Torah by our guest speaker, Dr. Julia Watts Belser "Beyond Productivity: How Shabbat Values Underscore the Principles of Disability Justice." At 1:15pm the post-kiddush interactive text-study will be "Priestly Bodies & Blemishes in Torah and Talmud," an examining of Leviticus 21's prohibitions regarding disabled priests -- and their interpretation and transformation in Jewish law and practice.
 
Dr. Julia Watts Belser is an associate professor in the Theology Department at Georgetown University. Her work in Jewish studies focuses on Talmud, rabbinic literature, and Jewish ethics. An ordained rabbi, Watts Belser writes queer feminist Jewish theology and brings disability culture into conversation with Jewish tradition. She is the author of Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity: Rabbinic Responses to Drought and Disaster (2015).
 
       
       
  Bimah Basics: Hagbah Practice!
Traditional Egalitarian Minyan
Saturday, February 9 @ 1:15 after Kiddush, Gewirz Beit Am
 
Hagbah is the term for raising the Torah scroll, and gelilah is the word for rolling up and tying the Torah scroll and replacing its cover and ornaments. After kiddush on the February 9 Shabbat, anyone who’s interested is welcome to join for an explanation and “how-to” about hagbah and gelilah. This event is open to anyone in the congregation who wants to practice this wonderful mitzvah, particularly those who’ve never done it . . . and women are especially encouraged! After the explanation, everyone will be able to practice lifting the Torah scrolls for themselves, with spotters. Please join us as we practice this important community mitzvah.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  All Hands Social Action Committee Meeting
This Sunday, January 13 at 10am
Learn About Our Teams Here


All-Hands SAC meeting: Please join the Social Action Committee for our next group meeting on Sunday, January 13th, 10AM at Adas. We need you to do this holy and critical work. Come learn, talk, and meet with team leads to learn more about upcoming initiatives and tell us what work you're passionate about.

We're overjoyed to be joined by two fantastic featured speakers: 
DC Affordable Housing Crisis: Ed Lazere is the Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute. Under his leadership, DCFPI has become the primary source of independent information on the DC budget and one of the most influential policy organizations focused on the District.
Homelessness: Angie Whitehurst is an artist and vendor from Street Sense Media. Whitehurst was an accomplished international consultant for years until she contracted a rare strain of malaria in the early 80s. As she says, “It can happen to you. It wasn’t supposed to happen to me.”
 
       
       
  Join Kolot, The Young Voices of Adas Israel
Begins Sunday, January 13 @ 11:30am

Do You Like to Sing? Then come and be part of Kolot, the young voices of Adas Israel with Cantor Arianne Brown! This group is for 3rd through 6th graders. Kolot meets on Sundays twice per month from 11:30am to 12:15pm, beginning January 13, 2019. To register and receive a complete schedule, please email cantor.brown@adasisrael.org with your name and grade.
 
       
       
  Adas Book Chat on Munich by Robert Harris
This Sunday, January 13 @10am - 11am, Library

Join us to discuss this historical thriller, based on actual events surrounding the infamous Munich Agreement of 1938. European leaders vainly attempted to appease Hitler by allowing him to annex part of Czechoslovakia. Praised by reviewers, the novel offers an “exhilarating mix of diplomacy and derring-do” while hewing closely to historical detail. All welcome! Please contact Robin Jacobson for more information or to sign up for the Adas e-literary list for advance notice of book events and related video links.
 
       
       
 
Upcoming Events at JMCW
The Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington
 
Meditation & Discussion wth Rabbi Naomi Levy
Wednesday, January 16 at 7:30pm
Join us for a special meditation class and discussion with Rabbi Naomi Levy, founder and leader of Nashuva, a Jewish spiritual outreach movement based in Los Angeles. Rabbi Levy was named one of the top-fifty rabbis in American by Newsweek and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, and NPR. All are welcome to attend this evening program, no registration necessary.
 
Restoring the World Within: A Day long Jewish Mindfulness Retreat
Monday, February 18 9am-6pm Register Here
Join us for this signature JMCW Jewish mindfulness retreat at Pearlstone Retreat Center where we will immerse ourselves in the contemplative practices of restorative and yin yoga, guided meditation, mindful discussion and journaling.
 
       
       
  Summer Subsidies
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

Summer Scholarships are back! Adas Israel will again be offering Summer Scholarships to engaged youth of our community. Please fill out the summer subsidy application here. For questions or information about Jewish summer camps or Israel trips, please contact Sarah Attermann at 202-362-4433 x131, sarah.attermann@adasisrael.org. Deadline February 1, 2019
 
       
       
 
Celebrate President's Day at SOME (So Others Might Eat)
Monday, February 18 Register Here
Breakfast Shift (6:30am - 9:15am) | Lunch Shift (10:30am - 1:15pm)

Adas Israel will be serving breakfast and hosting and serving lunch at So Others Might Eat on Monday February 18. Join your fellow congregants for the breakfast shift (6:30 to 9:15) or lunch (10:30 to 1:15). This is a great family event and everyone 13 or older is welcome. For info contact Sharon Burka slburka@aol.com.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Days For Girls Kit-Making Day at Adas
This Sunday, January 13 @ 1pm Register Here

Days for Girls increases access to women's health care and education and encourages volunteer groups to sew reusable menstrual hygiene kits, allowing girls around the world to continue their education uninterrupted. We will be holding a kit-making day here at Adas Israel on Sunday, January 13th from 1-6pm. We are looking for people to bring (and operate) sewing machines, irons and ironing boards, but it's not necessary to have one of those to get involved....everyone's help is welcome! This program is being organized by one of Adas Israel's awesome teens, Shifra Waskow, and is being co-sponsored by the Adas Israel Community Mikvah. In addition to the measuring, ironing and sewing, we will also need help soliciting donations from fabric stores. Questions? Contact Mikvah@adasisrael.org.
 
       
       
 
Free Jewish Genealogy Workshop with 3GDC
This Sunday, January 13 @ 1:30pm Register Here

3GDC would like to show you some free online tools to help piece together your family’s history. Whether you’re overwhelmed with your grandparents’ attic full of pictures and documents, don’t care to pay for an expensive online service, swabbed your cheek for a 23andme test but only glanced at the results, or never even started a genealogical search, we can help! Please join us for coffee, snacks, and pointers on how to start or enhance your genealogical research. All that is required is to bring your own tablet or laptop and any family info (names, places, and dates) you might know so we can show you some tricks and resources. While we are especially interested in the histories and immigration of Holocaust survivors and their families, all are welcome to this casual workshop.
 
       
       
 
From Family to Consumer? New Models for the Relationship Between Israel and World Jewry with Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
Monday, January 14 @ 7:30pm Register Here
Temple Rodef Shalom
 
Join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Shalom Hartman Institute of North America for an engaging public lecture by the esteemed Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute. The gap between American and Israeli Jews has been widening, and this challenge to Jewish Peoplehood is increasingly concerning. Significantly, the family metaphor that once fit the Jewish people so aptly is, for many, growing increasingly irrelevant. How can we re-imagine the relationship between American and Israeli Jewries in light of today’s growing tensions?
 
       
       
  Jewish Study Center at Adas Israel
Loving the Earth: Community Tu B’Shevat Seder
Wednesday, January 23 @ 7pm Register Here

From its ancient origins as the deadline for determining offerings of tree fruit at the Temple, to the 16th century mystical creation of a Feast of Fruits, down to our climate-challenged times, Tu B'Shevat is the Jewish holiday that reminds us of our love for, and dependence on, the natural world.  Join us for the fourth annual JSC Tu B'Shevat Seder at Adas Israel!  We'll attune ourselves to the earth's rhythms and cycles, tasting the three types of fruits and seven species of foods from the land of Israel. We'll enter into "tree consciousness" and sing Tu B'Shevat songs.
 
       

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
 
Friday, January 11
Candle Lighting: 4:45pm
 
PARSHA WITH HASSIDUT
10:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
TRADITIONAL LAY-LED SHABBAT
6:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
 
TEM SHABBAT DINNER
7pm; Wasserman Hall
 
 
 
Saturday, January 12
PARSHAT BO
 
BOKER OHR CLASS
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE;
SERMON BY RABBI KRINSKY
9:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
NETIVOT
11:00am; Classroom 340
 
PARSHA FOR KIDS
11:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
TOT SHABBAT
11:00am; Cohen Hall
 
 
 
 
CONGREGATIONAL KIDDUSH
12:00pm; Kay Hall
 
MINCHA
12:45pm; Gewirz Beit Am
 
LEV B'LEV SPEAKER: RACHEL BROWN
1:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
 
GAN FAMILY HAVDALAH DINNER
5:30pm; Kay Hall
   
HAVDALAH: 5:45pm
 
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Michaela Miller
Stanley Bobb
Lillian Podgorsky
James Edward Draheim
Ethel Kaplan
Marian Hoechstetter

May their memories be for a blessing.
Daily Minyan
In the Biran Beit Midrash

Morning
Monday-Friday: 7:30am
Sundays and Legal Holidays
(except Columbus Day & Veteran's Day): 9:00am
Rosh Chodesh and Holiday Chol Hamoed: 7:15am 

Evening
Sunday–Thursday: 6:00 pm
   
 
Gift Shop Hours
Sun-Mon & Wed-Fri: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Special extended hours:
Tues, 9:30 am-3:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm
   
STAY CONNECTED
   
facebook twitter

 
 

Mazal Tov to Kelli and David Raboy - updated

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Kelli and David Raboy on the birth of their son, Henry Asher Raboy, born on December 28, 2018.

We wish our newborn and his family strength, good health, and joy.

   
           
     
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

Mazal Tov to Kelli and David Raboy

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Kelli and David Raboy on the birth of their son, Henry Asher Raboy, born on January 4, 2019.

We wish our newborn and his family strength, good health, and joy.

   
           
     
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

@Adas: Gan Registration for 2019-20 Begins & MLK and Return Again Weekend Approaches

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Shabbat Times & Services January Chronicle
       
 
       
       
  Gan HaYeled Preschool Registration for 2019-2020
Begins TODAY, Wednesday, January 2 - Apply Here

January is around the corner, which means it is almost time to register your child at Gan HaYeled for the 2019-2020 school year! The Gan will be accepting all Adas member Preschool applications beginning January 2nd. If you or someone you know is looking for an exceptional early childhood school experience, please be sure to check out Adas Israel's Gan HaYeled. With both traditional (onah) school year programs and year-round (shanah) schedules, the Gan has programs to fit most families' needs.
 
Please visit our website to get more information, or call the Gan office at 202.362.4491to sign up for one of our remaining Open Houses.
 
       
       
  Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend
Friday, January 18 - Sunday, January 20
Click Here For a Full Schedule

Each year, Adas Israel dedicates the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend to the pursuit of racial justice and equality. Please join us on Friday night, for a Return Again Shabbat service, followed by dinner with our community partners. Our Shabbat morning service, which coincides with Shabbat Shirah, will feature the Adas Israel Flash Choir and the Return Again Band. The sermon will be given by featured guest, Rabbi Sandra Lawson, who will lead a 1:00 PM workshop entitled "Creating an Inclusive Jewish Future." And finally, on Sunday, all are welcome to Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ for their annual 10am service. Click here for a new Mizmor L’David we will sing on Shabbat Shirah & beyond.

 
       
       
  Return Again to Shabbat 

Join us for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat, in the style of our innovative outdoor Kol Nidre service. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, personal excursion into prayer and song. Please gather with us after the service for a Shabbat Dinner with community partners and speaker George Lambert, president and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League, who will facilitate a study of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas in conversation with Jewish text. Come lend your voices and welcome Shabbat with us.

 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Lev B’Lev Speaker Series Featuring: Rachel Brown
Founder and Executive Director of Over Zero
Saturday, January 12 @ 1pm
 
Rachel Brown is a former fellow with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Founder and Executive Director of Over Zero, an organization established to create long-term societal resilience to violence and positive, peaceful coexistence. Rachel is the author of Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech, which brings together insights from diverse fields of expertise — from marketing to cognitive neuroscience — to support practitioners seeking to design communications-based interventions for atrocity prevention. As Lev B’Lev continues to explore hate in America, Rachel will bring a communications perspective that will help us understand how dangerous speech incites hate and reveal communications
strategies for bringing about positive change for individuals, societies, and governments.
 
       
       
  Mayim b’Sasson: A Joyful Mikvah Rededication Ceremony
Wednesday, January 30 @ 7pm Register Here
 
The Adas Israel Community Mikvah would be honored by your presence as we celebrate the renovation of our space. Join us for a night of blessings, singing, storytelling, and honoring our Mikvah Guides. Storytellers trained by master storycrafter Noa Baum. The newly renovated, fully accessible space will be open for all to see. Reception and hors d’oeuvres: 7:00pm, Ceremony and Storytelling: 7:30pm.
 
       
       
 
Weekday Torah with Sisterhood
Tuesday, January 8 @ 10am
 
Weekday Torah with Sisterhood is an engaging approach to traditional Hebrew text study that offers participants the opportunity to study and discuss challenging texts and ideas. Rabbi Elianna Yolkut will lead the next Weekday Torah with Sisterhood in Funger Hall. Students of all levels and backgrounds are welcome, and the class is open to the entire Adas community. Classes are monthly, except in the summer. For more information, contact MarilynCCooper70@Gmail.com.
 
       
       
  Interested in learning Haftarah trope (cantillation)?
Interactive Video Series with Cantor Arianne Brown

Click Here to Watch Tricks of the Trope

This 3 lesson interactive set will give you the basic building blocks of chanting all the Haftarah trope (cantillation) patterns. Please listen, learn, repeat after me… and connect with us so that you can chant a haftarah here soon! Whether you use this video as a learning tool for yourself, as a teaching tool for your students, or as a means of review, Cantor Ari presents this interactive video series to you. She hopes they help to inspire you in your Jewish learning, and to help you chant Haftarah in a beautiful, expressive manner that honors our tradition.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Hesed Cooking Team Event
Next Tuesday, January 8 @ 6:30pm Register Here

Hesed Challah-thon – please join the Hesed Cooking Team on Tuesday January 8 at 6:30 PM for a fun Challah-thon. We are baking beautiful challahs to bring to Adas members when they need a little Hesed tender loving care. We have a very special guest who will be demonstrating challah braiding techniques. Alex Levin, one of the top names in DC’s pastry world, will join us to help bake. Alex was the pastry chef at Osteria Morini and is now is the executive pastry chef for many restaurants in DC, LA and New England including the Riggsby, Tico, Alta Strada and others. 
 
       
       
  Families with Young Children Pajama Havdalah Dinner
Saturday, January 12 @ 5:30pm Register Here

Bid goodbye to Shabbat and welcome the new week in comfort -- join us in your pajamas for a Havdalah service with Cantor Brown and Rabbi Solomon! We will also have a sing- and dance-a-long with special guest Raviv Brooks, followed by a delicious dairy dinner and an extra-special dessert. Click here for our Gan PJ Havdallah melodies we will sing together!
 
       
       
  All Hands Social Action Committee Meeting
Sunday, January 13 at 10am
Learn About Our Teams Here


All-Hands SAC meeting: Please join the Social Action Committee for our next group meeting on Sunday, January 13th, 10AM at Adas. We need you to do this holy and critical work. Come learn, talk, and meet with team leads from the Gun Violence Prevention Team, Lev B'Lev, the Poverty, Homelessness, and Housing, Refugee Response Team, the Racial Justice Working Group, and the Climate Action Team to learn more about upcoming initiatives and tell us what work you're passionate about.
 
       
       
  Join Kolot, The Young Voices of Adas Israel
Begins Sunday, January 13 @ 11:30am

Do You Like to Sing? Then come and be part of Kolot, the young voices of Adas Israel with Cantor Arianne Brown! This group is for 3rd through 6th graders. Kolot meets on Sundays twice per month from 11:30am to 12:15pm, beginning January 13, 2019. To register and receive a complete schedule, please email cantor.brown@adasisrael.org with your name and grade.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Days For Girls Kit-Making Day at Adas
Sunday, January 13 @ 1pm Register Here

Days for Girls increases access to women's health care and education and encourages volunteer groups to sew reusable menstrual hygiene kits, allowing girls around the world to continue their education uninterrupted. We will be holding a kit-making day here at Adas Israel on Sunday, January 13th from 1-6pm. We are looking for people to bring (and operate) sewing machines, irons and ironing boards, but it's not necessary to have one of those to get involved....everyone's help is welcome! This program is being organized by one of Adas Israel's awesome teens, Shifra Waskow, and is being co-sponsored by the Adas Israel Community Mikvah. In addition to the measuring, ironing and sewing, we will also need help soliciting donations from fabric stores. Questions? Contact Mikvah@adasisrael.org.
 
       
       
 
Free Jewish Genealogy Workshop with 3GDC
Sunday, January 13 @ 1:30pm Register Here

3GDC would like to show you some free online tools to help piece together your family’s history. Whether you’re overwhelmed with your grandparents’ attic full of pictures and documents, don’t care to pay for an expensive online service, swabbed your cheek for a 23andme test but only glanced at the results, or never even started a genealogical search, we can help! Please join us for coffee, snacks, and pointers on how to start or enhance your genealogical research. All that is required is to bring your own tablet or laptop and any family info (names, places, and dates) you might know so we can show you some tricks and resources. While we are especially interested in the histories and immigration of Holocaust survivors and their families, all are welcome to this casual workshop.
 
       
       
 
From Family to Consumer? New Models for the Relationship Between Israel and World Jewry with Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
Monday, January 14 @ 7:30pm Register Here
Temple Rodef Shalom
 
Join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Shalom Hartman Institute of North America for an engaging public lecture by the esteemed Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute. The gap between American and Israeli Jews has been widening, and this challenge to Jewish Peoplehood is increasingly concerning. Significantly, the family metaphor that once fit the Jewish people so aptly is, for many, growing increasingly irrelevant. How can we re-imagine the relationship between American and Israeli Jewries in light of today’s growing tensions?
 
       
       

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
 
Friday, January 4
Candle Lighting: 4:39pm
 
PARSHA WITH HASSIDUT
10:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
KABBALAT SHABBAT SERVICES WITH HAZZAN GOLDSMITH
6:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
 
SHIR DELIGHT SHABBAT SERVICE WITH RABBI ALEXANDER
7:30pm; Gewirz Beit Am
 
SHIR DELIGHT DINNER
8:30pm; Kay Hall
 
 
 
Saturday, January 5
PARSHAT VA'ERA
 
BOKER OHR CLASS
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE;
YP SHABBAT WITH RABBI ALEXANDER
9:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
TRADITIONAL EGALITARIAN MINYAN
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
 
HAVURAH SHABBAT SERVICE
9:45am; Library
 
 


TOT SHABBAT
11:00am; Cohen Hall
 
CONGREGATIONAL KIDDUSH
12:00pm; Kay Hall
 
MINCHA
1:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
   
HAVDALAH: 5:39pm
 
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Lillian Podgorsky
Frederick Sutton
Lawrence Friedman
James Edward Draheim
Ethel Kaplan
Marian Hoechstetter

May their memories be for a blessing.
Daily Minyan
In the Biran Beit Midrash

Morning
Monday-Friday: 7:30am
Sundays and Legal Holidays
(except Columbus Day & Veteran's Day): 9:00am
Rosh Chodesh and Holiday Chol Hamoed: 7:15am 

Evening
Sunday–Thursday: 6:00 pm
   
 
Gift Shop Hours
Sun-Mon & Wed-Fri: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Special extended hours:
Tues, 9:30 am-3:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm
   
STAY CONNECTED
   
facebook twitter

 
 

Mazal Tov to Abra Lyons-Warren and Jonathan Fischer

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Abra Lyons-Warren and Jonathan Fischer on the birth of their daughter, Amalia Ro Fischer-Lyons-Warren, born on December 22, 2018.

If you would like to help with meals, please sign up on the Baby Meal Train link below:

https://mealtrain.com/y31wm1

We wish our newborn and her family strength, good health, and joy.

   
           
     
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

@Adas: Joint Community Shabbat Service at Temple Micah This Week and Upcoming MLK Weekend

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Shabbat Times & Services December Chronicle
       
 
       
  Combined Community Shabbat Service
This Year at Temple Micah
This Friday, December 28 @ 6:30pm, Shabbat Oneg at 6pm

Continuing a tradition of more than 30 years, Adas Israel Congregation will again participate in a combined community service on Friday, December 28th to be held this year at Temple Micah.  Join Cantor Arianne Brown, officers, and congregants of our congregation together with Washington Hebrew, Temple Sinai and Temple Micah.

We encourage your attendance as a way of strengthening the inter-synagogue relationships and of marking the transition in the calendar in a religious manner. There will be NO Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Adas Israel on Friday, December 28th.
 
       
       
  Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend
Friday, January 18 - Sunday, January 20
Click Here For a Full Schedule

Each year, Adas Israel dedicates the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend to the pursuit of racial justice and equality. Please join us on Friday night, for a Return Again Shabbat service, followed by dinner with our community partners. Our Shabbat morning service, which coincides with Shabbat Shirah, will feature the Adas Israel Flash Choir and the Return Again Band. The sermon will be given by featured guest, Rabbi Sandra Lawson, who will lead a 1:00 PM workshop entitled "Creating an Inclusive Jewish Future." And finally, on Sunday, all are welcome to Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ for their annual 10am service.

Click here for a new Mizmor L’David we will sing on Shabbat Shirah & beyond.

 
       
       
  Return Again to Shabbat 

Join us for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat, in the style of our innovative outdoor Kol Nidre service. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, personal excursion into prayer and song. Please gather with us after the service for a Shabbat Dinner with community partners and speaker George Lambert, president and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League, who will facilitate a study of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas in conversation with Jewish text.. Come lend your voices and welcome Shabbat with us.

 
       
       
  Gan HaYeled Preschool Registration for 2019-2020
Begins Wednesday, January 2 - Apply Here

January is around the corner, which means it is almost time to register your child at Gan HaYeled for the 2019-2020 school year! The Gan will be accepting all Adas member Preschool applications beginning January 2nd. If you or someone you know is looking for an exceptional early childhood school experience, please be sure to check out Adas Israel's Gan HaYeled. With both traditional (onah) school year programs and year-round (shanah) schedules, the Gan has programs to fit most families' needs.
 
Please visit our website to get more information, or call the Gan office at 202.362.4491to sign up for one of our remaining Open Houses.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Lev B’Lev Speaker Series Featuring: Rachel Brown
Founder and Executive Director of Over Zero
Saturday, January 12 @ 1pm
 
Rachel Brown is a former fellow with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Founder and Executive Director of Over Zero, an organization established to create long-term societal resilience to violence and positive, peaceful coexistence. Rachel is the author of Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech, which brings together insights from diverse fields of expertise — from marketing to cognitive neuroscience — to support practitioners seeking to design communications-based interventions for atrocity prevention. As Lev B’Lev continues to explore hate in America, Rachel will bring a communications perspective that will help us understand how dangerous speech incites hate and reveal communications
strategies for bringing about positive change for individuals, societies, and governments.
 
       
       
  Mayim b’Sasson: A Joyful Mikvah Rededication Ceremony
Wednesday, January 30 @ 7pm Register Here
 
The Adas Israel Community Mikvah would be honored by your presence as we celebrate the renovation of our space. Join us for a night of blessings, singing, storytelling, and honoring our Mikvah Guides. Storytellers trained by master storycrafter Noa Baum. The newly renovated, fully accessible space will be open for all to see. Reception and hors d’oeuvres: 7:00pm, Ceremony and Storytelling: 7:30pm.
 
       
       
  Interested in learning Haftarah trope (cantillation)?
Interactive Video Series with Cantor Arianne Brown

Click Here to Watch Tricks of the Trope

This 3 lesson interactive set will give you the basic building blocks of chanting all the Haftarah trope (cantillation) patterns. Please listen, learn, repeat after me… and connect with us so that you can chant a haftarah here soon! Whether you use this video as a learning tool for yourself, as a teaching tool for your students, or as a means of review, Cantor Ari presents this interactive video series to you. She hopes they help to inspire you in your Jewish learning, and to help you chant Haftarah in a beautiful, expressive manner that honors our tradition.
 
       
 
       
 
       
  Families with Young Children Pajama Havdalah Dinner
Saturday, January 12 @ 5:30pm Register Here

Bid goodbye to Shabbat and welcome the new week in comfort -- join us in your pajamas for a Havdalah service with Cantor Brown and Rabbi Solomon! We will also have a sing- and dance-a-long with special guest Raviv Brooks, followed by a delicious dairy dinner and an extra-special dessert. Click here for our Gan PJ Havdallah melodies we will sing together!
 
       
       
  All Hands Social Action Committee Meeting
Sunday, January 13 at 10am
Learn About Our Teams Here


All-Hands SAC meeting: Please join the Social Action Committee for our next group meeting on Sunday, January 13th, 10AM at Adas. We need you to do this holy and critical work. Come learn, talk, and meet with team leads from the Gun Violence Prevention Team, Lev B'Lev, the Poverty, Homelessness, and Housing, Refugee Response Team, the Racial Justice Working Group, and the Climate Action Team to learn more about upcoming initiatives and tell us what work you're passionate about.
 
       
       
 
Free Jewish Genealogy Workshop with 3GDC
Sunday, January 13 @ 1:30pm Register Here

3GDC would like to show you some free online tools to help piece together your family’s history. Whether you’re overwhelmed with your grandparents’ attic full of pictures and documents, don’t care to pay for an expensive online service, swabbed your cheek for a 23andme test but only glanced at the results, or never even started a genealogical search, we can help! Please join us for coffee, snacks, and pointers on how to start or enhance your genealogical research. All that is required is to bring your own tablet or laptop and any family info (names, places, and dates) you might know so we can show you some tricks and resources. While we are especially interested in the histories and immigration of Holocaust survivors and their families, all are welcome to this casual workshop.
 
       
       
  Join Kolot, The Young Voices of Adas Israel
Begins Sunday, January 13 @ 11:30am

Do You Like to Sing? Then come and be part of Kolot, the young voices of Adas Israel with Cantor Arianne Brown! This group is for 3rd through 6th graders. Kolot meets on Sundays twice per month from 11:30am to 12:15pm, beginning January 13, 2019. To register and receive a complete schedule, please email cantor.brown@adasisrael.org with your name and grade.
 
       
       
  "Oh, God" by Israeli Playwright Anat Gov
Mosaic Theater Company, 1327 H St.,N.E
Thursday, December 27 at 8 pm Register Here

Adas Israel Sisterhood member Naomi H. Rosenblatt will be taking part in a post-show panel of Mosaic Theater Company's production of "Oh, God" by the Israeli playwright Anat Gov. With a clash of Biblical quotes and wit, Gov challenges us to confront our issues of faith, hubris, and the power of humility. The discussion will revolve around the narrative in the first chapters of Bereshit,(Genesis). Mosaic Theater is offering a 30% discount for any Adas members who wish to purchase tickets for Oh, God, either for this performance, or any other during the run. Use the code TALKBACK to access the discount online or over the phone.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Theater J Presents Talley's Folly
December 7 - December 30 Register Here

Theater J is presenting Talley's Folly, Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning funny and heart-warming romance, December 7 – 30 at GALA Hispanic Theatre. The play is a poignant valentine to unlikely love and features the talents of Washington’s starriest theater couple: Aaron Posner (director; also directed Everything is Illuminated and Broken Glass at Theater J) and Erin Weaver (who plays Sally Talley). Tickets make a great Chanukah present for someone you love—or for yourself!  Visit TheaterJ.org or call 202.777.3210 for tickets. GALA Hispanic Theatre is located at 3333 14th St. NW, Washington, DC.
 
       
       
 
From Family to Consumer? New Models for the Relationship Between Israel and World Jewry with Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
Monday, January 14 @ 7:30pm Register Here
Temple Rodef Shalom
 
Join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Shalom Hartman Institute of North America for an engaging public lecture by the esteemed Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute. The gap between American and Israeli Jews has been widening, and this challenge to Jewish Peoplehood is increasingly concerning. Significantly, the family metaphor that once fit the Jewish people so aptly is, for many, growing increasingly irrelevant. How can we re-imagine the relationship between American and Israeli Jewries in light of today’s growing tensions?
 
       

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
 
Friday, December 28
Candle Lighting: 4:36pm
 
JOINT COMMUNITY SHABBAT SERVICE AT TEMPLE MICAH
6:30pm; Temple Micah
 
 
 
Saturday, December 29
PARSHAT SHEMOT
 
SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE WITH CANTOR BROWN
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
 
HAVURAH SHABBAT SERVICE
9:45am; Library
 
PARSHA FOR KIDS
11:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
 


CONGREGATIONAL KIDDUSH
12:00pm; Kay Hall
 
MINCHA
1:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
   
HAVDALAH: 5:36pm
 
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

James Edward Draheim
Ethel Kaplan
Marian Hoechstetter

Gerard Daniel
Judith Himmelfarb
Dave Kresch

May their memories be for a blessing.
Daily Minyan
In the Biran Beit Midrash

Morning
Monday-Friday: 7:30am
Sundays and Legal Holidays
(except Columbus Day & Veteran's Day): 9:00am
Rosh Chodesh and Holiday Chol Hamoed: 7:15am 

Evening
Sunday–Thursday: 6:00 pm
   
 
Gift Shop Hours
Sun-Mon & Wed-Fri: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Special extended hours:
Tues, 9:30 am-3:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm
   
STAY CONNECTED
   
facebook twitter

 
 

@Adas: MLK Weekend, Combined Community Shabbat Service, Gan HaYeled Registration and More!

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Shabbat Times & Services December Chronicle
       
 
       
       
  Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend
Friday, January 18 - Sunday, January 20
Click for a full schedule and to register for Shabbat Dinner

Each year, Adas Israel dedicates the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend to the pursuit of racial justice and equality. Please join us on Friday night, for a Return Again Shabbat service, followed by dinner with our community partners. Our Shabbat morning service, which coincides with Shabbat Shirah, will feature the Adas Israel Flash Choir and the Return Again Band. The sermon will be given by featured guest, Rabbi Sandra Lawson, who will lead a 1:00 PM workshop entitled "Creating an Inclusive Jewish Future." And finally, on Sunday, all are welcome to Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ for their annual 10am service.

 
       
       
  Combined Community Shabbat Service
This Year at Temple Micah
Next Friday, December 28 @ 6:30pm, Shabbat Oneg at 6pm

Continuing a tradition of more than 30 years, Adas Israel Congregation will again participate in a combined community service on Friday, December 28th to be held this year at Temple Micah. Join Cantor Arianne Brown, officers, and congregants of our congregation together with Washington Hebrew, Temple Sinai and Temple Micah.

We encourage your attendance as a way of strengthening the inter-synagogue relationships and of marking the transition in the calendar in a religious manner. There will be NO Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Adas Israel on Friday, December 28th.
 
       
       
  Gan HaYeled Preschool Registration for 2019-2020
Begins Wednesday, January 2 - Apply Here

January is around the corner, which means it is almost time to register your child at Gan HaYeled for the 2019-2020 school year! The Gan will be accepting all Adas member Preschool applications beginning January 2nd. If you or someone you know is looking for an exceptional early childhood school experience, please be sure to check out Adas Israel's Gan HaYeled. With both traditional (onah) school year programs and year-round (shanah) schedules, the Gan has programs to fit most families' needs.
 
Please visit our website to get more information, or call the Gan office at 202.362.4491to sign up for one of our remaining Open Houses.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Lev B’Lev Speaker Series Featuring: Rachel Brown
Founder and Executive Director of Over Zero
Saturday, January 12 @ 1pm

Rachel Brown is a former fellow with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Founder and Executive Director of Over Zero, an organization established to create long-term societal resilience to violence and positive, peaceful coexistence. Rachel is the author of Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech, which brings together insights from diverse fields of expertise — from marketing to cognitive neuroscience — to support practitioners seeking to design communications-based interventions for atrocity prevention.

As Lev B’Lev continues to explore hate in America, Rachel will bring a communications perspective that will help us understand how dangerous speech incites hate and reveal communications strategies for bringing about positive change for individuals, societies, and governments.

 
       
       
  Mayim b’Sasson: A Joyful Mikvah Rededication Ceremony
Wednesday, January 30 @ 7pm Register Here
 
The Adas Israel Community Mikvah would be honored by your presence as we celebrate the renovation of our space. Join us for a night of blessings, singing, storytelling, and honoring our Mikvah Guides. Storytellers trained by master storycrafter Noa Baum. The newly renovated, fully accessible space will be open for all to see. Reception and hors d’oeuvres: 7:00pm, Ceremony and Storytelling: 7:30pm.
 
       
       
  Interested in learning Haftarah trope (cantillation)?
Interactive Video Series with Cantor Arianne Brown

Click Here to Watch Tricks of the Trope

This 3 lesson interactive set will give you the basic building blocks of chanting all the Haftarah trope (cantillation) patterns. Please listen, learn, repeat after me… and connect with us so that you can chant a haftarah here soon! Whether you use this video as a learning tool for yourself, as a teaching tool for your students, or as a means of review, Cantor Ari presents this interactive video series to you. She hopes they help to inspire you in your Jewish learning, and to help you chant Haftarah in a beautiful, expressive manner that honors our tradition.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Hesed Cooking Team Event
Tuesday, January 8 @ 6:30pm Register Here

Join fellow Adas members for a fun evening of baking challah and sweet treats. Learn some challah baking and braiding tricks from pros, Healy Sutton and Bonnie Benwick. The food we make will be stored in our community freezer to give to members in need, such as those who are ill or recovering from an accident or surgery, to shivah homes and to people juggling demands of a new baby. We welcome all levels of cooks to help with Hesed cooking projects. Because of the planning and food purchase involved, we ask that you sign up only if you are as sure as possible that you can participate.
 
       
       
  Families with Young Children Pajama Havdalah Dinner
Saturday, January 12 @ 5:30pm Register Here

Bid goodbye to Shabbat and welcome the new week in comfort -- join us in your pajamas for a Havdalah service with Cantor Brown and Rabbi Solomon! We will also have a sing- and dance-a-long with special guest Raviv Brooks, followed by a delicious dairy dinner and an extra-special dessert.
 
       
       
  All Hands Social Action Committee Meeting
Sunday, January 13 at 10am
Learn About Our Teams Here


All-Hands SAC meeting: Please join the Social Action Committee for our next group meeting on Sunday, January 13th, 10AM at Adas. We need you to do this holy and critical work. Come learn, talk, and meet with team leads from the Gun Violence Prevention Team, Lev B'Lev, the Poverty, Homelessness, and Housing, Refugee Response Team, the Racial Justice Working Group, and the Climate Action Team to learn more about upcoming initiatives and tell us what work you're passionate about.
 
       
       
  Join Kolot, The Young Voices of Adas Israel
Begins Sunday, January 13 @ 11:30am

Do You Like to Sing? Then come and be part of Kolot, the young voices of Adas Israel with Cantor Arianne Brown! This group is for 3rd through 6th graders. Kolot meets on Sundays twice per month from 11:30am to 12:15pm, beginning January 13, 2019. To register and receive a complete schedule, please email cantor.brown@adasisrael.org with your name and grade.
 
       
       
  "Oh, God" by Israeli Playwright Anat Gov
Mosaic Theater Company, 1327 H St.,N.E
Thursday, December 27 at 8 pm Register Here

Adas Israel Sisterhood member Naomi H. Rosenblatt will be taking part in a post-show panel of Mosaic Theater Company's production of "Oh, God" by the Israeli playwright Anat Gov. With a clash of Biblical quotes and wit, Gov challenges us to confront our issues of faith, hubris, and the power of humility. The discussion will revolve around the narrative in the first chapters of Bereshit,(Genesis). Mosaic Theater is offering a 30% discount for any Adas members who wish to purchase tickets for Oh, God, either for this performance, or any other during the run. Use the code TALKBACK to access the discount online or over the phone.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Theater J Presents Talley's Folly
December 7 - December 30 Register Here

Theater J is presenting Talley's Folly, Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning funny and heart-warming romance, December 7 – 30 at GALA Hispanic Theatre. The play is a poignant valentine to unlikely love and features the talents of Washington’s starriest theater couple: Aaron Posner (director; also directed Everything is Illuminated and Broken Glass at Theater J) and Erin Weaver (who plays Sally Talley). Tickets make a great Chanukah present for someone you love—or for yourself!  Visit TheaterJ.org or call 202.777.3210 for tickets. GALA Hispanic Theatre is located at 3333 14th St. NW, Washington, DC.
 
       
       
 
From Family to Consumer? New Models for the Relationship Between Israel and World Jewry with Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
Monday, January 14 @ 7:30pm Register Here
Temple Rodef Shalom
 
Join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Shalom Hartman Institute of North America for an engaging public lecture by the esteemed Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute. The gap between American and Israeli Jews has been widening, and this challenge to Jewish Peoplehood is increasingly concerning. Significantly, the family metaphor that once fit the Jewish people so aptly is, for many, growing increasingly irrelevant. How can we re-imagine the relationship between American and Israeli Jewries in light of today’s growing tensions?
 
       

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
 
Friday, December 21
Candle Lighting: 4:31pm
 
KABBALAT SHABBAT SERVICE
6:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
 
 
 
Saturday, December 22
PARSHAT VAYECHI
 
SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE WITH RABBI KRINSKY AND CANTOR BROWN; SHABBAT IN HARMONY
9:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
TRADITIONAL EGALITARIAN MINYAN
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
 
 

 

CONGREGATIONAL KIDDUSH
12:00pm; Kay Hall
 
MINCHA
1:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
   
HAVDALAH: 5:31pm
 
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Marian Hoechstetter
Gerard Daniel
Judith Himmelfarb
Dave Kresch
George Orlove
Ruth Rand

May their memories be for a blessing.
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Morning
Monday-Friday: 7:30am
Sundays and Legal Holidays
(except Columbus Day & Veteran's Day): 9:00am
Rosh Chodesh and Holiday Chol Hamoed: 7:15am 

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Mazal Tov to Alan Strasser, Patricia Hartge, and family

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Alan Strasser and Patricia Hartge on the birth of their granddaughter, Rose Strasser Amstutz, born on November 24, 2018 to Julia Strasser and Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz. Mazal Tov as well to big sister Hannah.

We wish our newborn and her family strength, good health, and joy.

   
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

Mazal Tov to Alan Strasser, Patricia Hartge, and family

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Alan Strasser and Patricia Hartge on the birth of their granddaughter, born on November 24, 2018 to Julia Strasser and Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz. Mazal Tov as well to big sister Hannah.

We wish our newborn and her family strength, good health, and joy.

   
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

Noah Hichenberg to serve as Director of Gan HaYeled Preschool

 
     
       
   
Announcement: Gan Director Search Update
Noah Hichenberg to serve as Director of Gan HaYeled Preschool, beginning Summer 2019!
 
Dear Gan Families,
 
Following a comprehensive, nation-wide search process, I’m thrilled to report that Noah Hichenberg will be joining the Adas Israel family as our new Director of the Gan HaYeled Preschool this coming Summer 2019!
 
We extend our heartfelt Yasher Koach’s to our incredible search committee and Director of Education, Rabbi Kerrith Solomon, who reviewed more than a dozen 
applications, conducted several introductory interviews, and put together two very thoughtful onsite interview experiences for our final candidates.
 
   
 
As you all experienced during his visit, Noah is an extraordinary early childhood professional who brings with him a deep understanding of children and families and demonstrated leadership and excellence in the field. Noah currently serves as Director for The Saul and Carole Zabar Nursery School at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. He is currently completing an Ed.D. in curriculum and teaching with a focus in early childhood education at Teachers College, Columbia University and received his master’s degree in early childhood education from Fordham University. He received his bachelor’s degrees in American history from Columbia University and Jewish history from the Jewish Theological Seminary. We wish to thank all of our Gan community members who participated in the interviews, and for providing important feedback for the search committee's review. We were overwhelmed by the unanimous enthusiasm for Noah’s candidacy in particular, and are thrilled by the outcome.
 
Our thanks especially go to Toni Bickart and Ian Halpern, our Gan Search Committee Co-Chairs, and to our committee members: Tali Stein, Mathew Lawlor, Jessika Wellisch, Jennifer Gerst, Janice Mostow, Denise Gershowitz, Dennis Yedwab, and Doug Rand. We are beyond grateful to this dedicated group of members for their invaluable service to the Gan and its many families.
 
Feel free to reach out to me at president@adasisrael.org or Rabbi Kerrith Solomon at rabbi.solomon@adasisrael.org if we can answer any questions or talk more about this exciting new chapter. We can’t wait to welcome Noah to the team and learning community this coming summer!
 
Shabbat Shalom,
Ricki Gerger, Synagogue President
 
       
     
         
   
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Mazal Tov to Manny Schiffres and family

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Manny Schiffres on the birth of his grandson, born in Los Angeles on December 11, 2018 to Ethan Schiffres and Allie Ganz.    

We wish our newborn and his family strength, good health, and joy.

   
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

@Adas: Return Again and Post-Kiddush Halakhah Class This Shabbat & Gan Hayeled Registration Opening!

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Shabbat Times & Services December Chronicle
       
 
       
       
  Return Again to Shabbat
With Rabbis Holtzblatt, Alexander & The Return Again Band
This Friday, December 14 @ 6:30pm
Register Here for the Community Shabbat Dinner

Join Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Rabbi Aaron Alexander & the Return Again Band for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. In the style of our innovative outdoor Kol Nidre Service. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, personal excursion into prayer & song. The service will be followed by a community Shabbat dinner for all.

 
       
       
  Post-Kiddush Halakhah Class with Rabbi Aaron Alexander
Weapons in Prayer Spaces — A Halakhic Perspective
This Saturday, December 15 @ 1pm

Join us as Rabbi Alexander teaches this month’s text-based class, after Kiddush, using halakhah (Jewish life and living) as a prism through which to access our monthly topic. In this class Rabbi Alexander will lead learners of all levels in a text-based exploration of a contemporary Israeli responsum (teshuvah). We’ll pay close attention to some of the essential textual and experiential factors that help communities navigate this question.

 
       
       
  Gan HaYeled Preschool Registration for 2019-2020
Begins Wednesday, January 2 - Apply Here

January is around the corner, which means it is almost time to register your child at Gan HaYeled for the 2019-2020 school year! The Gan will be accepting all Adas member Preschool applications beginning January 2nd. If you or someone you know is looking for an exceptional early childhood school experience, please be sure to check out Adas Israel's Gan HaYeled. With both traditional (onah) school year programs and year-round (shanah) schedules, the Gan has programs to fit most families' needs.
 
Please visit our website to get more information, or call the Gan office at 202.362.4491to sign up for one of our remaining Open Houses.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Combined Community Shabbat Service
This Year at Temple Micah
Friday, December 28 @ 6:30pm, Shabbat Oneg at 6pm

Continuing a tradition of more than 30 years, Adas Israel Congregation will again participate in a combined community service on Friday, December 28th to be held this year at Temple Micah.  Join Cantor Arianne Brown, officers, and congregants of our congregation together with Washington Hebrew, Temple Sinai and Temple Micah.

We encourage your attendance as a way of strengthening the inter-synagogue relationships and of marking the transition in the calendar in a religious manner. There will be NO Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Adas Israel on Friday, December 28th.
 
       
       
  Families with Young Children Pajama Havdalah Dinner
Saturday, January 12 @ 5:30pm Register Here

Bid goodbye to Shabbat and welcome the new week in comfort -- join us in your pajamas for a Havdalah service with Cantor Brown and Rabbi Solomon! We will also have a sing- and dance-a-long with special guest Raviv Brooks, followed by a delicious dairy dinner and an extra-special dessert.
 
       
       
       
 
Up Close and Personal:
Share Your Special Family Collections in Our Biran Beit Midrash

The Biran Beit Midrash, at the heart of our synagogue, is a place of community, learning and conversation. Following this theme, over the next year we would very much like to share your special family collections in our ever changing Biran Beit Midrash window. Our current display features a sampling of Myra and Larry Promisel's imaginative and inspiring collection of Hanukiot. What can you share for 6 weeks? Contact us to display something special and for more information.

 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Interested in learning Haftarah trope (cantillation)?
Interactive Video Series with Cantor Arianne Brown
Click Here to Watch Tricks of the Trope

This 3 lesson interactive set will give you the basic building blocks of chanting all the Haftarah trope (cantillation) patterns. Please listen, learn, repeat after me… and connect with us so that you can chant a haftarah here soon! Whether you use this video as a learning tool for yourself, as a teaching tool for your students, or as a means of review, Cantor Ari presents this interactive video series to you. She hopes they help to inspire you in your Jewish learning, and to help you chant Haftarah in a beautiful, expressive manner that honors our beautiful tradition.
 
       
       
  DC Klezmer Workshop
Sunday, December 16 @ 2pm Register Here

Come learn the art of Yiddish Dance with world renowned dance instructor Steve Weintraub. Klezmer music was mostly created to be dance music. This course covers the figures, steps and styling for many of the dances in the klezmer repertoire. Learn the lively Freylekhs, the boisterous Bulgar, the stately Zhok, that essential Jewish square dance, the Sher (a party with 7 of your friends), and many other circle, couple and set dances. Suggested Donation: $20 at the door.
 
       
       
  Sisterhood Knits, Sews and Crafts
Special Silk Tallit Workshop
Wednesday, December 19 @ 7:30pm

Join guest speaker, Phyliss Jaffe, as we learn the joys and pitfalls of using silk to make a Tallit. All are invited to bring your ongoing projects and schmooze with us. We have donated wool and other fabrics to share, also knitting magazines. As always, the knitters will be knitting, and those who learned basic crochet at our last meeting will be continuing to hone their technique.
 
       
       
  Hesed Cooking Team Event
Tuesday, January 8 @ 6:30pm Register Here
 
Join fellow Adas members for a fun evening of baking challah and sweet treats. Learn some challah baking and braiding tricks from pros, Healy Sutton and Bonnie Benwick. The food we make will be stored in our community freezer to give to members in need, such as those who are ill or recovering from an accident or surgery, to shivah homes and to people juggling demands of a new baby. We welcome all levels of cooks to help with Hesed cooking projects. Because of the planning and food purchase involved, we ask that you sign up only if you are as sure as possible that you can participate.
 
       
       
  Join Kolot, The Young Voices of Adas Israel
Begins Sunday, January 13 @ 11:30am

Do You Like to Sing? Then come and be part of Kolot, the young voices of Adas Israel with Cantor Arianne Brown! This group is for 3rd through 6th graders. Kolot meets on Sundays twice per month from 11:30am to 12:15pm, beginning January 13, 2019. To register and receive a complete schedule, please email cantor.brown@adasisrael.org with your name and grade.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Theater J Presents Talley's Folly
December 7 - December 30 Register Here

Theater J is presenting Talley's Folly, Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning funny and heart-warming romance, December 7 – 30 at GALA Hispanic Theatre. The play is a poignant valentine to unlikely love and features the talents of Washington’s starriest theater couple: Aaron Posner (director; also directed Everything is Illuminated and Broken Glass at Theater J) and Erin Weaver (who plays Sally Talley). Tickets make a great Chanukah present for someone you love—or for yourself!  Visit TheaterJ.org or call 202.777.3210 for tickets. GALA Hispanic Theatre is located at 3333 14th St. NW, Washington, DC.
 
       
       
 
From Family to Consumer? New Models for the Relationship Between Israel and World Jewry with Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
Monday, January 14 @ 7:30pm Register Here
Temple Rodef Shalom
 
Join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Shalom Hartman Institute of North America for an engaging public lecture by the esteemed Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute. The gap between American and Israeli Jews has been widening, and this challenge to Jewish Peoplehood is increasingly concerning. Significantly, the family metaphor that once fit the Jewish people so aptly is, for many, growing increasingly irrelevant. How can we re-imagine the relationship between American and Israeli Jewries in light of today’s growing tensions?
 
       

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
 
Friday, December 14
Candle Lighting: 4:28pm
 
PARSHA WITH HASSIDUT
10am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
"RETURN AGAIN" SERVICE WITH RABBIS HOLTZBLATT & ALEXANDER
6:30pm; Kay Hall
 
COMMUNITY SHABBAT DINNER
8pm; Cohen Hall
 
 
Saturday, December 15
PARSHAT VAYIGASH
 
BOKER OR TORAH STUDY
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
RETURN AGAIN SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE;
BAR MITZVAH: ALEX HOROWITZ

9:30am; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
 
TRADITIONAL EGALITARIAN MINYAN
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
 
HAVURAH SHABBAT SERVICE
9:45am; Library
 
NETIVOT
11am; Classroom 340
 
TOT SHABBAT
11am; Cohen Hall
 
PARSHA FOR KIDS
11am; Biran Beit Midrash

CONGREGATIONAL KIDDUSH
12:00pm; Kay Hall
 
HAVURAH SHABBAT KIDDUSH
12:30pm; Funger Hall
 
MINCHA
12:45pm; Gewirz Beit Am
 
MAKOMDC HALAKHAH LEARNING
1pm; Biran Beit Midrash
   
HAVDALAH: 5:28pm
Click to listen and learn a new melody for Emet that we will sing in Shacharit this Shabbat!
 
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

George Orlove
Barbara Knapp
Edgar Aftergood
Reeva Goldberg
Dr. Lawrence Shapiro
Ruth Rand

May their memories be for a blessing.
Daily Minyan
In the Biran Beit Midrash

Morning
Monday-Friday: 7:30am
Sundays and Legal Holidays
(except Columbus Day & Veteran's Day): 9:00am
Rosh Chodesh and Holiday Chol Hamoed: 7:15am 

Evening
Sunday–Thursday: 6:00 pm
   
 
Gift Shop Hours
Sun-Mon & Wed-Fri: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Special extended hours:
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@Adas: Hanukkah Continues & December MakomDC Scholar: Dena Weiss, Next Week!

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Shabbat Times & Services November Chronicle
       
 
       
       
 
 
 
  The Festival of Lights @ Adas, Happy Hanukkah!
Light the Fifth Candle Tonight!
December 2 - December 10 Click Here to Learn More
 
Hanukkah Highlights:
Thursday, December 6 at 6:30pm:
People's Hanukkah Party at Casolare, co-sponsored by Adas Israel Register
Friday, December 7 at 1pm:
Celebrate at 3001 Veazey Terrace with Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander
Sunday, December 9 at 4:30pm:
SHIN DC Hanukkah's Extra Flame Program & Concert Register Here

 
This year, Hanukah begins Sunday evening, December 2nd. As you celebrate the holiday, may your homes be bright with happiness, joy, and light. We hope you will join us for nightly community Menorah Lightings and a variety of wonderful events throughout the Festival of Lights. Click Here for more information about programs, celebrations, community candle lightings, full blessings, and other Hanukkah Highlights at Adas.
 
       
       
  MakomDC December Scholar: Dena Weiss
Won't You Be My Neighbor? The Right to Privacy in Jewish Sources
Next Tuesday, December 11 @ 7:30pm Register Here
Co-sponsored by Hadar 
 
In this class we'll be exploring some of the Jewish legal perspectives on how to build one's physical home. One of the core areas of concern for the Rabbis is the question of what it takes to be a good neighbor and how to balance the values of privacy in an environment of close community and shared space. These conversations touch on fundamental explorations of what and why to share and what the moral and spiritual values of privacy might be.
 
Dena Weiss is the Rosh Beit Midrash and Director of Full-Time Immersive Programs at the Hadar Institute in New York City, where she teaches Talmud, Midrash, and Hassidut and writes and records Hadar’s weekly D’var Torah e-mail and podcast. *This event will be livestreamed at adasisrael.org/adaslive
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Traditional Egalitarian Minyan Shabbaton
This Friday, December 7 - Saturday, December 8
Click for the Full Schedule
Join the Adas Israel Traditional Egalitarian Minyan for a family friendly Shabbaton! This event will include Friday night Shabbat dinner (pre-registration required) and breakfast, services, lunch (pre-registration required), learning, Seudah Shlishit, Havdallah, and Chanukkah candle lighting for the whole family. Themed learning opportunities with Adas clergy include topics such as "Holidays and History" and "Challenging Elements of Jewish text, Liturgy, and Practice". Please join us!
 
       
       
  Kindergarten Consecration Service
This Saturday, December 8 @ 11am, Biran Beit Midrash

We look forward to welcoming our Kindergarten families on the morning of Saturday, December 8th, for the Kindergarten Consecration service. We will come together in the Biran Beit Midrash with Rabbi Kerrith Solomon at 11AM for a program in which your child will receive their own Torah. Following the program, we will join the service in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary. Please mark your calendars and RSVP to Sarah Attermann so that we know that you will be joining us. Please also send us your child’s Hebrew name so that we can include it on the certificate.

 
       
       
  Return Again to Shabbat
With Rabbis Holtzblatt, Alexander & The Return Again Band
Next Friday, December 14 @ 6:30pm
Register Here for the Community Shabbat Dinner

Join Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Rabbi Aaron Alexander & the Return Again Band for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. In the style of our innovative outdoor Kol Nidre Service. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, personal excursion into prayer & song. The service will be followed by a community Shabbat dinner for all.

 
       
       
 
Up Close and Personal:
Share Your Special Family Collections in Our Biran Beit Midrash

The Biran Beit Midrash, at the heart of our synagogue, is a place of community, learning and conversation. Following this theme, over the next year we would very much like to share your special family collections in our ever changing Biran Beit Midrash window. Our current display features a sampling of Myra and Larry Promisel's imaginative and inspiring collection of Hanukiot. What can you share for 6 weeks? Contact us to display something special and for more information.

 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Upcoming Sisterhood Events
 
The Second City's SHE the People
Sunday, December 9 at 2pm Register Here

What's more fun than an afternoon of #sisterhood, watching an all-female, all-star team of The Second City’s most fearless, tuned-in sketch comics roast the patriarchy and reclaim at least two hours of absolutely hilarious time? All of the above, but with a 40% DISCOUNT! Please register and we will send you a promo code to purchase tickets at the special Sisterhood rate! Contact Jodi Ochstein with questions.
 
TAKE-A-WALK!
Monday, December 10 at 6 pm Register Here

Our walk leader, Miriam Rosenthal, will take us to see a curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations in Georgetown – Georgetown Glow.  Meet us at the Foggy Bottom Metro at 6pm and afterwards we will have dinner at Shanghai Lounge. You can contact Rona Walters at 202-744-2854 or Miriam Rosenthal at 301-718-5143.
 
       
       
  Rosh Chodesh Chag HaBanot: The Festival of the Daughters
A Yoga & Mindfulness Workshop
Tuesday, December 11 @ 7pm Register Here

This special Rosh Chodesh Hanukkah workshop offers women of all ages an invitation to come together for a nourishing evening of Jewish yoga and mindfulness practice. Jewish tradition teaches that our bodies are deeply in sync with the lunar cycle, and if we drop in and listen, the timeless, embodied rhythms of Rosh Chodesh will seep to our surface. Our evening will begin with a candle lighting in honor of the Festival of the Daughters, and follow with an asana practice of moon salutations. We will close with an informal guided discussion. *Co-sponsored by Adas Israel Community Mikvah.
 
       
       
  DC Klezmer Workshop
Sunday, December 16 @ 2pm Register Here

Come learn the art of Yiddish Dance with world renowned dance instructor Steve Weintraub. Klezmer music was mostly created to be dance music. This course covers the figures, steps and styling for many of the dances in the klezmer repertoire. Learn the lively Freylekhs, the boisterous Bulgar, the stately Zhok, that essential Jewish square dance, the Sher (a party with 7 of your friends), and many other circle, couple and set dances. Suggested Donation: $20 at the door.
 
       
       
  Join Kolot, The Young Voices of Adas Israel
Begins Sunday, January 13 @ 11:30am

Do You Like to Sing? Then come and be part of Kolot, the young voices of Adas Israel with Cantor Arianne Brown! This group is for 3rd through 6th graders. Kolot meets on Sundays twice per month from 11:30am to 12:15pm, beginning January 13, 2019. To register and receive a complete schedule, please email cantor.brown@adasisrael.org with your name and grade.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
 
The 2nd Annual People's Hanukkah Party
Thursday, December 6 @ 6:30pm Register Here
 
Come celebrate the festival of lights, rededicate yourself to building a better world and get your nosh on at Casolare Ristorante + Bar in Washington, DC for an evening of lights, latkes, and libations. The annual celebration and party features classic, traditional dishes along with some delicious surprises from Tico, The Riggsby, and Alta Strada. DJ Nes Gadol is back with his cool mixes and beats, and the candle lighting ceremony will be at 8pm with distinguished Rabbis and leaders from the community. Help us to support HIAS by participating in our raffle with amazing prizes. The celebration further supports HIAS with a donation made from Casolare Ristorante & Bar and supporting organizations.
 
       
       
  SHIN DC Hanukkah Extra Flame Program & Concert for Refugees
Sunday, December 9 @ 4:30pm Register Here

Join us as we raise awareness of ways to help refugees with music and Syrian Hanukkah food. This includes working with the NOVA Relief Center on a coat/blanket drive for Syrian refugees who face a freezing winter in camps. Learn about why Sephardic refugees to Aleppo initiated the custom to light an extra flame each night of the holiday & be the extra light that refugees need today! Feat. Faraj Abyad LIVE- A Syrian Jew famous for fresh renditions of Syrian songs in traditional Arabic form.
 
       
       
  Theater J Presents Talley's Folly
December 7 - December 30 Register Here

Theater J is presenting Talley's Folly, Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning funny and heart-warming romance, December 7 – 30 at GALA Hispanic Theatre. The play is a poignant valentine to unlikely love and features the talents of Washington’s starriest theater couple: Aaron Posner (director; also directed Everything is Illuminated and Broken Glass at Theater J) and Erin Weaver (who plays Sally Talley). Tickets make a great Chanukah present for someone you love—or for yourself!  Visit TheaterJ.org or call 202.777.3210 for tickets. GALA Hispanic Theatre is located at 3333 14th St. NW, Washington, DC.
 
       
       
 
Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Lecture
25 Years Since Oslo: First-Hand Accounts of the Negotiations
Tuesday, December 11 @ 7:30pm Register Here
Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital

25 years ago, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shook hands on the White House South Lawn, formalizing an historic first agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Join us for a behind-the-scenes account of the characters and drama at Oslo, how the parties came together, and lessons learned from this pivotal if unrealized effort at peace. The evening will focus on the personal stories behind Oslo, conflict resolution strategies pioneered during the back-channel negotiations, and the lessons we take now, given Oslo’s pivotal role and unfulfilled promise.
 
       
       
 
Social Action Tikkun Olam Opportunity
Help Feed Our Neighbors at Miriam’s House

This Sunday, December 9

Continuing our longtime support of N Street Village's programs for homeless and formerly homeless DC residents, Adas Israel has begun providing monthly dinners for Miriam's House, a long term housing facility for up to 12-15 women living with HIV/AIDS. We need volunteers who can cook and drop off food at a common location in advance of the dinner and 2-4 others who will come to Miriam's Place (near Adams Morgan) from 5-7 p.m. to heat, serve, and clean up the dinner. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Several families can volunteer to take responsibility for one dinner; you can cook at one of your homes and bring the food or you are welcome to cook at Miriam's Place. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Laura Epstein and ask to be added to the email list of potential volunteers.  
 
       

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
 
Friday, December 7
Candle Lighting: 4:27pm
 
PARSHA WITH HASSIDUT
10am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
TRADITIONAL LAY-LED SHABBAT SERVICE
6pm; Gewirz Beit Am
 
SHIR DELIGHT HAPPY HOUR
6:30pm; Wasserman Hall
 
TEM MINYAN SHABBATON DINNER
7:15pm; Kay Hall
 
SHIR DELIGHT SHABBAT SERVICE
WITH RABBI KRINSKY
7:30pm; Gewirz Beit Am
 
SHIR DELIGHT DINNER
8:30pm; Cohen Hall
 
Saturday, December 8
PARSHAT MIKETZ/ HANUKKAH/ ROSH CHODESH
 
BOKER OR TORAH STUDY
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
SHABBAT MORNING & HANUKKAH SERVICE, SERMON BY RABBI KRINSKY - BAR MITZVAH: ZACHARY BENSKY
9:15am; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
 
TRADITIONAL EGALITARIAN MINYAN
9:15am; Gewirz Beit Am
 
NETIVOT
11am; Classroom 340
 
TOT SHABBAT
11am; Youth Lounge
 
CONGREGATIONAL KIDDUSH
12:00pm; Kay Hall
 
TEM MINYAN SHABBATON LUNCH
12:30pm; Cohen Hall
 
MINCHA
1pm; Biran Beit Midrash
 
MINYAN SHABBATON LEARNING
2pm; Multiple Locations
 
SHABBATON SEUDAH SHLISHIT & HAVDALAH
4:45pm; Cohen Hall
   
HAVDALAH: 5:27pm
 
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Edgar Aftergood
Reeva Goldberg
Dr. Lawrence Shapiro
Ruth Rand
Cynthia Sutton
Harvey Taylor

May their memories be for a blessing.
Daily Minyan
In the Biran Beit Midrash

Morning
Monday-Friday: 7:30am
Sundays and Legal Holidays
(except Columbus Day & Veteran's Day): 9:00am
Rosh Chodesh and Holiday Chol Hamoed: 7:15am 

Evening
Sunday–Thursday: 6:00 pm
   
 
Gift Shop Hours
Sun-Mon & Wed-Fri: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Special extended hours:
Tues, 9:30 am-3:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm
   
STAY CONNECTED
   
facebook twitter

 
 

Mazal Tov to Julianna Goldman and Mike Gottlieb

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Julianna Goldman and Mike Gottlieb on the birth of their daughter, Molly Bea Gottlieb, born on December 2, 2018.  Mazal Tov as well to big brother Abner.   

We wish our newborn and her family strength, good health, and joy.

   
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

Mazal Tov to Courtney Tisch and Evan Alpert

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Courtney Tisch and Evan Alpert on the birth of their son, born on November 30, 2018.

We wish our newborn and his family strength, good health, and joy.

   
           
     
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

@Adas: Hanukkah begins Sunday Night & Leading Kabbalah Scholar, Dr. Daniel Matt, This Weekend!

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Shabbat Times & Services November Chronicle
       
 
       
       
 
 
 
 
  The Festival of Lights @ Adas, Happy Hanukkah!
Light the First Candle Sunday Night!
December 2 - December 10 Click Here to Learn More
 
Hanukkah Highlights:
Sunday, December 2 at 11 am:
Dan Kaufman Memorial Latka Party, in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
Sunday, December 2 at 2:15 pm:
Cantor Arianne Brown will perform traditional Hanukkah songs at the Sounds of Faith program at the National Museum of American History. Learn More
Monday, December 3 at 5:30pm
Light Hanukkah candles and sing at Somerset (5600 Wisconsin Avenue)
Wednesday, December 5 at 3:30pm:
Sing, schmooze and eat sweet treats in the Community Room at 4701 Willard Avenue with Rabbi Krinsky and Cantor Brown
Thursday, December 6 at 6:30pm:
People's Hanukkah Party at Casolare, co-sponsored by Adas Israel Register
Friday, December 7 at 1pm:
Celebrate at 3001 Veazey Terrace with Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander
Sunday, December 9 at 4:30pm:
SHIN DC Hanukkah's Extra Flame Program & Concert Register Here

 
This year, Hanukah begins Sunday evening, December 2nd. As you celebrate the holiday, may your homes be bright with happiness, joy, and light. We hope you will join us for nightly community Menorah Lightings and a variety of wonderful events throughout the Festival of Lights. Click Here for more information about programs, celebrations, community candle lightings, full blessings, and other Hanukkah Highlights at Adas.
 
       
       
  Scholar in Residence Weekend with Dr. Daniel Matt
This Friday, November 30th - Sunday, December 2nd
Mark your calendars for an immersive weekend of contemplative practice and study with one of the world's leading Kabbalah scholars. Dr. Daniel Matt recently completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality, in addition to being featured in Time, Newsweek and National Public Radio. His nine-volume annotated translation of the Zohar (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition) has been hailed as "a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought."
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Upcoming MakomDC Class
When Co-Rabbis Co-Teach, Be Ready For Anything with Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander!
Tuesday, December 4 @ 7:30PM Register Here
 
Rabbis Holtzblatt & Alexander will together introduce the month’s theme, and lead learners and seekers through an in-depth exploration of the rich, sophisticated, sacred texts that have animated our people for so many years. The texts provided will be in Hebrew, only, so some experience reading Hebrew is recommended for learners in this class—still, all are welcome.
 
       
       
  MakomDC December Scholar: Dena Weiss
Won't You Be My Neighbor? The Right to Privacy in Jewish Sources
Tuesday, December 11 @ 7:30pm Register Here
Co-sponsored by Hadar 
 
In this class we'll be exploring some of the Jewish legal perspectives on how to build one's physical home. One of the core areas of concern for the Rabbis is the question of what it takes to be a good neighbor and how to balance the values of privacy in an environment of close community and shared space. These conversations touch on fundamental explorations of what and why to share and what the moral and spiritual values of privacy might be.
 
Dena Weiss is the Rosh Beit Midrash and Director of Full-Time Immersive Programs at the Hadar Institute in New York City, where she teaches Talmud, Midrash, and Hassidut and writes and records Hadar’s weekly D’var Torah e-mail and podcast. *This event will be livestreamed at adasisrael.org/adaslive
 
       
       
 
Up Close and Personal:
Share Your Special Family Collections in Our Biran Beit Midrash

The Biran Beit Midrash, at the heart of our synagogue, is a place of community, learning and conversation. Following this theme, over the next year we would very much like to share your special family collections in our ever changing Biran Beit Midrash window. Our current display features a sampling of Myra and Larry Promisel's imaginative and inspiring collection of Hanukiot. What can you share for 6 weeks? Contact us to display something special and for more information.

 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Sounds of Faith: Songs of Hanukkah
Concert at the American History Museum with Cantor Brown
Sunday, December 2 @ 2:15pm (Free, no registration required)

On Sunday, December 2, Cantor Arianne Brown will perform traditional Hanukkah songs and share stories about the origins and traditions of the holiday, at the Sounds of Faith program at the National Museum of American History. Hanukkah music recalls the holiday’s traditional lighting of the menorah in commemoration of the dedication of the Jewish temple in 165 B.C. This program is part of the Smithsonian Holiday Festival. Click here to learn more.
 
       
       
  Navigating the Unexpected
Grief and Loss Workshop with Hesed and the Wendt Center
Wednesday, December 5 @ 7:30pm Register Here

Please join the Adas Israel Hesed Committee and the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing for a meaningful workshop about life’s unexpected twists and turns. How do we navigate the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, an unexpected injury or illness, the end of a relationship, repeated attempts at fertility, and the many unfamiliar and unexpected situations that life can bring? Learn where and how to find support. Understand the impact of the ‘unexpected’ on you and your loved ones and integrate the Jewish perspective on challenging life experiences.

 
       
       
  Traditional Egalitarian Minyan Shabbaton
Friday, December 7 - Saturday, December 8
Click for the Full Schedule and to Register for Shabbat Meals

Join the Adas Israel Traditional Egalitarian Minyan for a family friendly Shabbaton! This event will include Friday night Shabbat dinner (pre-registration required) and breakfast, services, lunch (pre-registration required), learning, Seudah Shlishit, Havdallah, and Chanukkah candle lighting for the whole family. Themed learning opportunities with Adas clergy include topics such as "Holidays and History" and "Challenging Elements of Jewish text, Liturgy, and Practice". Please join us!

 
       
       
  Kindergarten Consecration Service
Saturday, December 8 @ 11am, Biran Beit Midrash

We look forward to welcoming our Kindergarten families on the morning of Saturday, December 8th, for the Kindergarten Consecration service. We will come together in the Biran Beit Midrash with Rabbi Kerrith Solomon at 11AM for a program in which your child will receive their own Torah. Following the program, we will join the service in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary. Please mark your calendars and RSVP to Sarah Attermann so that we know that you will be joining us. Please also send us your child’s Hebrew name so that we can include it on the certificate.

 
       
       
  Upcoming Sisterhood Events
 
The Second City's SHE the People
Sunday, December 9 at 2pm Register Here

What's more fun than an afternoon of #sisterhood, watching an all-female, all-star team of The Second City’s most fearless, tuned-in sketch comics roast the patriarchy and reclaim at least two hours of absolutely hilarious time? All of the above, but with a 40% DISCOUNT! Please register and we will send you a promo code to purchase tickets at the special Sisterhood rate! Contact Jodi Ochstein with questions.
 
TAKE-A-WALK!
Monday, December 10 at 6 pm Register Here

Our walk leader, Miriam Rosenthal, will take us to see a curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations in Georgetown – Georgetown Glow.  Meet us at the Foggy Bottom Metro at 6pm and afterwards we will have dinner at Shanghai Lounge. You can contact Rona Walters at 202-744-2854 or Miriam Rosenthal at 301-718-5143.
 
       
       
  DC Klezmer Workshop
Sunday, December 16 @ 2pm Register Here

Come learn the art of Yiddish Dance with world renowned dance instructor Steve Weintraub. Klezmer music was mostly created to be dance music. This course covers the figures, steps and styling for many of the dances in the klezmer repertoire. Learn the lively Freylekhs, the boisterous Bulgar, the stately Zhok, that essential Jewish square dance, the Sher (a party with 7 of your friends), and many other circle, couple and set dances. Suggested Donation: $20 at the door.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
 
Exploring Equality and Democracy in Israel Today
An Evening with Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund
Wednesday, Dec 5 @ 7:30pm, Gewirz Beit Am, Register Here
 
As Israel celebrates 70 years of independence, we have many reasons to rejoice and take pride—most of all, in the strength of Israel’s democracy. And still, like in any society, Israelis cannot take democracy and equality for granted. As the CEO of the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis, Daniel Sokatch will share insights from both sides of the ocean, as our communities grapple with fundamental questions.
 
       
       
 
The 2nd Annual People's Hanukkah Party
Thursday, December 6 @ 6:30pm Register Here
 
Come celebrate the festival of lights, rededicate yourself to building a better world and get your nosh on at Casolare Ristorante + Bar in Washington, DC for an evening of lights, latkes, and libations. The annual celebration and party features classic, traditional dishes along with some delicious surprises from Tico, The Riggsby, and Alta Strada. DJ Nes Gadol is back with his cool mixes and beats, and the candle lighting ceremony will be at 8pm with distinguished Rabbis and leaders from the community. Help us to support HIAS by participating in our raffle with amazing prizes. The celebration further supports HIAS with a donation made from Casolare Ristorante & Bar and supporting organizations.
 
       
       
  SHIN DC Hanukkah Extra Flame Program & Concert for Refugees
Sunday, December 9 @ 4:30pm Register Here

Join us as we raise awareness of ways to help refugees with music and Syrian Hanukkah food. This includes working with the NOVA Relief Center on a coat/blanket drive for Syrian refugees who face a freezing winter in camps. Learn about why Sephardic refugees to Aleppo initiated the custom to light an extra flame each night of the holiday & be the extra light that refugees need today! Feat. Faraj Abyad LIVE- A Syrian Jew famous for fresh renditions of Syrian songs in traditional Arabic form.
 
       
       
 
Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Lecture
25 Years Since Oslo: First-Hand Accounts of the Negotiations
Tuesday, December 11 @ 7:30pm Register Here
Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital

25 years ago, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shook hands on the White House South Lawn, formalizing an historic first agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Join us for a behind-the-scenes account of the characters and drama at Oslo, how the parties came together, and lessons learned from this pivotal if unrealized effort at peace. The evening will focus on the personal stories behind Oslo, conflict resolution strategies pioneered during the back-channel negotiations, and the lessons we take now, given Oslo’s pivotal role and unfulfilled promise.
 
       
       
 
Social Action Tikkun Olam Winter Collection

SOME (So Others Might Eat) Coat Drive
The Ezra Pantry rolls out its November Winter Coat Drive to benefit S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat). Please consider donating clean and in good condition winter coats of all sizes. You’ll see large white bins in the coat room for our contributions. Let’s fill them! We’ll accept clean and in good condition winter coats of all sizes for the SOME coat drive. Place them in the large white bins in the coat room until November 30.
 
Friendship Place Winter Accessories Clothing Donations
Bring new or gently used winter hats, scarfs, and gloves, and new-in-package socks and underwear for the adults and children being served by Friendship Place. Drop them off in the bins labeled "Friendship Place Clothing Donations" located in the back of the Adas coatroom. The clothes will be distributed at Washington Hebrew Congregation on December 2nd.
 
       

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
 
Friday, November 30
Candle Lighting: 4:28pm
 
PARSHA WITH HASSIDUT
10am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
KABBALAT SHABBAT WITH CANTOR BROWN; D'VAR TORAH BY DR. DANIEL MATT
6pm; Gewirz Beit Am
 
Saturday, December 1
PARSHAT VAYESHEV
 
BOKER OR TORAH STUDY
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE / MUSICAL SERVICE; BAT MITZVAH: RACHEL KOLKO; SERMON BY RABBI ALEXANDER
9:30am; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
 
TRADITIONAL EGALITARIAN MINYAN WITH RABBI HOLTZBLATT; BAR MITZVAH: MATTHEW STEINDECKER
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
 
HAVURAH SHABBAT SERVICE
9:45am; Library

NETIVOT
11am; Classroom 340
 
TOT SHABBAT
11am; Cohen Hall
 
PARSHA FOR KIDS
11am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
HAVURAH SHABBAT KIDDUSH
12:30pm; Funger Hall
 
MINCHA
12:45pm; Gewirz Beit Am  
 
SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE: DR. DANIEL MATT
1:15pm; Biran Beit Midrash
   
HAVDALAH: 5:28pm
 
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Reeva Goldberg
Dr. Lawrence Shapiro
Ruth Rand
Cynthia Sutton
Harvey Taylor
Robert Gratz

May their memories be for a blessing.
Daily Minyan
In the Biran Beit Midrash

Morning
Monday-Friday: 7:30am
Sundays and Legal Holidays
(except Columbus Day & Veteran's Day): 9:00am
Rosh Chodesh and Holiday Chol Hamoed: 7:15am 

Evening
Sunday–Thursday: 6:00 pm
   
 
Gift Shop Hours
Sun-Mon & Wed-Fri: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Special extended hours:
Tues, 9:30 am-3:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm
   
STAY CONNECTED
   
facebook twitter

 
 

Mazal Tov to Eva Davis and Justin Kramer

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Eva Davis and Justin Kramer on the birth of their daughter, Charlotte, born on November 20, 2018.

We wish our newborn and her family strength, good health, and joy.

   
           
     
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

@Adas: Thanksgiving Minyan, Scholar In Residence Dr. Daniel Matt & Hanukkah Approaches!

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Shabbat Times & Services November Chronicle
       
 
       
       
  Happy Thanksgiving! And Don't Forget - Please Help Us Make a Minyan in the Biran Beit Midrash :)
 
On this holiday we are grateful for our community and each other. Please help us make our minyanim for those who need to say Kaddish on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22 (and all year long). Twice daily, we have the opportunity to strengthen our community by participating and sharing in the responsibility of making a minyan.
 
Thursday, November 22
9:00am Morning Minyan
6:00pm Evening Minyan
Friday, November 23
9:00am Morning Minyan
6:00pm Kabbalat Shabbat
 
       
       
  Scholar in Residence Weekend with Dr. Daniel Matt
Friday, November 30th - Sunday, December 2nd
Mark your calendars for an immersive weekend of contemplative practice and study with one of the world's leading Kabbalah scholars. Dr. Daniel Matt recently completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality, in addition to being featured in Time, Newsweek and National Public Radio. His nine-volume annotated translation of the Zohar (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition) has been hailed as "a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought."
 
       
       
  The Festival of Lights @ Adas, Happy Hanukkah!
December 2 - December 10 Click Here to View Highlights
 
This year, Hanukah begins Sunday evening, December 2nd. As you celebrate theholiday, may your homes be bright with happiness, joy, and light. We hope you will join us for nightly community Menorah Lightings and a variety of wonderful events throughout the Festival of Lights. Click Here for more information about programs, celebrations, community candle lightings, full blessings, and other Hanukkah Highlights at Adas.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Upcoming MakomDC Class
When Co-Rabbis Co-Teach, Be Ready For Anything with Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander!
Tuesday, December 4 @ 7:30PM Register Here
 
Rabbis Holtzblatt & Alexander will together introduce the month’s theme, and lead learners and seekers through an in-depth exploration of the rich, sophisticated, sacred texts that have animated our people for so many years. The texts provided will be in Hebrew, only, so some experience reading Hebrew is recommended for learners in this class—still, all are welcome.
 
       
       
  MakomDC December Scholar: Dena Weiss
Won't You Be My Neighbor? The Right to Privacy in Jewish Sources
Tuesday, December 11 @ 7:30pm Register Here
Co-sponsored by Hadar 
 
In this class we'll be exploring some of the Jewish legal perspectives on how to build one's physical home. One of the core areas of concern for the Rabbis is the question of what it takes to be a good neighbor and how to balance the values of privacy in an environment of close community and shared space. These conversations touch on fundamental explorations of what and why to share and what the moral and spiritual values of privacy might be. Dena Weiss is the Rosh Beit Midrash and Director of Full-Time Immersive Programs at the Hadar Institute in New York City, where she teaches Talmud, Midrash, and Hassidut and writes and records Hadar’s weekly D’var Torah e-mail and podcast. *This event will be livestreamed at adasisrael.org/adaslive
 
       
       
 
Up Close and Personal:
Share Your Special Family Collections in Our Biran Beit Midrash

The Biran Beit Midrash, at the heart of our synagogue, is a place of community, learning and conversation. Following this theme, over the next year we would very much like to share your special family collections in our ever changing Biran Beit Midrash window. Our current display features a sampling of Myra and Larry Promisel's imaginative and inspiring collection of Hanukiot. What can you share for 6 weeks? Contact us to display something special and for more information.

 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Food Demonstration and Discussion with Paula Shoyer
Wednesday, November 28 @ 7pm Register Here
 
Adas Israel is thrilled to welcome Paula Shoyer, “the kosher baker." Paula will speak about how to take traditional Jewish food and make it healthier and easier while also recounting inspirational stories about her food career journey, experiences on TV, as well as life skills she has learned along the way. Enjoy delicious samples during the event and stick around after to meet Paula who will also have copies of her books on hand to sell. Paula Shoyer is the author of The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, The Holiday Kosher Baker, The Kosher Baker and The New Passover Menu. *Please note that registration for this event will officially close on November 26 to give enough time for food prep.
 
       
       
  Sounds of Faith: Songs of Hanukkah
Concert at the American History Museum with Cantor Brown
Sunday, December 2 @ 2:15pm (Free, no registration required)

On Sunday, December 2, Cantor Arianne Brown will perform traditional Hanukkah songs and share stories about the origins and traditions of the holiday, at the Sounds of Faith program at the National Museum of American History. Hanukkah music recalls the holiday’s traditional lighting of the menorah in commemoration of the dedication of the Jewish temple in 165 B.C. This program is part of the Smithsonian Holiday Festival. Click here to learn more.
 
       
       
  Navigating the Unexpected
Grief and Loss Workshop with Hesed and the Wendt Center
Wednesday, December 5 @ 7:30pm Register Here

Please join the Adas Israel Hesed Committee and the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing for a meaningful workshop about life’s unexpected twists and turns. How do we navigate the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, an unexpected injury or illness, the end of a relationship, repeated attempts at fertility, and the many unfamiliar and unexpected situations that life can bring? Learn where and how to find support. Understand the impact of the ‘unexpected’ on you and your loved ones and integrate the Jewish perspective on challenging life experiences.

 
       
       
  Traditional Egalitarian Minyan Shabbaton
Friday, December 7 - Saturday, December 8
Click for the Full Schedule and to Register for Shabbat Meals

Join the Adas Israel Traditional Egalitarian Minyan for a family friendly Shabbaton! This event will include Friday night Shabbat dinner (pre-registration required) and breakfast, services, lunch (pre-registration required), learning, Seudah Shlishit, Havdallah, and Chanukkah candle lighting for the whole family. Themed learning opportunities with Adas clergy include topics such as "Holidays and History" and "Challenging Elements of Jewish text, Liturgy, and Practice". Please join us!

 
       
       
  Kindergarten Consecration Service
Saturday, December 8 @ 11am, Biran Beit Midrash

We look forward to welcoming our Kindergarten families on the morning of Saturday, December 8th, for the Kindergarten Consecration service. We will come together in the Biran Beit Midrash with Rabbi Kerrith Solomon at 11AM for a program in which your child will receive their own Torah. Following the program, we will join the service in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary. Please mark your calendars and RSVP to Sarah Attermann so that we know that you will be joining us. Please also send us your child’s Hebrew name so that we can include it on the certificate.

 
       
 
       
 
       
       
 
Exploring Equality and Democracy in Israel Today
An Evening with Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund
Wednesday, Dec 5 @ 7:30pm, Gewirz Beit Am, Register Here
 
As Israel celebrates 70 years of independence, we have many reasons to rejoice and take pride—most of all, in the strength of Israel’s democracy. And still, like in any society, Israelis cannot take democracy and equality for granted. As the CEO of the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis, Daniel Sokatch will share insights from both sides of the ocean, as our communities grapple with fundamental questions.
 
       
       
 
The 2nd Annual People's Hanukkah Party
Thursday, December 6 @ 6:30pm Register Here
 
Come celebrate the festival of lights, rededicate yourself to building a better world and get your nosh on at Casolare Ristorante + Bar in Washington, DC for an evening of lights, latkes, and libations. The annual celebration and party features classic, traditional dishes along with some delicious surprises from Tico, The Riggsby, and Alta Strada. DJ Nes Gadol is back with his cool mixes and beats, and the candle lighting ceremony will be at 8pm with distinguished Rabbis and leaders from the community. Help us to support HIAS by participating in our raffle with amazing prizes. The celebration further supports HIAS with a donation made from Casolare Ristorante & Bar and supporting organizations.
 
       
       
  SHIN DC Hanukkah Extra Flame Program & Concert for Refugees
Sunday, December 9 @ 4:30pm Register Here

Join us as we raise awareness of ways to help refugees with music and Syrian Hanukkah food. This includes working with the NOVA Relief Center on a coat/blanket drive for Syrian refugees who face a freezing winter in camps. Learn about why Sephardic refugees to Aleppo initiated the custom to light an extra flame each night of the holiday & be the extra light that refugees need today! Feat. Faraj Abyad LIVE- A Syrian Jew famous for fresh renditions of Syrian songs in traditional Arabic form.
 
       
       
 
Social Action Tikkun Olam Winter Collection

SOME (So Others Might Eat) Coat Drive
The Ezra Pantry rolls out its November Winter Coat Drive to benefit S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat). Please consider donating clean and in good condition winter coats of all sizes. You’ll see large white bins in the coat room for our contributions. Let’s fill them! We’ll accept clean and in good condition winter coats of all sizes for the SOME coat drive. Place them in the large white bins in the coat room until November 30.
 
Friendship Place Winter Accessories Clothing Donations
Bring new or gently used winter hats, scarfs, and gloves, and new-in-package socks and underwear for the adults and children being served by Friendship Place. Drop them off in the bins labeled "Friendship Place Clothing Donations" located in the back of the Adas coatroom. The clothes will be distributed at Washington Hebrew Congregation on December 2nd.
 
       

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
 
Friday, November 23
Candle Lighting: 4:31pm
 
KABBALAT SHABBAT
6pm; Biran Beit Midrash
 
Saturday, November 24
PARSHAT VAYISHLACH
 
COMBINED CHARLES E. SMITH AND TEM SERVICE; D'VAR TORAH BY RABBI KRINSKY
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am

 

PARSHA FOR KIDS
11am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
MINCHA
1pm; Biran Beit Midrash      
 
HAVDALAH: 5:31pm
 
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Ruth Rand
Cynthia Sutton
Harvey Taylor
Robert Gratz
Anita Lapping
Joseph Tydings

May their memories be for a blessing.
Daily Minyan
In the Biran Beit Midrash

Morning
Monday-Friday: 7:30am
Sundays and Legal Holidays
(except Columbus Day & Veteran's Day): 9:00am
Rosh Chodesh and Holiday Chol Hamoed: 7:15am 

Evening
Sunday–Thursday: 6:00 pm
   
 
Gift Shop Hours
Sun-Mon & Wed-Fri: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Special extended hours:
Tues, 9:30 am-3:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm
   
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Mazal Tov to Lisa and Matthew Wein

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Lisa and Matthew Wein on the birth of their daughter, Penelope, born on November 14, 2018.

If you would like to help with meals, please sign up on the Baby Meal Train link below:

https://mealtrain.com/dw2y14

We wish our newborn and her family strength, good health, and joy.

   
           
     
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

@Adas: Upcoming Scholars: Dr. James Loeffler, Dr. Daniel Matt & Dena Weiss

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Shabbat Times & Services November Chronicle
       
 
       
       
  Mendelson Shabbat Scholar: Dr. James Loeffler
This Saturday, November 17 @ 1:00pm
 
2018 marks the seventieth anniversary of two momentous events in twentieth-century history: the birth of the State of Israel and the creation of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both remain tied together in the ongoing debates about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, global antisemitism, and American foreign policy. Drawing on his recent book, Professor Loeffler will discuss how the forgotten Jewish past of human rights holds timely lessons for thinking about the intertwined futures of global justice and Jewish politics.. *RSVP for babysitting (free of charge!) to Jocelyn Dorfman.
 
       
       
  Scholar in Residence Weekend with Dr. Daniel Matt
Friday, November 30th - Sunday, December 2nd
Mark your calendars for an immersive weekend of contemplative practice and study with one of the world's leading Kabbalah scholars. Dr. Daniel Matt recently completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality, in addition to being featured in Time, Newsweek and National Public Radio. His nine-volume annotated translation of the Zohar (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition) has been hailed as "a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought."
 
       
       
  Upcoming MakomDC Class
When Co-Rabbis Co-Teach, Be Ready For Anything with Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander!
Tuesday, December 4 @ 7:30PM Register Here
 
Rabbis Holtzblatt & Alexander will together introduce the month’s theme, and lead learners and seekers through an in-depth exploration of the rich, sophisticated, sacred texts that have animated our people for so many years. The texts provided will be in Hebrew, only, so some experience reading Hebrew is recommended for learners in this class—still, all are welcome.
 
       
       
  MakomDC December Scholar: Dena Weiss
Won't You Be My Neighbor? The Right to Privacy in Jewish Sources
Tuesday, December 11 @ 7:30pm Register Here
 
In this class we'll be exploring some of the Jewish legal perspectives on how to build one's physical home. One of the core areas of concern for the Rabbis is the question of what it takes to be a good neighbor and how to balance the values of privacy in an environment of close community and shared space. These conversations touch on fundamental explorations of what and why to share and what the moral and spiritual values of privacy might be. Dena Weiss is the Rosh Beit Midrash and Director of Full-Time Immersive Programs at the Hadar Institute in New York City, where she teaches Talmud, Midrash, and Hassidut and writes and records Hadar’s weekly D’var Torah e-mail and podcast. *This event will be livestreamed at adasisrael.org/adaslive
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  The Festival of Lights @ Adas, Happy Hanukkah!
December 2 - December 10 Click Here to View Highlights
 
This year, Hanukah begins Sunday evening, December 2nd. As you celebrate theholiday, may your homes be bright with happiness, joy, and light. We hope you will join us for nightly community Menorah Lightings and a variety of wonderful events throughout the Festival of Lights. Click Here for more information about programs, celebrations, community candle lightings, full blessings, and other Hanukkah Highlights at Adas.
 
       
       
  Navigating the Unexpected
Grief and Loss Workshop with Hesed and the Wendt Center
Wednesday, December 5 @ 7:30pm Register Here

Please join the Adas Israel Hesed Committee and the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing for a meaningful workshop about life’s unexpected twists and turns. How do we navigate the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, an unexpected injury or illness, the end of a relationship, repeated attempts at fertility, and the many unfamiliar and unexpected situations that life can bring? Learn where and how to find support. Understand the impact of the ‘unexpected’ on you and your loved ones and integrate the Jewish perspective on challenging life experiences.

 
       
       
  Behrend-Adas Senior Fellowship Lunch Program
Come For Lunch and Stay for Friendship!
Monday - Friday @ 12pm, Youth Lounge

You are invited to join the Behrend-Adas Senior Fellowship, a daily lunch and social program that meets at Adas Israel Congregation Monday-Friday. Come for coffee, tea, snacks, and camaraderie beginning at 10:30 AM and stay for lunch at 12:00PM. No need to RSVP, just show up and bring a friend! Our daily program features a kosher lunch, exercise classes, film screenings, art classes, live entertainment and a brief Shabbat Service on Fridays. This program is open to all seniors (ages 60+) residing in the District of Columbia. All are welcome regardless of background or affiliation. For more information contact Kim Cauthen.

 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  The Daily Minyan at Adas Israel
A Unique Opportunity to Strengthen our Community
Morning: Sunday @ 9am, Monday - Friday @ 7:30am
Evening: Sunday - Thursday @ 6pm
 
Twice daily, we have the opportunity to strengthen our community by participating and sharing in the joy and responsibility of making a minyan. Attending the daily minyan, in one respect, serves a charitable purpose. It allows others to pray and recite Kaddish for their loved ones. It is diverse in its attendees and filled with beautiful melodies, a special ruach, Torah readings, many opportunities to have an aliyah, and the chance to take a meaningful pause in your day, and to connect with friends. *Morning services start 15 minutes earlier on Rosh Chodesh and holidays; for questions regarding times and other information contact Hazzan Goldsmith.
 
       
       
 
Shabbat Dinner for Families with Young Children
Friday, November 16th @ 5pm Register Here

Join us for our special monthly Kabbalat Shabbat services! It all starts at 5:00 with a Happy Half Hour in Cohen Hall (the Gan space). This is time for the adults to shmooze with wine and cheese to tide you over, and there is a built-in play date for the children. Services, led by a member of our clergy team, will begin at 5:30, followed by a delicious catered dinner at 6:15. Come for some or all of this special evening!

 
       
       
  Traditional Egalitarian Minyan Shabbaton
Friday, December 7 - Saturday, December 8
Click for the Full Schedule and to Register for Shabbat Meals

Join the Adas Israel Traditional Egalitarian Minyan for a family friendly Shabbaton! This event will include Friday night Shabbat dinner (pre-registration required) and breakfast, services, lunch (pre-registration required), learning, Seudah Shlishit, Havdallah, and Chanukkah candle lighting for the whole family. Themed learning opportunities with Adas clergy include topics such as "Holidays and History" and "Challenging Elements of Jewish text, Liturgy, and Practice". Please join us!

 
       
       
 
Up Close and Personal:
Share Your Special Family Collections in Our Biran Beit Midrash

The Biran Beit Midrash, at the heart of our synagogue, is a place of community, learning and conversation. Following this theme, over the next year we would very much like to share your special family collections in our ever changing Biran Beit Midrash window. Our current display features a sampling of Myra and Larry Promisel's imaginative and inspiring collection of Hanukiot. What can you share for 6 weeks? Contact us to display something special and for more information.

 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Food Demonstration and Discussion with Paula Shoyer
Wednesday, November 28 @ 7pm Register Here
 
Adas Israel is thrilled to welcome Paula Shoyer, “the kosher baker." Paula will speak about how to take traditional Jewish food and make it healthier and easier while also recounting inspirational stories about her food career journey, experiences on TV, as well as life skills she has learned along the way. Enjoy delicious samples during the event and stick around after to meet Paula who will also have copies of her books on hand to sell. Paula Shoyer is the author of The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, The Holiday Kosher Baker, The Kosher Baker and The New Passover Menu. *Please note that registration for this event will officially close on November 26 to give enough time for food prep.
 
       
       
 
Exploring Equality and Democracy in Israel Today
An Evening with Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund
Wednesday, Dec 5 @ 7:30pm, Gewirz Beit Am, Register Here
 
As Israel celebrates 70 years of independence, we have many reasons to rejoice and take pride—most of all, in the strength of Israel’s democracy. And still, like in any society, Israelis cannot take democracy and equality for granted. As the CEO of the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis, Daniel Sokatch will share insights from both sides of the ocean, as our communities grapple with fundamental questions.
 
       
       
 
The 2nd Annual People's Hanukkah Party
Thursday, December 6 @ 6:30pm Register Here
 
Come celebrate the festival of lights, rededicate yourself to building a better world and get your nosh on at Casolare Ristorante + Bar in Washington, DC for an evening of lights, latkes, and libations. The annual celebration and party features classic, traditional dishes along with some delicious surprises from Tico, The Riggsby, and Alta Strada. DJ Nes Gadol is back with his cool mixes and beats, and the candle lighting ceremony will be at 8pm with distinguished Rabbis and leaders from the community. Help us to support HIAS by participating in our raffle with amazing prizes. The celebration further supports HIAS with a donation made from Casolare Ristorante & Bar and supporting organizations.
 
       
       
 
Social Action Tikkun Olam Winter Collection

SOME (So Others Might Eat) Coat Drive
The Ezra Pantry rolls out its November Winter Coat Drive to benefit S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat). Please consider donating clean and in good condition winter coats of all sizes. You’ll see large white bins in the coat room for our contributions. Let’s fill them! We’ll accept clean and in good condition winter coats of all sizes for the SOME coat drive. Place them in the large white bins in the coat room until November 30.
 
Friendship Place Winter Accessories Clothing Donations
Bring new or gently used winter hats, scarfs, and gloves, and new-in-package socks and underwear for the adults and children being served by Friendship Place. Drop them off in the bins labeled "Friendship Place Clothing Donations" located in the back of the Adas coatroom. The clothes will be distributed at Washington Hebrew Congregation on December 2nd.
 
       

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
 
Friday, November 16
Candle Lighting: 4:35pm
 
 
PARSHA WITH TALMUDIC COMMENTARY
10am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
YOUNG FAMILY SHABBAT SERVICE WITH RABBI ALEXANDER
5:30pm; Gewirz Beit Am
 
TRADITIONAL LAY-LED SHABBAT SERVICE
6pm; Biran Beit Midrash
 
YOUNG FAMILY SHABBAT DINNER
6:15pm; Kay Hall
 
TEM SHABBAT DINNER
7pm; Wasserman Hall
 
Saturday, November 17
PARSHAT VAYETZE


BOKER OR TORAH STUDY
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE
BAT MITZVAH: AMELIA OSCHERWITZ SERMON BY RABBI HOLTZBLATT

9:30am; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary

TRADITIONAL EGALITARIAN MINYAN
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
 
HAVURAH SHABBAT SERVICE
9:45am; Library
 
NETIVOT
11am; Classroom 340
 
TOT SHABBAT
11am; Cohen Hall

PARSHA FOR KIDS
11am; Biran Beit Midrash

HAVURAH SHABBAT KIDDUSH
12:30pm; Funger Hall

MINCHA
12:45pm; Gewirz Beit Am       

MAKOMDC SHABBAT SCHOLAR:
DR. JAMES LOEFFLER

1pm; Biran Beit Midrash  

HAVDALAH: 5:35pm
 
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Ruth Rand
Cynthia Sutton
Harvey Taylor
Robert Gratz
Anita Lapping
Joseph Tydings

May their memories be for a blessing.
Daily Minyan
In the Biran Beit Midrash

Morning
Monday-Friday: 7:30am
Sundays and Legal Holidays
(except Columbus Day & Veteran's Day): 9:00am
Rosh Chodesh and Holiday Chol Hamoed: 7:15am 

Evening
Sunday–Thursday: 6:00 pm
   
 
Gift Shop Hours
Sun-Mon & Wed-Fri: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Special extended hours:
Tues, 9:30 am-3:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm
   
STAY CONNECTED
   
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Mazal Tov to Rachel Rubin and Michael Gerber

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Rachel Rubin and Michael Gerber on the birth of their son, Ezra Rubin Gerber, born on October 29, 2018.  Mazal Tov as well to big sister Sybil (Billie).   

We wish our newborn and his family strength, good health, and joy.

   
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

@Adas: Return Again, Scholar in Residence Dr. Daniel Matt, Daily Minyan & December MakomDC Scholar

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Shabbat Times & Services November Chronicle
       
 
       
       
  Return Again to Shabbat
This Friday, November 9 @ 6:30pm
Register Here For the Community Shabbat Dinner

 
Join Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Rabbi Aaron Alexander & the Return Again Band for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. In the style of our innovative outdoor Kol Nidre Service. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, personal excursion into prayer & song. The service will be followed by a community Shabbat dinner for all.
 
       
       
  An Evening with Yossi Klein Halevi
A Special AIPAC Event: 70 Years of Friendship
Wednesday, November 14 @ 7:30pm Register Here

Join us as we celebrate a special evening with AIPAC and Senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Yossi Klein Halevi. Halevi co-directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University. He has written several books, including Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, which won the Jewish Book Council's Everett Book of the Year Award. Born in New York, Halevi has a B.A. in Jewish studies from Brooklyn College and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

 
       
       
  Scholar in Residence Weekend with Dr. Daniel Matt
Friday, November 30th - Sunday, December 2nd
Mark your calendars for an immersive weekend of contemplative practice and study with one of the world's leading Kabbalah scholars. Dr. Daniel Matt recently completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality, in addition to being featured in Time, Newsweek and National Public Radio. His nine-volume annotated translation of the Zohar (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition) has been hailed as "a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought."
 
       
       
  The Daily Minyan at Adas Israel
A Unique Opportunity to Strengthen our Community
Morning: Sunday @ 9am, Monday - Friday @ 7:30am
Evening: Sunday - Thursday @ 6pm
 
Twice daily, we have the opportunity to strengthen our community by participating and sharing in the joy and responsibility of making a minyan. Attending the daily minyan, in one respect, serves a charitable purpose. It allows others to pray and recite Kaddish for their loved ones. Just as significant, however, is the spiritual gifts you receive from the service itself. It is diverse in its attendees and filled with beautiful melodies, a special ruach, Torah readings on Monday and Thursdays, many opportunities to have an aliyah, and the chance to take a meaningful pause in your day, and to connect with friends. *Morning services start 15 minutes earlier on Rosh Chodesh and holidays; for questions regarding times and other information contact Hazzan Goldsmith.
 
       
       
  MakomDC December Scholar: Dena Weiss
Tuesday, December 11 @ 7:30pm Register Here
 
Join us as our December scholar, Dena Weiss, teaches in correlation with the MakomDC theme of The Heart of “Home": Judaism’s Multi-Textured, Spiritual, Architectural Guide To Sacred Space. Dena Weiss is the Rosh Beit Midrash and Director of Full-Time Immersive Programs at the Hadar Institute in New York City, where she teaches Talmud, Midrash, and Hassidut and writes and records Hadar’s weekly D’var Torah e-mail and podcast. You can sign up for these at www.hadar.org/denaweiss.
 
*This event will be livestreamed at adasisrael.org/adaslive
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  MakomDC Class: The Text 2.0 — Advanced Halakhah
How to stand for what we believe in without stomping on those we want/need to stand with
Tuesday, November 13 @ 7:30pm Register Here

The first in Rabbi Alexander’s Advanced Halakhah series will explore home and food. Specifically, does Jewish Law have something to say about different kashrut practices within a family or community, and, if so, what spiritual and tangible guidance might it provide? The texts provided will be in Hebrew, only, so some experience reading Hebrew is recommended for learners in this class—still, all are welcome.
 
       
       
  Mendelson Shabbat Scholar: Dr. James Loeffler
Saturday, November 17 @ 1:00pm
 
2018 marks the seventieth anniversary of two momentous events in twentieth-century history: the birth of the State of Israel and the creation of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both remain tied together in the ongoing debates about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, global antisemitism, and American foreign policy. Drawing on his recent book, Professor Loeffler will discuss how the forgotten Jewish past of human rights holds timely lessons for thinking about the intertwined futures of global justice and Jewish politics. Dr. James Loeffler is the Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History at the University of Virginia and the author of the recently published, Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century. *RSVP for babysitting (free of charge!) to Jocelyn Dorfman.
 
       
       
  Jewish Hyperlinks; Study with Hazzan Rachel Goldsmith
Sundays, November 11 and 18 @ 10:15am

Being Jewish is all about asking questions - and every question you ask will lead you to another question!  Let’s follow some of these links from our services and liturgy and explore the relationships they have to our Jewish and Human experiences. We will start with some questions about Shabbat and the Calendar and see where the links lead us.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
 
Examining Women's Health with Sisterhood
Breast Cancer Awareness
Tuesday, November 13 @ 7pm Register Here

Women should not die from breast cancer. Over 95% of women diagnosed with early breast cancer survive and thrive. The Brem Foundation offers every woman the chance to find an early, curable breast cancer by providing expert education to women between the ages of 30-64 in the Washington, DC area and by training physicians. Dr. Rachel Brem and Andrea Wolf will discuss risk factors, screening options, and self-advocacy, arming women with the information they need to have educated conversations with their physicians and make sure they get properly screened for breast cancer.

 
       
       
 
Shabbat Dinner for Families with Young Children
Friday, November 16th @ 5pm Register Here

Join us for our special monthly Kabbalat Shabbat services! It all starts at 5:00 with a Happy Half Hour in Cohen Hall (the Gan space). This is time for the adults to shmooze with wine and cheese to tide you over, and there is a built-in play date for the children. Services, led by a member of our clergy team, will begin at 5:30, followed by a delicious catered dinner at 6:15. Come for some or all of this special evening!

 
       
       
  Navigating the Unexpected
Grief and Loss Workshop with Hesed and the Wendt Center
Wednesday, December 5 @ 7:30pm Register Here

Please join the Adas Israel Hesed Committee and the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing for a meaningful workshop about life’s unexpected twists and turns. How do we navigate the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, an unexpected injury or illness, the end of a relationship, repeated attempts at fertility, and the many unfamiliar and unexpected situations that life can bring? Learn where and how to find support. Understand the impact of the ‘unexpected’ on you and your loved ones and integrate the Jewish perspective on challenging life experiences.

 
       
       
 
Up Close and Personal:
Share Your Special Family Collections in Our Biran Beit Midrash

The Biran Beit Midrash, at the heart of our synagogue, is a place of community, learning and conversation. Following this theme, over the next year we would very much like to share your special family collections in our ever changing Biran Beit Midrash window. Our current display features a sampling of Myra and Larry Promisel's imaginative and inspiring collection of Hanukiot. What can you share for 6 weeks? Contact us to display something special and for more information.

 
       
       
  Behrend-Adas Senior Fellowship Lunch Program
Come For Lunch and Stay for Friendship!
Monday - Friday @ 12pm, Youth Lounge

You are invited to join the Behrend-Adas Senior Fellowship, a daily lunch and social program that meets at Adas Israel Congregation Monday-Friday. Come for coffee, tea, snacks, and camaraderie beginning at 10:30 AM and stay for lunch at 12:00PM. No need to RSVP, just show up and bring a friend! Our daily program features a kosher lunch, exercise classes, film screenings, art classes, live entertainment and a brief Shabbat Service on Fridays. This program is open to all seniors (ages 60+) residing in the District of Columbia. All are welcome regardless of background or affiliation. For more information contact Kim Cauthen.

 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Food Demonstration and Discussion with Paula Shoyer
Wednesday, November 28 @ 7pm Register Here
 
Adas Israel is thrilled to welcome Paula Shoyer, “the kosher baker." Paula will speak about how to take traditional Jewish food and make it healthier and easier while also recounting inspirational stories about her food career journey, experiences on TV, as well as life skills she has learned along the way. Enjoy delicious samples during the event and stick around after to meet Paula who will also have copies of her books on hand to sell. Paula Shoyer is the author of The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, The Holiday Kosher Baker, The Kosher Baker and The New Passover Menu. *Please note that registration for this event will officially close on November 26 to give enough time for food prep.
 
       
       
  "Actually"
Theater J Production at Arena Stage
October 17 - November 18
Click for Tickets and to Learn More

Tom and Amber, freshmen at Princeton University, seem to be on the same page about where their relationship is heading, until suddenly they aren’t. What begins as a casual hook up turns into a Title IX trial in which both students have everything to lose. Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this provocative new play by Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) investigates the intersection of gender and race in campus politics today, offering a nuanced and psychologically rich portrait of a generation. The Los Angeles Times raved: “Gripping. Beautifully rendered and complex…destined to trigger discussion.”
 
       
       
 
SOME (So Others Might Eat) Winter Coat Drive

The Ezra Pantry rolls out its November Winter Coat Drive to benefit S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat). Please consider donating clean and in good condition winter coats of all sizes. You’ll see large white bins in the coat room for our contributions. Let’s fill them! Bring in winter coats by November 31, and they will be donated to someone in need. Thank you! COATS ONLY PLEASE!
 
       

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
 
Friday, November 9
Candle Lighting: 4:41pm
 
 
PARSHA WITH HASSIDUT
10am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
"RETURN AGAIN" SERVICE
WITH RABBIS HOLTZBLATT & ALEXANDER
6:30pm; Kay Hall
 
COMMUNITY SHABBAT DINNER
8pm; Cohen Hall
 
Saturday, November 10
PARSHAT TOLDOT


BOKER OR TORAH STUDY
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
RETURN AGAIN SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE WITH RABBI HOLTZBLATT BAT MITZVAH: DANIELA KLEIN
9:30am; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary

TRADITIONAL EGALITARIAN MINYAN WITH RABBI ALEXANDER
BAR MITZVAH: BENNY HASENBERG

9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
 
 
 
 
 
NETIVOT
11am; Classroom 340
 
TOT SHABBAT
11am; Cohen Hall

PARSHA FOR KIDS
11am; Biran Beit MidrasH

MINCHA
1pm; Biran Beit Midrash                    
 
HAVDALAH: 5:41pm
 
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Ruth Rand
Cynthia Sutton
Harvey Taylor
Robert Gratz
Anita Lapping
Joseph Tydings

May their memories be for a blessing.
Daily Minyan
In the Biran Beit Midrash

Morning
Monday-Friday: 7:30am
Sundays and Legal Holidays
(except Columbus Day & Veteran's Day): 9:00am
Rosh Chodesh and Holiday Chol Hamoed: 7:15am 

Evening
Sunday–Thursday: 6:00 pm
   
 
Gift Shop Hours
Sun-Mon & Wed-Fri: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Special extended hours:
Tues, 9:30 am-3:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm
   
STAY CONNECTED
   
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Mazal Tov to Jeri and Edward Greenberg

     
     

On behalf of the entire Adas Israel community, we join together to wish a mazal tov to….

Jeri and Edward Greenberg on the birth of their grandson, Logan Maxwell Greenberg, born on Saturday, November 3, 2018.  Mazal Tov to their to their daughter, Logan's mother, Alison Rachel Greenberg and to Logan's aunt, Jennifer Greenberg.  Mother and baby are doing great. 

We wish our newborn and his family strength, good health, and joy.

   
   

2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-4433 • adasisrael.org

 
 

A Letter to the Community from Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt & Aaron Alexander

 
   

To our beloved Adas Israel community,

As this harrowing week comes to a close, and as we head into Shabbat, we wanted to reach out with some extra love and a measure of hope. The rhythm of the last few days is unimaginable — contemplating a new darkness reading news reports, encountering new security measures, and talking to many of our kids about subjects we never thought would come about in our lifetime.

At the same time, the response of love — of unity — from thousands across the country slowly, but powerfully, brings healing. Just this week, on Monday evening, we hosted a gathering with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the JCRC with 5,000 people in attendance and over 10,000 watching on our livestream. This is love. This is hope. This is resilience.

Elie Wiesel said so beautifully that “just as humans cannot live without dreams, they cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future.” Our hope for the future, this week, emerges from what we experienced in this community.

Hundreds of school children showed up with their parents Sunday morning to learn in Religious school, and their parents came to pray with us in morning minyan, to receive a hug at the door from our clergy team, to shed tears. Building Jewish life and community continues, proudly.

Hope came this week from thousands of community members, interfaith leaders and friends, government officials, rabbis, and community partners singing together, praying together and committing to a vision of a world filled with love and courage.

Hope rippled out this week, a manifestation of Jewish soul. Thousands inquiring about showing up for Shabbat, thousands traveling to Pittsburgh to attend funerals, to show support, and to donate to the Tree of Life synagogue.
                                                                                                    
We wanted to reiterate that we are here for you as your rabbis, along with the rest of the clergy team, as you continue to process this tragic event. In addition, we have compiled resources below. And of course, as you read in our statement sent Saturday evening, the safety and security of the community remains our top priority and comprehensive measures are in full effect.
 
We feel overwhelmed with gratitude to serve this community and the Jewish people.
 

With deep prayers and hope for the future,

Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt and Aaron Alexander



Resources
 
 
Please also know that JSSA is available to help people individually or through our institutions and synagogues to cope with tragic events and to promote the resiliency of our community.
 
 
Adas Israel Congregation • www.adasisrael.org 202-362-4433
Cleveland Park Metro •  2850 Quebec Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008
 
 

Statement on Today's Tragedy in Pittsburgh


Dear Friends and Community Members,

We are shocked and heartbroken by today’s tragic events at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There are no words to express the sense of loss and sorrow that has rippled across Jewish communities throughout the United States and the world in the wake of this tragedy. 

In the midst of this devastation, we stand heart to heart with our fellow community members in Pittsburgh. We praise local law enforcement and first responders for their quick and courageous acts. We mourn for those who have been taken from us, and pray for the recovery of those who were wounded.

The alarming resurgence of bigotry, hate, and dangerous rhetoric that has spread across this nation in recent years, emboldening those who seek to do harm and perpetuate such acts of hate, needs swift and active condemnation from every office of leadership in this country. 


As you know, the safety and security of our community is our top priority at Adas Israel, now and always. For some time now, our community has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's Security Department to constantly assess, and re-evaluate in real time, all synagogue security procedures and protocols. Most visibly of course, our infrastructure includes a significant onsite security personnel force of both police and armed private security officers. Simply put, our gratitude to this elite and deeply engaged team of professionals knows no bounds. 

Given the current state of unease, and in consultation with the sources above, we have acted accordingly and initiated heightened security protocols, which include the presence of additional security personnel inside and around the perimeter of the synagogue, among other measures. We ask that you please continue to expect heightened security at all building entrances for the foreseeable future. In addition, Adas Israel was recently selected from a large pool of applicants for a significant grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, enabling further enhancements this year to our already robust security infrastructure. 


The well-being of our children, members, and staff is our top priority, which is why we remain in 24-hour contact with security officials and are prepared to respond at a moment’s notice to any concern. 
 
Community Service and Solidarity Gathering hosted by the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington will be held at Adas Israel on Monday, October 29 at 6:30pm. 

Shomer Yisrae'l. Shomer Am Kadosh. Shomer Olam Echad. Master of the World, guard us, protect us, empower us -- for each other and for all of Your creations. 

L'shalom,
 
Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt & Aaron Alexander, Senior Rabbis 
Ricki Gerger, Synagogue President 
 
 

ADAS ISRAEL CONGREGATION
2850 QUEBEC STREET, NW WASHINGTON, DC 20008
202.362.4433 | FAX: 202.362.4961 | E-mail: adasoffice@adasisrael.org 

Statement on Today's Tragedy in Pittsburgh


Dear Friends and Community Members,

We are shocked and heartbroken by today’s tragic events at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There are no words to express the sense of loss and sorrow that has rippled across Jewish communities throughout the United States and the world in the wake of this tragedy. 

In the midst of this devastation, we stand heart to heart with our fellow community members in Pittsburgh. We praise local law enforcement and first responders for their quick and courageous acts. We mourn for those who have been taken from us, and pray for the recovery of those who were wounded.

The alarming resurgence of bigotry, hate, and dangerous rhetoric that has spread across this nation in recent years, emboldening those who seek to do harm and perpetuate such acts of hate, needs swift and active condemnation from every office of leadership in this country. 


As you know, the safety and security of our community is our top priority at Adas Israel, now and always. For some time now, our community has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's Security Department to constantly assess, and re-evaluate in real time, all synagogue security procedures and protocols. Most visibly of course, our infrastructure includes a significant onsite security personnel force of both police and armed private security officers. Simply put, our gratitude to this elite and deeply engaged team of professionals knows no bounds. 

Given the current state of unease, and in consultation with the sources above, we have acted accordingly and initiated heightened security protocols, which include the presence of additional security personnel inside and around the perimeter of the synagogue, among other measures. We ask that you please continue to expect heightened security at all building entrances for the foreseeable future. In addition, Adas Israel was recently selected from a large pool of applicants for a significant grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, enabling further enhancements this year to our already robust security infrastructure. 


The well-being of our children, members, and staff is our top priority, which is why we remain in 24-hour contact with security officials and are prepared to respond at a moment’s notice to any concern. 
 
Community Service and Solidarity Gathering hosted by the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington will be held at Adas Israel on Monday, October 29 at 6:30pm. 

Shomer Yisrae'l. Shomer Am Kadosh. Shomer Olam Echad. Master of the World, guard us, protect us, empower us -- for each other and for all of Your creations. 

L'shalom,
 
Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt & Aaron Alexander, Senior Rabbis 
Ricki Gerger, Synagogue President 
 
 

ADAS ISRAEL CONGREGATION
2850 QUEBEC STREET, NW WASHINGTON, DC 20008
202.362.4433 | FAX: 202.362.4961 | E-mail: adasoffice@adasisrael.org 

@Adas: Jewish Music, Jewish Soul, This Sunday & Strengthen Our Community with the Daily Minyan

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Shabbat Times & Services October Chronicle
       
 
       
       
  Musical Performance: Jewish Music, Jewish Soul
Starring Cantor Simon Spiro, Cantor Arianne Brown, DC’s Thomas Circle Singers, and our own Flash Choir!
This Sunday, November 4 @ 3pm Register Here
 
A gift to the Jewish community as the first of our incredible Kramer Family Concert Series. Come join world renowned performer Simon Spiro in a dazzling concert of powerful Jewish music encompassing various genres and styles. Followed by a wonderful dessert reception in Kay Hall. Cantor Simon Spiro is recognized by his colleagues as one of the foremost Cantors alive today. He is known as “The British Jazz Singer” for balancing dual careers in cantorial and pop music. His hit singles on Israeli and British pop charts are rivaled only by the emotional depth of his prayers, boosted by gorgeous choral and orchestral arrangements. Click here to listen to a song from Cantor Spiro and Cantor Brown!
 
       
       
  The Daily Minyan at Adas Israel
A Unique Opportunity to Strengthen our Community
Morning: Mon - Fri @ 7:30am, Evening: Mon - Thu @ 6pm
 
Twice daily, we have the opportunity to strengthen our community by participating and sharing in the joy and responsibility of making a minyan. Attending the daily minyan, in one respect, serves a charitable purpose. It allows others to pray and recite Kaddish for their loved ones. Just as significant, however, is the spiritual gifts you receive from the service itself. It is diverse in its attendees and filled with beautiful melodies, a special ruach, Torah readings on Monday and Thursdays, many opportunities to have an aliyah, and the chance to take a meaningful pause in your day, and to connect with friends.
 
       
       
  Scholar in Residence Weekend with Dr. Daniel Matt
Friday, November 30th - Sunday, December 2nd
Mark your calendars for an immersive weekend of contemplative practice and study with one of the world's leading Kabbalah scholars. Dr. Daniel Matt recently completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality, in addition to being featured in Time, Newsweek and National Public Radio. His nine-volume annotated translation of the Zohar (The Zohar: Pritzker Edition) has been hailed as "a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought."
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  MakomDC Class: The Text 2.0 — Advanced Halakhah
How to stand for what we believe in without stomping on those we want/need to stand with
Tuesday, November 13 @ 7:30pm Register Here

The first in Rabbi Alexander’s Advanced Halakhah series will explore home and food. Specifically, does Jewish Law have something to say about different kashrut practices within a family or community, and, if so, what spiritual and tangible guidance might it provide? The texts provided will be in Hebrew, only, so some experience reading Hebrew is recommended for learners in this class—still, all are welcome.
 
       
       
  Mendelson Shabbat Scholar: Dr. James Loeffler
Saturday, November 17 @ 1:00pm
 
2018 marks the seventieth anniversary of two momentous events in twentieth-century history: the birth of the State of Israel and the creation of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both remain tied together in the ongoing debates about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, global antisemitism, and American foreign policy. Drawing on his recent book, Professor Loeffler will discuss how the forgotten Jewish past of human rights holds timely lessons for thinking about the intertwined futures of global justice and Jewish politics. Dr. James Loeffler is the Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History at the University of Virginia and the author of the recently published, Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century. *RSVP for babysitting (free of charge!) to Jocelyn Dorfman.
 
       
       
  Jewish Hyperlinks; Study with Hazzan Rachel Goldsmith
Sundays, November 4, 11 and 18 @ 10:15am

Being Jewish is all about asking questions - and every question you ask will lead you to another question!  Let’s follow some of these links from our services and liturgy and explore the relationships they have to our Jewish and Human experiences. We will start with some questions about Shabbat and the Calendar and see where the links lead us.
 
       
       
  Gan HaYeled Open House
November 6, 2018 @ 9:30am Register Here
 
Spread the word! Gan open houses are coming up soon.
Believe it or not, we're already gearing up for Fall, 2019! While registration for next year will not open until January, we have several open houses for prospective families coming up. Please help us spread the word to your friends, neighbors, and community lists. Can't make it to this one? Don't worry we have more coming up on the following dates:

Nov 28 @ 9:30am | Dec 12 @ 7:30pm | Jan 11, 2019 @ 10:15am
 
       
       
  First Book Chat of 5779!
An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and An Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn
This Sunday, November 4 @ 10am
 
Join us to discuss this unusual Jewish father/son memoir about a classics professor’s exploration of Homer’s Odyssey with college freshmen and with his father, who invites himself to audit the course. The two men unexpectedly discover that discussing this ancient foundational tale of journey and homecoming  helps them better understand each other as they recognize their own lives in the text. Book chats are sponsored by Sisterhood and the Library and are open to all members of the community free of charge. For questions, please contact Robin Jacobson.
 
       
 
       
 
       
       
  Return Again to Shabbat
Next Friday, November 9 @ 6:30pm
Register Here For the Community Shabbat Dinner

 
Join Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Rabbi Aaron Alexander & the Return Again Band for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. In the style of our innovative outdoor Kol Nidre Service. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, personal excursion into prayer & song. The service will be followed by a community Shabbat dinner for all.
 
       
       
 
Examining Women's Health with Sisterhood
Breast Cancer Awareness
Tuesday, November 13 @ 7pm Register Here

Women should not die from breast cancer. Over 95% of women diagnosed with early breast cancer survive and thrive. The Brem Foundation offers every woman the chance to find an early, curable breast cancer by providing expert education to women between the ages of 30-64 in the Washington, DC area and by training physicians. Dr. Rachel Brem and Andrea Wolf will discuss risk factors, screening options, and self-advocacy, arming women with the information they need to have educated conversations with their physicians and make sure they get properly screened for breast cancer.

 
       
       
 
Up Close and Personal:
Share Your Special Family Collections in Our Biran Beit Midrash

The Biran Beit Midrash, at the heart of our synagogue, is a place of community, learning and conversation. Following this theme, over the next year we would very much like to share your special family collections in our ever changing Biran Beit Midrash window. Our current display features a sampling of Myra and Larry Promisel's imaginative and inspiring collection of Hanukiot. What can you share for 6 weeks? Contact us to display something special and for more information.

 
       
       
  Behrend-Adas Senior Fellowship Lunch Program
Come For Lunch and Stay for Friendship!
Monday - Friday @ 12pm, Youth Lounge

You are invited to join the Behrend-Adas Senior Fellowship, a daily lunch and social program that meets at Adas Israel Congregation Monday-Friday. Come for coffee, tea, snacks, and camaraderie beginning at 10:30 AM and stay for lunch at 12:00PM. No need to RSVP, just show up and bring a friend! Our daily program features a kosher lunch, exercise classes, film screenings, art classes, live entertainment and a brief Shabbat Service on Fridays. This program is open to all seniors (ages 60+) residing in the District of Columbia. All are welcome regardless of background or affiliation. For more information contact Kim Cauthen.