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Shabbat Times & Services July-August Chronicle
Shabbat Guest Speaker: James Weisman
Saturday, July 21, During Shabbat Services & After Kiddush

Please join the Inclusion Task Force for Shabbat services on July 21st as we welcome special guest speaker James Weisman. Mr. Weisman is President & CEO of United Spinal Association. Weisman was a key negotiator with members of Congress promoting the passage of the ADA, and the Act’s transportation provisions applied the agreements in NYC and Philadelphia to the whole country. He's a founding board member of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Mr. Weisman will also do a storytelling session post-Kiddush in the Biran Beit Midrash.

2018- 2019 Religious School Registration
Register Now To Reserve Your Spot! Register Here

Our Religious School Program seeks to provide an education designed to inspire our students to leave their lives as identified, committed Jews and ethical human beings. Our Purpose is to instill Jewish values and a sense of pride in our students for their Jewish heritage, customs, language and traditions by creating a learning environment that is warm, challenging and engaging.

You should have received an email with your own custom registration link, which will log you into your online Adas account. Please note that this year's Religious School registration looks a little bit different. Thanks to the new and interactive all Adas community members now have the ability to login and view and interact with personalized accounts.

If you have issues logging in, or did not receive an email, please contact us directly at
Tisha B'Av @ Adas
Saturday, July 21 - Sunday, July 22
Erev Tisha B'Av:
Saturday, July 21 at 9pm: Maariv & Eicha 
Tisha B'Av:
Sunday, July 22 at 9am: Shacharit & Eicha, 
6pm: Mincha w/ Torah & Haftarah Reading (no Maariv)

Join us for Tisha B’Av observances at Adas - a moving service experience, as we gather with the setting sun to quietly chant the Book of Lamentations in a darkened, candlelit atmosphere, using the traditional melodies. For 20 centuries, Tisha B’Av, the ninth of Av, has served as a commemoration of the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem - a somber reminder of the continuing brokenness of our world, and our yearning to see it renewed. Click Here to Learn More.
The Adas Fund 2018/5779, Inspired By The Work Of HESED

Adas Israel is a sacred and caring community, where we enrich lives, forge relationships and care deeply for each other. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the work of our Hesed Committee. These dedicated community members focus on Acts of Loving Kindness for our members in times of joy and sorrow. We are honored and humbled by their commitment, and hope  you will follow their good example by supporting our sacred congregation through our only annual campaign. The Adas Fund is the engine that drives all of this meaningful work in our community. Click Here to Give.
Eicha to Ayeka: Mourning in the Head to Mourning in the Heart
Enhance Your Tisha B'Av Experience With Learning
Sunday, July 22, Immediately Following Minyan at 10:30am

Rabbi Krinsky will teach a shiur following the morning's tefillah that explores different ways that we express our mourning, and how that impacts our religious experience of the holiday.

High Holy Day Packets Arriving!
Click Here To Visit The High Holy Days Webpage

We are very pleased to report that (beautiful!) new High Holy Day materials have just been sent out from the synagogue, and should be arriving at all member households in the next few days (and yes, they are always sent around this time!).

Our members are the heart of our community, and we are immeasurably proud of everything the Adas family has accomplished this past year. We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you in just a few short months, and we look forward to another year of warm community experiences and spiritual growth in our kehillah kedosha. Please keep an eye out for the full High Holy Day packet and ticket request forms.

Take Strength and With Courageous Heart Place Hope Towards God
This year our theme for the Yamim Noraim is centered around the last line of Psalm 27. This phrase might be familiar as it is the Psalm we begin reciting at the beginning of the month Elul in preparation for the High Holy Days, and continue all the way through Hoshanah Rabba. Together we are invited to face each other and ourselves, and to build space for honesty, loss, longing and ultimately connection. And we will be right here with you.
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Introduction to Judaism Course:
Jewish Tradition From The Ground Up 
Wednesday Evenings, August 15 - March 27 @ 7:30pm

Are you interested in exploring the Jewish tradition from the ground up, with master Jewish teachers? Have you been wondering about the core beliefs and practices that animate the Jewish religion? Are you looking to deepen your experience of God and prayer into the rhythm of your life?

This 21-week course is designed to give you the raw materials with which to appreciate and access the Jewish tradition. Whatever it is you may be seeking, we offer a dynamic and love-inspired space for acquiring the experiential and intellectual knowledge that allow you to deepen your own religious life.

For information and registration materials, please be in touch with our course administrator, Marcia Miller.

Livestreaming @ Adas
Connect to Adas Israel Services, from wherever you are

If you or a loved one will face difficulties in physically coming to the synagogue for Shabbat and other services, we encourage you to livestream our services from any computer, tablet or mobile device! Just visit the livestream page on our website for full audio and video of Shabbat services in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary during service times: 
Join Wise Aging’s Next Cohort!
Starting Sunday, September 16 @ 10:30am Register Here

Led by Janice Mostow and Betsy Strauss, Wise Aging is an exploration of aging well and wisely through a Jewish lens. The Wise Aging Adas group will meet once a month on Sunday mornings to learn, share experiences, and acquire skills to sanctify the moments in time that make up this stage in our lives. Wise Aging sessions are based on resources developed for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal, primarily Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit. Please note: The enrollment for the class is limited to 12 participants.

Annual Summer Backpack Drive
Continuing Through Monday, July 23

Every year, Adas Israel commits to help low-income students start the school year prepared and ready to learn. This year, in cooperation with Friendship Place, we are collecting and distributing new backpacks, full of grade-specific school supplies, to middle and high school age children living in shelters or transitional housing in the DC area. With your donation, these students will start the school year well prepared, just like their classmates.

Help us meet our goal by Monday, July 23! We need a minimum of 25 full backpacks for middle-school students and 25 full backpacks for high-school students. A complete list of supplies for each age group can be found here or on the DCPS website. Attach a removable label to the outside of your bag indicating whether it is for middle- or high-school students. Email Beth Simon the type and amount of backpacks you plan to supply.

If you are unable to complete a backpack, but would like to donate to this important effort, we are also collecting new graphing calculators and/or gift cards to cover the cost of a backpack and supplies. Donations accepted now through July 23. Please drop off filled backpacks to the Adas Israel coatroom. Contact Beth Simon with any questions.
Register for the Fall Session of “Shir A Song” for Young Children
Tuesdays, Oct. 9 - Dec. 11, 9:30am & 10:30 am Register Here
Looking for a fun, enriching activity for your little one?  Register for the Fall session of Ms. Ellie’s “Shir A Song,” now in its 8th year! These early  childhood music and movement classes are for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers accompanied by an adult.  We sing and dance to both Jewish and secular songs, using finger plays, chants, percussion instruments, and a variety of props. Choose a 9:30 am or 10:30 am class.  Cost per session is $210 for 1st child, $150 for a sibling.  Siblings under 9 months old at time of registration attend free! For more information and to register, click here.  Don’t delay; space is limited!

Join your Adas friends at Grand Slam Sunday!
August 19 @ 1:35pm Buy Tickets Here
Each year the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington hosts Grand Slam Sunday, Jewish Community Day, at Nationals Park. Adas has purchased a block of tickets and we hope that you will join us on August 19 as the Nats play against the Miami Marlins at 1:35pm. Pregame fun begins at 11:30am.

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
Friday, July 13
Candle Lighting: 8:16pm
10am; Biran Beit Midrash
6pm; Biran Beit Midrash
Saturday, July 14
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash


9:30am; Biran Beit Midrash

9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
11am; Cohen Hall
1pm; Biran Beit Midrash
HAVDALAH: 9:16pm
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Harry Teicher
Arnold Isenberg
Timothy Gloster
Marilyn Berman Pollans
Vesta Elsie Nyrop Forbes
May their memories be for a blessing.
Daily Minyan
In the Biran Beit Midrash

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

Sunday–Thursday: 6:00 pm
Summer Gift Shop Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 am to noon
Also available by appointment by calling Jean Bernard, 301-654-8914; Diane Keller, 301-442-7625; or Susan Winberg, 301-656-7766.
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