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


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 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, 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
  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
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
10:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
6:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
7pm; Wasserman Hall
Saturday, January 12
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
9:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
11:00am; Classroom 340
11:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
11:00am; Cohen Hall
12:00pm; Kay Hall
12:45pm; Gewirz Beit Am
1:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
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

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

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Wed, January 23 2019 17 Shevat 5779