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Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

Friday, January 18, 2019 12 Shevat 5779

6:00 PM - 10:00 AM 1 day after


Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend & Shabbat Shirah
Friday, January 18 - Sunday, January 20

Friday, January 18
6:00pm Return Again Shabbat Service
7:45pm Shabbat Dinner with Community Partners Registration Closed

Please gather with us 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.

Saturday, January 19
9:30am Shabbat Shirah: The Shabbat of Song, Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
Our MLK 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." Babysitting will be available.

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

Sunday, January 20
10:00am Adas Israel joins Peoples Congregational Church
Adas Israel and Rabbis Alexander and Krinsky join Peoples Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, at 4704 13th Street, N.W.


Rabbi Sandra Lawson received ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in June 2018. She was born in St. Louis, Mo. and grew up in a military family. She graduated from Saint Leo University magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Clark Atlanta University. Rabbi Sandra has served in the United States Army, as a Military Police person with a specialty in Military Police Investigations, specializing in cases involving child abuse and domestic violence. Upon leaving the military she started a personal training business and later worked as an Adjunct Instructor of Sociology at local community colleges. She has also served as the Investigative Researcher for the Anti-Defamation League's Southeast Region, becoming the go-to person when Law Enforcement in the South needed information on hate groups. Rabbi Sandra uses her rabbinic training to bring Judaism to where people already are in their lives. As a rabbinical student Rabbi Sandra received a prestigious grant to lead shabbat services for unaffiliated Jews in a vegan cafe, she also received a grant to launch her podcast Minutes of Torah. Rabbi Sandra’s vision as a Rabbi is to help build a more inclusive Jewish community where all who want to come are welcomed, diversity is embraced and we can come together to learn and to pray. Rabbi Sandra is currently serving as the Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life and Jewish Educator at Hillel at Elon University in North Carolina.

Roderick Giles & Grace is a music group that is passionate about singing and ministering in excellence to bring hope, love, joy, peace, and happiness to the hearts of all who hear them. Roderick, a native Washingtonian and accomplished musician, formed this group in 2013. Members of Grace have performed at many prestigious venues including the White House, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Washington Convention Center, BET Studios, and many local venues. They have toured Europe, provided vocals for legendary gospel singers, and are looking forward to this musical collaboration in their first Shabbat morning service.

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