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High Holy Day Preparations & Immersion

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Prepare yourself for the High Holy Days with deep and meaningful Torah study, song, story, and experiences. We will gather together as a community to challenge ourselves to think deeply about how to create meaningful change and growth during the Season of Awe. 

Outdoor Selichot Service

Saturday, September 9 at 8:30pm
Join us In Person in the Outdoor HaMakom Tent
Click Here to Download the Selichot Booklet

This tradition invites us to open ourselves up to the essential work of the High Holy Days: the process of repair and return, of acknowledgment and longing. Please join Adas clergy and your community for a one-of-a-kind evening of personal reflection through song and text.


Approaching the High Holy Days through New Fiction
Michelle Brafman and Martha Toll in Conversation 

Sunday, September 10, at 4:00 pm, co-sponsored with and at Congregation Beth El, Bethesda, Click Here To Register

In this unique prelude to the Days of Awe, authors Michelle Brafman and Martha Toll will discuss their new novels, Swimming with Ghosts and Three Muses. Characters in these books struggle with issues that often surface during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – loss, past trauma, regret, obsession, and the potential for renewal. How have the authors grappled with these universal concerns in their work and what helpful insights can we take with us as the Jewish season of reflection begins?  


Not Letting It In: BAMAH presents an Interactive, Cutting-Edge Experience with Israeli Artist Jason Morris Danino Holt, Rabbi Rami Schwartzer, Sephardi Theater Activist and Creator Hana Vazana Grunwald, and US-based actor/director Nemuna Ceesay

Tuesday, September 12 at 7pm, Gewirz Beit Am
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Join us for an improvised, participatory theatrical event that explores the art of confession. Performers model honest conversations and meaningful catharsis, inviting audience members to witness or join them as the process unfolds. With a facilitated workshop on interactive processing to integrate the lessons of the experience into the High Holy Days and beyond.

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Meditations and Reflection on Elul: Preparing for the High Holidays
Join the  Adas Israel clergy and community members in a new project as we reflect in writing and vidoe on the meaning of this holy season and offer mediations several times a week to inspire, challenge and help us explore our own spiritual work as we approach these sacred days of Awe


The Gates Swing Open: A Rosh Hashanah Community Discussion

Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00pm-8:15pm
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Sponsored by JMCW and open to all. Led by Amy Golen and Ellen Winter.

Join us as we gather together for a contemplative Rosh Hashanah reflection. With 
Rabbi Alan Lew z”l as our teacher, we will discuss sections of his 2003 classic book, This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation. This volume follows the spiritual calendar from Tisha B’Av to Sukkot. Our discussion this year will focus on Rosh Hashanah and follows past discussions on the Ten Days of Teshuvah and Sukkot. Rabbi Lew continues to be one of the leading voices in Jewish spiritual practice. His insights, consistently relevant, can guide us on the meaning of the High Holiday journey, especially during these challenging times.

The complete book is inspiring and can be easily purchased online; note there is an updated paperback edition. If you would prefer a shorter read, here is a link to related portions for our discussion, including Chapter 6: “The Horn Blows, the Gates Swing Open, and We Feel the Winds of Heaven: Rosh Hashanah.”



Dip in the Mikvah
Prepare Yourself for the Days of Awe

For millennia the Jewish community has used the Mikvah as a profound spiritual ritual. For moments of deep joy, transition, loss and so much more the living waters of this beautiful space have given people moments of calm, healing, reflection, introspection, peace and wholeness.  One of the most sacred times to use the Mikvah is during the Jewish month of Elul , in the 30 days leading up to the High Holidays. This is one way to prepare for the sacred season - take a few moments in these living waters to set the intention for your own spiritual growth and commitment in the New Year ahead. All are welcome.

Feel free to make use of this incredibly beautiful holy space and book an immersion (with or without a guide) in the month of Elul (we have added extra hours to accommodate for additional appointments) - or contact Rabbi Yolkut at


Alternative Musaf Singing Circle 

Sunday, September 17 at 11:30am, Gewirz Beit Am

Join Rabbi Krinsky, Micah Hendler and Rabbi Daniel Novick for a spiritual musaf anchored by communal song. Sitting in concentric circles, we will move through the musical moments of the liturgy, immersing ourselves in the service’s grounding melodies.


Families with Infants and Toddlers Rosh Hashanah Celebration

Sunday, September 17 at 10am-11am, in the Gan Space

Families with infants and toddlers (birth-2years) are invited to a Rosh Hashanah celebration full of song, snacks, and connection. If you would like more information on joining a Havurah, please visit our program calendarregister for the Havurah Program, or email Darci Lewis, for more information—we look forward to welcoming you!


Tashlich Experience

Family Tashlich: Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Sunday, September 17 at 12:00pm
Community Tashlich: Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Sunday, September 17 at 2:00pm

Click Here for a Self Guided walkthrough of Tashlich

On Rosh Hashanah, there is a special ceremony where we traditionally go to an ocean, stream, or river to pray and throw breadcrumbs into the water. This serves to symbolically release the things we wish to let go of and set our intention for the coming year. Meet on the Connecticut Ave. Plaza

Mon, October 2 2023 17 Tishrei 5784