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Tikkun Olam/Social Action


Adas Israel Ark Visits

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This is a sacred opportunity for community members to enter our building in a staggered and socially distant manner, and stand before the Aron Kodesh in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary - a beloved custom from our N’eelah service on Yom Kippur each year.

 

 

Outdoor Communal Shofar Blowing

At Adas Israel & Locations All Over DC! 

Click here for the Shofar blowing prayer and Psalm of the Season


Aug 30 at 5pm: Adas Israel Parking Lot
Aug 30 at 5pm: Petworth at the Upshur Park Basketball Court
 
Sept 6 at 5pm: Adas Israel Parking Lot
Sept 6 at 5pm: Tenleytown at Ft Reno Park (behind Whole Foods)

Sept 13 at 5pm: Adas Israel Parking Lot
Sept 13 at 5pm: Downtown (across from Holocaust Museum)

Each Sunday over the course of Hodesh Elul, at a designated location with wide-open space, a Shofar blower from the Adas community will be present at 5:00pm to sound the shofar, recite the Psalm for Elul and say Mourners Kaddish (pending 10 Jewish adults present).  

These Shofar events require a mask, physically distance of at least 6 feet, if not more, for those who are not already sharing residence.  Each shofar will also have a surgical mask over its top, which does not impede the sound, but does significantly reduce the spread of particles. 

 

Communal Tashlich Experience

Click Here for a walkthrough of a Self-Guided Tashlikh

Experience the ancient, communal custom associated with the First Day of Rosh Hashanah, in which we visit an ocean, stream, or river to pray and throw breadcrumbs into the water. Join a small group at a safe distance in a guided outdoor communal tashlich experience.

 

Outdoor Selichot Services

Saturday, September 12 at 8pm
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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 acknowledgement and longing. Please join your community for a one-of-a-kind evening of personal reflection through song and text -- back at the building you love!

 

Machzor Borrow and Pickup

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Our High Holy Day Machzors wait all year to be taken out and cherished. Adas will be facilitating a coordinated borrow/ pickup system so that each of you will have a physical machzor in your hands.

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Rosh Hashanah

September 18 - 20, Livestreamed to Your Home, from Across the Building
Clergy-Led, Musical Services / Youth & Family Services / Traditional, Lay-Led Services


Today is the birthday of the world. It is the day to hear the call of the shofar, to be in radical amazement of the world that surrounds us. Our spirits are lifted as friends, family, and community members from all over the world are called together for a day of earnest reflection and renewal.

 

Kol Nidre

Sunday, September 27, Livestreamed to Your Home, from the Adas Parking Lot
Clergy-Led, Musical Service / Traditional, Lay-Led Service


The sun sets, ushering in the holiest day of the year. Kol Nidre gives us permission to pray with each other, with all of our imperfections and longings for healing. The liturgy and age-old melodies invite us in to break new ground and create space for something new.

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Yom Kippur

Monday, September 28, Livestreamed to Your Home, from Across the Building
Clergy-Led, Musical Services / Youth & Family Services / Traditional, Lay-Led Services

This is the day we all pass before God – a God who is merciful, compassionate, abounding in love, and forgiving. We ask to be granted release. We seek to be made whole, to begin anew, to move forward with our lives with all of the potential and promise that lies within each one of us.

Why Is This Livestream Different From All Other Livestreams?

  • Enhanced, High-Def Livestream
  • Complete Liturgy & Torah Services
  • Interactive “Pop-Up” Video Content
  • Streamed-in Participatory Aliyot & Honors
  • “Navigate” Across The Building & Pick Your Service
  • Multiple Livestream Angles
  • Engaging Family Content For All Ages

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Mahzor Lev Shalem - PDF Downloads

Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Rosh Hashanah Day 2
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Kol Nidrei
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Yom Kippur Shacharit and Musaf
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Yom Kippur Afternoon and Ne'ilah
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Rabbi Alexander has written several responsa (legal opinions) for the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, special for this Holiday season amidst a pandemic. 

  1. On reciting the same liturgy multiple times in one day: https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/multiple-recitations-same-liturgy
  2. On the constitution of a quorum (minyan): https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/counting-minyan-under-one-roof-separate-rooms
  3. On Tashlikh: https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/tashlikh-where-and-when
  4. On the Washing Prohibition on Yom Kippur: https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/washing-yom-kippur
  5. On Lulav & Etrog for Sukkot: https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/lulavetrog-during-covid-19-5781

A Spiritual & Practical Guide for High Holy Days 5781

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The Talmud teaches that every space has the potential to become its own sanctuary. Indeed, our own synagogues, study halls and homes are now the places in which we bring in divinity and encounter God. This year, we each step in to the invitation and obligation to make our homes sacred spaces - spaces of introspection, spaces of connection, and spaces of prayer.

Communal Tashlich Experience

Click Here for a walkthrough of a Self-Guided Tashlikh

Experience the ancient, communal custom associated with the First Day of Rosh Hashanah, in which we visit an ocean, stream, or river to pray and throw breadcrumbs into the water. Join a small group at a safe distance in a guided outdoor communal tashlich experience.

 

Rosh Hashanah Seder Haggadah

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Based on the contours of a Pesach seder, this new ritual combines symbolic foods, spirited song, and thought-provoking discussion. Click here for the Rosh Hashanah Seder Haggadah, which contains all of the tips for facilitation and preparation you will need to gather friends and family for this rich and festive new take on a traditional holiday meal. 

MakomDC & JMCW Programming
Learning and Engagement with Adas Clergy

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Delve deeply into the spiritual messages of the Days of Awe with these High Holy Day-themed MakomDC and JMCW programs throughout the month of Elul. Includes preparations for your physical surroundings, your ritual materials, and your emotional and mental awareness.

Shana Tova From Members "Video Loop"

Please Send Your Shana Tova video to adasvideos@gmail.com

We all love walking through our doors to be greeted by our fellow members and staff in our lobby. Please send a brief Shana Tova greeting from you and/or your family to greet our members as they log on to watch services. Each stream begins with a l’shana tova video to get you in the spirit of moving into our sacred spaces. Need tech help?  Reach out!

The Adas Building Comes To You

Bring a piece of the Adas Israel building into your home. Prior to the holidays, we will mail you something very special from inside the building (a surprise!), which you can carry with you into your livestream experience.

Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781