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Cycles and Circles - An Elul Women's Circle Program

Wednesday, August 19 @ 7pm - 9pm
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Join JMCW and At the Well in a virtual Rosh Chodesh gathering to celebrate the women in your life! Based on the ancient Jewish ritual of women coming together around the time of the new moon, we will create a sacred and meaningful event for Adas (self identified) women and by Adas women. It's a time for us to come together, reflect, and set intentions based on the themes of Elul and prepare for the High Holidays. This event is taught by At The Well founder and life long congregant, Sarah Waxman, Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt and many amazing Adas volunteers. This event will be very dynamic, as a place to listen AND share. We encourage self identified women of all ages to attend (bat mitzvah age and up). Together we will form an inter-generational Well Circle!


Tikkun HaNefesh: Writing our Soul Curriculum for 5781 with Rabbi Krinsky

Tuesday, August 25 @ 7:30pm - 9pm
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In these first days of Elul, join a night of study and reflection led by Rabbi Sarah Krinsky to help us identify our foundational wills and desires, build on spiritual strengths, and shape growing edges as we deepen our teshuva and think about who we want to be in the year ahead.


MakomDC/JMCW 3-Part High Holiday Prep Series
Session 1: Making the Most Spiritually Out of Your Experience with Adas Clergy

Tuesday, September 1 @ 7:30pm-9:00pm
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A la our pre-Passover Zoom classes, we’ll help folks prepare in every way for the upcoming holidays. Led by Rabbis Holtzblatt, Alexander & Krinsky, together we’ll explore key themes of the holidays, and give you tools to help access the best of our tradition, while virtual. 


Being Present in Body and Soul through Meditation and Song 
Led by Susan Barocas & Michelle Buzgon

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Calming our bodies and minds, opening our hearts and awakening our spirits through mindful practices can help us move into the new year refreshed, alert and enthusiastic. Join Susan Barocas and Michelle Buzgon as we concentrate on the sounds and rhythms of our breath, guided meditation and melodic singing to deepen our sense of reflection, well-being and ability to accept the joys and sorrows of each year of our lives. Open to all, whether new to mindful meditative practice or experienced.



MakomDC High Holy Day Halakhah w/ Rabbi Alexander

Wednesday, September 9 @ 7:30pm-9:00pm
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Rabbi Alexander will give a text-based class, using halakhah (Jewish life and living) as a prism with which to access this year's High Holy Day theme — "lo neivosh l’loam va-ed—Unify Our Hearts to love and revere your name, so that we never lose hope.” 


MakomDC/JMCW 3-Part High Holiday Prep Series
Session 2: All of your Tech Questions Answered by our Adas Techies + Q/A

Wednesday, September 9 @ 7pm
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This year's virtual High Holy Day services will be as simple as navigating to a service page and clicking play! However, if you would like to get some of your at home tech questions answered, such as "How do I plug my laptop into my television?" or "Who can I contact for day of tech help?" be sure to tune in with our team of Adas techies!


MakomDC/JMCW 3-Part High Holiday Prep Series
Session 3: An Evening of High Holiday Niggunim with Rabbis Alexander, Holtzblatt & Krinsky

Tuesday, September 15 @ 7:30pm-9:00pm
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Join Rabbis Holtzblatt, Alexander, and Krinsky for a tisch-like evening of kavannot (short teachings/meditations) and niggunim (wordless melodies) as we prepare for the High Holidays.  


The Gates Are Still Open:
A Community Discussion on the Ten Days of Teshuvah

Sponsored by JMCW and open to all. Led by Ellen Winter and Amy Golen

Wednesday, September 23 @ 7:00pm - 8:15pm
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Join a JMCW virtual gathering led by Ellen Winter and Amy Golen as we come together during the sacred time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. With Rabbi Alan Lew Z”L as our teacher, we will discuss sections of his classic book, This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation. Rabbi Lew continues to be one of the leading voices in Jewish spiritual practice and his insights can guide our reflections on the meaning of teshuvah, especially during these unusual days. 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 some relevant portions for our discussion, including Chapter 7: “What the Soul Does While the Gates Are Still Open: The Ten Days of Teshuvah.”

How To Be An Anti-Racist: Community Read and Discussion

Tuesday, October 6 @ 7pm - 9pm
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During the month of elul and as part of the process of personal and  communal cheshbon hanefesh, members of the Adas community will read the   book "How To Be An Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi. During Sukkot, we will   virtually gather for a conversation facilitated by staff and experts from AVODAH.   The evening will be an opportunity to delve deeply and intentionally into our   community work on antiracism, to enable ourselves and one another to   grapple with how racism shows up in our community in conscious and   unconscious ways, and to dream together about how we can further show up on   racial justice issues in the DC community.

We encourage this book to be read in partnership with a chevruta - someone with whom you can check in and reflect with on how the book is sitting and what it is bringing up in you. We will have a chevruta discussion guide with framing questions and prompts available soon. Chevrutas will be encouraged to meet at least once while reading the book, though we will provide prompts for ongoing reflection. If you have a chevruta in mind, feel free to reach out to them on your own. If you would like to be set up with a chevruta, let us know and we will get back to you.


Awake With Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt

Awake: Finding The Holy In The Everyday Listen Now

"How do we stop and notice that incredible, holy things happen to us every day?"

For the entire month of Elul will be focused on t'shuvah and the High Holidays. Some of the podcasts may include High Holiday meditations that congregants can do throughout the month.

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Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781