Sign In Forgot Password

Connecting The Threads: Our Home, Our Heart, Our World

Click to view the 2016 High Holy Days Booklet

L'Shana Tova! Join us for an inspirational High Holy Day experience at Adas Israel. Whether you are new to the community or a member of many years, we invite you to step out of your daily routines, to join together with the kehilla, to reflect deeply on what matters to you, and to embrace the pinnacle of our Jewish prayer experience. The theme expressed above is derived from a passage in the Ahavah Rabbah prayer, said daily in the morning service. It will serve as the connecting thread throughout this year’s service experiences. It is an expression of our sacred longings as a religious community: to be woven together by a shared dream, in a shared home, which then drives us to realize our potential beyond the walls of Adas Israel.

Complete Guide: 2016 High Holy Days

Youth & Families Services

Full Schedule of Youth & Families Services

We are blessed to have so many families in our community. Each one is unique. And we celebrate our similarities and our differences as we come together to mark sacred time.

Sukkot / Simchat Torah

Full Schedule of Services and Events Coming Soon

Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei. Hag HaSukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, reminds us of the huts (sukkot) in which our ancestors dwelt in the desert for forty years on their way to the Promised Land.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Speakers

Join us for an enlightening afternoon discussion with with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Ali Abu Awwad, co-founders of The Roots Project, a grassroots movement of understanding, nonviolence & transformation in Israel.

High Holy Days Ushering

Every year during each of the High Holy Day services, a dedicated group of members volunteer as ushers. And in so doing, we fulfill the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests). Click here for more information on High Holy Day ushering and greeting.

The Adas Fund 2016

"Adas Israel is our Home" Please give to the The Adas Fund 2016 chaired by Ryna Cohen & Rita Segerman and supported by the Adas Fund Champions! Contribute Today.

Return Again: Spirited Holiday Services

Our "Return Again" Kol Nidre services have drawn thousands to a spirited outdoor worship experience unlike any other in Washington, DC. Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt & Elie Greenberg present this year's "Return Again" services to fill your holidays with meaning, music & transcendence.

Mindful Holiday Programs by JMCW

Full Schedule of JMCW events

Join us for a serires of mindful programs, designed to heighten your spiritual experience on the pinnacle of our holy calendar.

Non-member Tickets

We look forward to welcoming you to Adas Israel for the High Holy Days! Non-members may purchase tickets here. If you decide to join our congregation before December 31, 2016, we will apply the cost of these tickets towards your membership contribution. L'shana Tovah!

Frequently Asked Questions

Click Here to find answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about the High Holy Days including answers on parking, tickets, seating, and more!

Receive an Aliyah or Honor
High Holy Day Ticket Request
Seating Charts

A Message From Senior Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

This year, let us see that Divine light and those sacred threads as the cords that connect us, one to the other, in the present and through all the generations of our people. In this way, let us set the intention that our very coming to shul is our ritual of homecoming to our souls, and to the interconnectedness of our souls as human beings. And through this intention, may we feel grounded in the home that our tradition and our synagogue brings us, and have the strength to face all the challenges of our lives in the year ahead.

This theme of the sacred threads that bind us one to another, always linking us to our spiritual home, will guide our synagogue in all our sacred journeys of this coming year. All of us at Adas invite you to come home this year to your Jewish spiritual center, so that when you venture out into the world, you are forever transformed and strengthened. And may that sense of being so deeply connected inspire us all to do our part in healing this world, that so badly needs to come home to the light of God. We look forward to seeing you here!

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf


Saturday night, September 24 @ 9pm in Gewirz Beit Am

Several days before Rosh Hashanah, Jews around the world gather together to recite the Selichot, a beautiful series of penitential prayers and meaningful liturgy. This tradition invites us to open ourselves up to the essential work of the Days of Awe: the process of repair and return, of acknowledgement and longing. Please join the community for a warm evening of personal reflection through song, text, and sharing our own stories. The evening is generously sponsored by the Mollie & Joseph Muchnick Selichot Fund.

Rosh Hashanah Gift Bag Project

Keep an eye out for updates about our yearly RH Hesed Project!

Each year we join together to spread the sweetness of the New Year! For the past five years the Hesed Committee has organized the assembly and delivery of Rosh Hashanah bags with a lot of help from the Adas community and we hope that you will help us again this year. We have not finalized the date yet, so please keep an eye out for updates in @Adas. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Marcy Spiro, Director of Membership Engagement at or 202-362-4433 ext. 113.

Seating Reminder

Please note that again this year, after the sermons in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary, a seat that has not been occupied will be considered available for seating. This applies to both dedicated and reserved seats.We thank our committee members and coordinators for sharing their time and their holidays so others can have a meaningful High Holy Day season. Watch your mail for the High Holy Day packet. We look forward to celebrating the most exciting time of the year with you, our Adas family.

Parking Information

Please observe neighborhood parking restrictions, particularly on Connecticut Avenue. Only limited parking is available in the synagogue lot, which is used mostly for handicap parking. If you are driving someone who has difficulty walking, we ask that you drop that person off at the front of the synagogue and then nd a parking space. Please note: There will be no parking available in the synagogue lot (even for those on the parking list) on Kol Nidre. If you would like us to help you make alternative parking or transportation arrangements for that evening, please call the synagogue office.

Sun, February 25 2018 10 Adar 5778