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Upcoming events

Inclusion Celebration Month, February 2019 

This February will mark the fifth year that the Adas community is celebrating Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). This is a wonderful continuation of our work in lifting up the value of inclusion and removing barriers to full participation in our congregational life. These programs, presented by the Inclusion Task Force, comprise a unique set of opportunities to look at the progress we have made and to examine areas for improvement.

Inclusion Celebration Shabbat

Saturday, February 2, 2019

9:30am Dvar Torah in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary "Beyond Productivity: How Shabbat Values Underscore the Principles of Disability Justice." 1:15-2:15pm Post-Kiddush interactive text-study "Priestly Bodies & Blemishes in Torah and Talmud," an examining Leviticus 21's prohibitions regarding disabled priests -- and their interpretation and transformation in Jewish law and practice.

Inclusion Celebration Shabbat Guest Speaker: Dr. Julia Watts Belser

This year’s guest speaker for Inclusion Celebration Shabbat is Dr. Julia Watts Belser, associate professor in the Theology Department at Georgetown University. Her work in Jewish studies focuses on Talmud, rabbinic literature, and Jewish ethics. An ordained rabbi, Watts Belser writes queer feminist Jewish theology and brings disability culture into conversation with Jewish tradition. Watts Belser previously held a research fellowship in women’s studies and religion at Harvard Divinity School and taught in Missouri State University's Religious Studies Department. She is the author of Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity: Rabbinic Responses to Drought and Disaster (2015). She serves on the board of the Society for Jewish Ethics and holds leadership positions in the American Academy of Religion. A wheelchair rider herself, Dr. Belser is the co-author of A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities. She is also a board member of Nehirim, a national community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews and allies. Watts Belser has a B.A. from Cornell University, M.Div. from the Graduate Theological Union, M.A. from the Academy for Jewish Religion California, and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union.


Synagogue Inclusion Network

Sunday, February 24 @ 11am-12:30pm, Biran Bet Midrash

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington convenes a monthly meeting of local inclusion committee members. Join us here as we welcome guest speaker Susan Cohen, president of the Washington Society of the Jewish Deaf, to discuss how we can best accommodate deaf and hard of hearing people in our community.

Mini-Conference on Inclusion in the Conservative Movement

Monday, February 25 @ 10am-4pm, Funger Hall

Join us for a Ruderman Foundation-sponsored conversation about how different institutions in the Conservative Movement (the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Camp Ramah network, the Rabbinical Assembly, the Ziegler School) can be more inclusive. Please email to RSVP to this event.

Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD) on the Hill

Tuesday, February 26 @ 9am-5pm Capitol Hill: Rayburn House Office Building Register Here

JDAD is an opportunity for professionals and lay leaders from Jewish organizations and communities across the nation to come to Capitol Hill to raise awareness of their work and passion relating to individuals with disabilities and their families. Jewish Disability Advocacy Day includes:

A symposium on disability and inclusion issues from leading analysts; An advocacy briefing on issues to raise with Congress and training on how to be an effective advocate; Lunch with Congressional leaders; and Advocacy visits with your elected officials.

The day is sponsored by Adas Israel Congregation along with Jewish Disability Network — chaired by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism — and other supporting organizations. Join Rabbi Sarah Krinsky, clergy liaison to the Inclusion Task Force, and members of the Inclusion Task Force, for this exciting day of political action and advocacy on Capitol Hill.


accommodations we provide

Adas Israel Congregation strives to be a fully inclusive community. There are many assistive devices here for you today, including hearing loops, large print siddurim, and noise-cancelling headphones. Please ask an usher for help with any of these. You are also welcome to email if you need other accommodations in the future.

Live streaming & Dial-In
Many people who are unable to travel to Adas Israel for programs or services participate via live-streaming. Please see for current livestreams or for an archive of recordings. To dial in and listen to services in the Smith Sanctuary over the telephone, call 202-686-8405. There are a limited number of phone lines available, so it’s best to call before the service begins.

Parking & Metro information
We are located 1.5 blocks north of the Cleveland Park metro station on the same side of Connecticut Avenue as the station elevator. There are 3 reserved spots in our parking lot for cars with the handicap placard. If you would like to reserve parking without having a placard, please email

Large Print Books
In every service, we have large print copies of the Lev Shalem siddur for Shabbat and holidays and the Lev Shalem Machzor for High Holidays. We also have a Braille set of the Sim Shalom Siddur. Please ask an usher for help in finding these books.

Allergy Information for Kiddush
Our Kiddush menus are nut-free. If there are questions about other ingredients in advance, please email our Food and Beverage Events Manager, Otherwise, please ask a server for detailed information.

The Charles E. Smith Sanctuary has several features to accommodate our community.

  • Ramps go up to the Bimah on both sides.
  • People in wheelchairs can sit in several aisle cutout locations around the sanctuary.
  • There are bookstands in the cutouts.
  • There is an elevator to/from the sanctuary from other levels.
  • The Amud (lectern) on the Bimah can be lowered and raised.

Interpretation and Assistive Devices

  • Hearing loops are available at the front deskand are located outside of each service location.
  • ASL Interpretation or captioning is provided upon request for any service or event. Please email at least 24 hours in advance.

LGBTQ Inclusion

  • Everyone is welcome here. Full stop.
  • There is an all-gender restroom on the main floor which is wheelchair accessible. Additionally, there is an all-gender restroom on the third floor which is not wheelchair accessible.

Flexible Dues

  • Finances aren’t an obstacle to joining Adas Israel Congregation. Please contact to have a confidential conversation about joining our community.

Sidewalks, Ramps, Elevators and Doors

  • The Quebec Avenue sidewalk in front of the building was repaved in 2016.
  • There is a curb cut in front of the Quebec Street entrance.
  • Elevators and ramps connect all the rooms in the building.
  • The Biran Beit Midrash and the lobby restrooms have automatic doors.
  • Mezuzot are at two different heights on all main-level doors.

Low Sensory Accommodations

  • A Quiet Room can be opened on request by an Adas staff person.
  • There is a basket of noise cancelling headphones in various sizes at the front desk.


  • Every body is welcome at the Adas Israel Community Mikvah.
  • The preparation room has been recently remodeled and now meets/exceeds ADA standards.
  • An Aquatic Lift is available on request by emailing at least 24 hours in advance of a Mikvah appointment.

Job Training Programs

  • We have a partnership with Outcomes Service to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities.
  • We purchase sweets for many of our weekly programs from Sunflower Bakery, a training school for bakers with learning differences.

Gan HaYeled Preschool

  • Employs a Full Time Developmental Support Coordinator with specialties in Early Detection, Early Intervention and Best Practices in Inclusion.
  • Has a dedicated Sensory Space to accommodate student needs for self-regulation.
  • Maintains a full inventory of assistive technology to support individual student needs.
  • Collaborates with on-site Speech/Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Behavioral Therapy practices.
  • Administers bi-annual developmental checklist to monitor development.

Religious School

  • Assistant Director participated in the 2017-2018 Matan Institute for Education Directors
  • Collaborative approach with families around individualized classroom needs.
  • Student access to noise canceling headphones and other technologies and techniques to support individual needs of each student
  • Small Hebrew learning groups for students, grades third-sixth with individual support as needed
  • Provide families access to community wide adaptive programs

Community Awareness

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