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MakomDC 2021-2022

Shutafut – Partnership:
The Exponential Power of Togetherness in Jewish Text and Practice

This year MakomDC will deeply examine the idea of what it means to be in religious partnership.

How much space do we, can we, and should we make for others on our paths? 

How do we open up our hearts, minds and institutions to ideas outside of ourselves while  holding fast to our core principles? 

Who and what do we let into our bounds, and how do we decide? 

How do we re-emerge from some version of isolation into shared, partnered, space? 

This exploration will take place in both form and content, studying sacred texts and experiences with institutional partners who will bring new perspectives and grow and stretch our learning. 


Makomdc (Learning & Immersion)

High Holy Day Prep with Rabbi Elianna Yolkut
Tuesday, August 24 at 7:30pm | Click Here to Join Live
Join Rabbi Elianna Yolkut virtually on Zoom for learning and preparation for the upcoming Days of Awe.

Returning and Reawakening with Rabbis Holtzblatt, Alexander and Krinsky
Tuesday, August 31 at 7:30pm | Join us live in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary or Join Us Virtually

Join MakomDC  and  Adas  clergy  as  we  turn  our  energy  toward  spiritual,  intellectual,  and  emotional  preparations  for  the  Days of Awe. On August 31, Rabbis Alexander, Holtzblatt and Krinsky will lead a session of teaching and song in preparation for the High Holidays.

Makomdc (Learning & Immersion)

Beit Midrash Partnership (Torah Lishma – Shamayim)

Each month, we will bring in premier teachers from a beit midrash center from around the world, and will learn with and from their wisdom and expertise. Come and learn from these master scholars in conversation with Adas clergy and all of you

October Learning with Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, Israel
Facilitated by Rabbi Aaron Alexander

"Noah’s Hassidic Anger Management Techniques"
Reb Dr. Mimi Feigelson
Tuesday, October 5 at 7pm | Join us in the Biran Beit Midrash or Click to Join Virtually
Join Dr. Mimi Feigelson, Senior Lecturer and Spiritual Advisor of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary will join us live over Zoom from Israel. Gather with us live in the Biran Beit Midrash for a discussion with Dr. Feigelson, or join us virtually from home!

"The Binding of Isaac:Divine Command vs. Human Morality — a key to molding different Jewish world-views in Israel society"
Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch
Tuesday, October 19 at 7pm | Join us in the Biran Beit Midrash or Click to Join Virtually
Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary will join us live over Zoom from Israel.  Gather with us live in the Biran Beit Midrash for the discussion, or join us virtually from home!

November Learning with Hadar + JMCW & Briyyut
Facilitated by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt

"​​Mindfulness and Musar: Choosing Growth"
Yitzhak Bronstein

Tuesday, November 9 at 7:30pm | Join us in the Biran Beit Midrash or Click to Join Virtually

How can mindfulness practice help us identify the areas in which we have potential to grow?  A teaching from the 20th century mussar leader, Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler will challenge us to reflect on ourselves in newfound ways. 

"​​Is God Inside Us?"
Yitzhak Bronstein

Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30pm | Join us in the Biran Beit Midrash or Click to Join Virtually

The hasidic masters taught that divinity can be found inside of ourselves and everything around us. What might that mean on a practical level? How can it inform the ways we relate to our bodies? Through a body meditation informed by a teaching of the Piaseczna Rebbe, we will practice relating to our bodily sensations as sacred. 

"​​The Joy of Withholding Judgement"
Yitzhak Bronstein

Tuesday, November 23 at 7:30pm | Join us in the Biran Beit Midrash or Click to Join Virtually

One of the foundational pillars of mindfulness is being able to relate to our present experience with nonjudgmental awareness. Through the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, we will explore the tremendous challenge of relating to others and ourselves nonjudgmentally—as well as the joy which emerges from doing so. 

Upcoming Monthly Learning

Facilitated by Rabbi Sarah Krinsky
Tuesdays, December 7 and 14 @ 7:30pm
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*Partner To Be Announced Shortly

Facilitated by Rabbi Elianna Yolkut
Tuesdays, January 4 and 18 @ 7:30pm
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*Partner To Be Announced Shortly

Facilitated by Rabbi Aaron Alexander
Tuesdays, February 1 and 15 @ 7:30pm
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*Partner To Be Announced Shortly

Facilitated by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
Tuesdays, March 1 & 15 @ 7:30pm
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*Partner To Be Announced Shortly

Facilitated by Rabbi Sarah Krinsky
Tuesdays, April 5 and 12 @ 7:30pm
Click to Join Virtually

*Partner To Be Announced Shortly

Facilitated by Rabbi Elianna Yolkut
Tuesdays, May 3 and 17 @ 7:30pm
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*Partner To Be Announced Shortly

Makomdc (Learning & Immersion)

Partnership in Eretz Yisrael (Torat Olam – Aretz)

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Partnership in Eretz Yisrael takes and demands many facets - partners on the ground, partners across borders, partners in America. We will explore these elements and their complexities through monthly cohort-based learning groups that will generally meet on 2nd or 4th Tuesday evenings. Each of the 4 groups will be led by Adas clergy and outside facilitators. A closing siyyum will be held on June 12 for all group participants to gather together.

Conversations L’Shem Shamayim
with Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
This group will be formed around individuals who have lots of Israel experience, knowledge and passion, but want to engage productively with those who embody deeply different narratives.

Hartman iEngage
with Rabbi Elianna Yolkut
Using this popular & text-based curriculum, participants will explore the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through Jewish values, the idea of peace in Jewish thoughts, and the ideas that animate our attitudes and actions.

Book Club
with Rabbi Aaron Alexander
Over the course of the year we’ll explore, discuss, and partner in understanding foundational pieces of literature, philosophy, analysis and narrative covering a broad range of authors, from Early Zionists, to Palestinian storytellers, & modern day scholars.

101 Class
with Rabbi Sarah Krinsky
If you’ve always wanted to enter the conversation, but haven’t known where to start, this is for you. We will delve thoughtfully into the historical movements, pivotal events, and foundational ideas from the last 150 years that brought us to this current moment.

Makomdc (Learning & Immersion)

Additional Learning Opportunities

Friday Parsha Study with Adas Clergy

Fridays at 10:00am, Beginning October 2021
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Join us for an exclusive in-depth look at the Torah portion. On alternating Fridays Rabbi Holtzblatt will explore the parsha through the lens of Hassidut and mysticism, Rabbi Alexander will use the Talmud as the prism for the                             weekly reading, and Rabbi Krinsky will teach the hidden recesses of the Parsha’s passages and discover its                                         meaning and relevance. 

Boker Ohr Shabbat Study

Shabbat Mornings at 8:30am, Beginning October 2021
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The Boker Ohr Torah study group meets Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. with the weekly portion as its focus. Join our clergy and community over zoom each week for an engaging, text-based conversation on the week's parsha,                               before Shabbat services. *Note: Zoom meeting will begin before Shabbat starts. All participants who would like                                to join the class before Shabbat and leave their devices open for Boker Ohr study may do so. 

Intro to Judaism
Wednesdays at 7:30pm-9pm | Click Here to Register
Aug 25, 2021 - Apr 2, 2022

Join the Adas rabbis fo a year of deep, inspiring learning. As of now, the plan is for the class to be a hybrid of virtual and in-person learning. Several times throughout the class, we break from the official material for “small group processing” sessions. These sessions give students the opportunity to reflect on their experience in the class and on how the material is showing up in their personal, spiritual and religious lives. 

Intro to Judaism 2.0 with Rabbi Krinsky
Wednesdays at 7:30pm-9pm | Click Here to Register
11/3/21, 1/12/22, 3/23/22, 5/11/22

This course is designed for alumni of Intro to Judaism. Each of the four sessions will focus on a practical aspect of Jewish life, incorporating the learning from the Intro class into everyday routines and spaces. Topics will include: living Jewish space, creating a Jewish kitchen, observing Jewish time, and practicing Jewish ritual.

Seven Circles: A new course for committed, engaged, or newly married couples
with Rabbi Sarah Krinsky

This class will meet seven times, each at Adas from 7:30-9PM | Click Here to Register
Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 22, Jan 26, 2022, Feb 23, Apr 13 & May 25

Seven Circles is a program for committed, engaged, or newly married couples that pairs Jewish text learning with relational exploration and reflection. Each session will be centered around an element of a Jewish wedding ceremony, and will begin with learning and discussion about that ritual. These elements are then thematically connected to aspects of a couple’s relationship, including conflict, intimacy, merging families, and financial decisions. Guided by the wisdom of a clinical therapist, the second half of each session will be focused on contemplation and conversation between and among couples about these parts of their relationships. The goals of these sessions is for couples to engage with Jewish text and learning, to explore aspects of their relationships, and to form connections and friendships with others in a similar stage of life. 

Building Blocks: An in person skills intensive on gaining access to Jewish texts in the original language and format
October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 7:30pm & January 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th at 7:30pm
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Join Rabbi Yolkut for two four week skills based intensives and explore the basic building blocks of Jewish learning in the original Aramaic and Hebrew. You will get the chance to study basic vocabulary and terminology, cut your teeth in learning texts in the original and by doing so gain access to new rabbinic text materials. Study in Chavruta and small groups guided by Rabbi Yolkut on how to learn Jewish texts in their original, expose yourself to the challenge of complex concepts in rabbinic thought and the joy of learning how to learn! This class will include folks at different levels and will be great for beginners *(basic Hebrew knowledge very helpful) and those that are more advanced.

Makomdc (Learning & Immersion)

Study Scholarship Fund

Michael Stern Scholarship Fund
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The synagogue is happy to announce the establishment by his family of The Michael Stern Torah Study Scholarship Fund. It is intended to help launch Adas Israel’s young people into their own explorations of the intellectual and spiritual heritage of our people. It is named in memory of one of this synagogue’s own great sages, Michael Stern, who engaged in Torah study for its own sake, advancing to the level of “master teacher,” a designation conferred in 2018 by our senior rabbis. Michael was propelled only by his desire to learn the profound teachings of our tradition and to impart them to various segments of his community. For decades, Michael offered Divrei Torah in the daily minyan, in the traditional egalitarian minyan, and in the Havurah where he served for over 40 years as ba’al Koreh. In this latter capacity, Michael trained over 150 people to chant from the Torah scroll. He also was a leading force in his Adas Israel-based study group now approaching its 50th anniversary. There Michael created numerous curricula, with topics ranging from Jewish mysticism, to personalities of the Talmud, to modern Jewish authors. 

This Fund is intended to assist young adult members of Adas Israel, including those attending high school or college, and is available for any level of learning. Accepted applicants may use money dispensed by the Fund to participate in programs or courses of study “lishma” (for its own sake) at institutions such as the Jewish Study Center, Hadar, Svara, Brandeis Bardin Institute, and others. The fund will be administered by Rabbi Kerrith Solomon and Rabbi Sarah Krinsky.

Please respond to questions below in no more than 500 words. Questions can be sent to Rabbi Kerrith Solomon or Rabbi Sarah KrinskyThe program is commencing immediately. Applications for 2021 will be received and considered on a rolling basis. 

Sat, September 18 2021 12 Tishrei 5782