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Musical Moments @ Adas Israel

Brought to you by Cantor Arianne Brown and the Musical Moments Committee

Music is an integral part of our community. When our voices join together, we feel embraced by each other’s energy and a communal spirit that uplifts us. Join us for an inspiring and uplifting array of musical programs at Adas Israel. We hope to see you here!


Coming Up


Three Faith Music Series

March 19 at 4pm | Click Here to Register
Part 1 at Covenant Church
7485 Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Join Adas Musician-in-Residence Micah Hendler and our Shamayim Va’Aretz band on March 19th for the first in a three-part series of musical events in partnership with our Muslim and Christian neighbors at ADAMS and Covenant Church.  Each month this spring, one of the congregations will host the others for a special musical gathering in their tradition.  This first event of the series will be hosted by Covenant Church in Shepherdstown, West Virginia (just past Harper's Ferry) on March 19th at 4:00, and will feature a bluegrass jam, special performances from each community, a singalong for everyone, and dinner afterwards! No musical experience required, just bring an open heart.



Adas Israel Strings Workshop

Calling Adas Israel strings players of all ages!

We have an opportunity for you to connect through the love of music, and to prepare to play at future Adas events.

Please contact Adas member and strings instructor Margot Mezvinsky at  with your name, instrument, and level, as she gathers info to create an Adas Strings Workshop.



Havdalah & Sing for Freedom

Saturday, April 1st | 7:00-9:00pm
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Join Adas Musician-in-Residence Micah Hendler for an evening of freedom songs to get ready for pesach!  We will learn and sing freedom songs from throughout history and the present day to prepare ourselves to better appreciate, celebrate, and fight for freedom this Passover.



Klezmer Shabbat

Friday June 16-Saturday June 17

The Mayer Brothers are back, joining Cantor Brown for a soulful klezmer-inspired Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning.  Come ready to sing, dance, and pray!



A New Opera in Concert  ‘Geniza: Hidden Fragments’ By Arnold Saltzman

Sunday, April 23 from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
Click Here To Register | Click Here To Livestream

Jews living in Egypt since ancient times? Recovering documents and fragments of an unknown history? Sill revealing secrets of the past from the greatest historic document collection ever found? Modern methods of piecing together fragments from around the globe?

Religious tolerance in the Age of the Crusades, Women run businesses, correspondence with India and Persia, letters of the most famous figures of the 12th-13th centuries including Maimonides and Halevi.

An operatic retelling of the story of Solomon Schechter and the discovery in Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue of an attic which contained 1000 years of documentary fragments of history acquired, and in the opera, woven with a 12th century love story, and lost love.

Geniza: Hidden Fragments will be a featured opera in concert presented by Adas Israel Congregation with members of the Chesapeake Orchestra forming a Klezmer/Chamber ensemble, and eight opera singers with national and international reputations conducted by Jeffrey Silberschlag.

This new opera, Geniza: Hidden Fragments, is a 90-minute neoclassical light opera, with arias and ensembles in a melodic and memorable setting with the libretto of Arnold Saltzman, who has drawn upon some of the writings and texts of Solomon and Mathilde Schechter, and twin sisters and scholars Agnes Smith Lewis and Margaret Dunlop Gibson.


Composers' Corner


Composers' Corner with Cantor Elana Rozenfeld

Wednesday, June 21st at 12pm on Facebook Live

Elana Rozenfeld is a cantor, performer, songwriter and theatre artist, who grew up steeped in musical theatre, jazz, chazzanut (traditional cantorial singing) and Yeshiva music, while also having a secret love of all things Sephardic. After receiving her BFA at the Tisch School of the Arts in NYU, focusing on solo performance, she entered the HL Miller Cantorial School at JTS to develop mastery of her Jewish musical traditions. Since then, she has served as cantor at Park Avenue Synagogue in NYC and Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott, MA. Elana also served as the interim director of the School for Jewish Music at Hebrew College in Newton, MA. Today, Elana lives in Kiryat Tivon, Israel, with her husband and three children, enjoying being a freelancing, singing, performing, and songwriting mommy.



Musical Moments @ Adas Israel

Get Involved!


Adas Choirs

Flash Choir
Did you sing in your high school choir or college a cappella group? Perhaps you just enjoy singing with others and even harmonizing on your own? Or maybe you have formal training and time makes it difficult to immerse yourself in music? This is a group for you! The Flash Choir is a commit-per-event choir. The only requirement is being able to sing on key. Contact to join!

Kolot is our youth choir, for students in grades 3-6. Come join us on select Sunday mornings to sing, learn music, and perform with Cantor Ari! Contact to join!




Kolot: The Young Voices of Adas Israel

Sundays 12-1 including pizza lunch: 11/6, 12/4, 1/8, 1/29

Do You Like To Sing? Then come and be part of Kolot, the young voices of Adas Israel with Cantor Arianne Brown! To register, please email with your name and grade. Kolot will sing at Lechu Neranena Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday 1/20 and at Shabbat morning service on Saturday 2/4.



DC Klezmer Workshop

Klezmer Dates: Sept. 11, Nov. 20, Dec.18, Jan. 22, Feb. 12, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 11 @1-4:30 PM

DC Klezmer Workshop is an informal but enthusiastic collective of Metro Area musicians. We meet monthly at Adas Israel to learn and play klezmer tunes together by ear and from sheet music. Join us from 2-4pm in the Gewirz Beit Am.



Archived Videos


Sim Shalom Premiere

Click Here to Learn the Music & Watch the Video

Sim Shalom - composed by Noah Aronson and the Adas Crowdsource Composition Workshop

Sponsored in loving memory of Sophie and Howard Amchin


Virtual Choir


"L'Dor Vador" - Adas Israel 3rd Grade Virtual Choir

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Each year, Adas Israel's 3rd graders learn and sing Josh Nelson's "L'Dor Vador" for Chagigat HaSiddur. We are pleased that many of our 3rd graders continued that tradition, virtually!



"Ma Ashiv" Virtual Choir

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We hope you enjoy this performance of "Ma Ashiv" (composed by our very own Cantor Arianne Brown!) sung by our talented Adas community at Pesach.



Adas Israel Virtual Choir
Od'cha by Stephen Glass

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We hope this music will stand as a unique and meaningful experience of blending our Adas voices in holy song at this time. 



"Halleluyah" by Adas Israel's Virtual Choir
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Thank you so much to our Adas Israel Virtual Choir for the energy and beauty they have shared with their faces and voices. We hope this music will stand as a unique and meaningful experience of blending our Adas voices in holy song at this time. When you look back on this time of isolation, we hope you will think of our virtual choir as a shining bright spot. Halleluyah!




"We Are Adas" Virtual Choir
Click Here to Watch!

This year, the Ma'alot class worked with Micah Hendler and Raise Your Voice Labs to write and produce an original song. See the final result here!


Special Programs 


Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at Adas Israel

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Martin Luther King Shabbat Collaboration with Roderick Giles & Grace Gospel Choir.




“Light the Legend” Livestreamed Hanukkah Concert

Click Here to Watch the Archive

As we light our menorahs together and say goodbye to Shabbat, we embrace the ways we can celebrate Chanukah together this year.  Light the Legend features a celebration of Hebrew, English, Ladino, and Yiddish music. With an array of professional musicians and singers, community faces and voices, as well a singalong grand finale of beloved Chanukah standards!



Shalom Aleichem

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In the Light

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Miriam's Song

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Mizmor Shir

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Composers' Corner

Composers’ Corner Havdallah with Zach Mayer
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Composers’ Corner with Hazzan Joanna Dulkin
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Composers’ Corner with Rabbi Yosef Goldman
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Composers’ Corner with Laurie Akers
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Composers’ Corner with Cantor Sol Zim
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Composers’ Corner with Cantor Sarah Myerson
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Composers’ Corner with Cantor Meir Finkelstein
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Roderick Giles, of Giles & Grace Gospel Choir Light
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Composers’ Corner with Cantor Gerald Cohen
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Composers’ Corner with Eliana Light
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Composers’ Corner with Dr. Michael Isaacson
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Ellen Allard: “The Queen of Jewish early childhood music”
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Composers’ Corner with Cantor Magda Fishman
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Composers’ Corner with Noah Aronson
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Composers’ Corner with Ramón Tasat
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Composers’ Corner with Zamar Ben
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High Holy Days 5781

The month of Elul begins the journey toward the High Holy Days. Prepare for the spirit of these days with the lineup below of beautiful music videos and songs.

"B'rosh Hashanah" by Adas Israel's Virtual Choir


Untaneh Tokef with Cantor Arianne Brown

P'tach Lanu Shaar 

Hayom T'amtseinu

Sim Shalom


Avinu Malkeinu


Kol Nidre

Wed, March 22 2023 29 Adar 5783