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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!


Musical Moments @ Adas Israel

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Torah Trope Class with the Cantors
Are you inspired by listening to Torah reading?

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Wednesdays November 1, 8, 15, and 29th, 6:30-7:30pm in the Biran Beit Midrash

In 4 classes, taught by Cantor Arianne Brown and Hazzan Rachel Goldsmith, you’ll learn all of the Torah trope (cantillation) patterns!  You will gain fluency in applying trope patterns to Torah text, and you will receive and start to prepare your own Torah reading for an upcoming date.

This course is meant for adults who are able to read Hebrew, and are interested in reading Torah in the future. Taught by Cantor Arianne Brown and Hazzan Rachel Goldsmith



Kolot: The Young Voices of Adas Israel

Sundays, 11:45am-12:30pm: 1/7, 2/4, 3/3, 4/14, 5/5 (2024) 

Kolot will meet on select Sundays from 11:45am-12:30pm, and will sing at Friday Night Lechu Neranena on March 15th, and in concert on Sunday, June 2nd. To register, please email with your singer’s name and grade. Snacks included! 



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!




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.



DC Klezmer Workshop

Workshop dates (2023-2024 Season): Oct. 22, Nov. 12, Dec 17 (dance party), Jan. 21, Feb. 11, March 17, April 14, May 12, June 9 (dance party).

The DC Klezmer Workshop is an open community orchestra dedicated to learning the traditional and modern tunes and techniques of Yiddish instrumental music, and then playing for fun and occasional dances. Monthly workshops (2-4:00 PM in the Gewirz Beit Am) often feature some of the best international performers and teachers.
Other special workshops and practice sessions as announced. Contact to join email list for latest information.


Upcoming Events


Crowdsource Composition Workshop Premiere with guest Sam Glaser!

Generously sponsored by the The M.B. Lewis Charitable Foundation, in loving memory of Bessie C. and Phillip S. Lewis.

Friday night, December 15:

Lechu Neranena Community Service with Shabbat dinner and Zemirot Fest with Sam Glaser, Click Here To Register For Dinner

Saturday, December 16:
Shabbat morning will feature a brand new composition of Mizmor L’David – Psalm 29 for Torah service. This composition is by Sam Glaser, with the creative input of our own congregants in the Crowdsource Composition Workshop.

Named one of the top ten Jewish artists in the US by Moment magazine, Sam Glaser is equally comfortable behind a keyboard in intimate solo concerts, leading his top-notch band or headlining with full orchestra. While he typically performs in synagogues and Jewish Community Centers, he has appeared at such venues as L.A.'s Greek Theater, Center and Dodger Stadium as well as on Broadway and at the White House.



Shabbat Shirah – Jewish Music for the Global Village with Musician in Residence Hazzan Dr. Ramon Tasat

Join Hazzan Tasat throughout this Shabbat of Song in a musical exploration of the melodies and prayer customs of communities around the world

Friday night, January 26:
Kabbalat Shabbat with davening and D’var Tefillah by Hazzan Tasat
Shabbat dinner including Zemirot, Click Here To Register For Dinner

Shabbat morning January 27: 
9:30am: Shabbat Morning service with Hazzan Tasat’s participation
1:30pm-2:15pm: MiYagon le Simha: Experiencing Tehillim with Hazzan Dr. Ramon Tasat (no instruments at this program)
6:30pm-8pm: "Bein Kodesh le Hol - A Road to Paradise" Havdallah and Concert, in Gewirz Beit Am, Click Here To Register



Shabbat A Cappella with Rak Shalom from UMD

Shabbat, April 5-6
Friday Night Dinner, April 5 at 6:30pm | Sign Up For Dinner Here

On Friday night April 5, Rak Shalom will participate in Kabbalat Shabbat led by TEM, and will perform during dinner. On Shabbat morning, April 6, Rak Shalom will participate in the Shabbat morning service in the Smith Sanctuary and will delight us with an informal post-Kiddush concert.



Save The Date: The Musical Legacy of Meir Finkelstein

Sunday, June 2 at 4:30pm

Featuring Meir singing and narrating his own compositions, joined by Hazzanim Faith Steinsnyder, Marcus Feldman and Arianne Brown, accompanied by celebrated musician Aryell Cohen.


Archived Videos


Sim Shalom Premiere

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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
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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

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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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Composers’ Corner with Cantor Elana Rozenfeld
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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

Mon, December 11 2023 28 Kislev 5784