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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!


Upcoming Events


Havdalah & Sing for Justice with Musician in Residence: Micah Hendler

10/16, 11/13, 12/4, 1/15, 2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/28 and 6/11 at 7pm ( fall and winter)
Join us In Person or Join us Live Here

Click Here for Micah Hendler - Raise Your Voice, Walk With Me

You’ve enjoyed Micah Hendler’s voice and creativity for 2 years at the helm of the Shamayim Vaaretz band, both in person and with tremendous creativity in our virtual services.  Now we get even more of Micah as our musician in residence. 

Join Adas Israel Musician-in-Residence Micah Hendler for an evening of collective singing and social action. We will begin with a short musical havdalah as we bid farewell to Shabbat, and transition into the work of building a more just world through song. Each month, we will center a different social issue, learning on-theme songs that can feed our souls and galvanize us to action, and connecting with community members who are driving impact in these areas. Our voices, raised in harmony, can help power the change we want to see in our city, in our country, and in our world. 

Micah Hendler (Forbes 30 Under 30 for Music 2017) is a musical changemaker working to help all of us tap into the power of our own voices. Micah is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Jerusalem Youth Chorus, an Israeli-Palestinian music and dialogue project featured for its musical innovation and integrity of purpose and process from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to the New York Times. Micah is also a Founding Partner of Raise Your Voice Labs, a creative culture change company helping groups of all kinds find their musical North Stars. Micah studied Community Singing with Ysaye Barnwell (formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock) and CircleSinging with GRAMMY-winning composer Roger Treece, and uses these two powerful techniques to create a space where all voices—regardless of musical training or experience—can be celebrated.

Havdalah & Sing for Justice is organized in partnership with the Adas Israel Social Action & Musical Moments Committees and Justice Choir DC.



Kolot: The Young Voices of Adas Israel

10/22, 1/28, 2/25, 3/25, 4/29

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 meets on the Fridays of our Lechu Neranena Family Service at 5pm, and will then sing as part of the 6pm service.



Jewish Music a Journey Through Time

Chevy Chase United Methodist Church
7001 Connecticut Ave Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Sunday, October 24 at 4pm

You are invited to join our neighbors at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church in their exploration of faith through music.  Program presented by Cantor Arianne Brown.

Join us for an exploration of Jewish music, ranging from liturgical works to Yiddish theater, folk melodies, and contemporary compositions. This free concert is presented as part of the Soundings Series, and is open to the public.



Composers’ Corner with Hazzan Joanna Dulkin

October 27 at 12pm
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Hazzan Joanna Dulkin is committed to innovative musical and spiritual leadership that inspires Jewish living and engagement at all ages and stages. She currently serves as a member of the clergy team at Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka, MN. Originally from Palo Alto, CA, Hazzan Dulkin is an honors graduate of Stanford University, where she studied English, sang a cappella, and led community High Holiday services at Hillel. After working for several years as an independent Jewish music educator and performer, Hazzan Dulkin entered the Jewish Theological Seminary’s H.L. Miller Cantorial School and earned her Masters of Sacred Music and Investiture in 2004, receiving the Hazzan David J. Leon Prize for a graduate demonstrating promise in the cantorial field.  She was the founding Music Director at Camp Ramah Darom, and is an award-winning composer and published writer. She served on the editorial committee for Siddur Lev Shalem, is an officer of the Cantors Assembly, and was recently certified to teach yoga. She is married to Rabbi Dr. Ryan Dulkin and they are the proud parents of Zac and Jesse.  



Composers’ Corner with Ramón Tasat

January 26 at 12pm
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Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ramón trained in five countries and received a Doctorate degree in Voice Performance.  Ramón Tasat is the Cantor of Shirat HaNefesh, (Montgomery County, MD).  He is also the musical Director of Kolot HaLev, a Jewish Community choir in the Greater Washington area and former president of Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music.

Ramón has toured Europe with world-renowned Dr. Robert Shaw, and participated in international festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. 

In addition to television and radio appearances, Ramón has been the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment of the Arts Grant.



Save The Date! Divas on the Bima
Sponsored by the Richard L. Kramer Family Concert Series

Sunday, February 27th @ 4pm

Sponsored by the Richard L. Kramer Family Concert Series Our Kramer Family Concert will be back on Sunday afternoon February 27th @ 4pm with the renowned Divas on the Bima!


Archived Videos

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

We join Zach in celebrating the release of his new album Zamru, recorded entirely during quarantine in Zach's own living room (and coat closet) in Boston, Massachusetts. This album is a full rendering of his inner musical mind, as each note on every instrument was played by him alone, including soprano and baritone saxophones, piano, kanjira drum, harmonium, keyboard and vocal harmonies.

Zach composed each of Zamru’s melodies in the morning, during his daily outdoor meditation practice in the park by his home. He felt a unique connective spark while channeling these songs into their current form, and can feel that same spark again whenever he sings them. May you too, feel the joyous spark of calm delight that is embedded in each of these melodies.



Composers' Corner with Rabbi Yosef Goldman

Join Cantor Arianne Brown for a conversation with Rabbi Yosef Goldman. Rabbi Goldman is a prayer leader, a musician and composer, and a teacher of singing as an embodied spiritual practice. whose original Jewish music is sung in synagogues, schools, and camps across the country. As a sought-after vocalist, Yosef performs and records with a wide range of Jewish artists- he is a longtime featured vocalist with Joey Weisenberg in the Hadar Ensemble and a founding member of the Middle Eastern Jewish music ensemble the Epichorus. This summer, Yosef and his wife, Rabbi Annie Lewis, will join Shaare Torah Congregation in Gaithersburg, MD to serve as co-Senior Rabbis. 



Composers' Corner with Laurie Akers

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Composer's 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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Composers' Corner with 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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Composers' Corner with 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 - Energetic Contemporary Composer of hits such as “Am I Awake”

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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

Musical Shabbat Services


Shamayim Va’Aretz — The Space Between 
Soulful, Open Hearted, & Energy-filled Friday night services

Presented by the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington

With Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Rabbi Aaron Alexander & Band; Join us for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, ecstatic excursion into prayer & song. Followed by a festive Shabbat dinner feast:

DATES & REGISTRATION 2019-2020 (click a date to register):
Sep 13 | Nov 8 | Dec 13 | Feb 7 | Mar 13 | May 8 | Jun 12



L'Dor VaDor Shabbat

Come together as a multi-generational community as students join our rabbis and cantor in leading services. Our clergy team and students create an inclusive and joyful atmosphere engaging children and offering adults an uplifting and traditional experience of t’filah (Jewish prayer). 


Musical Moments @ Adas Israel

Get Involved!


DC Klezmer Workshop

2-4pm in the Gewirz Beit Am

September 15, October 27, November 17, December 15, January 26, February 23, March 15, April 26, May 17, June 21,

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.




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!


Tue, October 26 2021 20 Cheshvan 5782