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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


Divas on the Bima
Sponsored by the Richard L. Kramer Family Concert Series
Joined by Cantor Arianne Brown and the Washington Men's Camerata

Sunday, February 27th @ 4pm | Click Here to Register!

The Richard L. Kramer Family Concert Series is back in 2022!

Join us for an afternoon of song featuring acclaimed cantorial ensemble, Divas on the Bima.

Divas on the Bima are four of the top Cantors in the Conservative movement.  The artists, Jen Cohen, Magda Fishman, Alisa Pomerantz-Boro and Elizabeth Shammash, represent current and future leadership in the cantorate and in the Cantors Assembly. Their musical program has a wide variety of styles, guaranteeing something for every taste. In addition to traditional Jewish music, the Divas perform in various combinations, singing Israeli, Broadway and pop numbers. 

The Divas will be joined by Adas Israel’s very own Cantor Arianne Brown, and DC’s premiere Choral group, the Washington Men's Camerata. The performance will be followed by a reception with goody bags and a chance to connect with the artists. 



Havdalah & Sing for Justice: A Virtual Musical Dialogue with Roderick Giles


Due to the COVID situation, we have decided to move this weekend's Havdalah and Sing for Justice to a livestream only - our musician in residence Micah Hendler will engage in a virtual musical dialogue with guest artist Roderick Giles inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reflecting on the power of music in bringing about racial justice and social change. Join us on Facebook Live at 8:00pm on Saturday evening to hear these powerful songs and stories.



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

January 15 at 7pm, Join In-Person or Click to Join the Zoom
2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/28 and 6/11 at 7pm ( fall and winter)

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. 

Click here to read more about Micah Hendler

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



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.



Composers’ Corner with Zamar Ben

March 30 at 12pm
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Ben Pagliaro grew up at Jewish Summer camp singing songs like Debbie Friedman's "Miriam's Song" and Jeff Klepper's "Shalom Rav". He believes in the power of music to transmit emotions, to get us from one feeling to another. With his Hamilton-style raps, bouncy upbeat attitude, and catchy melodies, you won’t want to miss hearing songs from his upcoming album, “Ashrei: Songs of Joy and Happiness.”


Musical Moments @ Adas Israel

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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.



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!




DC Klezmer Workshop

2-4pm in the Gewirz Beit Am

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

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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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

Thu, January 27 2022 25 Shevat 5782