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The Soul is invested in a body. Pray with us & find yours…

Inspired Religious services are at the heart of Adas life and are designed to be entirely participatory and personal, using ancient liturgy and soulful music as an essential, but also dynamic framework. Whether it's our meaningful daily minyanim or our wide variety of Shabbat and holiday experiences, there is an inspirational moment waiting for you at Adas. As an essential value of our community, women and men, children and adults, those who have recited the prayers thousands of times and those who have never even heard them, are all encouraged to take part equally. Find yours. Click Here to view a schedule of this week's Shabbat & Daily Minyan times!

SHABBAT - Ecstatic Friday Evenings

We’re very excited about our Friday night lineup! Each of our various services has a name, a focus, and a ruach (spirit) all its own:

Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Fridays @ 6pm

The tone of this service is traditional, passionate, joyful, and spiritual. We will join together in rousing traditional melodies, along with moments of depth and quiet contemplation. Our rabbis and other community members will share short divrei Torah (words of Torah), and we’ll get you out of the service feeling renewed and in time to enjoy a wonderful Shabbat evening and meal at home.

Return Again to Shabbat, spirited musical services

Second Fridays @ 6:30pm

With Rabbis Holtzblatt, Alexander & the Return Again Band. Normally the 2nd Friday of the Month. The Shabbat experience you cannot miss!… In the style of our innovative outdoor Kol Nidre Service. Join us for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, personal excursion into prayer & song. Followed by a festive Israeli tapas-style feast. Visit Musical Moments for dates & registration!  


L'Dor VaDor Services & Dinner, for families with children

4th Fridays @ 6pm

Children and young people will play prominent roles in this multi-generation service, getting up in front of the congregation and helping lead prayers. Rabbis and clergy will conduct services, teach, and create an inclusive and joyful atmosphere engaging children and offering adults an uplifting and traditional experience of t’filah (Jewish prayer). Visit Musical Moments for dates & registration!

YP Shir Delight – Happy Hour, Services, & Dinner – for Young Professionals (ages 21-35)

1st Fridays @ 6:30pm

Averaging 300 DC YPs per service, this legendary Shabbat gathering begins at 6:30 with a happy hour oneg, followed by a lay-led Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv service and catered Shabbat dinner. Our rabbis will also drop in to the service to share a brief d’var Torah with the group. Visit our YP@AI page to register.

Traditional Lay Led Shabbat Service 

Friday, November 16 @ 6:30pm Register Here

Bring in Shabbat with a spirit-filled, traditional Friday night davening, with beautiful melodies and energy like you might find in the summertime at Camp Ramah. Kabablat Shabbat and Maariv are followed by a delicious, register-in-advance Shabbat dinner, beginning with Shalom Aleichem and ending with zemirot and benching. Singles, families, teens and empty nesters are all welcome. Come lend your voices and welcome Shabbat with us.


Families with Young Children Service and Dinner

3rd Fridays @ 5:30pm

This monthly Shabbat service for our families with young children (typically ages 0-5) generally meets on the third Friday of the month at 5:30 pm. We join in a service led by members of our clergy followed by an informal, family-style Shabbat dinner. With questions or for RSVP information about the Families with Young Children Shabbat Dinner, e-mail


SHABBAT - Soulful Saturday Mornings

We continue to offer a variety of Shabbat morning services. Torah, song, and community for everyone is available in whatever setting, style, and speed is most comfortable for you:

Saturday Morning Shabbat Service

Saturdays @ 9:30am

Shabbat morning services in the Renewed Charles E. Smith Sanctuary, the synagogue's largest worship space, are led by our inspiring Rabbi and Cantor. The service includes a D'var Torah and sermon by the Rabbi and often includes participation by members and B'nai Mitzvah. Read a copy of our new transliteration booklet for the Smith Sanctuary Service.

Traditional Egalitarian Minyan

Saturdays @ 9:30am

This lay-led service meets every Shabbat. Members of the minyan lead the davening, read Torah, and deliver a short d'var Torah. The service is traditional in content and egalitarian in implementation with a full Torah reading. We welcome visitors and other "first timers". Visit our page, or email us at

Havurah Shabbat Service

1st, 3rd, & 5th Shabbat @ 9:45am

Rotating volunteers lead services, read Torah and conduct an in-depth discussion of the weekly Torah portion. All are welcome, including children, who are included in age-appropriate roles in the Torah service. A Kiddush follows the service. For additional information and to participate, email

Youth Services on Shabbat Morning

We have a great lineup of services for the young ones: Click Here to Explore!

Tot Shabbat, Netivot, Jr. Congregation, Shabbat Unplugged, L'Dor VaDor, Young Families Shabbat, and more!

Shabbat Mincha (Saturday Afternoon Services)

Join us for a Saturday afternoon of prayer, Torah, and learning. Shabbat Mincha times vary throughout the year, check our homepage for the current start time.


Daily Minyan

Community & Prayer @ Adas – 7 days a week! A traditional daily service held in the Kogod Chapel of our new Biran Beit Midrash, led by a member of the clergy or community, along with congregation members.

Morning Minyan: Monday – Friday at 7:30 am. Sundays and *legal holidays at 9:00 am (*except Columbus & Veteran's Day)
Evening Minyan: Sunday – Thursday at 6:00 pm

In the Event of Federal Snow Closures, Morning Minyan begins at 9am. Check Federal Status HERE

Twice daily, we have the opportunity to strengthen our community by participating and sharing in the responsibility of making a minyan. By attending the Daily Minyan, we share in a ritual that has endured for centuries and will endure for time to come. At Adas Israel’s daily morning and evening minyan services, we reach out to grieving congregants, welcome visitors, and strengthen old friendships.

Daily Minyan, A Portal to Warm, Harmonious Judaism
by Arnold Podgorsky, synagogue past president

Thu, December 13 2018 5 Tevet 5779