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Sisterhood, affiliated with Women's League for Conservative Judaism, seeks to perpetuate the values of Conservative/Masorti Judaism through quality programs, social action, ritual and spirituality. We provide multiple avenues for women to solidify their Jewish identity in a rapidly changing world.  Most importantly, we are a community---providing mutual support  and bonds of friendship for our members.

We are a Community of Sisterhood, joined by the bonds of friendship.
Please join us!

For more information email Co-Vice Presidents of Membership, June Kress or Ozana Papados.


Special Events

Sisterhood Shabbat February 15-17, 2024 (Parshat Terumah)
“Building a Sanctuary Then and Now”

Joyce Stern, Art by Yoram Raanan

All are welcome as Sisterhood members lead the Weekday Minyan, including the Torah reading, on Thursday, February 15, and the Shabbat evening service on Friday, February 16, and participate in the February 17 Torah and Musaf services.

The Kabbalat Shabbat service in the Biran Beit Midrash will be followed by a festive Mediterranean-style Shabbat dinner. The menu includes pre-dinner vegetable crudité, wine and soft drinks, followed by a seated dinner featuring Lebanese fatoush salad (vegan), chicken with charred lemon and roasted garlic, chickpea tagine (vegan), pearled couscous with figs and dates (vegan), wine, soft drinks, coffee and tea, plus regional desserts. (The cost per person is $36; please register here.)

As in past years, Sisterhood invites the entire Adas community to participate in our Sisterhood Shabbat community service project to benefit the nearby nonprofit NW Community Food (formerly Feed the Family Pantry). This year we will be collecting lip balm and full-size body lotion, bars of soap, and toothpaste. Collection bins will be in the Adas coatroom February 15-24; outside the Beit Midrash February 15 and 16; and outside the Smith Sanctuary entrances on Shabbat morning, February 17.

Focused as it is on gifts from the community for building the Mishkan, our Torah portion, Parshat Terumah, is a beautiful tie-in to this community service project. While the Hebrew word “terumah” usually refers to offerings to God, it can also mean gifts to a human – giving the parsha special resonance with the donations that our congregants will make to the wider DC community.

We are delighted that our very own Joyce Stern – a longtime dedicated and active member of Adas Israel and Sisterhood – will be our featured Sisterhood Shabbat speaker. She will explore her Parshat Terumah-related theme, Building a Sanctuary Then and Now, in what promise to be three stimulating presentations in the Biran Beit Midrash: Furnishing God’s Sanctuary (Thursday, February 15); Angels in the Mishkan (Friday, February 16); and Inviting the Divine Presence into a Structure and into our Hearts (following services and Kiddush Lunch on Saturday, February 17).

Parashat Terumah deals with God’s detailed instructions, following the exodus from Egypt, for building the Mishkan in the wilderness. The verse, “Build me a Sanctuary so that I (God) might dwell among them,” inspired Joyce’s theme; and she observes that the idea of building a house for God has captured the imagination of Jews and others through the ages. In addition to addressing the significance of certain aspects of the original Mishkan, Joyce will describe how, following the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem, generations of Jews faced the challenge of being without that focus of their religious life.

As an avid Torah student throughout her adult life, Joyce has delivered divrei Torah at services conducted by the Adas Israel Havurah, of which she and her husband Michael (z”l) were founding members, and services at the Traditional Egalitarian Minyan, as well as in the Smith Sanctuary. Joyce remains a member of a Torah-focused study group that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and where she and Michael also led study sessions.

During her tenure as a Sisterhood vice president for communications, Joyce created Sisterhood‘s first online newsletter. She also helped launch Sisterhood Shabbat in its current form and now holds an Emerita seat on the Sisterhood board. In 2013, Seaboard Region of National Women’s League for Conservative Judaism recognized Joyce’s efforts with an Eshet Chayil award, and Adas Israel honored her at Simchat Torah.

Take an Art Walk with Sisterhood
Friday March 8 at 10:00am | Click Here To Register

Take an art walk with Sisterhood on Friday, March 8.  We will meet at 10 am near the Friendship Heights Metro (registrants will get the specific location). The walk -- about 50 minutes -- will take us through Chevy Chase to see works by artists Dalya Luttwak and Barton Rubenstein.  To read more about the artists go to and

We will then visit Barton's studio where we will meet the sculptor. Barton will have copies of his recently published book, Powered by Grief: My Adventures as a Scientist, Artist, and Activist, available for sale. Barton Rubenstein's "Moonlight over Sinai" graces the lawn of Adas Israel. There will be an optional lunch on the return walk to the starting point.  More specific details about this event, including exact locations, will be provided to those who register.

For questions or to meet the group at the studio, call Miriam Rosenthal, 301-718-5143, or email Rona Walters,

Ongoing Programs

Scroll down to view the full Calendar of Events for all ongoing programs.

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood

Monthly, 3rd Tuesday at 10:30 am via Zoom

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood is an engaging approach to traditional text study that offers participants the opportunity to study and discuss challenging texts and ideas. Students of all levels and backgrounds are welcome. Participants can find class dates, times, and other relevant information on the Sisterhood Calendar of Events. Please contact Marilyn Cooper with questions and concerns.


Knitting and Sewing Circle

Please check the Sisterhood Calendar of Events or Lesley Frost for details about meetings.

Adas Sisterhood Knitting and Sewing Circle includes knitters of different skill levels. Some are members of Adas Israel, others are friends who love to knit. We supply hats, scarves, and similar items for the Edlavitch DCJCC Knitting for the Homeless project. Our dedicated knitters have completed as many as 130 items for donation in one week! We can supply wool, needles, and patterns and can teach the basics of knitting. We meet to share patterns, showcase our work, and socialize. Join us as we knit up a storm ready to help clothe our neighbors for the winter.   


Sisterhood Cares

To mark simchas and milestones and for condolences, contact Anat Bar-Cohen (


Adas Israel Book Club

Rose Ruth Freudberg Memorial Sisterhood Library

Facilitated by Librarian Robin Jacobson, the Book Club meets periodically (in-person or via Zoom) to host authors and discuss books of Jewish interest. For further information, please contact Robin Jacobson.

If you would like to mark your calendar with the current schedule of book programs or access recordings of past programs please check the Library page.


Book Chat: The Wolf Hunt by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Sunday, March 3, 10:00 am 
Register here for this in-person program in the Adas Library

Click here for Robin's review of "The Wolf Hunt"

Join us for an in-person discussion of The Wolf Hunt by Israeli novelist Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. This psychological thriller about an Israeli family living in California's Silicon Valley raises questions about whether parents can fully know their children, Israeli vs. American culture, racial prejudice and much more.


Torah Fund


As part of Women's League for Conservative Judaism (WLCJ), Adas Israel Sisterhood raises dollars for Torah Fund, which supports five Conservative seminaries across the globe, educating clergy, cantors, scholars, and lay leaders: Jewish Theological Seminary (New York); Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles); Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem); Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires); and Zacharias Frankel College (Potsdam, Germany).

The WLCJ 2023-24 Torah Fund Campaign is called “Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Ba’Zeh”, Hebrew for “All the people of Israel are responsible for one another”.  This year’s Torah Fund Pin highlights the word “Arevut”, responsibility.

By contributing to Torah Fund, we assume that responsibility.  Together, our donations help provide housing, tuition scholarships, and university infrastructure for the next generation of Jewish leaders.

Individual donors to Torah Fund at the Benefactor level ($180) or higher receive the distinctive WLCJ Torah Fund pin in recognition of their gift. 

You can make donations online at the "Donate" button below, or send a check payable to:

"Torah Fund"
c/o Susie Sorrells, Torah Fund Chair
4508 Sunflower Drive
Rockville, MD 20853

PLEASE NOTE:  If you make an on-line donation, please insert Adas Israel and Washington, DC on the lines that ask for the name and location of your affiliate. Otherwise, our Sisterhood will not receive credit for the donation. Also, let Susie Sorrells know that you made an online donation.

Help strengthen Jewish education and ensure the vibrancy of the Jewish people for decades to come with your gift to Torah Fund. Thank you!

Donations may not be charged to your Adas Israel account.

You can also send a greeting with e-cards to support Torah Fund.  Cards can be purchased on the JTS Torah Fund website (click here), and customized for any occasion.  The Torah Fund e-cards benefit the general campaign.  



We are busy restocking our shelves. We've sold most of the jewelry and other items we bought in August at New York Now, and will reorder many and supplement with new ones. Bear with us while stock to see what we need to refill our shelves. And, don't forget, Sisterhood members who paid dues at the Chavera level for 2023-24 are eligible for a one-time discount. So stop by and check us out.

We've seen some major changes in the gift shop. Our intrepid volunteer, Leah Chanin, has decided to retire after many years of service. We will miss her terribly, and we wish her the best for her future endeavors.
Taking over Wednesdays is Miriam Rosenthal, whom many of you will remember as a former Sisterhood president. If you get a chance, stop by on a Wednesday to say hello and welcome her to the shop.

We owe a special debt of gratitude to Donald Saltz, who again bought $36 gift certificates for everyone on the Adas staff and gift shop volunteers. He is a mensch extraordinaire!

Finally, we want to thank our loyal customers who stuck with us while we navigated our new hardware and software. We've worked out most of the kinks and hope to have everything running smoothly as soon as possible.

Hours of Operation Update:

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday: 9:30am - 3:00 pm

If none of these times is convenient for you, please email us at, and we can set up a special appointment.

Please visit our website for special announcements:

Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop
2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Calendar of Events



Special Past Events

2023 Garden of the Righteous Honoree: José Ignacio Burbano, Grandfather of Past Sisterhood President Betty Adler. Click here for more information.

2023-24 Executive Committee

President: Margie Corwin
President-Elect: Elissa Barpal
VP for Communications: Wendy Kates
Treasurer: Ellen Snyder
Co-VP for Education/Programming: Rona Walters
Co-VP for Education/Programming: Patricia Manasevit
Co-VP for Membership: June Kress
Co-VP for Membership: Ozana Papados
Parliamentarian: Marian Fox
Corresponding Secretary: Anat Bar-Cohen
Recording Secretary: Helen Kramer
Immediate Past President: Jill Jacob
Gift Shop Co-Managers: Jean Bernard, Marian Fox, Susan Winberg
Torah Fund Chair: Susie Sorrells

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