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2020-21 Executive Committee

President: Jill Jacob
Co-VP for Communications: Debby Joseph
Co-VP for Communications: Ronnie Kweller
Treasurer: Ellen Snyder
VP for Education/Programming: Rona Walters
VP for Membership: June Kress
Parliamentarian: Marian Fox
Corresponding Secretary: Leah Hadad
Recording Secretary: Helen Kramer
Gift Shop Co-Managers: Jean Bernard, Marian Fox, Susan Winberg
Torah Fund Chair: Rona Walters
Torah Fund Co-Chair: Cheryl Wasserman

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A Community of Sisterhood, the Bonds of Friendship:

The Adas Israel Congregation is a 2020 recipient of the Women's League for Conservative Judaism's Jewels in the Crown Award, presented to sisterhoods that have demonstrated excellence in education, cultural programming, and social action and exhibit a strong Women’s League identity.

Sisterhood operates the Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop.  As part of the Women's League for Conservative Judaism, Sisterhood raises dollars for Torah Fund, which supports five Conservative/Masorti seminaries across the globe. Sisterhood gifts each Adas b'nai mitzvah celebrant with a kiddush cup to use in their Shabbat observance. Your Sisterhood is here to help when you are in need, comfort you in a time of loss, celebrate simchas, or just be a listening ear.


Sisterhood will continue to offer quality events and programming focused on accomplished women and their career paths, arts and culture, Jewish life, women's health, social get-togethers, Weekday Torah with Sisterhood, culinary arts, social action/tzedakah issues and opportunities, and more.

OCTOBER - Opening Event: Women's Paths to the Pulpit – What inspires women to become rabbis and cantors? What is involved in becoming a rabbi or cantor? We ask the female clergy of Adas Israel in a moderated panel discussion.

NOVEMBER - Sunday Salon Featuring Judy Heumann – Sisterhood member Judy Heumann served two U.S. presidents and is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. Her book, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, was released in early 2020. She shares her story.

DECEMBER - Scholar, author, & American University Professor Pamela Nadell, Director of Jewish Studies – Dr. Pamela Nadell returns to speak with Sisterhood about her latest book, America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today.

SPRING - Closing Event: A very special event with documentarian extraordinaire Aviva Kempner, producer of such wonderful films as "Rosenwald" and "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg."

MORE, MORE, MORE - Weekday Torah with Sisterhood, "Get Happy" Hours, Coffee Klatches, Sewing, Knitting and Craft group, Taking Mental Health Breaks, and International Culinary Demonstration.

We are a Community of Sisterhood, the Bonds of Friendship. Join us!

For more information email VP of Membership, June Kress.


Special Event


December 2 at 7 pm on Zoom
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Abi Weber, a fifth-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, will be our “Get Happy” Hour guest on December 2 at 7 pm. She completed a chaplaincy internship at Penn Medicine Princeton Health in Princeton, N.J., [RK1] where she worked in the Critical Care Unit, in addition to leading outpatient recovery groups focused on spirituality. Recently, she completed the Marshall T. Meyer Fellowship at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in New York City and currently serves as a Slifka-Nadich Campus Fellow for Princeton University's Center for Jewish Life. 

Abi will share with us Torah Fund’s direct impact on her while at the Seminary.

In addition, we will, of course, socialize and catch up! 


November 5 Virtual Program Recording Available
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Click Here to Watch Passcode: *HaiLx43 

Sisterhood members recently had the pleasure of hearing about the impressive and important work of the 70-year-old Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, presented by Gabrielle Sherb, Vice President of Development, and Vanessa Gonzalez, Executive Vice President of Field and Member services. Some of the more than two dozen attendees asked thoughtful questions after the formal presentation, which included a number of the organization’s videos. We are proud to note that Gabrielle is a Sisterhood member and a new member of our Board of Directors.

With a mission to “build an America as good as its ideals,” the Leadership Conference is a coalition working to promote and protect the civil and human rights of everyone in the United States. Some of its very timely and relevant work, especially this year, has focused on the 2020 census and voting and immigration rights.

Among the coalition’s more than 200 national member organizations are prominent Jewish groups, including Bend the Arc, The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and The National Council of Jewish Women.

As the Leadership Conference looks to the future, it is focusing on bringing more organizations together as it seeks to grow a coalition in power to “promote and protect civil and human rights” of all Americans.


October 18 Virtual Sisterhood Opening Event Recording Available

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Women's Paths to the Pulpit

Sisterhood’s Opening Event for the 2020-21 program year was a great success, drawing more than 80 viewers to the October 18 webinar. Titled” Women’s Paths to the Pulpit,” it featured three of Adas Israel’s accomplished and gifted women clergy, who engaged in a stimulating conversation moderated by Adas Israel member Rabbi Gilah Langner, who is rabbi at congregations Shirat HeNefesh and Kol Ami.

Cantor Arianne Brown, Hazzan and Ritual Director Rachel Goldsmith, and Rabbi Sarah Krinsky – all of whom were ordained at the Conservative Movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary in New York – shared the formative experiences that shaped their career choices against the background of the changing status of women in the Conservative Movement and shared what it’s like to be part of the Adas Israel’s robust clergy team.


Ongoing Programs

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood

Monthly, at 10am, on Zoom
Thursday, November 19: Rabbi Krinsky will be teaching
Tuesday, December 22

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. Please contact Marilyn Cooper ( with questions, or or join the Zoom Torah study class here.



Knit, Sew and Craft Group

Monthly, 1st Wednesday at 7:30 pm, on Zoom
Next Up: December 2, January 5

Please email Lesley Frost at if you would like to be receive meeting notices and the Zoom link.

In addition to the monthly Zoom meetings, members are continuing to work at home on Comfort Shawls and caps for members of the Adas Israel family who are dealing with cancer and other health issues. Please contact Rita Segerman (; 301-654-2304) regarding suggested yarns, patterns, and needle sizes.

For any other information, please contact Lesley (; 201-787-7941).

In photo: Anat Bar-Cohen, Arlette Jassel, and Lesley Frost working on the new High Holiday Torah mantles.


Save the Dates: Members-only Sunday Salons

November 22, 2020 Sisterhood Salon at 11 am with Judith Heumann
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Judith (Judy) Heumann, formerly the Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the US Department of State from 2010-2017, is now building an online presence under The Heumann Perspective through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. This new project is intended to broaden and spur discussions on the intersectionality of disability rights.

For more than 40 years, Judy has been involved on the international front working with disabled people’s organizations and governments around the world to advance the human rights of disabled people. She is a frequent lecturer at universities and conferences and recently did a TEDx talk in the US.

Judy was among the ensemble cast which starred in Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.  The documentary film focuses on those campers who turned themselves into activists for the disability rights movement and follows their fight for accessibility legislation.  Her new book, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, was released in February 2020.  Come hear her story.  

Zoom link will be on confirmation.  *Sisterhood members-only event.

Save the Date: ARLETTE JASSEL - Sunday, December 20, at 11 am


Sisterhood Cares

To mark simchas and milestones and for condolences, contact Leah Hadad (


Adas Israel Book Club

Rose Ruth Freudberg Memorial Sisterhood Library

Led by Adas Israel Librarian Robin Jacobson, the Adas Israel Book Club meets periodically to discuss a book of Jewish interest. For further information, please contact Robin Jacobson (

Upcoming Online Book Programs

Book Chat: The Convert by Stefan Hertmans
Sunday, December 6, 11 am | Register Here 

Meet Author Jonathan Kaufman (The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties that Helped Create Modern China) 
Sunday, January 10, 11 am | Register here

If you would like to mark your calendar with this year’s full schedule of online book programs, please check the Rose Ruth Freudberg Memorial Sisterhood Library page.


Hanukkah 2020 Sales

Please join us in an online experiment. For the first time, the Ruth & Simon Albert Adas Israel Sisterhood Gift and Judaica Shop is offering online sales for your Hanukkah needs. We are offering menorahs, dreidels and candles galore, and a limited selection of nut-free gelt (milk and pareve).  For further information, we invite you to visit the Gift Shop web page.


Torah Fund


Torah Fund 2020-21 Campaign Begins, Following Successful 2019-20

As part of the Women's League for Conservative Judaism, we raise dollars for Torah Fund which supports five Conservative seminaries across the globe, educating clergy and lay leaders. Your donation helps provide housing, tuition scholarships, and university infrastructure for the next generation of Jewish leaders.

Torah Fund strengthens Jewish education by supporting scholarships and programming at five Conservative/Masorti institutes of higher Jewish learning:

  • Jewish Theological Seminary (New York)
  • Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles)
  • Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem)
  • Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires)
  • Zacharias Frankel College (Potsdam, Germany)

Women’s League and Torah Fund are proud to support the education of the future rabbis, cantors, educators, and scholars who will serve as the gifted leaders and innovators of the Conservative Movement. Torah Fund has raised more than $105 million since its inception as a grassroots fund-raising campaign.

Individual donors to Torah Fund at the Benefactor level or higher receive the distinctive Torah Fund pin in recognition of their gift. The new pin for the 2020-21 program year says “B’Yachad,” the Hebrew word for “together.”

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

"Torah Fund"
c/o Rona Walters, Torah Fund Chair
5117 Linnean Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Donations may not be charged to your Adas Israel account.


Special Events

June 3 Virtual Author Event Recording Available

Click Here to Watch (Password: 2a.Tp26?)

On Wednesday, June 3, longtime Sisterhood and Adas Israel member and Holocaust survivor Esther Safran Foer shared excerpts from her new memoir, I Want You to Know We’re Still Here. At least 55 participants joined the lively and engaging program. For those who missed the live event, here is a link to the recording.

For 10 years, Esther was Executive Director and CEO of the Sixth & I historic synagogue, where she led the creation of what the national media called “a new paradigm for Jewish life.” In 2008, Esther was recognized as one of the country’s “Forward’s 50” Jewish leaders. Esther spent most of her professional life in public relations, running her own firm representing Fortune 500 companies. She is the daughter of Holocaust survivors and one herself, the wife of Bert Foer (an attorney and public interest advocate), the mother of three sons (bestselling authors Frank, Jonathan, and Joshua Foer), and the grandmother of six.

For book clubs interested in reading and discussing Esther’s book, here is a link to the reader’s guide.


Sisterhood Calendar


The Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop

While the Adas Israel building is closed, the Gift Shop is taking special orders by email for contactless pickup. The Gift Shop offers a variety of Judaica and other choices for homes and gift-giving, including decorative and ritual objects; presents for weddings, b’nai mitzvah, and other special occasions; toys and books for children; and jewelry. Every purchase at the Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop benefits Adas Israel Congregation.

For more information, please contact Co-Manager Jean Bernard ( | 202.364.2888

Mon, November 23 2020 7 Kislev 5781