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We are Sisterhood. Fresh and seasoned. Partnered and flying solo. A link in the chain. Networking, nurturing, learning, sustaining.

Please join us in our mission to perpetuate and transmit the ethics and values of Conservative / Masorti Judaism through education, social action, ritual and spirituality. We strive to foster a sense of communal responsibility and sisterhood, and to reinforce the bonds of our members with our synagogue, Israel, and Jews worldwide.

Welcome to Sisterhood!

We look forward to your participation, friendship and ideas.

Sisterhood President,
Miriam Rosenthal


President's Appreciation - June 2018

What a year we’ve had! I have gotten many compliments on Sisterhood, and the credit all goes to you.
By Miriam Rosenthal, Sisterhood President

Our co-VPs of Programming—Susan Winberg and Jodi Ochstein—have done a fantastic job. Susan is the calm, quiet voice of reason who makes all our events look effortless and elegant.

Jodi created our Facebook page and Google calendar, championed our social engagement, and introduced partnering with other Jewish organizations. Our Judy Chicago Women in the Arts Museum visit, I Support the Girls bra and feminine hygiene collection from Hanukkah to MLK Day, Sisterhood 2.0—a career discussion group following Adas’ evening minyan, which also recently featured a reinvention session with Susan Barocas, and the sexual harassment panel expertly moderated by Marilyn Cooper—were all her initiatives.

And to advertise these and more were our intrepid communications group—Nechama Masliansky who doubles as our photographer and Rhoda Ritzenberg. Their Adas communications staff counterparts were Brenah Srour, Marcia Miller, and Rich Webster. They were so inundated with programming that we implemented a weekly schedule review. Helen Kramer, our crack reporter, contributed wonderful articles on the opening event with Joan Nathan and the Woman and Her Genome program. The brainchild behind A Woman and Her Genome: What Every Jewish Woman Should Know About Her Genetic Make-up was April Rubin.

June Kress did a bang up job as membership chair. Thanks to her and the efforts of her membership committee—Dena Bauman, Marcy Feuerstein, Barbara Friedell, Jill Jacob, Myra Promisel, Joyce Stern, Nancy Weiss, and Susan Winberg—we now boast over 200 members. She coordinated our Sisterhood brunch/tea/sushi events which welcomed Sisterhood members into each others homes—Alisa Abrams, Sarah Brooks, Dava Berkman, Carmel Chiswick, Marcy Feuerstein, Marian Fox, Pamela Sislen, Elizabeth Sloan, and Rona Walters hosted. June also started Sisterhood Works from Home.

Others taking on new initiatives included Lesley Frost—Sisterhood Knits, Sews, and Crafts Circle. The group is knitting for the needy and newborns—Rita Segerman and Lea Stern are leading with their needles and Arlette Jassell is the designer of our Torah mantles for the Havurah. Rona Walters and Merrill Goldsmith encouraged us to Take a Walk! which morphed into March for Our Lives by Susan Winberg and Jodi Ochstein. And then there were the stalwarts—Weekday Torah with Sisterhood that Marilyn Cooper arranges the teachers, monthly book chat with librarian Robin Jacobson, and weekly mah jongg organized by Barbara Friedell.

When we weren’t sewing, learning, or illuminating rare books at the Kiev collection with Shelly Buring, we were making jewelry for Hanukkah with Barbara Friedell, prepping for the seder with Debby Joseph, caravanning with Julie Weisman and Calanit Kedem over to Ohev Shalom to make matzah, making schlissel challah with Leah Hadad, going to see RBG with Sisterhood Goes to the Movies and Elinor Tattar. Or perhaps we were shopping at the Sisterhood Gift Shop co-managed by Jean Bernard, Diane Keller, and Susan Winberg.

Dava Berkman, our treasurer took care of our books, making sure folks got paid and reimbursed in a timely manner, and she oversaw our switch to direct credit card payments. Alisa Abrams served as our Torah Fund chair, which supports the Conservative movement’s seminary students.

Jill Jacob headed up Sisterhood Cares, writing simcha and condolence cards. She, along with June Kress, put together and analyzed our Sisterhood Survey. She is also my successor who will raise Sisterhood to the next level. Pamela Sislen and Anat Bar-Cohen championed our Shabbat bereavement bag distribution.

Dena Bauman chaired our nominating committee, presented by another capable member at today’s meeting, Joyce Stern. Rounding out the nominating committee were Anat Bar-Cohen, Rabbi Batya Glazer, Jodi Ochstein, and Elizabeth Sloan.

Marcy Spiro is our new Adas Israel-Sisterhood liaison. She and David Polonsky, Melissa Adler, Courtney Tisch, Gail Mattison, Rita Nichols, Cantor Brown, Hazzan Goldsmith, and the rabbinic and custodial staffs helped us with Sisterhood Shabbat and other programs at Adas. Helen Kramer was our Sisterhood Shabbat Chair as well as our parliamentarian. Sisterhood Shabbat is underwritten by Donald Saltz. Lucy Hassell and Carol Ansell are coordinating a thank you lunch for “Donald Saltz, the man, an honorary member of the Adas Sisters clan.” Sabrina Sojourner, Marilyn Kincaid, Leah Hadad, Barbara Gelman, and Marcy Feuerstein, along with our Mozelle Saltz z”l Sisterhood Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Pamela Nadell, were instrumental in making Sisterhood Shabbat a success.

Jotting all this down has been our recording secretary, Joyce Stern.

Thank you for being a member of Sisterhood. We build community.

Ongoing Activities

Sisterhood Cares
Marking simchas and milestones; comforting those suffering illness or loss.,,

Thursday Night Minyan, 6 pm, in the Biran Beit Midrash
Help Sisterhood to make a minyan so mourners can say Kaddish at Adas.

Torah Fund
Preserving, promoting, and perpetuating Conservative / Masorti Judaism.

Upcoming Programs and Events 
[events held at Adas Israel unless otherwise noted]

Sisterhood Knits, Sews, Crafts Register Here
Wednesdays, June 19, 7:30-9pm, Youth Lounge.

The project to make two new Torah mantles for the Havurah is well under way. We meet on the third Wednesday evening of the month at Adas, at 7:30 pm in the Youth Lounge, and everyone is welcome to join us or contact Lesley Frost for more information.

Sisterhood Works from Home Register Here
Contact June Kress at, off-site, RSVP required.

Work from home?  “Sisterhood Works from Home” is here to support, advise and make you feel more connected.  Jan. 16, Feb. 14. No need to be a Sisterhood or Adas Israel member… all are welcome. Contact June Kress at, off-site, RSVP required.

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood
Text-based discussions led by a rotation of rabbis and scholars, starting Sept. 12, 2017, at 10:00 am, and continuing once a month on Tuesdays through June 12, 2018, in the Funger Hall.

Next dates: Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 8, June 12

Sisterhood in your Neighborhood Brunches
Back by popular demand! Volunteer to host and plan to attend.

Mah Jongg Register Here
Thursdays at 1:00 pm.

Adas Israel Book Club
Save the dates: Sundays, March 11, April 29. Book selections to be announced.

Book Chat on Judas by Amos Oz
Sunday Jan 28, at 10 am
Join the discussion of this short but powerful novel of ideas – patriotism, loyalty, and treason – by a celebrated Israeli author. 

In partnership with the Library Committee.

Take a Walk! Register Here
Monday, January 8 at 6:00pm, Foggy Bottom Metro 
Bring your friends (men welcome!), stories, and sense of adventure and explore the Foggy Bottom neighborhood on foot. Meet at the Foggy Bottom Metro at the base of the outdoor escalators. Contact Merrill Goldsmith,, 301-493-5654, if you have questions. Cancelled if inclement weather. Take a Walk! meets on the second Monday of the month and explores various neighborhoods on foot followed by dinner. Another site is scheduled for Feb. 12; check Calendar.

Sisterhood 2.0 Register Here
Alternate Thursdays, check Google Calendar above for dates, 6:45pm,Sababa restaurant in Cleveland Park

Re-Focus. Re-Assess. Re-Engage: Negotiate your salary, start your own business, re-start your career, change directions mid-career.  Join us every other Thursday for drinks, discussion and brainstorming. Contact Jodi Ochstein with questions. Note: If you can come to Adas at 6 pm and help make a minyan, it would be appreciated.

Adas Israel supports the Women's League for Conservative Judaism Torah Fund Campaign

Click here for information on the Torah Fund campaign
or to make your pledge today.
Click here to view or purchase beautiful Torah Fund life cycle
and greeting cards all year round.




List of Officers and Directors 2018-2019

Executive Committee/Officers

The following members are nominated for the 2018-2020 term:

President: Jill Jacob
VP for Communications: Debby Joseph
Treasurer: Elinor Tattar
Co-VP for Education/Programming: Susan Winberg
VP for Membership: June Kress

The following members continue in office completing their 2017-2019 terms:

Co-VP for Education/Programming: Jodi Ochstein
Parliamentarian: Helen Kramer

The following members are nominated to complete unexpired 2017-2019 terms:

Corresponding Secretary: Leah Hadad for the one-year unexpired term of Jill Jacob
Recording Secretary: Not yet filled

Also Officers are Gift Shop Co-Managers: Jean Bernard, Diane Keller, and Susan Winberg

Immediate Past President: Miriam Rosenthal

Former Sisterhood President Betty Adler will serve as the 2018-2019 Torah Fund Chair

General Board

The following members are nominated to serve a two-year term on the General Board for 2018-20:

Dena Bauman, Rebecca Boggs, Caron Dale, Barbara Frank, Mindy Gaynor, Jennifer Gibson, Judy Heumann, Susan Klein, Susan Lubick, Naomi Rosenblatt, and April Rubin.

The following members are nominated to complete the unexpired 2017-2019 General Board terms of Debby Joseph and Elinor Tattar: Dava Berkman, Lori Rones, Joyce Stern.

Returning Board Members 2017-2019

Carol Ansell, Sarah Brooks, Carmel Chiswick, Barbara Friedell, Marian Fox, Arlette Jassel, Rhoda Ritzenberg, and Pamela Sislen

Ex-Officio Members of the General Board

Rabbi Penina Alexander, Cantor Arianne Brown, Hazzan Rachel Goldsmith, Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Rabbi Sarah Krinsky, Naomi Malka, Rabbi Emerita Avis Miller, Heather Polansky, Rabbi Kerrith Solomon and Rabbi Eliana Yolkut

These are the members of the nominating committee who proposed this slate:

Dena Bauman (Chair), Anat Bar-Cohen, Rabbi Batya Glazer, Jodi Ochstein, Elizabeth Sloan, and Joyce Stern

Note: Nominations may also be made by a written petition from five (5) or more members in good standing and submitted to the Chair of the Nominating Committee, not later than fifteen (15) days after the report of the Nominating Committee is circulated to the general membership, provided the consent of the person nominated is included.


Join or Renew Your Membership Today!

There are two easy ways to join or to renew your Adas Sisterhood membership:

Pay using a major credit card (a small processing fee will be charged). You will receive an immediate acknowledgement indicating that the transaction has gone through. Please note that we can no longer accept payment of Sisterhood dues through your Adas account.

Or send a check, made payable to Adas Israel Sisterhood, to the Sisterhood Treasurer, Elinor Tattar, 15300 Pine Orchard Drive, #3K, Silver Spring, MD  20906.

Membership levels include: Woman of Valor-$120, Chavera  (Friend) – $80, Sister-$40, Other-$___. Note that new  Adas members will receive a one-year complimentary membership to Sisterhood and will also receive a 10% discount on their initial purchase at the Sisterhood Gift Shop.

Miriam Rosenthal

Adas Israel Sisterhood embraces women of all ages and stages of life. It provides opportunities to learn, deepen spirituality and personal Jewish growth, do mitzvot and network. From one-on-one experiences, to small group activities, to large-scale events, there is something of interest for everyone.

The Sisterhood Source 
Sisterhood's e-newsletter 

Click Here to View an Archive of all the Sisterhood E-Newsletters!

Recent Activities

January 23, 2018, panel discussion, “Sexual Harassment: How did we get to this #MeToo moment?”

On January 23, Sisterhood presented a panel discussion, “Sexual Harassment: How did we get to this #MeToo moment?” Lynne Revo-Cohen (New Point Strategies, LLC), Sarah Fleish Fink (National Partnership for Women & Families), Francine Weiss (Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C.) and Rachel Geffen (Onlife) were our expert panelists, moderated by Marilyn Cooper (Moment Magazine). Click Here to see the event.

Sisterhood operates the beautiful

Ruth & Simon Albert
Sisterhood Gift & Judaica Shop

Every purchase benefits
Adas Israel Congregation!

10% discount for initial purchase by new Sisterhood members

Sisterhood Archive
We’re proud of what we have done in the past!

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