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Welcome to Adas Israel Congregation Sisterhood 5782!

Executive Committee | 2021-22 MembershipOngoing Programs | Torah Fund | Gift Shop

2021-22 Executive Committee

President: Jill Jacob
President-Elect: Margie Corwin
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: Robin Berman
Recording Secretary: Helen Kramer
Gift Shop Co-Managers: Jean Bernard, Marian Fox, Susan Winberg
Torah Fund Co-Chairs: Rona Walters, Elissa Barpal

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Sisterhood Membership 2021-22

Sisterhood offers quality events and programming focused on accomplished women, arts and culture, Jewish life, women's health, social get-togethers, Weekday Torah with Sisterhood, culinary arts, and social action / tzedakah issues & opportunities.  It is our intention to hold our events at Adas for the coming year, depending on DC guidance at the time, however, we are prepared to make adjustments as required. 


VIRTUAL TOUR OF JEWISH PARIS: January 23, 2020, 11:30 am

Join Jewish American Karen Reb Rudel, a 20+year Paris resident and walking tour
company owner, for a virtual tour of Jewish Paris that includes synagogues, the SHOAH Holocaust memorial and museum and the old Jewish Quarter, Le Marais.

Register here.

SISTERHOOD SHABBAT: February 25 & 26, 2022

We celebrate Shabbat with Friday night service, dinner, Saturday Smith Sanctuary service, and our special Shabbat Speaker.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS: April 24, 2022 at 1 pm

Sisterhood member and President of the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia, Kathy Chiron, will discuss a range of voting issues.

CLOSING EVENT: June 12, 2022 at 1 pm

Very special event featuring world-renowned Mexican chef, cookbook author, PBS television personality, and Adas member, Pati Jinich, followed by a catered lunch.


Weekday Torah with Sisterhood, "Get Happy" Hours, Coffee Klatches, Sewing, Knitting & Craft group, Book Chats, and Sisterhood in Your Community.

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

For more information email VP of Membership, June Kress.


Ongoing Programs

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood

Monthly, Tuesdays via Zoom

Next up: January 25, at 10:30 am, via Zoom with Amy Schwartz

Future 2022 dates: 2/15, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21

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 if you would like a link to the Zoom Torah study class.



Knit, Sew and Craft Group

Monthly, Wednesday at 7:30pm

Next up: January 19, via Zoom

Dates and Locations: 1/19, via Zoom | 2/16, Sisterhood A | No Meeting in March | 4/20, Sisterhood A | 5/18, via Zoom | 6/15, Sisterhood A

Adas Knitting Circles include about 22 knitters. Some are members of Adas Israel, others are residents of Somerset House in Friendship Heights or the Whitney in Bethesda, as well as other friends who love to knit. One recent week 20 knitters completed more than 130 items for donation.

What? We make and donate hats and scarves for all ages -- newborns to adults -- baby blankets, lap blankets and comfort shawls for adults; and children’s clothes for ages two to five.

Where? We make welcome baskets for Adas newborns and donate completed items to Bright Beginnings, a daycare center for homeless children, the DCJCC’s Handmade for the Homeless program and NIH hospital’s Our New Neighbors program.

What else? Generous donors contribute wonderful yarn that we distribute to our creative knitters.

If you knit, crochet or want to learn how, please join one of our knitting circles, where you will find good conversation with women who enjoy what we do while making a difference in our community!

Please email Lesley Frost at if you would like to receive meeting notices and the Zoom link. For any other information, including where to drop off completed items or pick up requested yarn in the Adas coatroom, please contact Lesley via email.

Rita Segerman manages a large supply of donated wool. Please contact Rita (; 301-654-2304) regarding wool or suggested yarns, patterns, and needle sizes for your group projects.

In photo: Knitters Sharon Curry, Carolyn Goldman, Julie Hoffman, Marcia Miller, Rita Segerman, Rebecca Smith, Lea Stern.


Sisterhood Cares

To mark simchas and milestones and for condolences, contact Robin Berman (


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 (

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.


Jewish Museum Virtual Tour: "Hare With Amber Eyes" Exhibition 

Thursday, January 20, 11 am | Register here to receive the Zoom link

Click here for Robin's review of "Hare With Amber Eyes"

Join us for a Jewish Museum virtual tour of the exciting new exhibition, “The Hare With Amber Eyes,” based on the international bestseller by Edmund de Waal. Like the book, the exhibit traces the history of the prominent Jewish Ephrussi family and showcases the breadth and depth of their illustrious art collection. Due to the generosity of anonymous donors, this tour is offered free of charge.


Meet Author Julian Zelizer​

Sunday, February 6, 11 am | Register here to receive the Zoom link

Click here for Robin's review of "Abraham Joshua Heschel"

Julian Zelizer is a professor of American political history at Princeton University and a frequent media commentator on current events. He will present his new book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement, which portrays Heschel as both a religious and political figure. To this day, Heschel remains a powerful symbol of the relevance of Jewish values to the fight for social justice. 


Book Chat: Antiquities by Cynthia Ozick

Sunday, March 27, 11 am | Register here to receive the Zoom link

Click here for Robin's review of "Antiquities"

Join the discussion of this charming and enigmatic novella by literary legend Cynthia Ozick. The narrator, an elderly retired lawyer, Lloyd Petrie, reflects on his boarding school days in New York’s Westchester County in the early 20th Century. He particularly tries to make sense of his intense friendship with a mysterious boy who claimed to be a descendant of ancient Jews who lived on Egypt’s Elephantine Island.


Torah Fund


TORAH FUND 2021-22 Campaign Well on Its Way!

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. Like last year, our 2021-22 pin for the Torah Fund B’Yachad Campaign says “B’Yachad”, the Hebrew word for “together.”  Wear it with pride and know that your contribution supports scholarship and programming at five Conservative seminaries around the world. 

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.

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.  If you prefer a hard copy of a card, please contact Rona Walters by email at or by phone / text at 202-744-2854.


Past Events

 Sisterhood Opening Event 2021-22: Featuring Dr. Deborah Tannen

Sisterhood opened our exciting 2021-22 program season with renowned author Georgetown University Professor of Linguistics Deborah Tannen, who discussed her academic career and earlier published books, as well as her most recent, a memoir, “Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow.”

The book was inspired by Tannen’s love for and quest to know more about her father and the trajectory of his long life. He emigrated from Warsaw, Poland, to the United States in 1920 at age 12, and his dozens of jobs over decades reflected the difficulties facing Jewish immigrants during the first half of the 20th century. In a touching memory, she related how, when he was 97, she asked if he felt more Polish or more American, and he replied, “I feel like a Jew.”

Tannen’s formal presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session sparked by interest in her memoir and her earlier work on how language styles differ – and lead to misunderstandings – between men and women, mothers and daughters, colleagues and more. Thank you, Marian Fox, for putting together this marvelous program!

Listen to the recording here, using Passcode Sister21!.



The Gift Shop has as its goal to meet the needs of our members and the rest of the metropolitan area’s Jewish community. And, as always, we have a lovely selection of jewelry and gifts for all occasions as well as tallitot and candy for b’nai mitzvah.

Because of the continuing pandemic, we are open the following hours. Please note these because they are a change from our normal hours during the school year.

Monday, Wednesday‒Friday: 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Tuesday: 9:30 am‒2:00 pm

Please keep in mind that if these hours are not convenient for you, send us an email at, and we will contact you to set up a specific appointment. We are here to serve you, so please call on us.

Please visit our website for special announcements:

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

Thu, January 27 2022 25 Shevat 5782