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Welcome to Adas Israel Congregation Sisterhood 5779!

Having fun, making friends, celebrating customs, sharing cultures, and gaining knowledge all in the warmth of our diverse, energized community of Jewish women. Adas Israel Sisterhood embraces women of all ages and stages of life. There is something of interest for everyone - study, mitzvot, or just plain socializing - in small group settings and in large-scale gatherings. We are a vibrant mix of traditions and innovation that honors our past, creates new pursuits, and puts a contemporary spin on some of our cherished activities.

Your participation, ideas, and friendship are welcomed. Join us!

For more information, email VP of Membership, or click below!

2018-19 Executive Committee

President: Jill Jacob
VP for Communications: Debby Joseph
Treasurer: Elinor Tattar
Co-VP for Education/Programming: Susan Winberg
Co-VP for Education/Programming: Jodi Ochstein
VP for Membership: June Kress
Parliamentarian: Helen Kramer
Corresponding Secretary: Leah Hadad
Recording Secretary: TBD
Gift Shop Co-Managers: Jean Bernard, Diane Keller, Susan Winberg
Immediate Past President: Miriam Rosenthal
Torah Fund Chair: Betty Adler

Ongoing Programs for 2018-19

Sisterhood provides a variety of ongoing programming that runs regularly throughout the year such as:

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special events

A Tallit Workshop
Wednesday, December 19 @ 7:30pm, Youth Lounge

For those interested in making Tallit this workshop will explore the use of silk to make Tallit and Tallit bags. We will have a guest who will share her beautiful products and experiences working with silk fabric. All are welcome to join us at any meeting to schmooze, continue working on your own projects, or learn with us. For more information contact Lesley Frost (

January 27, 2019 at 2 pm Register Here
THE CRIME OF COMPLICITY: A Discussion of Moral Responsibility with Amos Guiora

If you are a bystander and witness a crime, should intervention to prevent that crime be a legal obligation? Or is moral responsibility enough?

Amos N. Guiora addresses these profoundly important questions and the bystander-victim relationship from a deeply personal and legal perspective, focusing on the Holocaust and then exploring cases in contemporary society.

Join us for a discussion with Amos N. Guiora on “The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander from the Holocaust to Today.” Drawn from his book The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust, he will examine the bystander-victim relationship from a personal and legal perspective, focusing first on the Holocaust and then using those lessons to explore cases in contemporary society.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

February 10, 2019 at 1pm Register Here
MEET THE MIKVAH: Bodies of Water

Join us on February 10th at 1pm for “Bodies of Water,” an award-winning program that introduces you to Mikvah as a path to body positivity from a Jewish perspective. Framed along with other healthy practices like mindful eating and Jewish meditation, this experience is a very special way to explore how Mikvah is relevant in a modern Jewish life. We will watch a demonstration immersion by someone in their bathing suit, explore different ceremonies for Mikvah use, learn simple ways to bless our food with Rabbi Sarah Tasman, and practice Jewish mindfulness with Marilyn Cooper. Everyone is invited, including kids ages 10 and up. When you register, please indicate if you need any accommodations or if you have any food allergies or sensitivities.

March 22 & 23, 2019
Sisterhood Shabbat Weekend. A special weekend of prayer and study led by the Sisterhood.

May 2019
Sisterhood Goes to the Movies with the DC Jewish Film Festival.



ongoing programs


Weekly Mah Jongg

Weekly, Thursdays at 1 pm

Mah jongg will continue weekly on Thursdays at 1 pm (except on Thanksgiving). Bring your National Mah Jongg League card ($8, The cards come in large print for $1 more. For those new to the game, we'll teach you. This activity is open to all. Led by Barbara Friedell.



Second Mondays of the month at 6 pm, walk locations vary
Next Up: Monday, December 10 at 6pm Register Here

Our walk leader, Miriam Rosenthal, will take us to see a curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations in Georgetown – Georgetown Glow. Meet us at the Foggy Bottom Metro at 6:00 PM and afterwards we will have dinner at Shanghai Lounge located at 1734 Wisconsin Avenue. You can contact Rona Walters at 202-744-2854 or Miriam Rosenthal at 301-718-5143. For more information on the interactive exhibition, go to

Bring your friends (all are welcome!), stories, and sense of adventure and explore the neighborhood of the Washington area on foot. Take a Walk! meets on the second Monday of the month and explores various neighborhoods on foot followed by dinner. Check the calendar for locations of walks and meeting spots. Walks cancelled if inclement weather. Led by Rona Walters.


Weekday Torah with Sisterhood

Second Tuesday of the month, at 10 am, Funger Hall
Next Up: December 10 at 10am with Norman Shore

Community leader and scholar Norman Shore will teach about Rabbi Abbahu of Caesarea--a 4th century rabbi known as a leading scholar, story teller, confidant of the Roman government, and debater with Christians. The class will examine questions brought up by Abbahu's work such as: Does the Torah say you should send your daughters to finishing school? How should you treat a jealous colleague?

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood is an engaging approach to traditional Hebrew text study that offers participants the opportunity to study and discuss challenging texts and ideas.

This class is open to the entire Adas Israel community. Classes are monthly, except in the summer, and usually meet on the second or third Tuesday of the month. Students of all levels and backgrounds are welcome. For more information, contact


Knitting, Sewing, Craft Circle

Third Wednesday of the month, 7:30-9 pm, Youth Lounge
Next Up: December 19 at 7:30pm

We have invited a guest to speak about the joys and pitfalls of using silk to make Tallit.  Several of our members are interested in exploring different materials and patterns to make tallit for themselves or family.  As always, the Knitters will be knitting and those who learned basic crochet at our last meeting will be continuing to hone their technique.  All are welcome to join us.

After completing beautiful Torah mantles and more for the Havurah, the sewing group will embark on new projects this year while the knit and crochet group’s creativity knows no bounds, nor does their generosity of spirit. Led by Lesley Frost.


Sisterhood 2.0 Career Reboot

Third Thursday of the month, at 6:45 pm
Re-focus. Re-assess. Re-engage: Let's talk about how to negotiate your salary, start your own business, re-start your career, change directions mid-career.  How are you doing this?  How can we help (each other)?  Those who have successfully made career transitions are periodic guest speakers. Led by Jodi Ochstein.


Sisterhood Cares
Marking simchas and milestones, contact Leah Hadad and for comforting those suffering illness or loss, contact
 Anat Bar-Cohen 
or Pamela Sislen.


Sisterhood Calendar

Sisterhood Gift Shop Hours

Sunday-Monday, Wednesday-Friday:
9:30 am-12:30 pm

Special Tuesday Hours:
9:30 am-3 pm & 6-8 pm

Every purchase at the
Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop benefits Adas Israel Congregation
202.364.2888 |


Torah fund


The Torah Fund Campaign of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is the dedicated philanthropy of Women’s League, its members, and its affiliated sisterhoods in Conservative congregations across North America. Torah Fund strengthens Jewish education by supporting scholarships and programming at these 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 (Germany)

Women’s League, Torah Fund and Adas Israel Sisterhood 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 $95 million since its inception as a grass-roots 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.

For more information, contact Torah Fund Chair, Betty Adler. To make your donation, click here:

Thu, December 13 2018 5 Tevet 5779