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Welcome to Adas Israel Congregation Sisterhood 5779!

Executive Committee | Special Events | Ongoing Programs | Sisterhood Calendar | Torah Fund

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, June Kress.


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:

Weekly Mah Jongg
Weekday Torah with Sisterhood
Knitting, Sewing, Craft Circle
Sisterhood 2.0 Career Reboot
Sisterhood in Your Community
Sisterhood Cares

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Sisterhood Shabbat 5779 will be held March 22-23, 2019
Register Here for the Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner

The Eternal Flame: From Purim to Passover to Pittsburgh – Women’s Contributions to Jewish Resilience through the Ages

Join us for two wonderful days of prayer, study, food, and friendship. Our speaker, underwritten by the Mozelle Saltz (z”l) Fund for Sisterhood Speakers, is educator Rabbi Avi Strausberg of the Hadar Institute. An array of events throughout Shabbat include: Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv services, Shabbat Dinner, D'var Torahs by Rabbi Strausberg, Kiddush Lunch sponsored by congregant Donald Saltz in memory of his wife, Mozelle (z”l), and more.Strausberg of the Hadar Institute

Friday, March 22
6pm: Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv services in the Biran Beit Midrash followed by Shabbat Dinner in the Youth Lounge. Rabbi Strausberg’s sermon is entitled, The Posture of Hope and the Measure of Resilience.

Saturday, March 23
9:30am: Shabbat Service in Smith Sanctuary. Rabbi Strausberg’s dvar Torah will describe The Women Who Took Control and the Rabbis Who Love Them for it. The Kiddush Lunch that follows is sponsored by congregant Donald Saltz in memory of his wife, Mozelle (z”l), a Sisterhood member who was an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

1:15pm Rabbi Strausberg will conclude her two days of teaching with a presentation entitled, From Silence to Protest: The Different Faces of Resilience. Join us for two wonderful days of prayer, study, food, and friendship.


Travel on the Edge: North Korea

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 7 pm, Funger Hall Register Here

Sisterhood member and avid traveler, Barbara Friedell, will take us on a journey as she shares stories and images from a place few Americans have gone – her two-week adventure in the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea. 

Barbara holds an MA in Asian Art History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, at The University of London.

May 2019

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

June 2019

Closing Event


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, March 18; 10:30 am Register Here

Join Adas Israel Sisterhood member Rona Walters on an informative and fascinating tour of the National Building Museum on Monday, March 18, at 10:30 am. We will come face-to-face with the colossal capitals of the Corinthian columns and visit the exhibition “Flickering Treasures,” which invites visitors to time-travel through Baltimore’s movie-going past, from 1896 to the present. The exhibit includes photography, histories and architectural fragments. Anyone interested can join us afterwards for lunch, either in Penn Quarter/Gallery Place or Chinatown.

Take a Walk! explores different Washington neighborhoods on foot. All are welcome, so bring a friend!


Weekday Torah with Sisterhood

Second Tuesday of the month, at 10 am, Funger Hall
Next Up: Tuesday, March 12, 10:30

Join us Tuesday, March 12 at 10:30 am – rather than the usual 10 am – when Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt will lead the text study session.

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. Students of all levels and backgrounds are welcome. Classes are open to the entire Adas community, and participants are invited to bring a friend.

Most classes are at 10 am in Funger Hall, meeting monthly except in the summer. Subsequent 2019 classes will be April 9, May 14 and June 11. For more information, please contact Marilyn Cooper:

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. Students of all levels and backgrounds are welcome. Classes are open to the entire Adas community, and participants are invited to bring a friend.


Knitting, Sewing, Craft Circle

Third Wednesday of the month (Excluding February), 7:30-9 pm, Youth Lounge
Next Up: March 13 (2nd Wednesday, as the 3rd Wednesday is Purim)

The February meeting has been cancelled due to weather concerns and members being away.

At the March 13 meeting, Hazzan Rachel Goldsmith will lead the group in its continuing exploration of tallitot. (Attarot and ready-to-knot tzitzit are available online from Zion Judaica in Brooklyn, Amazon and Ben’s Tallit Shop in Jerusalem, among other vendors. Ben’s offers a $5 shipping discount with code SHIP2ME.)

The March 13 meeting will also include exploration of an exciting embroidery technique called Huck embroidery or Swedish weaving – a simple skill for creating unique designs to beautify and personalize a tallit. Sample Huck embroidery materials will be available for a “hands-on” experience.

Members are welcome to continue their ongoing knitting, sewing, crocheting and craft projects and to propose new projects. We are asking members to donate leftover wool, which we use to knit or crochet squares for afghans.  

Contact Lesley Frost ( for more information.


Sisterhood in Your Community

Next Up: Sunday, March 10th and March 24th

Sisterhood is again offering the very popular “Sisterhood in Your Community” Get-Togethers on select Sundays until early summer. These are brunches, wine & cheese gatherings, or teas hosted by Sisterhood members in a neighborhood near you. The purpose is for current members to get to know one another better and to have some fun.

Hosts will send out invitations to members who live in close proximity. But if you’re interested, contact June Kress (202-316-3439;, and she will put you in touch with the host.

Thanks to Marian Fox for scheduling and then – due to the weather -- rescheduling her tea, which was a huge success. Nine women enjoyed a fabulous assortment of teas and Marian’s talent for baking. We all shared some great stories and loved the experience of getting to know one another.

Here is the lineup through March:

Sunday, March 10, 2 to 4 pm, wine and cheese will be hosted by Barbara Friedell in Bethesda.

Sunday, March 24, 2 to 4 pm, wine and cheese will be hosted by Rhoda Ritzenberg in Ballston.


Sisterhood Cares

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


Adas Book Club

10-11 am, Every other month on a Sunday at 10 am in Adas Sisterhood Library

Next Up: Sunday, March 31; special author event Sunday, April 12

Led by Adas Librarian Robin Jacobson, the Adas Book Club meets every two months to discuss a book of Jewish interest. For more information contact Robin Jacobson,

The next meeting will look at Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox, a true account of Arthur Conan Doyle's pursuit of justice for a Jewish immigrant falsely accused of murder in early 20th Century Scotland. Doyle used the fictional techniques of his literary creation Sherlock Holmes to solve real mysteries. 

And at a special author event on Sunday, April 7 from 10-11 am, husband and wife journalists Stephen Shepard and Lynn Povich will discuss Steve’s latest book, A Literary Journey to Jewish Identity: Re-Reading Bellow, Roth, Malamud, Ozick, and Other Great Jewish Writers. (No need to read the book in advance; copies available for purchase.)

Steve is the Founding Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York and was an editor at Newsweek, Saturday Review and Business Week. Lynn is an award-winning journalist and the author of The Good Girls Revolt  (now an Amazon Prime Original Series) about her participation in a historic 1970 sex discrimination lawsuit against Newsweek magazine.


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.


Torah Fund: 2017-18 Goal exceeded!

By Betty Adler, Torah Fund Chair

Adas Israel Sisterhood is proud to acknowledge our yearly commitment to Women's League for Conservative Judaism’s Torah Fund campaign. Thanks to past Torah Fund Chair Alisa Abrams, Sisterhood exceeded our 2017-18 goal.

The 2018-19 campaign is well underway. Every person has the opportunity to help preserve, promote and perpetuate Conservative/Masorti Judaism by giving to the Torah Fund Campaign.

Contributions at all levels are welcome and can be made via the Sisterhood page on the Adas Israel website or by mailing a check, payable to Torah Fund, to: Betty Adler; 6101 Shady Oak Lane; Bethesda, MD 20817.

Those who contribute $180 or more receive a beautiful Torah Fund pin with the Hebrew word ATID, which means FUTURE. 

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





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