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Welcome to Adas Israel Congregation Sisterhood 5782!

Executive Committee | 2021-22 MembershipOngoing Programs | Sisterhood Calendar | 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 Chair: Rona Walters

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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. 

OPENING EVENT: October 10, 2021 at 1 pm

NY Times best-selling author and Georgetown University Linguistics Professor, Dr. Deborah Tannen, acclaimed for her writing on gender differences in communication styles, will discuss her latest book, Finding My Father. 

SUNDAY SALON: November 14, 2021 at 11 am

Join us for a fascinating Sisterhood members-only Sunday Salon with Leah Chanin.  Leah will discuss her distinguished legal career. 

HANUKKAH GATHERING: December 5, 2021 at 3 pm

We celebrate the Festival of Lights together with fun and games, delicious bites and a group candle lighting!

WISE AGING PROGRAM: January 9, 2022 at 2:30 pm

A program on aging wisely led by Sisterhood members Betsy Strauss and Janice Mostow, Adas Israel President!

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 at 10 am, on Zoom
Classes will resume September 2021

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.


Members-only Sunday Salons: future salons to be announced!

*Sisterhood Salons are members-only events.



Knit, Sew and Craft Group

Monthly, 1st Wednesday at 7:30 pm, on Zoom
Classes will resume September 2021

Please email Lesley Frost at if you would like to 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. Members also provide baby hats to welcome the newest members of the Adas community.

Knitting co-chair Rita Segerman packed up 118 beautiful, handmade hats and scarves for distribution by the Edlavitch DCJCC to those in need. Rita also 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. 

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.


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 (

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.


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. 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.


Sisterhood Calendar




We want to thank all of our stalwart customers who braved purchasing items from the shop during the pandemic. We are happy to announce that we are REOPENING, effective Tuesday, August 3.

Our summer hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 am-noon. We are still available as well for special appointments at other times. If you want to contact us, the best way to do so is to email us at

Our telephone number, which will only be answered during the hours we are open, is 202-364-2888.

*Discount EXCLUDES the following items: already discounted merchandise, greeting cards, books, kosher scrolls, and edibles.

Sat, September 18 2021 12 Tishrei 5782