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Welcome to Adas Israel Congregation Sisterhood 5780!

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

A Community of Sisterhood, the Bonds of Friendship:

Who are the women of Sisterhood? 

They are extraordinary women!

Women of all ages – some married, some not – with fabulous stories of incredible careers, travels, educations, families, and volunteerism.

The women of Sisterhood are a goldmine of interesting journeys and accomplishments.

They're people to call for help or advice, too.

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

For more information email VP of Membership, June Kress.


2019-20 Executive Committee

President: Jill Jacob
Co-VP for Communications: Debby Joseph
Co-VP for Communications: Ronnie Kweller
Treasurer: Elinor Tattar
Co-VP for Education/Programming: Susan Winberg
Co-VP for Education/Programming: Rona Walters
VP for Membership: June Kress
Parliamentarian: Carol Ansell
Corresponding Secretary: Leah Hadad
Recording Secretary: Helen Kramer
Gift Shop Co-Managers: Jean Bernard, Susan Winberg
Immediate Past President: Miriam Rosenthal
Torah Fund Chair: Rona Walters 

Ongoing Programs for 2019-20

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 in Your Community
Sisterhood Cares

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Special Events

Women's Heart Health Event: January 2020

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. We have invited professionals from the field of heart health education and advocacy to share with us the many ways we can take control of our cardiovascular health. Through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes, you can make significant improvements and potentially add years to your life. Learn what you can do to reduce your chance of a coronary event or stroke.

Sisterhood Shabbat: February 21 & 22, 2020

A weekend of faith, food and fun. Sisterhood has the honor of planning and leading both the Friday night and Saturday services for the congregation, which includes selecting a speaker to teach throughout the weekend.

All members of Sisterhood are encouraged to participate in ways large or small. Sisterhood Shabbat is made possible through the generosity of Donald Saltz and the Mozelle Saltz (z”l) Fund for Sisterhood Speakers.

Downsize, Declutter, Refresh: March 22, 2020

Organizing experts will share their secrets on how to downsize, eliminate the clutter and refresh for spring. Before you spring clean, clean out!

Closing Event: June 14, 2020 at 11 am


Ongoing Programs

Weekly Mah Jongg

Weekly, Thursdays at 1 pm, Sisterhood Hall

Soap, Bam, Dot. Whether you're a novice or a Mahjongg champ, there's a space for you at the table of this game.



Monthly, Mondays at 6 p.m. or Sundays at 10 a.m. (unless otherwise noted)
Next Up: Monday, December 9, 5:30 pm (please note earlier time) Register Here

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

For the December walk, we will experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, which consists of 10 outdoor installations by 16 artists and is the region’s only curated public outdoor exhibition of light art.

We will meet at the northwest corner of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, NW, at 5:30 pm. And, if anyone is interested, we can dine afterwards at Georgetown’s new Israeli restaurant, Taim.


Weekday Torah with Sisterhood

Monthly, 3rd Tuesday at 10 am, Funger Hall
Next Up: November 19, December 17, January 21

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood will meet at 10 am on Tuesday, November 19, in the Funger Hall. Community leader and scholar Norman Shore will teach about the Haftarah for Parashat Vayeshev, which presents the sins of a corrupt society and the need to confront them. The prophet Amos will be discussed. This class is open to the entire Adas Israel community.

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. Classes are monthly, except in the summer, and meet on the third Tuesday of the month. Students of all levels and backgrounds are welcome. Please contact Marilyn Cooper ( with questions.


Knit, Sew and Craft Group

Monthly, 1st Wednesday at 7:30 pm - Youth Lounge
Next Up: December 4, January 8
For Somerset Knitting Group, please see details below

Members of the knitting and crochet group are continuing their new project: making Comfort Shawls and caps for members of the Adas Israel family dealing with cancer and other health issues. The suggested yarns, patterns, and needle sizes are available from Rita Segerman (; 301-654-2304).

To encourage more Adas Israel members to knit and crochet together, Rita also hosts the monthly Somerset Knitting Group on a Monday afternoon. If you are interested in joining, please contact her for more information. Over the summer, members were busy making hats and scarves for the Edlavitch DCJCC and baby hats for our newest Adas Israel members, proudly completing more than 200 items since the project began two years ago.

In addition, Lesley Frost hosts an afternoon of sewing once a month in Bethesda. If interested, please contact her (

We welcome everyone at both our regular evening meetings and the neighborhood meetings. Join us to try something new, improve your skills, and spend time with women who love to get together and make things!


Sisterhood in Your Community & Sunday Salons 

Members-only brunch, wine and cheese, and tea get-togethers on select Sundays provide opportunities to socialize and get to know one another. In addition, this year we are presenting four “Sunday Salons” featuring exceptional members of Adas Israel and Sisterhood – women who have built interesting and remarkable careers.

Sisterhood in Your Community hosts will send out invitations to members who live in close proximity. Others wishing to attend may contact June Kress (202-316-3430;, who will gladly put you in touch with the host.

Upcoming events:
December 1: Brunch hosted by Cheryl Wasserman in Chevy Chase, DC; 11 am-1 pm
December 8: Get together hosted by Arlette Jassel in Whitehall Manor, Bethesda, MD; details TBD
January 5: Salon featuring Naomi Rosenblatt, hosted by Susan Winberg, wine and cheese 3-5 pm
January 26: Brunch hosted by Rona Walters in Forest Hills, DC; 11 am-1 pm
February 2: Wine and cheese hosted by Robin Friedson in McLean, VA, 3-5 pm


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 Israel Book Club

Every other month on a Sunday, 10-11 a.m., Adas Sisterhood Library
Next Up: Sunday, November 17, Meet the Author: Professor Charles King, Challenging the Idea of “Us” and “

Charles King, professor of international affairs and government at Georgetown University, will discuss his lively and timely book, Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century. In an era when societal fear of immigrants, African Americans, Jews, and people who strayed from gender norms was rampant, Franz Boas, a German Jewish immigrant, and his famous students (including Margaret Mead, Zora Neale Hurston) pioneered new scientific methods in anthropology to show that “humanity is one undivided thing.”

A book-signing and sale will follow the program, which is co-sponsored by the Kehilah Multiracial Engagement Project of the Adas Israel Social Action Committee. For more information, please contact Robin Jacobson (

On December 15, we will talk about Laura Lippman’s mystery novel of 1960’s Baltimore, Lady in the Lake. So much more than a whodunit, this book is a portrait of Jewish Baltimore and Baltimore generally, as well as an ode to journalists and journalism.

And on February 9, we will discuss Julie Oringer’s historical novel, Flight Portfolio, about real-life hero Varian Fry, who rescued artists and intellectuals from occupied France during World War II.

Led by Adas Israel Librarian Robin Jacobson, the Adas Israel Book Chat meets every two months to discuss a book of Jewish interest.


Torah Fund

The 2019-20 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 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 $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.


Hesed means “kindness” in Hebrew. The word can also be translated as “loving kindness,” to convey the deep love that animates Jewish acts of kindness, done without thought of reward.

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


The Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop needs volunteers!

Our dedicated staff works hard to make the shop a success, and we’re looking for a few women who would like to join us. This friendly group could use some extra help, especially Tuesday evenings. We offer comprehensive training before we leave you on your own. If you’d like to join us, and receive a 10% discount on most of the items we carry, please contact Jean Bernard, Co-Manager (

Sisterhood Gift Shop Hours 

Summer Hours:

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Tuesday, 9:30am - 3pm, 6pm - 8pm.

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

Mon, November 18 2019 20 Cheshvan 5780