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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 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. 

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.


Prior Events

Sisterhood Opening Event: 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!.


Ongoing Programs

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood

Monthly, Tuesdays at 10 am via Zoom

Next up: Tuesday, October 26, at 10am, via Zoom

Future 2021-22 dates: 11/16, 12/21, 1/18, 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.


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

*Sisterhood Salons are members-only events.



Knit, Sew and Craft Group

Monthly, Wednesday at 7:30 pm, on Zoom

Next up: October 20, at Adas, in Sisterhood A

Future 2021-22 Dates and Locations:
11/17, via Zoom | 12/15, Sisterhood A | 1/19, via Zoom |  2/16, Sisterhood A |  No Meeting in March |  4/20, Sisterhood A |  5/18, via Zoom | 6/15, Sisterhood A

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 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.


Upcoming Library Event: Meet Author-Psychologist Sherry Turkle

Sunday, October 3, 4:30 pm | Register here

Click here for Robin's review of "The Empathy Diaries"

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle will introduce her latest book, The Empathy Diaries, a vivid and poignant memoir of growing up in Jewish Brooklyn and her awakening interest in topics that led to her path-breaking work. Turkle is a pioneer in the study of people’s relationships with technology and the impact of technology on human behavior. A frequent media commentator on computer culture and ethics, Dr. Turkle’s previous books include the New York Times bestseller, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age


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.


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 have opened, 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.

Sat, October 23 2021 17 Cheshvan 5782