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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


Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7 pm Register Here
Examining Breast Health with the Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer

In partnership with the Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer, please join Dr. Rachel Brem, Director of the Breast Imaging and Intervention Center and Program Leader for the Breast Cancer Center at the George Washington Cancer Center and Andrea Wolf, President/CEO of the Brem Foundation for a discussion of breast health, risk factors, screening options, and self-advocacy, arming women with the information they need to have educated conversations with their physicians about proper screening for breast cancer.

Genetic counselors from Color Genomics will be available on site for free genetic counseling reduced-cost genetic testing.

December 9, 2018 at 2 pm
Sisterhood Goes to the Theatre: The Second City's, "SHE THE PEOPLE" at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

February 2019
Meet the Mikvah - Bodies of Water: This program is designed for the diverse group that is Sisterhood. Learn to see your body in a healthy, Jewish light. Program includes a tour of the newly renovated Mikvah, observing an immersion, mindful eating, and Jewish meditation / yoga.

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: November 18 at 10 am – Meet at Meet at Dennard Plaza at UDC (Van Ness Metro) Register Here

Join us for a walk led by a local historian, Chuck Ludlam. We will meet at Dennard Plaza, which is located in the middle of the UDC campus. The walk and discussion focus on the Springland Farm Community, where 100 homes were located on the Adlum Farm. This farm was the home of John Adlum, who was the Father of American Viticulture. We will also learn about the major institutions founded on the farm in the 1900’s and the enslaved individuals of the farm. It will be also interesting to learn about the namesakes of the roads in the area-Van Ness, Reno, Upton and Tilden. A short part of the walk will take place on a 30 yard trail which is slightly steep.

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 Study

Second Tuesday of the month, at 10 am, Funger Hall
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 and usually meet on the second or third Tuesday of the month. Students of all levels and backgrounds are welcome. Led by Marilyn Cooper.


Knitting, Sewing, Craft Circle

Third Wednesday of the month, 7:30-9 pm, Youth Lounge
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:

Sun, October 21 2018 12 Cheshvan 5779