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We are Sisterhood. Fresh and seasoned. Partnered and flying solo. A link in the chain. Networking, nurturing, learning, sustaining.

Please join us in our mission to perpetuate and transmit the ethics and values of Conservative / Masorti Judaism through education, social action, ritual and spirituality. We strive to foster a sense of communal responsibility and sisterhood, and to reinforce the bonds of our members with our synagogue, Israel, and Jews worldwide.

Welcome to Sisterhood!

We look forward to your participation, friendship and ideas.

Sisterhood President,
Miriam Rosenthal


Ongoing Activities

Sisterhood Cares
Marking simchas and milestones; comforting those suffering illness or loss.,,

Thursday Night Minyan, 6 pm, in the Biran Beit Midrash
Help Sisterhood to make a minyan so mourners can say Kaddish at Adas.

Torah Fund
Preserving, promoting, and perpetuating Conservative / Masorti Judaism.

Upcoming Programs and Events 
[events held at Adas Israel unless otherwise noted]

What’s a Schlissel Ball and How Do You Bake One?
Wednesday, April 11, at 7 pm
Pre-registration is required for this 
Expert challah baker Leah Hadad will lead us in making schlissel balls. These were historically baked and eaten on the first Shabbat following the conclusion of Passover. The schlissel, or key, was meant to symbolize opening the door or gates to success and livelihood. Apparently there were some who were concerned that this was too similar to the Christian custom of baking hot cross buns, but it seems that the various Chasidic and Orthodox groups decided there was no reason for concern, and it is a custom that has seen resurgence. For more information, contact Leah Hadad,, 202-537-0708 (Subject: Schlissel Balls). Cost: $5. Register Here

Sisterhood Knits, Sews, Crafts Register Here
Wednesdays, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, 7:30-9pm, Youth Lounge.

The project to make two new Torah mantles for the Havurah is well under way. We meet on the third Wednesday evening of the month at Adas, at 7:30 pm in the Youth Lounge, and everyone is welcome to join us or contact Lesley Frost for more information.

Sisterhood Works from Home Register Here
Contact June Kress at, off-site, RSVP required.

Work from home?  “Sisterhood Works from Home” is here to support, advise and make you feel more connected.  Jan. 16, Feb. 14. No need to be a Sisterhood or Adas Israel member… all are welcome. Contact June Kress at, off-site, RSVP required.

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood
Text-based discussions led by a rotation of rabbis and scholars, starting Sept. 12, 2017, at 10:00 am, and continuing once a month on Tuesdays through June 12, 2018, in the Funger Hall.

Next dates: Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 8, June 12

Sisterhood in your Neighborhood Brunches
Back by popular demand! Volunteer to host and plan to attend.

Mah Jongg Register Here
Thursdays at 1:00 pm.

Adas Israel Book Club
Save the dates: Sundays, March 11, April 29. Book selections to be announced.

Book Chat on Judas by Amos Oz
Sunday Jan 28, at 10 am
Join the discussion of this short but powerful novel of ideas – patriotism, loyalty, and treason – by a celebrated Israeli author. 

In partnership with the Library Committee.

Take a Walk! Register Here
Monday, January 8 at 6:00pm, Foggy Bottom Metro 
Bring your friends (men welcome!), stories, and sense of adventure and explore the Foggy Bottom neighborhood on foot. Meet at the Foggy Bottom Metro at the base of the outdoor escalators. Contact Merrill Goldsmith,, 301-493-5654, if you have questions. Cancelled if inclement weather. Take a Walk! meets on the second Monday of the month and explores various neighborhoods on foot followed by dinner. Another site is scheduled for Feb. 12; check Calendar.

Sisterhood 2.0 Register Here
Alternate Thursdays, check Google Calendar above for dates, 6:45pm,Sababa restaurant in Cleveland Park

Re-Focus. Re-Assess. Re-Engage: Negotiate your salary, start your own business, re-start your career, change directions mid-career.  Join us every other Thursday for drinks, discussion and brainstorming. Contact Jodi Ochstein with questions. Note: If you can come to Adas at 6 pm and help make a minyan, it would be appreciated.

Registration is now open for Seaboard Region’s Spring Retreat
Won’t you join us as we gather in Richmond, Virginia to celebrate our accomplishments and elevate our mind, body and soul! If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Toby Holtzman: as soon as possible. Here is what you need to know for Spring Retreat:

  • Hotel reservations – rooms at The Westin Richmond have been reserved at a special rate of $125 for double occupancy ($62.50 per person plus taxes) or single rate of $125 plus taxes (king bed) until April 15th; you can reserve your room online at: or by calling 1-888-627-7786 (be sure to let them know that you are with Seaboard Region Women’s League when making your reservation).
  • Meals – dinner Sunday evening, breakfast and lunch on Monday are included.
  • Transportation – we are working on transportation with stops in Baltimore and Montgomery Counties and Northern Virginia.
  • Historical bus tour on the Jewish history of Richmond.
  • Program – Elevating Mind, Body and Soul with a variety of workshops and presentations.
  • Celebrating our accomplishments – awards and accolades to members who have achieved so much, thanking our current Executive Board, elections will take place & installation of our new Region Board.
  • Service to our members – calendar diaries can be picked up at Spring Retreat; place your order by contacting Adrienne Frager at: to let her know how many you need and make a check made out to Seaboard Region ($8.50 for each diary) and mail to: Adrienne Frager, 13038 Tarragon Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136 by April 1st.
  • Cost – the cost for the Spring Retreat will be $136. For additional information or questions, contact Julia Loeb:

Adas Israel supports the Women's League for Conservative Judaism Torah Fund Campaign

Click here for information on the Torah Fund campaign
or to make your pledge today.
Click here to view or purchase beautiful Torah Fund life cycle
and greeting cards all year round.




Adas Israel Sisterhood Board Slate June 10, 2018 - 2020

Elections and installation will take place at the Sisterhood closing event on June 10, 2017.

Executive Committee/Officers

The following members are nominated for the 2018-2020 term:

President: Jill Jacob
VP for Communications: Debby Joseph
Treasurer: Dava Berkman
Co-VP for Education/Programming: Susan Winberg
VP for Membership: June Kress

The following members continue in office completing their 2017-2019 terms:

Co-VP for Education/Programming: Jodi Ochstein
Parliamentarian: Helen Kramer

The following members are nominated to complete unexpired 2017-2019 terms:

Corresponding Secretary: Leah Hadad for the one-year unexpired term of Jill Jacob
Recording Secretary: Elinor Tattar for the one-year unexpired term of Joyce Stern

Also Officers are Gift Shop Co-Managers: Jean Bernard, Diane Keller, and Susan Winberg

Immediate Past President: Miriam Rosenthal

General Board

The following members are nominated to serve a two-year term on the General Board for 2018-20:

Dena Bauman, Rebecca Boggs, Caron Dale, Barbara Frank, Mindy Gaynor, Jennifer Gibson, Judy Heumann, Susan Klein, Susan Lubick, Naomi Rosenblatt, and April Rubin.

The following members are nominated to complete the unexpired 2017-2019 General Board terms of Debby Joseph and Elinor Tattar: Lori Rones and Joyce Stern.

Returning Board Members 2017-2019

Carol Ansell, Sarah Brooks, Carmel Chiswick, Barbara Friedell, Marian Fox, Arlette Jassel, Rhoda Ritzenberg, and Pamela Sislen

Ex-Officio Members of the General Board

Rabbi Penina Alexander, Cantor Arianne Brown, Hazzan Rachel Goldsmith, Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Rabbi Sarah Krinsky, Naomi Malka, Rabbi Emerita Avis Miller, Heather Polansky, Rabbi Kerrith Rosenbaum and Rabbi Eliana Yolkut

These are the members of the nominating committee who proposed this slate:

Dena Bauman (Chair), Anat Bar-Cohen, Rabbi Batya Glazer, Jodi Ochstein, Elizabeth Sloan, and Joyce Stern

Note: Nominations may also be made by a written petition from five (5) or more members in good standing and submitted to the Chair of the Nominating Committee, not later than fifteen (15) days after the report of the Nominating Committee is circulated to the general membership, provided the consent of the person nominated is included.


Join or Renew Your Membership Today!

There are two easy ways to join or to renew your Adas Sisterhood membership:

Pay using a major credit card (a small processing fee will be charged). You will receive an immediate acknowledgement indicating that the transaction has gone through. Please note that we can no longer accept payment of Sisterhood dues through your Adas account.

Or send a check, made payable to Adas Israel Sisterhood, to the Sisterhood Treasurer, Dava Berkman, 2475 Virginia Avenue, NW, #803, Washington, DC 20037.

Membership levels include: Woman of Valor-$120, Chavera  (Friend) – $80, Sister-$40, Other-$___. Note that new  Adas members will receive a one-year complimentary membership to Sisterhood and will also receive a 10% discount on their initial purchase at the Sisterhood Gift Shop.

Miriam Rosenthal

Adas Israel Sisterhood embraces women of all ages and stages of life. It provides opportunities to learn, deepen spirituality and personal Jewish growth, do mitzvot and network. From one-on-one experiences, to small group activities, to large-scale events, there is something of interest for everyone.

The Sisterhood Source 
Sisterhood's e-newsletter 

Click Here to View an Archive of all the Sisterhood E-Newsletters!

Recent Activities

January 23, 2018, panel discussion, “Sexual Harassment: How did we get to this #MeToo moment?”

On January 23, Sisterhood presented a panel discussion, “Sexual Harassment: How did we get to this #MeToo moment?” Lynne Revo-Cohen (New Point Strategies, LLC), Sarah Fleish Fink (National Partnership for Women & Families), Francine Weiss (Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C.) and Rachel Geffen (Onlife) were our expert panelists, moderated by Marilyn Cooper (Moment Magazine). Click Here to see the event.

Sisterhood operates the beautiful

Ruth & Simon Albert
Sisterhood Gift & Judaica Shop

Every purchase benefits
Adas Israel Congregation!

10% discount for initial purchase by new Sisterhood members

Sisterhood Archive
We’re proud of what we have done in the past!

Fri, April 20 2018 5 Iyyar 5778