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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, Diane Keller, Susan Winberg
Immediate Past President: Miriam Rosenthal
Torah Fund Chair: Mindyl Gaynor

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

Follow us on Social Media

Facebook Page | Facebook Group

Special Events

Days for Girls: September 22, 2019 at 2pm

Volunteer initiative in partnership with the Adas Israel Community Mikvah and Days for Girls to bring dignity to women and girls with their menstrual cycle.

Opening Event: October 27, 2019 at 1 pm

One Faith, Many Cultures

Financial Planning for Women: November 2019

What women need to know about financial investments, taxes and proper planning for now and later.

Women's Heart Health Event: January 2020

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Learn what you can do.

Sisterhood Shabbat: February 21 & 22, 2020

Downsize, Declutter, Refresh: March 22, 2020

Organizing experts will share their secrets on how to downsize.

Closing Event: June 14, 2020 at 11 am


Ongoing Programs

Weekly Mah Jongg

Weekly, Thursdays at 1 pm

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




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


Weekday Torah with Sisterhood

Monthly, 3rd Tuesday at 10 am, Funger Hall

Engaging approach to Hebrew text study with a variety of teachers and perspectives. Open to the congregation.


Knit, Sew and Craft Group

Monthly, 1st Wednesday at 7:30 pm - Youth Lounge

Members are welcome to work on annual group projects or continue their ongoing knitting, sewing, crocheting and crafts.


Sisterhood in Your Community & Sunday Salons 

Brunch, wine and cheese, and tea get-togethers on select Sundays for members of Sisterhood to socialize and get to know one another. In addition, four “Sunday Salons” featuring exceptional Adas/Sisterhood members – women who have built remarkable careers that we can all learn from - will be presented.


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 Book Club

10-11 am, Every other month on a Sunday at 10 am in Adas Sisterhood Library
Next Up: Sunday, September 15

Summer Reading! Try Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo, an acclaimed Israeli novel about the residents of an apartment building near Tel Aviv. The book club will be discussing this novel at its next book chat, Sunday, September 15, 10-11 am in the Library.

Led by Adas Librarian Robin Jacobson, the Adas Book Club meets every two months to discuss a book of Jewish interest. For more information contact Robin Jacobson,


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 Mindyl Gaynor, Torah Fund Chair
5437 Connecticut Avenue, NW #406
Washington, DC 20015

Donations may not be charged to your Adas Israel account.

Sisterhood Calendar


Sisterhood Gift Shop Hours

Summer Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10am - 12pm

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

Mon, July 22 2019 19 Tammuz 5779