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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

January 27, 2019 at 2 pm Register Here
THE CRIME OF COMPLICITY: A Discussion of Moral Responsibility with Amos Guiora
If you are a bystander and witness a crime, should intervention to prevent that crime be a legal obligation? Or is moral responsibility enough?

Amos N. Guiora addresses these profoundly important questions and the bystander-victim relationship from a deeply personal and legal perspective, focusing on the Holocaust and then exploring cases in contemporary society.

Join us for a discussion with Amos N. Guiora on “The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander from the Holocaust to Today.” Drawn from his book The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust, he will examine the bystander-victim relationship from a personal and legal perspective, focusing first on the Holocaust and then using those lessons to explore cases in contemporary society.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

February 10, 2019 at 1pm Register Here
MEET THE MIKVAH: Bodies of Water

Join us on February 10th at 1pm for “Bodies of Water,” an award-winning program that introduces you to Mikvah as a path to body positivity from a Jewish perspective. Framed along with other healthy practices like mindful eating and Jewish meditation, this experience is a very special way to explore how Mikvah is relevant in a modern Jewish life. We will watch a demonstration immersion by someone in their bathing suit, explore different ceremonies for Mikvah use, learn simple ways to bless our food with Rabbi Sarah Tasman, and practice Jewish mindfulness with Marilyn Cooper. Everyone is invited, including kids ages 10 and up. When you register, please indicate if you need any accommodations or if you have any food allergies or sensitivities.

SAVE THE DATE Sisterhood Shabbat, March 22 & 23
Calling all daveners & leyners! Sisterhood Shabbat weekend will take place on March 22-23, 2019. This year’s theme is “An Eternal Flame: From Purim to Passover to Pittsburgh – Women Contributions to Jewish Resiliency Through the Ages.” We are looking for women who can daven (Psukei Dzimrah, Shacharit, or Musaf) and/or leyn (chant a short Torah portion) during the Saturday morning service. Come be part of this wonderful tradition! If you would like to daven, please contact Kinney Zalesne at If you would like to leyn, please contact Sabrina Sojourner at Please respond by January 31. Thank you -- we look forward to celebrating together!

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
Monday, January 21, 10 am REGISTER


Sisterhood members and guests (all are welcome!) will meet Monday, January 21, at 10:00 am at Union Station and walk to the United States Botanic Garden for a private tour to see the beautiful greenery. We will continue to the National Museum of the American Indian to view a special exhibit on treaties, followed by lunch in the museum cafeteria. Please register online or contact Rona Walters at 202-744-2854


Next Up: Friday, February 15, 10 am
On Friday, February 15, longtime sisterhood member and Library of Congress docent Marian Fox will lead a tour of the library’s magnificent 1897 building, including the reading room overlook on the 2nd floor, and discuss the library’s iconic art, architecture and history. Among the library’s treasures that we will see are the only complete, first-run vellum Guttenberg bible in the United States; a 1507 map in which America is first named and depicted as a separate continent; and a recreation of Thomas Jefferson’s library that started it all. We will meet at 10 am in the lobby. Following the tour, those who wish can take a short walk to the Eastern market area for lunch.

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 with Sisterhood

Second Tuesday of the month, at 10 am, Funger Hall
Next Up: February 12, March 12

Community leader and scholar Norman Shore will lead a discussion about unnamed women in the Talmud – the many women, including rabbis' wives and daughters, Roman matrons, servants and prostitutes, who are identified only by their family relations, social status or occupations. We will read some of their stories and reclaim their identities.

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. Students of all levels and backgrounds are welcome. Classes are open to the entire Adas community, and participants are invited to bring a friend.

All classes are at 10 am in Funger Hall. Classes are monthly except in the summer. For more information, please contact Marilyn Cooper: Subsequent 2019 classes will be March 12, April 9, May 14 and June 11.


Knitting, Sewing, Craft Circle

Third Wednesday of the month (Excluding February), 7:30-9 pm, Youth Lounge

Ongoing knitting, crocheting, sewing and craft projects are open to all levels of experience. All are welcome to join us at any time. Contact Lesley Frost ( for details.


Sisterhood in Your Community

Next Up: Sunday, February 17, Sunday, February 24

Sisterhood is again offering the very popular “Sisterhood in Your Community” get-togethers on select Sundays until the early summer. These are brunches, wine & cheese gatherings or teas hosted by Sisterhood members in a neighborhood near you. The purpose is for current members to get to know one another better and have some fun!

Hosts will send out invitations to members who live in close proximity. But if you’re interested, contact June Kress (202-316-3439;, and she will put you in touch with the host.

Here is the lineup through March:

Sunday, February 17, 3 to 5 pm, wine and cheese will be hosted by Susan Barocas in Cleveland Park.

Sunday, February 24, 4 to 6 pm, wine and cheese will be hosted by Sarah Brooks in Cleveland Park.
Sunday, March 3, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, a brunch will be hosted by Arlette Jassel in Bethesda.
Sunday, March 10, 2 to 4 pm, wine and cheese will be hosted by Barbara Friedell in Bethesda.
Sunday, March 24, 2 to 4 pm, wine and cheese will be hosted by Rhoda Ritzenberg in Ballston.


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

  •  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.


By Betty Adler, Torah Fund Chair

Adas Israel Sisterhood is proud to acknowledge our yearly commitment to Women's League for Conservative Judaism’s Torah Fund campaign. Thanks to past Torah Fund Chair Alisa Abrams, Sisterhood exceeded our 2017-18 goal.

The 2018-19 campaign is well underway. Every person has the opportunity to help preserve, promote and perpetuate Conservative/Masorti Judaism by giving to the Torah Fund Campaign.

Contributions at all levels are welcome and can be made via the Sisterhood page on the Adas Israel website or by mailing a check, payable to Torah Fund, to: Betty Adler; 6101 Shady Oak Lane; Bethesda, MD 20817.

Those who contribute $180 or more receive a beautiful Torah Fund pin with the Hebrew word ATID, which means FUTURE. 


For more information, contact Torah Fund Chair, Betty Adler. To make your donation, click here:

Wed, January 23 2019 17 Shevat 5779