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Welcome to Adas Israel Congregation Sisterhood 5782!

Executive Committee | 2021-22 MembershipOngoing Programs | 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

Slate of Nominated Officers 2022-23/24

The Sisterhood of Adas Israel Congregation nomination committee, chaired by June Kress, in accordance with the Bylaws of the Sisterhood, have submitted the following slate of nominees for the 2022-23 year.  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 written consent of the person nominated is included.

The election will take place prior to the Closing Event on June 12.  Thank you to the Nominating Committee for their service and congratulations to the nominees.

President:  Margie Corwin / 22-24
President Elect: N/A
Co-VP for Communications:  Ronnie Kweller / 22-23
Co-VP for Communications:  Wendy Kates / 22-24
Treasurer:  Ellen Snyder / 22-24
Co-VP for Education/Programming:  Rona Walters / 21-23
Co-VP for Education/Programming:  Ozana Papados / 22-24
VP for Membership:  June Kress / 22-24
Parliamentarian:  Marian Fox / 22-24
Corresponding Secretary:  Robin Berman / 22-23
Recording Secretary:  Helen Kramer / 22-23
Immediate Past President: Jill Jacob / 22-24
Gift Shop Co-Managers:  Jean Bernard, Marian Fox, Susan Winberg
Torah Fund Co-Chairs: Rona Walters & Elissa Barpal / 22-23
Tara Ackerman* Judy Heumann
Kara Azocar* Hoonjoo Lee
Rebecca Boggs Gabrielle Sherb
Joyce Bonnett* Julie Sorenson*
Jennifer Gibson * Denotes new to the board.
Elissa Barpal Joyce Stern 
Patricia Manasevit Gayle Teicher
Susie Sorrells Cheryl Wasserman 
Sisterhood Nominating Committee:  
June Kress (Chair) Gail Roache
Margie Corwin Arlene Sidell
Jennifer Gibson  

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.

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.


Sisterhood Closing Event


Sunday, June 12, at 12 pm 
Adas Israel Congregation - Kay Hall (in-person only)


Join us for lunch and a fascinating discussion with James Beard Award-winning chef, Pati Jinich, who will explore her Mexican-Jewish heritage and describe the ways she has used her culinary talents to promote joint cultural awareness between her two home countries: Mexico and the United States.

Pati is the creator and host of the Emmy-nominated PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table and the PBS prime time special La Frontera, which showcases the vibrant people and culture along the U.S.-Mexico border. Named one of the “100 Greatest Cooks of All-Time,”

Pati has authored three cookbooks highlighting Mexican cuisine, most recently the New York Times bestseller Treasures of the Mexican Table, which will be available for purchase (cash or check only). Pati received a master’s degree in Latin American studies at Georgetown University and a degree at the L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland. 

An Adas Israel member, Pati was born into a Jewish family in Mexico City and currently is raising her family in the Washington area.

At our event, Pati will be in discussion with G. Daniela Galarza, a staff writer for the Washington Post Food section. Daniela is a former restaurant pastry chef who has been writing about food and cooking for more than 10 years.  Her work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Daniela earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a certificate in pastry arts from the International Culinary Center in New York.

The event is complimentary for Sisterhood Chavera-level members and $25 a person for all other Sisterhood members and non-members.

This event will not be live streamed.


Janice Mostow & Betsy Strauss

May 15, 2022 at 1 pm
Live at Adas Israel Congregation in Gewirz Beit Am 


“Man’s potential for change and growth is much greater than we are willing to admit and old age (can) be regarded not as the age of stagnation but as the age of opportunities for inner growth.”  Abraham Joshua Heschel
Please join us for a stimulating and thought-provoking presentation on Wise Aging, a program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality that embraces and cultivates a mindful and intentional philosophy of growing older. The program emphasizes how mindful practices such as meditation and other contemplative practices, and the use of Jewish texts and other sources of spiritual practices, can guide us through the journey of aging. The main resource for the IJS program is “Wise Aging:  Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit” by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal. 
We’ve asked Betsy Strauss and Janice Mostow, trained Wise Aging facilitators, to introduce us to the Wise Aging program. This hour-long, interactive program will explore how spiritual qualities can foster well-being and how, in the words of Martin Buber, each person might respond to the call to fulfill her particularity.  

This event will not be live streamed.


Ongoing Programs

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood

Monthly, Tuesdays via Zoom

Next up: May 17, at 2:00 pm via Zoom, when  Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt will be teaching. Please note the special start time.

Future 2022 date: 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.



Knit, Sew and Craft Group

Monthly, Wednesday at 7:30pm via Zoom

Next up: May 18 via Zoom

Upcoming Date: 6/15

Adas Knitting Circles include about 22 knitters. Some are members of Adas Israel, others are residents of Somerset House in Friendship Heights or the Whitney in Bethesda, as well as other friends who love to knit. One recent week 20 knitters completed more than 130 items for donation.

Please email Lesley Frost at if you would like to receive meeting notices and the Zoom link. For any other information, including where to drop off completed items or pick up requested yarn in the Adas coatroom, please contact Lesley via email.

Rita Segerman 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.

In photo: Knitters Sharon Curry, Carolyn Goldman, Julie Hoffman, Marcia Miller, Rita Segerman, Rebecca Smith, Lea Stern.


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.


Summer Event: Meet Author Geraldine Brooks​

Sunday, July 24, 11 am | Register here to receive the Zoom link

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will present her long-awaited new novel, Horse. This gripping story of the Civil War, an iconic racehorse, and a mysterious painting offers a "multi-layered reckoning with the legacy of enslavement and racism in America." 


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.


Past Events

 Sisterhood Opening Event 2021-22: 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!.



Now that we've put Passover to bed, we have a number of spring and summer items on display that make great hostess gifts. And check out our window for bar and bat mitzvah gifts. Or how about some lovely jewelry for you? AND...great news! Throughout the month of May, almost every item* in the shop is discounted 10%. Have you had your eye on something special? Now's the time to pick it up. And please keep in mind that regular shop hours are replaced by summer hours during the last week of May. The last day of regular hours is Friday, May 26. Summer hours begin Tuesday, May 31, at which time we will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 am-noon.
*No discounts on edibles, kosher klafs, Nats kippot, children's books, or greeting cards.

Shop Hours:
Sunday-Monday & Wednesday-Friday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Tuesday, 9:30 am-3:00 pm

We're also open by special appointment. If you'd like to set up a special time, please email us at

Every purchase benefits Adas Israel

Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop
2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sun, May 29 2022 28 Iyyar 5782