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2022-23 Executive Committee

President: Margie Corwin
Co-VP for Communications: Ronnie Kweller
Co-VP for Communications: Wendy Kates
Treasurer: Ellen Snyder
Co-VP for Education/Programming: Rona Walters
Co-VP for Education/Programming: Ozana Papados
VP for Membership: June Kress
Parliamentarian: Marian Fox
Corresponding Secretary: Robin Berman
Recording Secretary: Helen Kramer
Immediate Past President: Jill Jacob
Gift Shop Co-Managers: Jean Bernard, Marian Fox, Susan Winberg
Torah Fund Co-Chairs: Rona Walters, Elissa Barpal

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Sisterhood Membership 2022-23, Click Here to Join!

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.

We are a Community of Sisterhood, joined by the bonds of friendship.
Please join us!

For more information email VP of Membership, June Kress.


Special Events


*Members Only Event
Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm

REGISTER HERE. The number of attendees is limited, so don’t delay in registering!  

It’s time to celebrate!  Join our Sisterhood community for fellowship and friendship at this Hanukkah Gathering from 2:00pm – 4:00pm on Sunday December 18, 2022.  Catch up with friends, meet new members, renew our bonds of community and have fun!  This in-person event is for Sisterhood members only.  Weather permitting, we will gather both outdoors and indoors at a private residence in upper Georgetown.  Nearby on-street parking is available.  A back entrance with minimal steps can accommodate those who need.  The address and additional information will be provided to registrants closer to the event.        

Join Us for Sisterhood Shabbat: January 27-28, 2023 (and beyond!)

All are welcome to join us as Sisterhood members lead the Shabbat morning service on January 28 (Parshat Bo), as well as the Weekday Minyan on Thursday, January 26.

Our Sisterhood Shabbat scholar is award-winning author, storyteller, lecturer and scholar-in-residence Dr. Ellen Frankel, who for 18 years was editor-in-chief and CEO at the Jewish Publication Society. During the Erev Shabbat (Friday, January 27) service, Dr. Frankel will honor the memory of long-time Adas Israel and Sisterhood member Mozelle Saltz by telling stories about women from the Iraqi Jewish tradition. The service will be followed by an informal dinner that is open to all. (Registration required – coming soon.)

On Shabbat morning, Dr. Frankel’s d’var Torah will explore what the Torah teaches us today about hierarchy and patriarchy, which she describes as “the burden Judaism has carried in the priestly and rabbinic traditions.” Following the congregational Kiddush lunch, she will deliver a lecture, “How to read the Torah through a Woman’s Eyes,” followed by Q&A. 

Watch this space for further details on all Sisterhood Shabbat-related events and activities, including the registration link for Shabbat dinner and details on our community service project.

Ongoing Programs

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood

Monthly, 3rd Tuesday at 10:30 am via Zoom

Next up:  December 20 | Click Here For A Full Calendar of Events

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.


Knitting, Sewing, and Craft Circle

Monthly, 3rd Wednesday, at 7:30pm via Zoom
Next up: December 21 | Click Here For A Full Calendar of Events

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. Our dedicated knitters have completed as many as 130 items for donation in one week!

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

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.


Book Chat & Meet Author Omer Friedlander

Sunday, January 22, 11:00 am | Register here for this Zoom program
Click here for Robin's review of "The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land"

Join us to discuss the charming, immersive Israeli short story collection, The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land. Halfway through this Zoom program, the book's author, Omer Friedlander will pop in for a virtual visit and to answer questions.  Only 28-years-old, Friedlander has earned high praise and starred reviews for "capturing the particularities" of his Israeli homeland through his "graceful and lyrical" prose. Excitingly, The Man Who Sold Air has been selected this year for California's prestigious One Bay One Book program. Friedlander is a young author to watch!

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.


Calendar of Events



Torah Fund


Mazel Tov to TORAH FUND on its 80th Anniversary!!

As part of the Women's League for Conservative Judaism (WLCJ), Adas Israel raises dollars for Torah Fund, which supports five Conservative seminaries across the globe, educating clergy, cantors, scholars, and lay leaders. Your donation helps provide housing, tuition scholarships, and university infrastructure for the next generation of Jewish leaders.

The WLCJ 2022-23 Torah Fund Campaign is called Chazak v’Ematz, Hebrew for “be strong and courageous.” The Torah Fund Campaign supports 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)

Help strengthen Jewish education and ensure the vibrancy of the Jewish people for decades to come with your gift to Torah Fund.

Individual donors to Torah Fund at the Benefactor level ($180) or higher receive the distinctive WLCJ Torah Fund pin in recognition of their gift. Your Torah Fund Chair, Rona Walters, will deliver the 2022-23 pin to your door. And this year, please consider an additional pledge of $80 in honor of Torah Fund’s 80th Birthday!

The Torah Fund Pin 5783 (2022-23):

You can 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.



We are busy preparing the Ruth & Simon Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop for Hanukkah. Please stop by and check out all of our Hanukkah menorahs, children’s books and gifts, decorations, and more. We’re also working to restock our shelves with many popular items, as well as some new ones.

We encourage you to shop early for Hanukkah! We are open Sunday-Monday & Wednesday-Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. (Conveniently, the shop’s Sunday hours overlap with those of the Religious School.) On Tuesday, we have extended hours: 9:30 am to 3 pm. And, during the week before Hanukkah, we are offering hours that extend into the evening:

Monday, December 12, 9:30 am-3:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm
Tuesday, December 13, 9:30 am-3:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm
Wednesday, December 14, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Thursday, December 15, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Friday, December 16, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Sunday, December 18, 9:30 am-3:00 pm
Monday, December 19, 9:30 am-3:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm

If none of these hours are convenient for you, please send us an email at to arrange your visit.

2850 Quebec Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

All purchases benefit Adas Israel Congregation.

Wed, December 7 2022 13 Kislev 5783