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Sukkot @ Adas
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Sunday, September 23 - Tuesday, October 2

Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (Erev Sukkot is on Sunday evening, September 23) and continues for seven days. It is known by several names, none more descriptive than Z’man Simchataynu, Day of Our Rejoicing. Hag HaSukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, reminds us of the huts (sukkot) in which our ancestors dwelt in the desert for forty years on their way to the Promised Land. It concludes with the festive Holiday of Simchat Torah! We hope you will join us for the holiday!


High Holy Days Guide

Community-Wide Sukkah Building and Decorating
Thursday, September 20 @10am: Sukkah Building 
Sunday, September 23 @ 11am: Sukkah Decorating

We have so many wonderful community events planned to take place in our famous Adas Israel Sukkah on the Connecticut Ave Plaza. Now we need a community to help build and decorate the Sukkah to make it all happen! Please join us in this mitzvah for our community Sukkah building and decorating.  For more information please contact Courtney Tisch, at


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Community Shabbat Dinner in the Sukkah
Friday, September 28 at 6:30pm

Join us for a community Shabbat dinner as we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. Sukkot and Shabbat are times to come together with family and friends and sit in the Sukkah, connecting with nature and each other as we express gratitude for the good things in our lives. What a wonderful way to welcome Shabbat at Adas!
6:00pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Sarah Krinsky
6:30pm: Shabbat Dinner in the Sukkah


New Member Reception in the Sukkah
Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30pm

Please join us in the Sukkah on Wednesday, September 26 for a new member reception. This is an invitation to all our wonderful new members at Adas Israel to join us for a relaxed "meet & greet" with the Adas Israel clergy, lay leaders, and community members! Longstanding members of the community are also encouraged to attend to welcome our new friends to Adas Israel! 


Lulav and Etrog Order Form
Online ordering for Lulav and Etrog sets is closed. If you need a set, please contact Hazzan Goldsmith directly at

"...and you shall take the fruit of goodly trees... and rejoice before the Lord your God." We encourage you to order your Lulav and Etrog in preparation for the festive observance of the Sukkot holiday. Lulavim may be picked up on Thurs, 9/20 or Friday, 9/21.


Simchat Torah, Dancing with the Torah!
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Erev Simchat Torah: Monday, Oct 1, beginning @ 6:30pm
 Torah Morning: Tuesday, Oct 2, beginning @ 9:15am

On Simchat Torah, the Torah scrolls wish to dance, so we become their feet!

Featuring the Mayer brothers, along with our local DC klezmer workshop instructors, to lead us in festive song & dance! The biggest Torah Party of 5779! Join the Adas Israel community for an ecstatic, musical community celebration on the most joyous holiday of our holy calendar!

There will also be a joyous Erev Simchat Torah service with the Traditional Egalitarian Minyan, without instruments, at 7pm. All are welcome!

Post-hakafa klezmer jam session – bring your instrument along to keep the music going after we’ve sung, danced, and read Torah!


Mazal Tov To Our Simchat Torah Honorees!
Honor Our Dedicated Community Members On The Most Festive Day of the Jewish Year
Tuesday, October 2 @ 9:15am


Each year, several community members who have served with unusual dedication are selected to receive special honors on Simchat Torah. For each of them, Adas Israel is deeply entwined with their lives and that of their families. Please join us on the morning of Simchat Torah on October 2nd when we will honor this year’s worthy honorees:

Janet Scribner
Janet has been a member of Adas for 5 years. Both at Adas, and in her professional life, Janet sees herself as someone who “gets things done.” Janet is a mikvah guide, serves on the Board of Directors, is a floor gabbai for Charles E. Smith Sanctuary services, and is co-chair with Edna Povich of the Hesed Committee’s meal team. She also serves as a chaver on the Bereavement committee. Janet sees being of service as simply rewarding. She has been a CPA in private practice for the past 30 years and enjoys the ballet, reading, dining out with friends, and all family gatherings.

Jessica Nemeth
Jessica and her husband David have been members of Adas Israel for 21 years, and their daughters Aviva and Yael joined in 1999 and 2004, respectively. Jessica credits hachnasat orchim (hospitality) for her entry into a full Jewish life, and it remains the core principle
in her participation in synagogue life. She has served on the Board, the Minyan Coordinating Committee, and various other committees over the years, but her primary activity is “inviting a lot of people to dinner.” Her children have been known to refer to “Mom’s Young Couple of the Month Come to Dinner Club,” and her greatest achievement was fitting 30 people into her dining room for seder one year. She also created, and continues to organize the North Cleveland Park Sukkah Walk, the OG of sukkah walks, now in its 18th year. She learned all
she knows about making people feel welcome from her chevra at the Traditional Egalitarian Minyan, where she and her family joyfully daven. When she is not hosting Shabbat meals, Jessica is a clinical psychologist on the staff of the Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy.

Irwin Lebow
A Boston native, Irwin served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946,and obtained a PhD in physics from MIT in 1951. He was president of Temple Emunah in Lexington, MA, in 1964–66 and came to Washington in 1975 to serve as chief scientist at the Defense Communications Agency. Irwin and Grace joined Adas in 1981, and for the past 37 years have been very active members of the community. He was the floor gabbai for more than 10 years beginning in the late 1980s, and was twice chairman of the Religious Committee (now the Religious Practices Committee). Irwin received the Yad Hakavod award in 2003 and continues to lead Shabbat Mincha on Saturday afternoons. This past April, he celebrated the 79th anniversary of his bar mitzvah. Grace (who lovingly painted this portrait of Irwin) and Irwin have been married for 67 years and have been blessed with three children and four grandchildren.

Andrew Herman
Andrew and his wife Amy joined Adas 22 years ago, immediately finding a warm and stimulating community when they enrolled their oldest child in Gan HaYeled. As a member of the Adas Board, Andrew chairs the Finance Committee and has also served on the committees for education along with those handling the recruitment of Rabbi Alexander and Rabbi Solomon. He was a founding member of Scotch & Scriptures as he enjoys every opportunity to pursue Jewish learning. At Adas Israel and in his professional career, Andrew prioritizes client service. He sees his role as ensuring that Adas allocates its funds to provide the optimal member experience. “Our Jewish flame grows brighter when a person can feel an immediate connection both to the Adas community and their Jewish identity—whether through prayer, Jewish mindfulness, education, listening to a speaker, or participating in any number of other activities.” Andrew is a partner in the global law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he specializes in private equity and mergers and acquisitions transactions. He enjoys running, skiing, traveling, and the challah Amy bakes for Shabbat. He has a strong passion for Israel and college basketball. Andrew and Amy’s teenage children, Emma and Arthur, attend Georgetown Day School. Emma was elected International Sh’licha for BBYO, leading Jewish heritage, community service, and social action programming; Arthur plays competitive travel soccer and is an avid fan of the University of North Carolina Tarheels, like his dad.

Wed, January 23 2019 17 Shevat 5779