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Chag Sameach!
Sukkot @ Adas Israel

Sunday, October 13 - Sunday, October 20

Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei 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. Another name for Sukkot, Hag He’asif, the Feast of the Ingathering, stresses that this is a harvest holiday, falling at a time when crops were gathered. It is one of the three harvest festivals in the Jewish year known as the Shalosh Regalim, the three pilgrimage festivals.



Lulav and Etrog Order Form
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The lulav, a palm branch composed of three myrtle twigs and two willow branches, and the etrog, a large citron resembling a lemon, both symbols of the harvest season, are used in keeping with the biblical commandment (Leviticus 23:40), “You shall take the fruit of the pleasant trees, palm branches, thick leafy boughs, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice...” Because the brachot (blessings) for the lulav and the etrog are to be recited on six of the nine days (not Shabbat) of this festival period, and because these harvest symbols do so much to enhance the home, many families purchase them for home use.

Please be sure to order your lulav and etrog by Erev Rosh Hashanah. Pickup is on Friday, October 11 from 9am - 3pm or Sunday, October 13 from 9am - 3pm.



Community-Wide Sukkah Building

Thursday, October 10 @ 11:00am

We have so many community events already planned to take place in the sukkah: the Gan “snack in the shack,” New Member Reception, Kiddush in the Sukkah, and more. Now we need a community to help build and decorate the famous Adas Israel sukkah on the Connecticut Avenue patio. Please join us in this mitzvah on Thursday, October 10 at 11am.



New Member Reception in the Biran Beit Midrash

Wednesday, October 16 @ 6:30pm 

Please join us in the Biran Beit Midrash (Due to Rain) on Wednesday, October 16th for a new member receptions. 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!



Simchat Torah @ Adas Israel

Featuring the Mayer brothers, along with our local DC klezmer workshop instructors, to lead us in festive song & dance!

Erev Simchat Torah, Monday, October 21
6:30pm: Clergy-Led Instrumental Service & Celebration joined by TEM

Simchat Torah, Tuesday, October 22
9:15am: Community Service, Honor Our Simchat Torah Honorees!

On Simchat Torah, the Torah scrolls wish to dance—so we become their feet! Join the Adas Israel community for an ecstatic, musical community celebration on the most joyous holiday of our holy calendar! All are welcome! Also look out for a post-hakafa klezmer jam session - bring your instrument along to keep the music going after we've sung, danced, and read Torah! The Erev Simchat Torah Reception in Wasserman Hall is Sponsored by Steve Rabinowitz & Laurie Moskowitz in memory of Steve’s mother, Dorothy Rabinowitz, on her Yahrzeit, linking her memory with the beauty and importance of Simchat Torah is a lasting and meaningful memorial.



Simchat Torah Honorees 5780

Michael Leifman, Sarah Brooks, Sharon Burka & Russell Smith

Each year, several congregants who have served with unusual dedication are selected to receive special honors on Simchat Torah. Please join us on the morning of Simchat Torah on Tuesday, October 22, beginning at 9:15am when we honor this year’s worthy honorees.

Read about this year's worthy honorees in the October Chronicle



Simchat Torah Family Service

Tuesday, October 22 @ 10:00am

Join the Education Department for a celebratory family service with hakafot, song and prayer for young children and their families! Service will be held in the Biran Beit Midrash. Fluffy Torahs will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. We will join in the main service for dancing with the Torah as well!


Full Sukkot/ Simchat Torah Schedule

Erev Sukkot, Sunday, Oct. 13

9:00am Morning Minyan
6:00pm Mincha / Kabbalat Chag Service

Day 1, Monday, Oct. 14

9:15am Combined Morning Service 11:00am Sukkot Children’s Service
12:00pm Kiddush in the Sukkah
6:00 pm Mincha / Kabbalat Chag Service

Day 2, Tuesday, Oct. 15

9:15 am Combined Morning Service
12:00pm Kiddush in the Sukkah
1:00 pm Mincha

Day 3, Wednesday, Oct. 16

7:15 am Morning Minyan / Chol HaMoed Sukkot
6:00 pm Mincha / Maariv Services
6:30pm New Member Reception in the Sukkah

Day 4, Thursday, Oct. 17

7:15 am Morning Minyan / Chol HaMoed Sukkot
12:00 pm Gan Snack in the Shack
6:00 pm Mincha / Maariv Services

Day 5, Friday, Oct. 18

7:15 am Morning Minyan / Chol HaMoed Sukkot
11:45am Gan Snack in the Shack
6:00 pm TEM (All invited) Mincha/ Maariv for Shabbat Services

Day 6, Saturday, Oct. 19

9:15 am Shabbat Service/ Tinok (Baby) Shabbat
9:15 am TEM Service
9:30 am Havurah Shabbat Service
10:00 am Tot Shabbat
10:00 am Youth Service for grades K-12
10:00 am Youth Service for grades 4-6
12:00 pm Kiddush in the Sukkah
1:00 pm Mincha

Day 7, Erev Shemini Atzeret, Sunday, Oct. 20 

8:45 am Morning Minyan / Hoshana Rabba Service
6:00 pm Mincha / Kabbalat Chag Services

Day 8, Shemini Atzeret / Erev Simchat Torah, Monday, Oct. 21

9:15 am Holiday Service/ Yizkor Service
9:15 am TEM Service
12:00 pm Kiddush in the Sukkah
6:00 pm Mincha
6:30 pm Erev Simchat Torah Maariv & Hakafot
8:30 pm Erev Simchat Torah Reception

Simchat Torah, Tuesday, Oct. 22

9:15 am Holiday Service joined by the TEM
11:00 am Simchat Torah Children’s Service
12:00 pm Congregational Kiddush
1:00 pm Mincha

Tue, February 25 2020 30 Shevat 5780