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Please Give to the The Adas Fund in 2017
Chaired by Alumni of the Ma’alot High School Israel
And Supported by the Adas Fund Champions! See full list of Adas Champions below…

This year, we are particularly proud to announce that six incredible alumni of Adas Israel’s annual Abe & Minnie Kay Israel Experience have volunteered to Chair the Adas Fund. They are Annabelle Friedman, Ethan Sorcher, Isaac Frumkin, Julia Kagan, Kalia Hoechstetter and William Satloff. These six remarkable “Adas Israel-ites” grew up in our community and are now working to ensure that future generations will have the same opportunities to grow and thrive within our remarkable congregation. The Adas Fund campaign is the congregation’s

only annual fundraising effort and is essential in ensuring that our congregation can function and thrive in the way so many of us have come to count on and deserve. We are honored and humbled by their incredible commitment, and we hope you will make every effort possible to help them achieve their goals for another successful campaign. We seek 100% participation, at any level of giving.

The Abe & Minnie Kay Israel Experience is a heavily subsidized two-week Tikkun Olam focused Israel trip for rising 11th graders in the Ma'alot High School program at Adas Israel. The students spend their 10th grade year studying and preparing for their journey to Israel, which for many, is truly a life changing experience. We are eternally grateful for the leadership, support and vision of the Kay family, who shared our belief that experiencing Israel with peers as the culmination of a lifelong Jewish education is the most meaningful way for our students to appreciate the Land of Israel and to foster a lasting Jewish identity. Annabelle, Ethan, Isaac, Julia, Kalia and William were fortunate enough to participate in this once in a lifetime journey, and are now proudly coming together to lead the next generation and beyond. They will need your support as they work to ensure the success of their congregational home. They know we cannot fulfill our obligations to our students, our elderly, and every Jewish person who seeks comfort and community within our walls if we do not raise the funds necessary to keep our congregation alive.

We look forward to hearing their stories as the year progresses, and to celebrating their achievements over the High Holy Days. We hope you will join with them as we demonstrate our gratitude for the many personal and family journeys Adas Israel’s members, clergy, and staff inspire.

The campaign will also be supported by a dedicated group of Adas Fund Champions, who will partner with these remarkable students to harness our congregation’s vitality, growth, and strength through the campaign. We are appreciative of all contributions, no amount is too small, and we ask that everyone contribute something. These students, and the amazing synagogue they have grown up to love and now help lead, deserve everyone’s support, at any level possible. Please share these incredible students’ good example as we support this campaign, and together, build our spiritual home at Adas Israel.

Meet The Adas Fund Chairs!

Alumni of the Ma'alot High School Israel Trip


Annabelle Friedman, age 16

Annabelle Friedman is a senior at Washington International School. She was a participant on the 2016 Ma’alot trip to Israel, and continues to be an active member of the Ma’alot Tuesday learning community. She enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her siblings. 

Isaac Frumkin, age 17

Isaac Frumkin is a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School. His hobbies include running track for his High School team. He traveled to Israel last year with the 2016 Ma’a lot class and will be returning to Israel this summer to compete in the Maccabiah Games for the Junior USA team.

Kalia Hoechstetter, age 18

Kalia Hoechstetter recently graduated from Woodrow Wilson High school in Washington D.C. This fall she plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she will double major in Political Science & Legal Studies, and Spanish Language. Kalia has been an active member of Adas her entire life, most recently serving as USY chapter president for the 2016-2017 school year. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, participating in Model United Nations, spending time outdoors, and drinking copious amounts of tea.

Julia Kagan, age 18

Julia Kagan recently graduated from Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School.  She is an activist for women's health, education and disability rights, and she enjoys embroidering and painting. This fall, she will be a freshman at Dickinson College, where she will be majoring in Health Studies.

William Satloff, age 17

William Satloff, a Gan graduate, is a rising senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and president of its Class of 2018. A professional potter and captain of the BCC Mock Trial Team, William also serves as the Tikkun Olam / Social Action Chair of Adas Israel's USY Chapter. He traveled to Israel in June 2016 with his Maalot class and loved learning about the diversity and richness of the country.

Ethan Sorcher, age 18

Ethan Sorcher is a fourth-generation Adas member who attended Gan HaYeled all the way through the Ma’alot High School Program. He is finishing his freshman year at Boston University, double majoring in International Relations & Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Ethan currently serves as the Political Liaison for Boston University Students for Israel, working closely with AIPAC to promote Israel on campus. 

Meet The Adas Fund Champions!

And find out why Adas Israel is, and always will be, their home…


Rita Segerman, joined 1965 & Ryna Cohen, joined 1959

“Adas Israel is our spiritual home. It is where we came to find community, to watch our children grow, to see our old friends and make new ones, to mark milestones, and to connect our lives daily with the joy and meaning of Jewish tradition.”

Laurie and Dan Alajdem & Family, Joined Adas 2001

“Adas is home to all of us. It started with our children. They went to the Gan and had their first taste of having a home away from home. But over the years we have all grown closer to Adas, and to our Judaism, in ways we never would have imagined when we first walked through the doors.”

Scott Levine and Melissa Blume & Family, joined 1999

“Adas Israel has become the center of both our family’s spiritual and social lives.  In addition to educating our children at the Gan and now the Religious School, we frequently attend many of Adas’s truly transcendent services from Rabbi Lauren's Return Again Shabbats to the occasional Friday parsha study with Rabbi Alexander.  On the social front, as so many of our closest friends are affiliated with the synagogue, we regularly attend family Shabbat dinners at Adas and are traveling this summer with Adas on the Family Israel Experience.  With all that Adas has given us, it is only natural to want to give back.  As the synagogue supports so many worthwhile causes—from the Gan to the Syrian refugee project to the Anne Frank House–our only challenge is to figure out which causes to support.  Further, we enjoy volunteering at Adas in any way we can including Scott’s upcoming tenure as Adas’s Treasurer and Melissa’s many roles with the GPA.”

Brian and Mickie Schwalb & Family, joined 1999

“Since our girls started at the Gan nearly 18 years ago, Adas has been a source of community, connection and spirituality. We take pride in being members of a synagogue that continues to change and evolve to meet the needs and desires of a diverse jewish community in the city.  Being involved for many years on the executive committee, helping to launch and grow the jewish mindfulness center of washington and having our girls work as madrachim have been experiences that have enriched our family and have deepened our commitment.  We look forward to participating in the on-going growth, renewal and strength of the vibrant Adas family.”

Rachel Rosenthal, Joined Adas 2008

“I feel very welcomed at Adas, and I want to help everyone else feel like Adas is a welcoming home too – with vibrant community, spiritual growth, caring support throughout life's ups and downs, and more.”

Adina and Sandy Mendelson, Joined Adas 1971

“Adas is the place where we have davened with family and friends, where we have learned and grown Jewishly, and where we have led and participated fully in this community. Our connections to Adas–our spiritual home–are deep and broad, totally intertwined with our lives.”

David Waskow, Ketura Persillin & Family, Joined Adas 2000

"Adas is our family's second home, the shul where our kids have grown up and learned to read Torah, lead services, and – most important – be part of a close community. Since the week we moved to DC, we've been steadfast members of the Traditional Egalitarian Minyan. Our Adas family extends far beyond the Minyan — to the inspiring and thoughtful clergy, to the brilliant and welcoming administrative staff, and, never to be forgotten, to the maintenance and security staff who organize our prayer spaces, prepare prayer books and Torahs for shiva minyans and happy occasions, and have brought smiles to our kids' faces during all our years at Adas.”

Nancy Weiss, Joined Adas 1993

“There are way too many things I could say as to why Adas Israel is my home! When I first moved to the DC area from a close-knit Jewish community in Montreal, I didn’t know how I’d find that supportive, close community feeling again. Before long, I found it at Adas! The community embraced us, my daughter joined the Gan, and the rest is history. Adas is the focal point of my spiritual and communal life and I couldn’t imagine the last 22 years without it.”

Fri, April 20 2018 5 Iyyar 5778