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Sisterhood Shabbat with Guest Speaker Dr. Vanessa Ochs
This Friday, February 21 - This Saturday, February 22
Join us for two wonderful days of prayer, study, food, and friendship. Our speaker, underwritten by the Mozelle Saltz (z”l) Fund for Sisterhood Speakers, is Dr. Vanessa Ochs. Dr. Ochs is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies Program at the University of Virginia. She is also a rabbi, ordained in 2012. Join us for an array of events throughout Shabbat including: Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv services, Shabbat Dinner, D'var Torahs, Kiddush Lunch sponsored by congregant Donald Saltz in memory of his wife, Mozelle (z”l), and more.
  Kol HaOlam 2020
The National Collegiate Jewish A Cappella Competition
Next Saturday, February 29 @ 8pm Register Here
Join us for this wildly popular annual musical tradition... The National Collegiate Jewish A Cappella Championship Competition! 6 Powerhouse Jewish a cappella groups from colleges and universities around the country battle it out to be crowned #1 in American Jewish A Cappella. Competing groups include: Jewop (Wisconsin), Ketzev (Johns Hopkins), Kol HaKavod (Michigan), Koleinu (Princeton), Mezumenet (Maryland) and Rak Shalom (Maryland). Bonus performances by last year’s winner, Hooshir (Indiana) & special guest Shir Madness of CESJDS!
  Purim @ Adas: The Storm
Monday, March 9 – Tuesday, March 10
This year our Purim Prism will be “The Storm”. Why? Because sometimes the best way to appreciate the ways in which we try to control so much around us is to let go in ways we normally can’t. To that end, we’ll be gently playing with some of the building’s more common features to create a sensation that begs one more glance, one more moment of reflection, and one more attempt at clarity. Instead of clearing away the stuff you don’t always see, we’ll embrace it, imaginatively recreate it, and consciously inhabit it’s wild dimensions. Sometimes, in order to see the reality that is “Adas” in all of its holy facets, we must imagine it from the other side -- the stormy side. Learn more at
Open SAC Meeting Followed by a Celebration of Adas Going Solar with Tommy Wells, Director of D.C. Dept. of Energy & Environment
This Sunday, February 23 @ 10am - 12:30pm
Join our Social Action Committee meeting to hear reports of our ongoing work. At 11AM Adas will celebrate our increased effort to combat pollution and climate change. We are soon putting solar panels on our roof, which will reduce the toxic emissions from power plants that deliver power to our building, and we are beginning composting with a goal of zero waste from the hundreds of meals served at Adas every week, on the way to a "plastic free" Adas.  Please join us to celebrate these initiatives and hear from Tommy Wells, Director of D.C. Dept. of Energy & Environment. 
Advanced Halakhah (Jewish Law) With Rabbi Aaron Alexander
Tuesday, February 25 @ 7:30pm
Together, utilizing medieval legal sources in the original (w/o translation), Rabbi Alexander will lead learners in a textual exploration of how and why the public recitation/ritual of the The Priestly Blessing disappeared from almost all diaspora communities’ daily prayer services. **This series is designed primarily for those with some previous experience studying classical rabbinic texts in hebrew/aramaic. 
Adas @ Home
The Joy and Beauty of a Shabbat Meal in the Home, Adas-Style
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Next Date is Friday, February 28!
Host a Shabbat meal for your friends and Adas family members. Or, join a meal near you! We are proud to announce a new and ongoing rotation of Shabbat meals in the homes of our community members, supported and enhanced by a unique, helpful array of Adas tools and content. We’re here to help - Adas will support all these meals through hosting/ritual coaching, Adas-themed Shabbat boxes complete with blessings, fun facts and explanations of Shabbat customs, and grape juice and challah.
  Upcoming Israel Engagement Opportunities
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We are proud to continue an era at Adas Israel, one where Israel is at the center of our hearts and minds in our synagogue. In the coming months, leading American Jewish organizations concerned with Israel policy will be having major conferences right here in DC. Take these opportunities to learn and act – whatever your perspective or background! Visit to view a list of exciting upcoming Israel opportunities.
Check out these highlights:
• Video Archive: "Trum Peace Plan" Discussion with Dr. Robert Satloff
Aipac Policy Conference, March 1 - March 3
• A Taste of Israel: Food, Workshop & Israeli Dancing, March 18
• Vot for Mercaz, Fight for Religious Pluralism
  Al-Anon Family Group Addiction Meetings
Wednesdays (Weekly) @ 7:30pm-8:30pm
At Adas Israel in Classroom 333

Do you have a family member or friend whose drinking or using drugs, legal or illegal, causes you to be worried or anxious? Al-Anon family groups are relatives and friends of those with alcoholism and addiction who come together to share their experiences, strengths, and hopes in order to help solve their common problems. While the primary focus of Al-Anon is for families and friends of those battling alcoholism, the experiences, strength, and hope of families and friends of those suffering from addiction are often the same, and you are most welcome to attend. Questions? contact Lois Fingerhut.
  7 Adar Bereavement Committee Brunch
This Sunday, February 23 @ 10am - 12pm Register Here

Join the Adas Israel Bereavement Committee and Chevrah Kaddisha members from Ohr Kodesh, Beth El, and Adat Shalom for brunch and hear renowned Jewish Educator Nina Rubin speak on Tahor and Tamei: A New Understanding of Spiritual Boundaries, Spiritual Vulnerability and Navigating the Path Between. Please register before Sunday, February 16. Non-Bereavement Committee members pay $10 at the door.
3GDC Presents: 3 Generations, 3 Authors
A Multigenerational Authors Panel with Adas Israel
This Sunday, February 23 @ 2pm Register Here

Join 3GDC for a moderated discussion led by Dr. Aleisa Fishman, founding staff member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,featuring Edith Cord, a 1st generation Holocaust survivor and author of Finding Edith, Max Hirshfeld, a 2nd generation Holocaust survivor and author of Sweet Noise: Love in Wartime, and Felice Cohen, grandchild of Holocaust survivors and author of What Papa Told Me. We look forward to introducing you to 3 generations who will come together to tell us how they preserved their family's legacies and became authors in the process.
  Hesed Cooking Event
Tuesday, February 25 @ 6:30pm Register Here

Calling All Cooks! Join the Hesed (loving kindness) cooking team on Tuesday, February 25, at 6:30 PM for our next cooking event. We are thrilled that some of the food we are making will go to children at the TraRon Center, an important organization founded by Ryane Nickens, which provides support and after school activities for children in Ward 8 who have been exposed to gun violence. The rest of the food will be filling up our freezers. For more information on the TraRon Center click here.
  Social Action Community Trip to Alabama with Rabbi Krinsky
Upcoming Info Session: Saturday, February 29 During Kiddush
Tentative Travel Dates: June 5 - 9 Submit Your Interest Here
A group of Adas members are planning a social action trip in early June to learn more deeply about the historic role of racism and class in America, its contemporary implications for our country, and how these issues connect with our own social action work and role in the DC community. The trip will center around a visit to the Equal Justice Initiative Museum and Memorial as well as learning with local communities, with preparation and follow-up events in DC open to all. Upcoming info session - February 29, during Kiddush.
  "Rainy Day" Purim Spiel Rehearsals with Cantor Ari
Beginning Wednesday, March 4 @ 6:30pm

Want to join in the fun for Purim at Adas? Do you love to sing and act? You’re invited to join our expanded Flash Choir to sing as part of our Purim spiel! Rehearsals: Wednesday, 3/4 at 6:30-7:15pm, Sun 3/8 at 12-1pm, Mon 3/9 at 6:20pm, sound check prior to 7pm Purim celebration. Please RSVP to Rae Grad at We look forward to hearing you!
"Lev B’Lev" Presents:
Confronting Hate in Post-Charlottesville America
Wednesday, March 4 @ 7pm - 9pm
Join Adas Israel and the Capital Jewish Museum for an Evening with Tom Gutherz, Senior Rabbi of Charlottesville’s Congregation Beth Israel, Doron Ezickson, ADL Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic/Midwest Division and Alex Horowitz, Adas Israel Congregant and Community Leader. The program will include a dessert reception, film, and panel discussion on confronting the environment of hate American Jews face today. The documentary short that will be shown, Reawakening, is about the Charlottesville Jewish community’s response to the 2017 Unite the Right rally. Reawakening was directed and produced by Adas Israel congregant Alexandra Horowitz.
Purim Masks: Explorations of Power and Privilege
Discussion with The Kehilah Multiracial Engagement Project
Saturday, March 7 @ 1:15pm
Please join the Kehilah Multiracial Engagement Project for a special Post-Kiddush Purim discussion. In this workshop, we will derive lessons from the Purim tradition of wearing masks for applying in multiracial settings and fostering antiracist perspectives, attitudes, and actions. This training is sponsored by the Adas Israel Kehilah Multiracial Engagement Project. Jordan Potash is an Adas Israel member, licensed art therapist, GW professor, and diversity/inclusion educator.
  Author Chat & Sing
With Anthropologist - Performer Dr. Maggie Paxson
Sunday, March 15 @ 10 am in the Library

Join us for a memorable morning as anthropologist Dr. Maggie Paxson introduces her newest book, The Plateau, about her fieldwork in a French mountain community with a long history of sheltering endangered people, including hundreds of Jews during WWII. As a special bonus, Dr. Paxson will perform early 20th Century songs relating to her fieldwork. A book signing will follow (purchases by cash or check only). This program is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP by emailing Robin Jacobson.
You Can Make A Difference!
Fight for Religious Pluralism in Israel, Vote for MERCAZ
Click Here To Learn More
As American Jews, we don’t often get a chance to make a direct impact in Israel. However, the 2020 World Zionist Congress election gives us that opportunity. Every 5 years an election is held to determine the leadership of the World Zionist Organization. It is imperative that the MERCAZ Slate - the official slate of the Conservative/Masorti Movement - have a strong showing in this upcoming election. And this year, our own synagogue member, Toni Bickart, is on the Mercaz slate. Voting is happening NOW through March 11th. You can Vote Mercaz slate # 6 right now by going to

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
Friday, February 21
Candle Lighting: 5:33pm
10:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
5:30pm; Gewirz Beit Am
6:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
6:15pm; Kay Hall
7:00pm; Youth Lounge

Saturday, February 22

8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash

9:30am; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
12:00pm; Kay Hall
12:45pm; Gewirz Beit Am
1:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
HAVDALAH: 6:33pm
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Bruce Sidney Hainsfurther
Leonard Norman Arnold
Diane Strauss
Mannie Edelstein
Mark Litowitz
Vivian David Wantuch

May their memories be for a blessing.

Daily Minyan
In the Biran Beit Midrash

Monday-Friday: 7:30am
Sundays and Legal Holidays
(except Columbus Day & Veteran's Day): 9:00am
Rosh Chodesh and Holiday Chol Hamoed: 7:15am 

Sunday–Thursday: 6:00 pm
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Sunday-Monday: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Wednesday-Friday: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Special Tuesday hours: 9:30 am- 3 pm & 6-8 pm.
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