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  February MakomDC Learning with Rabbi Elianna Yolkut
The Double Axis of Jewish Life: Israel and the Diaspora 
Tuesday Nights, February 4, 11 and 18 @ 7:30pm
Beginning all the way back in the Torah and weaving its way through the Rabbis, our people have debated questions of home, land and Jewish communal life. As the world becomes increasingly connected and global while at the same time tribal, divided and particular how can we understand the Jewish perspective on our home in the Diaspora and in the Homeland? What challenges does Zionism as nationalism present to our American democratic and Jewish values?  We will explore three talmudic passages to try and unpack these questions and challenges.
Kol HaOlam 2020
The National Collegiate Jewish A Cappella Competition
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!
Adas @ Home
The Joy and Beauty of a Shabbat Meal in the Home, Adas–style!

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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 (of course) a made-with-love challah from our Hesed team. Our kick-off is January 31, 2020. Let us know if you would like to be a seed host for this kick-off night, or if you would like to be hosted that evening. If this date doesn’t work, pick another Shabbat and register your dinner then!
  Shamayim Vaaretz  - The Space Between
With Rabbis Holtzblatt & Alexander, Rabbi Josh Warshawsky & Band

Friday, February 7 at 6:30pm
Click to Register for the Friday Night Community Dinner

Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt and Aaron Alexander welcome Rabbi Josh Warshawsky and band for an intimate, soulful excursion into prayer and deep connection. Together, we will hold both heaven and earth, and (re)claim the space between. In the Gewirz Beit Am (throwback!).
Shabbat Shirah Service 
with Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, Cantor Brown & Adas Rabbis
Saturday, February 8 at 9:30am

A special Shabbat Shirah celebration with Adas Clergy, Rabbi Josh Warshawsky and his band. Josh Warshawsky is a leader in creating communal singing experiences. As a composer, song leader, and rabbi, his melodies capture the essence of our prayers and invite participation.
  Spirited Havdallah and Concert
Saturday, Febraury 8 at 6:30pm
Check out some upcoming Shabbat Shirah music

The culmination of our Shabbat Shirah experience, join us for a spirited Havdalah and concert with Rabbi Josh Warshawsky and band. An ecstatic, soulful connection as we invite a sacred week to come.
Lunch and Learn with Activist Ali Abu Awwad
Thursday, January 23 at 12pm Click To Register For Lunch
Please join inspirational Palestinian nonviolence activist Ali Abu Awwad as he describes his journey from imprisonment and loss to grassroots nonviolence in action led by Palestinians on the West Bank. Since Ali spoke to Adas at Yom Kippur more than 3 years ago, he has built the Taghyeer (Change) Movement empowering Palestinians to take responsibility for community self-development and forging a national path to freedom, rights, and in the end mutual security with Israelis. We plan for Ali to spend time with us on the Adas (in) Israel trip - and be a key host in the “Israel/Palestine/Geopolitical” track. 
End of Life Workshop with Rabbi Krinsky
A Briyut Wellness Center Program

Sunday, January 26 @ 10am Register Here

Following last year’s successful experience, we are announcing a new 3-part series: End of Life Conversations, Part II. These sessions are uplifting, intellectually stimulating and practical. How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation we aren’t having. Conversations are geared to all ages. Sessions are not restricted to Adas members and there is no cost but registration is requested. Please join us for any or all of the session but register for each session individually. Rabbi Krinsky will lead us in Torah study and a card game to help facilitate a discussion about how you want to experience your own death.
Inside Out: Text, Translation and Transformation 
With Rabbi Elianna Yolkut

Wednesdays @ 7:30pm, Beginning January 29 Register Here
Have you ever wanted to gain access to some of Judaism’s most powerful texts? Wondering what does it mean to study ancient sources in their original language with the guidance of a master teacher and a Beit Midrash full of reference materials? Can you imagine studying a rabbinic text from the start and seeing it all the way through - imagine starting a riveting novel and not being able to put it down? Join a dedicated group a 6-part classes with a deep dive into the Mishnah and Talmud with Rabbi Elianna Yolkut.
Disability Wisdom Class with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman
Acharei Lifnei Ivir: Beyond “Before The Blind”

Wednesdays @ 7pm, Beginning January 29 Register Here

Join Rabbi Lauren Tuchman for a 6 part class looking at what Judaism has to say about the role and agency of people with disabilities in the Torah and Talmud. Many of our most foundational values about disability can be found in some famous and some not-so-famous narratives in the Torah and Talmud which involve people we might identify as having disabilities today. We will examine stories in which people with disabilities are not merely subjects but agents in their own lives, often times changing the status quo. 
Join Kolot, The Young Voices of Adas Israel
Begins Sunday, January 26 @ 11:30am - 12pm
Do You Like to Sing? Then come and be part of Kolot, the young voices of Adas Israel with Cantor Arianne Brown! This group is for 3rd through 6th graders. Kolot meets on Sundays twice per month from 11:30am to 12pm, beginning January 26, 2020. To register and receive a complete schedule, please email with your name and grade.
WellBodies: Sacred Boundaries 
Wednesday, January 29 @ 11:30am - 1:30pm Register Here

Join us for the January edition of WellBodies, a monthly course in Embodied Judaism. This month, in partnership with JCADA, we will look at sacred boundaries through the lens of power. Through text study and a facilitated discussion, our guest facilitators from JCADA, Tova Zimm and Jordan Babin will discuss how power-based violence intersects with embodied practices and sacred trust. We will go through best practices in responding to survivors and disclosures, and how to use your voice to support and empower people experiencing power-based violence. Everyone is invited. 
Inclusion Celebration Shabbat with Robert "Bobby" Silverstein
Do Justice and Pursue Acts of Love and Kindness – From a Disability Perspective
Saturday, February 1, After Kiddush @ 1pm
This February will mark the sixth year that the Adas Israel community is celebrating Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Please join us as we welcome Robert "Bobby" Silverman to this year's Inclusion Celebration Shabbat. Bobby is a nationally-recognized attorney with over 45 years of public policy and advocacy experience. For more than a decade, he served as staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy. Bobby will be giving the sermon in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary during Shabbat morning services, as well as a Post Kiddush Discussion.
  Volunteer Your Time with Immigrants in Detention
Training Session with CAIR at Adas Israel
Sunday, February 9 @ 1pm - 2:30pm
Interested in volunteering your time with immigrants in detention? Adas Israel will host a training session to prepare volunteers to visit immigrants in nearby detention centers. CAIR (Capitol Area Immigrants Rights) needs volunteers to conduct intakes with detained adults to help them understand their legal options, to read messages to folks containing legal information, and more. Jail visits are full-day commitments. Volunteers must be over age 18, and have a valid visa, green card, or citizenship in the US. If you are interested, please RSVP to Jackie Hoffenberg and complete a volunteer sign-up form and confidentiality agreement here.
  Hesed Open House with Featured Speaker: Chef Alex Levin
Sunday, February 9 @ 10am Register Here
Are you already involved in Hesed activities at Adas but want to learn more? Are you new to Hesed at Adas and wonder what it’s all about? Please join us! Our featured speaker, Chef Alex Levin, interviewed by Susan Barocas, will tell us about his journey into the food industry, how he views Hesed and food, and share stories about his amazing grandparents. Learn about the breadth and variety of Hesed activities occurring at Adas Israel from Hesed team leaders and Study with Rabbi Lauren about what it takes to be have a Hesed presence.
  Adas Book Chat: The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer
Sunday, February 9 @ 10 am in the Library

Join our community discussion of Julie Orringer’s The Flight Portfolio, a historical novel about real-life hero Varian Fry who rescued 2000 artists and intellectuals during WWII.  All welcome!  For questions, or to be added to the Adas e-literary list for bonus materials, please contact Robin Jacobson (
Sisterhood Shabbat with Guest Speaker Dr. Vanessa Ochs
Friday, February 21 - 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.
Hesed Grief Counseling Workshop
Session 1: First Wednesdays of the Month @ 11:30am Register
Session 2: Last Wednesdays of the Month @ 6:30pm, Register
You are invited to participate in the new series of Hesed Grief Counseling Workshops starting in February. Whether you have experienced the loss of a loved one, or perhaps an unexpected life event, or just feeling like you would like to talk about challenges you are facing, please join us for these sessions. You can join one or both sessions. There is no cost. 
Adas Israel Summer Subsidies
Application Deadline: February 2, 2020 Click to Apply
Summer Scholarships are back! Adas Israel will again be offering Summer Scholarships to engaged youth of our community. Please fill out the summer subsidy application here. For questions or information about Jewish summer camps or Israel trips, please contact Sarah Attermann at 202-362-4433 x131, Deadline to apply is February 2, 2020.
  Social Action Community Trip to Alabama with Rabbi Krinsky
Tentative Dates: June 5 - 9 Please 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. 
  3GDC Presents: 3 Generations, 3 Authors
A Multigenerational Authors Panel with Adas Israel
Sunday, February 23 @ 2pm Register Here

Join 3GDC - Washington DC Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors for a moderated discussion with Edith Cord, a first generation Holocaust survivor and author of Finding Edith, Max Hirshfeld, a second 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. *Books will be available for sale by author immediately following the panel*
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, January 24
Candle Lighting: 5:01pm
10:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
6:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
7:00pm; Kay Hall

Saturday, January 25

8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash

9:30am; Biran Beit Midrash

9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
12:00pm; Kay Hall

1:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
HAVDALAH: 6:01pm
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Diane Strauss
Mannie Edelstein
Mark Litowitz
Vivian David Wantuch
Fred Lowit
Marion Kraskin

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 

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