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  Purim at Adas 2019
Lost at Home - A Journey to Everywhere and Nowhere
TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 20 – Thursday, March 21

This year our Purim Prism is Lost @ Home. Sometimes the best way to find ourselves is to briefly lose ourselves. These zany things are happening this Purim: Our famous, elaborately-themed Purim building experience, full Megillah reading with music mash-up, food, food, food, and drinks, and more food, animated walls coming to life around you, formal Bax Mitzvah and Sad Song Karaoke party in Kay Hall. Not all who wander are lost, the famous quote goes. But anyone who is lost gets to wander. Learn more at
Federation's New Zealand Emergency Relief Fund
Click Here to Support the Muslim Community of ChristChurch
As the Jewish community is all too familiar with ethnic and religious hatred and violence, we are appalled by the terrorist attack that targeted two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and took 49 innocent lives. We wish comfort to our Muslim brothers and sisters, partners in faith, and to all those whose lives will be impacted by this tragedy. In the aftermath of this devastating attack, we are raising funds to support the Muslim community of Christchurch. Click here to read the full statement and to support the New Zealand Emergency Relief Fund. 
  Sisterhood Shabbat
The Eternal Flame: From Purim to Passover to Pittsburgh – Women’s Contributions to Jewish Resiliency through the Ages
This Friday, March 22 - Saturday, March 23
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 educator Rabbi Avi Strausberg of the Hadar Institute. Join us for an array of events throughout Shabbat including: Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv services, Shabbat Dinner, D'var Torahs by Rabbi Strausberg, Kiddush Lunch sponsored by congregant Donald Saltz in memory of his wife, Mozelle (z”l), and more. Learn more at
Three Weddings and a Statement
A Celebration of Love, Love for Israel, & Freedom of Choice in Marriage
Next Tuesday, March 26 @ 6:30pm  Learn More and Register
Washington Hebrew Congregation
Join us for a celebration of love, love for Israel, and commitment to freedom of choice in marriage in Israel. Three Jewish Israeli couples who cannot marry at home: will be married at WHC. They will be married by rabbis representing Judaism’s different movements, including our own Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander. A triple-ly joyous wedding reception celebrating the couples will follow the ceremonies. Three Weddings and a Statement is presented jointly by Washington Hebrew Congregation, Adas Israel Congregation, the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel, and more. 
Adas Israel Nominating Committee 
Board of Directors and Congregational Officers
Adas Israel President, Ricki Gerger, has appointed this year’s Nominating Committee, which will nominate 10 people for the Board of Directors as well as all officers of the Congregation except President. The members of the Nominating Committee are: Co-chairs: Toni Bickart and Jorge Kotelanski; Members: Rae Grad, Susan Kay, Bob Peck, Jeff Rackitt, Greg Shron, Healey Sutton, Jessika Wellisch. If you have any suggestions for any of the positions, please contact Toni Bickart or Jorge Kotelanski.
Community Passover Seder Match
Sponsored by the Adas Member Connector Committee
Friday, April 19 - First Night Passover Seder
Matchmaker, matchmaker, find me a seder (or, maybe a guest or two for my extra chairs).  If you have room at your table and are able to fulfill the mitzvah “welcome the stranger,” please fill out this Google document. If you are looking for a seder to attend, please fill out this Google document and we will do our best to find you one. Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to find a host for everyone. Questions?
Chag Sameach! Passover at Adas Israel
Second Night Community Seder with Rabbi Holtzblatt

Saturday, April 20 @ 7:30pm Register Here
Join us for our annual, festive community Passover seder at Adas Israel with delicious food, thought-provoking discussion, and joyful song. The Passover seder is one of the Jewish peoples’ most treasured traditions. Few rituals have survived so long and so true to their original form. To this day, in every corner of the world, Jewish families come together to reconstruct that original Passover Seder, again and again, year after year. Click here to learn more about Passover at Adas Israel. 
Conversations About End Of Life Issues
Session 2: A Spiritual Path to Death and Dying
Second Session: Sunday, March 24 @ 10am Register Here

The Hesed End of Life Conversation series is an intergenerational opportunity to talk about an important part of life that rarely gets discussed. Please join Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt for text study on the Halacha at the end of life. This will be followed by personal stories from Adas members who have been affected by the work of the Bereavement Committee and Bereavement Committee members who have been enriched by their work as Shomrim, Tahara team members, and Chaverim.
  Book Chat on Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox
Sunday, March 31 @ 10am in the Library
Join us to discuss this true account of Arthur Conan Doyle's pursuit of justice for a Jewish immigrant falsely accused of murder in early 20th Century Scotland. Come to find out, Arthur Conan Doyle used the fictional techniques of his literary creation, Sherlock Holmes, to solve real mysteries. Margalit Fox is a celebrated former obituary writer for The New York Times, admired for her ability to concisely convey the interplay between persons and the times in which they live, a talent exhibited in this book. For more information please contact Robin Jacobson.
“Shir A Song” for Young Children with Ms. Ellie
Tuesdays, April 2 - May 28 @ 9:30am/10:30am Register Here

Looking for an enriching musical activity for you and your little one? Try the spring session of Ms. Ellie’s “Shir A Song.” This early childhood music and movement classes are for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers accompanied by an adult.  We sing and dance to both Jewish and secular songs, using finger plays, chants, percussion instruments, and a variety of props. Siblings under 9 months old at the time of registration attend free! Don’t delay; space is limited!
Lessons from Moses on Privilege - A Haggadah Supplement
Workshop with Jordan S. Potash, Licensed Art Therapist
Tuesday, April 2 @ 7pm – 9pm in Wasserman, Register Here
The haggadah teaches that every generation has the responsibility to re-learn and re-apply the lessons of subjugation and freedom. Stories from the life of Moses offer valuable lessons for understanding racial privilege and becoming an ally against injustice. This workshop includes both learning and training on how to facilitate like discussions at the Pesach seder. This program is sponsored by the Adas Israel Racial Justice Working Group.
  Author Chat: Journalists Stephen Shepard & Lynn Povich
Sunday, April 7 @ 10am in the Library
Husband-and-wife journalists Stephen Shepard and Lynn Povich discuss Steve’s latest book, A Literary Journey to Jewish Identity: Re-reading Bellow, Roth, Malamud, Ozick, and Other Great Jewish Writers. Steve is the Founding Dean Emeritus of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, as well as a former senior editor at Newsweek, editor of Saturday Review and editor-in-chief of Business Week. Copies of Steve’s book may be purchased at the event. Questions? Contact Robin Jacobson.
5th Annual Black Jewish Unity Seder
Wednesday, March 27 @ 6:30pm at Adas Israel Register Here
Join ACCESS DC, Adas Israel Congregation, Greater Washington Urban League Thursday Network, Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, and Operation Understanding DC for an evening of songs and stories as we share and explore the message of freedom from slavery that our communities share. AJC Washington connects our community with AJC’s global advocacy work to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel. 
Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Amos Oz
Sunday, March 31 @ 3pm at Temple Micah Register Here
Please join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Amos Oz (z"l), may his memory be a blessing. A beloved author and political thought leader, we gather to celebrate his legacy of activism and hope. We'll hear from the following: Fania Oz Salzberger, Roger Cohen (The New York Times), Rabbi Jonathan Roos (Temple Sinai), Rabbi Stephanie Crawley (Temple Micah) and Rabbi Esther Lederman (URJ).
Good Deeds Day With The Jewish Federation
Sunday, April 7 - Click Here to Register at A Location
On Sunday, April 7, join the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Greater Washington Jewish community for the annual Sara & Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day, along with hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the globe for a day of giving back. Choose from 80+ service projects taking place across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Adas does not have an official project on April 7, but we encourage you to participate at one of the many other community organizations. And do good with Adas on Sunday, April 28 at Sukkot in Spring
The Generational Divide: 
Examining the Future of US-Israel, Israel-Diaspora Relations
Tuesday, April 16 @ 7:00pm at Adas Israel Register Here
This event, co-sponsored by Adas Israel, Israel Policy Forum and ADL, in partnership with the AJC and JCRC of Greater Washington, is designed to change that reality by bringing together prominent voices from along the political, denominational and generational spectrums. Whether you’re a Democrat frustrated with Republican policies or a Republican convinced the Democrats don’t support Israel, an Orthodox Jew committed to settlements or a secular Jew who abhors them, please cross the divide with us. Learn more at
  Theater J Presents The Jewish Queen Lear
March 13 – April 7
Join the Adas Israel group attending March 27 at 12pm
Special discount tickets: $30 Click Here to Register

A wealthy widow and savvy businesswoman who wants to find a good wife for her son, Mirele suffers a fall of Shakespearean proportions when her children turn against her. Wildly successful in its time, this 1898 masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation directed by Theater J’s Artistic Director. On March 27 We will be providing a bus leaving from Adas at 11:15am. Join us at 11am in the Youth Lounge to hear from Cantor Arianne Brown about the work she did on this production.

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
Friday, March 22
Candle Lighting: 7:01pm
10:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
5:30pm; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
6:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
6:30pm; Kay Hall
7:00pm; Youth Lounge
Saturday, March 23
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash

9:30am; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
11:00am; Cohen Hall
11:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
11:00am; Classroom 340
12:00pm; Kay Hall
12:45pm; Gewirz Beit Am
1:15pm; Biran Beit Midrash
HAVDALAH: 8:01pm
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Sam Miller
Frances Burka

Marianne Hyman
Karen Marks
Tamara Kleinfeld Selden
Richard Gershbock

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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Sun-Mon & Wed-Fri: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Special extended hours:
Tues, 9:30 am-3:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm
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