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Mendelson Shabbat Scholar: Dr. Sarah Wolf
What if God Was One of Us? Envisioning God in Rabbinic Literature
This Saturday, May 18 @ 1:00pm
 
As rational, twenty-first-century Jews, we often tend to think of God as unknowable and therefore best to avoid trying to describe. Ancient rabbinic texts present an alternate model, one which recognizes the distance post-Biblical humans feel from God, but also taps into the closeness that can come from both the performance of ritual acts and the creation of midrash. Dr. Sarah Wolf is Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary and is currently a David Hartman Center Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.
     
     
 
Shavuot @ Adas Israel
Saturday Evening, June 8 - Monday, June 10
Click For a Full Schedule and to Learn More

 
You stood at the foot of the mountain. Your grandparents and great-grandparents before them. The souls of all Jews, from all times, came together to hear the resounding proclamation of the Ten Commandments! This year at Adas we come together on Shavuot, the holiday where we commemorate the giving of the Torah, to learn, give, commit, countdown, have faith, and eat. This year's theme is inspired by the Book of Ruth: “For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.“ (Ruth, 1:16).
     
     
 
Avodah Partners In Justice 2019
Honoring Our Own Rabbis Holtzblatt & Alexander, and more!
Wednesday, May 22 @ 6:30pm Register & Learn More Here

Join Avodah DC in honoring their 2019 Partners in Justice. Celebrating Extraordinary Social Justice leaders Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander, Ed Lazere of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, and Jenna Gold of the Avodah Jewish Service Corps. Featuring Emcee Sara Polen "Soupergirl". Avodah strengthens the Jewish community's fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States, engaging participants in service and community building that inspire them to become lifelong leaders for social change.
     
     
 
Traditional Egalitarian Minyan Shabbat Service
This Friday, May 17 @ 6:30pm 
 
Please join us for a spirit-filled, traditional Friday night davening, with beautiful melodies and energy like you might find in the summertime at Camp Ramah. Kabablat Shabbat and Maariv are followed by a delicious, register-in-advance Shabbat dinner (sold out), beginning with Shalom Aleichem and ending with zemirot and benching. Singles, families, teens and empty nesters are all welcome. Come lend your voices and welcome Shabbat with us. 
     
     
     

 
 
Annual Congregational Meeting
Wednesday, June 19, Beginning @ 6:15pm Register for Dinner
Ft. Remarks From Arnold M. Eisen Ph.D., Chancellor of JTS
Honoring Yad Hakavod Honoree, Rae Grad, On Behalf of Hesed

 
The annual meeting is your chance to participate in the growth, health, and vibrancy of your synagogue and your community. Join family and friends as we plot a course for the next year of Jewish communal life in our community. This concept is not new; Moses was once the sole judge in the desert, but his father-in-law advised him to delegate that work broadly. We learn from Moses’s delegation, that a community ought to be empowered to control its destiny and to govern itself. Please take this opportunity to make your voice heard, and to join us as we usher our community forward into a renewed age of warmth, welcoming, and growth.
     
     
 
 
Proposed Amendments to Adas Israel Bylaws
Updates to Membership Criteria;
3 Info/Discussion Sessions: Sun May 19, Sat May 25 & Wed May 29
For community vote at Annual Meeting, June 19th beginning at 6:15 PM
 
Pursuant to our bylaws, we are publishing in advanced a series of proposed changes within a specific section of the bylaws document. The Board of Directors approved these changes at its April 10th meeting, and the membership will vote on them at the June 19th annual meeting. Click Here to review the origin of the proposal, our current practices, a chronology of the process, the proposed bylaws amendment and an FAQ sheet. Special thanks must go to a special task force convened to review this issue. Members are: Members are Ian Wallace, Nancy Weiss, Blake Yedwab, Michelle Buzgon (Vice President for Membership), and Laurie Aladjem (President-Elect and Chair of the Task Force).

Join Our Rabbis for our Discussion & Learning Sessions!
We strongly encourage everyone to participate in at least one of three information/discussion sessions being held at Adas, where we will study all aspects of the proposal. We look forward to being together with you soon:
Sunday, May 19 at 10am, in Funger Hall - RSVP here
• Shabbat, May 25, Post-Kiddush discussion in the Biran Beit Midrash 

Wednesday, May 29 at 7pm, in Funger Hall - RSVP here
     
     
     
 
Lev B’Lev (Heart to Heart) Speaker Series
Featuring Attorney Frederick Lawrence
Saturday, June 1 @ 1pm
 
Join accomplished scholar, teacher, and attorney Frederick Lawrence for a presentation and conversation about the law and hate. Fred is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression and bias crimes. He has testified before Congress concerning free expression on campus and on federal hate crime legislation. During this last installment of our 2018-2019 Lev B'LevSpeaker Series, learn the extent to which laws in the United States are and have been effective at deterring and punishing hate.  
     
     
 
2019/20 Religious School Enrollment Now Open!
Click Here to Learn More and Register
 
Adas Israel's Religious School program seeks to provide an education designed to inspire our students to lead their lives as identified, committed Jews and ethical human beings. Our Purpose is to instill Jewish values and a sense of pride in our students for their Jewish heritage, customs, language, and traditions by creating a learning environment that is warm, challenging, and engaging. Enroll today!
     
     
 
Sisterhood Goes to the Movies with the DC Jewish Film Festival
Saturday, May 18 @ 6pm Purchase Tickets Here
 
Join us for The Mamboniks, a documentary film celebrating Jewish dancers from New York City – dubbed the mamboniks – who fell in love with the mambo, a hot dance from Havana, Cuba. In the 1950s, a time of racial segregation and anti-Semitism, the mambo brought Jews, Latinos and African Americans together on the dance floor.
     
     
 
Conversations About End Of Life Issues (Session 3)
Curating Your Own Death

Sunday, May 19 @ 10am Register Here
 
This class will be an opportunity to imagine what would bring you and your family comfort and peace at the end of your life. Rabbi Holtzblatt will share with us what she has learned from being at the bedsides of people who are dying; will explore how to best communicate your wishes to friends and family; and lead a guided meditation. Facilitated discussion at table groups will allow time to further explore these topics. Please note: Limited parking will be available on Sunday, May 19 due to multiple programs occurring. Please plan accordingly.
     
     
 
Meeting of the full Social Action Committee
Sunday, May 19 @ 10am - 12pm
 
Please join us for a meeting of the Social Action Committee in the Wasserman on Sunday, May 19th, from 10AM-noon. Featured speakers will attend and breakfast will be served. Whether you are new to Adas, have been a member for awhile but never made it to an event, or have been working with us for years, come join us! All are welcome. This is the perfect opportunity to meet the SAC teams and team leads, hear updates on our initiatives, and find out how you can get involved.  
     
     
 
Memorial Day Meal Service with SOME
Monday, May 27, First Shift Begins at 6:30am Register Here
 
Adas Israel will be at SOME on Monday May 27 hosting, serving, cooking, engaging with our fellow community members. Join us for breakfast, lunch and games in between. This is a wonderful family event, and anyone 13 or older can participate. Space is limited. The closest Metro station is the New York Avenue (NoMa) station. SOME is located 1/2-mile from the station. 
     
     
 
Jewish Bluegrass Shabbat with Nefesh Mountain
Friday, June 21 - Saturday, June 22 Click to Register & Learn More
 
Nefesh Mountain is the place where American Bluegrass and old-time music meet with Jewish Heritage and tradition. Band leaders, genre-pioneers, and husband and wife Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg are the heart of this eclectic offering, and share their love for American music, their own cultural heritage, and each other with audiences throughout the world. Join us over Shabbat as these rising stars infuse our Shabbat with their unique music. 
     
     
     
 
Center Faith's 36th Annual Capital Pride Interfaith Service
Tuesday, June 11 @ 7pm, Hosted by Adas Israel Register Here 
 
Adas Israel is thrilled to host this year's 36th Annual Capital Pride Interfaith Service, "Shout Outloud Together!" The Capital Pride Interfaith Service is an “integrated service” respectfully demonstrating the breadth, depth, and sincerity of everyone's faiths. We take pride that our community expresses its religious faiths in a myriad of ways, each sacred and revered with years of tradition. This event is held with input from across the community annually by Center Faith and is open to people of all faiths, sexual orientations, and gender identities in all communities.
     
     
 
Sixth Annual JTS Evening of Learning
Encountering God: Jewish Conceptions of the Divine
Sunday, May 19 @ 5:00pm Learn More & Register Here
B’nai Israel Congregation
 
Join JTS scholars to explore what Jewish texts and thought can teach us about how we might understand and experience God, God’s role in Jewish history, and what it means to be in relationship with the divine. Topics will include: Did God Write the Torah—and If Not, Does Torah Still Matter?, Conceptions of God in Jewish Mysticism: From Kabbalah to Hasidism, and more!
     
     
 
Community Impact Conversation About Racial Justice
with Dr. Marcia Chatelain Sponsored by Friendship Place
Tuesday, June 4 @ 6pm Register Here
 
The evening will begin with brief presentation on understanding structural inequality, framed as “Part I: In our World and In our Hearts.” We will use history to help us identify the ways that the sin of white supremacy and racism has shaped our communities. After a brief break, we will focus on “In our Mission: Envisioning the World We Want to See.” In this session, we will consider how our commitments to justice can animate itself in our communities.
     

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
 
Friday, May 17
Candle Lighting: 7:55pm
 
PARSHA WITH TALMUDIC COMMENTARY
10:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
YOUNG FAMILY SHABBAT SERVICE WITH RABBI ALEXANDER
5:30pm; Gewirz Beit Am
 
YOUNG FAMILY SHABBAT DINNER
6:15pm; Kay Hall
 
TEM FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICE
6:30pm; Biran Beit Midrash
 
TEM SHABBAT DINNER
7:00pm; Wasserman Hall

Saturday, May 18
PARSHAT EMOR
 
BOKER OR TORAH STUDY
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
SHABBAT MORNING MUSICAL SERVICE, BAT MITZVAH: JULIA CRAUSMAN, SERMON BY RABBI ALEXANDER
9:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
 
TRADITIONAL EGALITARIAN MINYAN 
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
 
HAVURAH SHABBAT SERVICE
9:45am; Library
 
NETIVOT
11:00am; Classroom 340

PARSHA FOR KIDS
11:00am; Biran Beit Midrash

TOT SHABBAT
11:00pm; Cohen Hall
 
COMMUNITY SHABBAT KIDDUSH
12:00pm; Kay Hall
 
HAVURAH SHABBAT KIDDUSH
12:30pm; Funger Hall
 
MINCHA, BAT MITZVAH: NAOMI FELDMAN W/ RABBI KRINSKY
12:45pm; Gewirz Beit Am
 
MENDELSON SHABBAT SCHOLAR: DR. SARAH WOLF
1:15pm; Biran Beit Midrash
   
HAVDALAH: 8:55pm
 
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Shirley Kaplan
Lorita Herson Mendelson
Harry Weinrauch
Florence Snyder
Harry Weinrauch

Raquel Gonzales Pineda

May their memories be for a blessing.

Daily Minyan
In the Biran Beit Midrash

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

Evening
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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