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  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
"Lev B’Lev" Presents:
Confronting Hate in Post-Charlottesville America
Today, 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.
  Family Purim Celebrations 
Sing-Along, Costume Parade and Carnival
This Sunday, March 8, Beginning at 9:30am
Join the Adas Israel Education Department on Sunday, March 8 for a day of family Purim celebrations. All families are invited to join us for a Purim Sing-Along starting at 9:30am and leading directly into our Costume Parade in the Charles E Smith Sanctuary. Followed by the full Purim Carnival opening at 10:15am for all. For children under 5, join us in the Gewirz Beit Am and Cohen Hall for games, inflatables and art. For children in kindergarten and older, join us in Wasserman Hall and Kay Hall for moonbounces, games and carnival photos. We look forward to seeing you there! 
  Book Talk with Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D.
Thought leader and English translator of the Dalai Lama
Tuesday, March 31 @ 7pm Register Here
The Briyut Wellness Center of Adas Israel and the International Campaign for Tibet are honored to host Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., the highly acclaimed thought leader and English translator of the Dalai Lama, for a talk on his book, A Fearless Heart. In this book, Thupten Jinpa shows us how compassion works as a powerful inner resource that can yield surprising and compelling benefits—not just for others, but for ourselves. 
Introducing A New Exciting Podcast! 
Awake with Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt Click Here to Listen
"How do we stop and notice that incredible, holy things happen to us every day?" In this new podcast, Rabbi Holtzblatt will bring the teachings from Jewish mystical texts and the Hasidic masters from the 13th-20th century into everyday life. The podcast will offer a few minutes to pause and to open ourselves to the possibility that holiness, connection and presence are around us all of the time. To listen and get more information visit
  "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!
  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.
Healing Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Krinsky
Saturday, March 14 @ 9:30am - 10:30am, Sisterhood Hall
Designed for those in need of spiritual, emotional or physical healing as well as caretakers, Rabbi Sarah Krinsky will create a space to explore and process challenges, and to access places of support and resilience. Grounded in Jewish prayer and ritual, the service will include moments of liturgy, song, meditation and learning to build a community of compassion, comfort, and strength. Note: This service will meet during the beginning of Shabbat morning services. For those who want to join other prayer spaces, we will conclude by the end of Shacharit.
  Sip & Siach with Talia Garber and Guest Speaker Or Cohen
Saturday, March 14 @ 4pm Register Here
Join us as we welcome Or Cohen, The First- ever female commander of a naval combat vessel in the IDF. Or is coming to speak with us just in time for International Women’s Day and share her personal story. She is currently the Shlicha in Rohde Island and is an example of someone who has pushed the limits, showing that women are capable and exceptional. Her story portrays how she was raised to try, fail and repeat, to ask questions and to dream. What is the key to success? How can we promote equality? How does it feel to be ‘the first?’ Or shares her own personal challenges and achievements that can motivate women everywhere to be pioneers and push the limit.
  Author Chat  With Anthropologist Dr. Maggie Paxson
Sunday, March 15 @ 10 am in the Library

Join us for a memorable morning as anthropologist Dr. Maggie Paxson introduces her latest 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. A book signing will follow (purchases by cash or check only). This program is free, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Robin Jacobson.
  Café Ivrit with Israeli Shlicha Talia Garber
Hebrew Meetings Around Cleveland Park

Sunday, March 15 @ 11am

Come and speak in Hebrew! We invite anyone who has a knowledge of conversational Hebrew and wants to practice and speak with others to join us. Please note, this is not a lesson, but rather a place to feel comfortable to practice and speak with others. Have a cup of coffee, chat about the Mezeg Avir, read news articles or book excerpts and just feel free to talk about anything you want. Led by Talia Garber, our Israeli Shlicha. Please click here to RSVP.
  March MakomDC Learning with Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
Rabbi Soloveitchik: Lonely Man of Faith, Halakhic Man, & Writings
Tuesday Nights, March 17 & 24 @ 7:30pm
Known as “The Rav” this towering figure in 20th century Jewish life left an indelible imprint on not only Modern orthodoxy, but all modern-day Jewish theology and practice. We’ll learn together some of his key writings and religious concepts--in particular, how to live in the midst of dialectical tension--humility and majesty, alone and together, submissive and autonomous. Talmudic passages to try and unpack these questions and challenges.
Submit Your Artwork For Inclusion
Art Exhibit Reflecting Identity and Authenticity
Submissions Period: Now - March 20th Click Here To Submit
Calling All Visual Artists! What makes a work of art Jewish? What makes an artist Jewish? The application is live for artists to submit works for inclusion in a visual arts exhibition considering the issue of Jewish Authenticity and Identity. Any artwork relevant to the topic may be included. The exhibition will be curated by Ori Z. Soltes and on display in the Adas Israel lobby from May 6 – June 2, 2020. The exhibition is produced in a partnership between Adas Israel Congregation and the Jewish Artists of the National Capital Region and through funding from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
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
Adas @ Home
The Joy and Beauty of a Shabbat Meal in the Home, Adas-Style
Want to host? Sign up here! | Want to be hosted? Sign up here!
Next Date: Friday, March 27
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.
Do you know about the food available in the Hesed freezers?
There are two freezers in the kitchen off of Kay Hall that are stocked with challahs and other food for people who are sick, in mourning, juggling a new baby or anyone for whom some food would provide welcome support and an expression of caring. And right now, with so many people sick with flu, colds, etc., maybe you know someone who would love to get some warm soup or kugel! The Hesed freezers operate on the honor system. There is no sign out or cost to members (although donations to the synagogue and/or Hesed program are always welcome). All the food is kosher and labeled with what it is, the ingredients and defrosting/reheating instructions.

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
Friday, March 6
Candle Lighting: 5:41pm
10:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
6:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
7:30pm; Gewirz Beit Am

8:30pm; Kay Hall

Saturday, March 7 
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash

9:30am; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
9:45am; Library
12:00pm; Kay Hall

12:30pm; Funger Hall
12:45pm; Gewirz Beit Am
1:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
HAVDALAH: 6:41pm
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Arthur Isack
Bruce Sidney Hainsfurther
Leonard Norman Arnold
Diane Strauss
Mannie Edelstein
Mark Litowitz

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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Mon, September 21 2020 3 Tishrei 5781