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Kindergarten Consecration Service with Rabbi Solomon
This Saturday, December 7 @ 11am
We look forward to welcoming our Kindergarten families on the morning of Saturday, December 7th for the Kindergarten Consecration service. We will come together in the Biran Beit Midrash with Rabbi Kerrith Solomon at 11AM for a program in which your child will receive their own Torah. Following the program, we will join the service in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary. Please mark your calendars and RSVP to Sarah Attermann so that we know that you will be joining us. Please also send us your child’s Hebrew name so that we can include it on the certificate
End of Life Conversations, wIth Rabbis Holtzblatt and Krinsky
Part I: Your End of Life Plan
This Sunday, December 8 @ 10am Register Here

Following last year’s successful experience, the Adas Israel Hesed and Bereavement Committees 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. To register for the other sessions, click here.
The Festival of Lights at Adas, Happy Hanukkah!
Sunday, December 22 - Monday, December 30 Learn More Here

This year, Hanukah begins Sunday evening, December 22nd. As you celebrate the holiday, may your homes be bright with happiness, joy, and light. We hope you will join us for nightly community Menorah Lightings and a variety of wonderful events throughout the Festival of Lights. Click Here for more information about programs, celebrations, community candle lightings, full blessings, and other Hanukkah Highlights at Adas.
Gan HaYeled Registration 2020-2021 School Year
Opening December 12, 2019 Learn More Here

It's almost time to register your child at Gan HaYeled for the 2020-2021 school year! All Adas Israel Congregation members, including current Gan HaYeled members, may submit applications beginning December 12, 2019. Please visit the Gan website for an overview of all registration-related details, including when your family can register your child at the Gan. If you or someone you know is looking for an exceptional early childhood school experience, please be sure to check out Adas Israel's GanHaYeled. With both traditional (onah) school year programs and year-round (shanah) schedules, the Gan has programs to fit most families' needs.
Soulful, Musical Shabbat Experience
Featuring Adas Clergy
Next Friday, December 13 @ 6:30pm Register for Shabbat Dinner

We invite you to return to sacred time and space; ancient, but reimagined, familiar, but transcendent, and shared fiercely by all. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, ecstatic excursion into prayer & song. With much gratitude and excitement, we welcome a new voice to the Adas Bimah this year, Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, a celebrated musician and innovative service leader, who inspires and engages Jews across generations through music, teaching, and new approaches to the prayer service.
MakomDC December Learning with Rabbi Alexander
Because Rashi Said So — The Life of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki

Tuesdays, December 10 & 17 @ 7:30pm Learn More Here
Join Rabbi Alexander throughout the month of December to study an introduction to the life and writings of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki (1040 - 1105). You hear it all the time: “Rashi says…” So let’s take a few sessions to explore who, why, and how this great intellect became the most influential Jewish author of all time. Through a close reading of a few key texts alongside some biographical essays, together each of us will come out with a greater appreciation for this figure whose words have been “absorbed into the bloodstream of Jewish culture."
Bringing Israel to Adas - Biran Beit Midrash Photo Display

The ever-changing Biran Beit Midrash windows have exhibited beautiful family collections over the past few years, and now we are gearing up for 2020! For our next display, we would like to show off YOUR pictures of Israel. Do you have one favorite photo from Israel you would like to share with the congregation? Can you tell us why it is special? Please click here to email your photos, or stop by the synagogue so we can scan your photo, or you can leave it at the front desk. Please be sure to tell us who is in the photo and the approximate year. All photos must be submitted by December 15th.
Gan HaYeled Open House
Wednesday, December 11 @ 7pm Register Here

Believe it or not, we're already gearing up for Fall, 2020! Please help us spread the word to your friends, neighbors, and community lists. Our Open Houses are for families looking to learn more about our school in order to apply for the 2020-2021 school year. Each Open House will include: hearing from school leadership; touring the school; details on registration and tuition; and a Q+A session. 
  Full-Team Social Action Committee Meeting
Sunday, December 15 @ 10am, Adas Israel
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 for our full-team Social Action Committee meeting! 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. Breakfast will be served.
  DC Klezmer Workshop
Sunday, December 15 @ 1pm, Adas Israel
The DC Klezmer Workshop is an informal but enthusiastic collective of Metro Area musicians. We meet monthly at Adas Israel to learn and play klezmer tunes together by ear and from sheet music. Join us on Sunday, December 15 beginning at 1pm for "Yiddish Dance Tantzshoyz". Dance/ musician classes will be from 1pm - 1:45pm with a dance party to follow from 2pm - 4pm. Don't miss out on the fun! Suggested donation of $20 for the full day and $10/ $5 for students and seniors for the dance party.  
  Book Chat: Lady in the Lake by Laura Lipmann
Sunday, December 15 @ 10am, in the Library
Join our community discussion of this acclaimed murder mystery set in Baltimore of the 1960s. The varied cast of characters includes Jews from Pikesville, African American cops, and intrepid newspaper reporters. A fast and interesting read! Questions? Contact Robin Jacobson (
A Briyut Wellness Center Program

Wednesday, December 18 @ 6:30pm Register Here
Women, girls, and menstruators of any gender are only recently speaking about the spirituality of menstruation. Join us for a unique look at this area while learning Jewish texts about menstruation, cycle tracking according to the Hebrew calendar, the science of monthly hormonal changes, the psychology of the first period, and the tradition of immersing in the Mikvah. This program is for folks ages 11+ and an adult bestie. Co-sponsored by At the Well
Learn About The U.S. Census With Sisterhood
Tuesday, January 14 @ 7:00 pm Register Here
The 2020 Census is coming! The 2020Census is coming! Learn all about it! Come to Adas Israel to play 20 [Census] Questions with us – and perhaps win a prize or two! Co-sponsored with the National Council of Jewish Women, Maryland Action Team, this event will feature an interactive quiz game explaining the Census and its importance. Now in its 125th year, NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who are inspired by Jewish values to work for social change through advocacy, issue education, and community organizing.
Adas (in) Israel Summer 2020
Interested in joining us? Click Here to Learn More & Register
Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt & Aaron Alexander, Cantor Arianne Brown, and our Israel Engagement Task Force enthusiastically invite you to join us for an unforgettable exploration of Israel, with our own Adas clergy and community members. For first-timers and experienced Israel-travelers alike, this is your opportunity to encounter Israel through the lens of our sacred and diverse Adas Israel community, and through various high-impact, multi-day experiences of your choosing unique to Adas participants.
Hesed Aprons, The Perfect Hanukkah Gift!
Pick Yours Up Today At the Adas Israel Gift Shop

WANT A SPECIAL HANUKKAH GIFT FOR FAMILY OR FRIENDS? Show them some extra hesed (loving kindness) this year with a FABULOUS new apron! The Adas Israel Hesed Committee has a limited supply of the aprons with our synagogue's Hesed logo silkscreened onto the fabric. You can wash it as often as you want and it will still look great. These one-of-a-kind aprons come with pockets and an adjustable neck strap. What a special Hanukkah gift or host present for someone who loves to cook. Pick up your Hesed apron (and other goodies) in the Adas Gift Shop Today!
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 upcoming 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. Voting is January 21st to March 11th. You can Pledge to Vote right now by going to or by texting VOTE to 917-332-1162
Renewed Jewish Life in Warsaw
Poland and growth of the JCC and Puszke Foundation
Thursday, December 5 @ 10am at Adas Israel
The Generation After, Inc. is proud to present a special talk with Polish Jewish activist, Katarzyna (Kasia) Jachnicka. Kasia will speak about renewed Jewish life in Warsaw, as well as discuss the JCC Warsaw’s growth since it was founded in 2013. We will also hear from Eliza Miklusz, the Director of Fundraising at the newly formed Puszke Foundation, the first Jewish charity established in Warsaw since pre-WWII. Both women will talk about their continued determination for Jewish growth and community in Poland. This event is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend please RSVP to The Generation After, Inc
  Winter Warmth Donations
And Volunteers needed at Washington Hebrew Congregation
Sunday, December 8 @ 12:30pm - 7pm 
Winter Warmth is almost here! We need your donations and also your presence. Between now and December 5th, bring adult-sized new or gently used hats, scarfs and (new only) long underwear (preferably sized L-XXL). They can be left in the bins marked "Friendship Place Clothing Donations" in the Adas coatroom. We also need volunteers to help with the larger number of clients at Washington Hebrew the day of December 8 and during the week leading up to Winter Warmth. This year we are expecting 300-500 people to come to Washington Hebrew Congregation on December 8 for warm winter clothing and a hot meal. Please sign up here.
Sounds of Faith: Songs of Hanukkah with Cantor Arianne Brown
Concert at the National Museum of American History
Sunday, December 8 @ 2:00pm
Cantor Arianne Brown will perform a program of music celebrating Hanukkah in the eclectic setting of our National Museum of American History. Free of charge, you can come enjoy an afternoon at the museum, enjoy the Chanukah spirit, and do arts and crafts in the children’s corner.

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
Friday, December 6
Candle Lighting: 4:27pm
10:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
6:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
6:30pm; Wasserman Hall
7:30pm; Biran Beit Midrash

8:30pm; Kay Hall

Saturday, December 7 

9:30am; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary

9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am

9:45am; Library

10:00am; Full Schedule
12:00pm; Kay Hall
1:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash

HAVDALAH: 5:27pm
In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...

Allan Gerson
Jonathan Horn
Irving Jacobs 
Joyce Sills
Edward Abramson
Max Kahn

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
Monthly Chronicle
Gift Shop Hours
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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