Shabbat Times & Services September Chronicle
First Return Again To Shabbat Of The Year
With Rabbis Holtzblatt, Alexander & the Return Again Band

With Indoor Potluck Dinner Following Services
Please Bring Your Own Dairy Meals and Blankets!

This Friday, September 8 @ 6:30pm Register Here, in Kay Hall
We hope that you will join us for the first Return Again to Shabbat of our new programming year on Friday, September 8th. The Shabbat experience you cannot miss! Join us for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, personal excursion into prayer & song. After services, stay for an indoor picnic dinner! Please bring your own dairy meals and blankets.
L’Shana Tova from your Adas Israel Family
High Holy Days Begin in just 14 Days!
Tickets Will Be Arriving Shortly
The High Holy Days urge eternality; a steady gaze backwards, a full stop in the present, and a chance to dream forward. You can view all High Holy Day information online here. If you have any questions about ticketing, please contact Melissa Adler in the synagogue office.
Our members are the heart of our community, and we are immeasurably proud of everything the Adas family has accomplished this past year. We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you in just a few short weeks, and we look forward to another year of warm community experiences and spiritual growth in our kehillah kedosha.
MakomDC / JMCW High Holy Day "Mash Up"
High Holy Day Learning with Rabbis Holtzblatt & Alexander
Tuesday September 12 @ 7:00pm Register Here

Join Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander for an evening of preparation as we approach the High Holy Days. We will open the evening together with a textual introduction to the theme "Then like the dawn shall your light burst through," from the book of Isaiah. We’ll then learn together in Open Beit Midrash format, followed by a guided meditation, threading together our hearts and minds. We’ll "wake back up" together for some chanting of "Return Again" tunes to get into the spirit of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and hear some final words of inspiration. Please join us for this awe inspiring foundation to the Days of Awe.
Selichot @ Adas Israel
An Outdoor Experience of Preparation and Song
Saturday, September 16  @ 9pm on Connecticut Ave Plaza
The Selichot service is the perfect way to prepare for the Jewish new year and for the approaching Days of Awe. Several days before Rosh Hashanah, Jews around the world begin to recite the Selichot, a beautiful series of penitential prayers and meaningful liturgy. This tradition invites us to open ourselves up to the essential work of the High Holy Days: the process of repair and return, of acknowledgement and longing. Please join the community for a warm evening of personal reflection through song, text, and sharing our own stories. The perfect way to prepare for the spiritual heights of the Days of Awe. This service and program is generously underwritten by the Joseph & Mollie Muchnick Selichot Fund. 
Click here to listen to Adon Haselichot -  a piyyut (liturgical poem) we will sing together at Selichot. 
Announcing the 2017-2018 MakomDC Season
"Bridges and Boundaries: The Contours of Community"

Click Here for the full schedule of our upcoming year!
‚ÄčOver the course of the year, our rabbis and distinguished scholars will lead us in guided text study, conversations, and presentations that explore the Jewish tradition's essential teachings on defining holy community. Together we’ll navigate the particular values that bind us and the universal ideas that inspire us, and then think together about where they do and don’t intersect. Featuring renowned guest scholars Rabbi Sharon Brous, Rabbi Gordon Tucker, Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, and Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
Upcoming Learning Highlights:
• MakomDC / JMCW High Holy Day "Mash Up"
Tuesday September 12 @ 7:00pm 
 Join Rabbis Holtzblatt & Alexander for an evening of HHD preparation.
• Post-Kiddush Halakhah class with Rabbi Aaron Alexander
Saturday, September 16 @ 1:00pm, Post-Kiddush
Rabbi Alexander will give a text-based class, using halakhah as a prism with which to access this year's High Holy Day theme.
• “The Heart of Torah”  with Rabbi Shai Held, in conversation with Jeffrey Golderg, Editor In Chief of The Atlantic 
Sunday, October 8 at 7:30pm Register Here
Rabbi Shai Held with discuss his new top ranking book with featured themes including the centrality of compassion and empathy in Jewish ethic and the predominance of divine love in Jewish theology. 
Please Give to the The Adas Fund 2017
Chaired by Alumni of the Ma’alot Israel Trip

Annabelle Friedman, Isaac Frumkin, Kalia Hoechstetter, Julia Kagan, William Satloff and Ethan Sorcher
And Supported by the Adas Fund Champions!
This year, we are particularly proud to announce that six incredible alumni of Adas Israel’s annual Abe & Minnie Kay Israel Experience have volunteered to chair the Adas Fund. These six remarkable “Adas Israel-ites” grew up in our community and are now working to ensure that future generations will have the same opportunities to grow and thrive within our remarkable congregation. 
The Adas Fund campaign is the congregation’s only annual fundraising effort, and is essential in ensuring that our congregation can function and thrive in the way so many of us have come to count on and deserve. We are appreciative of all contributions; no amount is too small. Please Pledge Your Gift Online Today.
Help Create A Welcoming Environment at Adas
this Coming High Holy Days 2017!
Sign Up Today To Be A High Holy Day Volunteer

Every year during each of the High Holy Day services, a dedicated group of members serves as volunteer ushers and greeters. And in so doing, we fulfill the mitzvah of creating a warm, welcoming, and safe environment for thousands of community members and guests.

We have more than 100 volunteer slots to fill, and are looking to the entire Adas Israel community to help us. The time commitment is about 2 hours per shift. If you have any questions, please contact High Holy Day Usher Coordinator, Mark Berlin, and he’ll assign you a spot to your liking. Learn More Here.
Pre-Rosh Hashanah Learning Session
With The Jewish Study Center

Wednesday, September 13 @ 7pm & 8:15pm Register Here

7pm -8:15pm - The Binding of Isaac in Midrash and Literature
We read the story of the binding of Isaac on Rosh Hashanah. Although the story can be troubling to modern readers, it is also an inexhaustible source of interpretations and inspirations that make it continually relevant for poets and biblical commentators. This class will review ancient, medieval, and modern commentaries as surveyed in Shalom Spiegel’s book.

8:15pm -9:25pm - Book Discussion:
This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared by Rabbi Alan Lew
This class will explore Rabbi Alan Lew’s book, a modern work—influenced by Buddhism—about the spiritual practice of Teshuvah (returning or repenting), the spiritual work we do before Rosh Hashanah. Learn More.
Hesed Opportunities
Want to celebrate the new year by doing a special act of hesed (loving kindness)?
Hesed Rosh Hashanah Gift Bag Assembly and Delivery
Sunday, September 10 @ 12pm Register Here
Each year we join together to spread the sweetness of the New Year! We are looking for volunteers to help us assemble the gift bags (filled with sweetness!) on Sunday, September 10th and deliver to our veteran and new members during the weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah. You can volunteer just to assemble, just to deliver, or both!
Hesed Committee Flower Arranging Event
Sunday, September 17 @ 1pm Register Here
If you ever wanted to confidently arrange your holiday or Shabbat table flowers and do a good deed, this is the event for you! We will be learning two styles of small table arrangements that are perfect for the New Year. Please join us to make High Holiday flower arrangements which will be distributed to celebrate the new year. Please note that by signing up you are agreeing to create the flower arrangements and deliver a couple of them to the recipients. The flower arranging will be taught by a very special guest, the renowned Janet Flowers (yes, that’s her real name!), the founder of Nature of Design. Registration is limited.
Tikkun Olam 2017 Unity Walk
Sunday, September 10 @ 1:30pm Click Here For More Info
Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW
Today, more than ever, spreading our message of friendship and unity is critical. Please join us as we walk down Massachusetts Avenue NW and visit houses of worship and other religious centers in a public celebration of solidarity among different faiths and cultures with our community. For more information about the walk click here.
  Annual Community CPR Program
Sunday, September 10 @ 4pm
Join us for our annual Community CPR program on Sunday, September 10, from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, providing a chance to learn or brush up on your CPR skills. Refreshments will be provided. To register, contact Steven Miller or call 703-408-5237. Registration is limited. There is no charge for synagogue members; for non-members, the cost is $5.
  High Holy Day Programs with JMCW
(The Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington)

Click Here to View More Upcoming Events
Spiritual Shofar-Blowing Workshop
Sunday, September 10 @ 10am Register Here
Led by Jennie Litvack Come learn all about the shofar and its significance as a channel for spiritual connection. This is a hands-on workshop where we will learn the techniques of shofar blowing from lip buzzing to breathing, as well as the shofar calls of Rosh Hashanah.
Yoga with Rabbi Sarah Tasman
Wednesday September 13 @ 7:30pm Register Here
Join us for a comforting, relaxing, and inspiring Rosh Hashanah flow. Shed what does not serve you from 5777 and get your body and mind ready to reach new potential and find deeper peace in 5778. Softening towards teshuva, we will join together as a community in moving yoga. Shana Tova!
  Order your Lulav & Etrog for Sukkot
Orders Due By, Tuesday, September 19
Click Here to Order Your Lulav and Etrog Online!
"…and you shall take the fruit of goodly trees… and rejoice before the Lord your God."  We encourage you to order your Lulav and Etrog ($40 per set) in preparation for the festive observance of the Sukkot holiday. Lulavim may be picked up on Tuesday, October 3rd, Wednesday October 4th or Thursday October 5th. Lulav and Etrog Orders are Due by Tuesday, September 19th. 
Upcoming Sisterhood Events
New Sisterhood Sewing Circle, Everyone Welcome!
Begins Sunday, September 10 @ 12:30 pm, Funger Hall
Discuss possible group and individual projects--tallit bags, tallitot, kippot, chuppah, naming quilts and other children's quilts at our inaugural meeting. For more information contact Lesley Frost.
Sisterhood Works From Home, Everyone Welcome!
Monday, September 11 @ 4pm - 6pm
We're forming a group of women who work from home to support each other in our endeavors, network, advise, make us feel more connected, and nurture our dreams. You don’t have to be a Sisterhood member to join.For more information contact June Kress.
What’s In A Name? Weekday Torah with Norman Shore
Tuesday, September 12 @ 10am, Biran Beit Midrash.
Join us when community leader and scholar Norman Shore will lead a discussion on texts and rituals about the power of names and naming, their role in religious identity, assimilation, and binding the family together. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Marilyn Cooper.
Ms. Ellie’s Shir A Song Fall Session
Music & Movement for Babies/Toddlers/Pre-Schoolers 

Tuesdays Mornings @ 9:30am or 10:30am
Beginning October 3 Register Here

The Adas fall session of Ms. Ellie’s much-loved  Shir A Song program for little ones and the adults who care for them begins Tuesday, October 3 and runs through Tuesday, December 5. Choose a  9:30 am or 10:30 am class. Siblings under 9 months may attend at no additional charge. These joyous and stimulating classes let children explore rhythm and melody through both Jewish and secular music. The enriching, developmentally-appropriate program reflects Ms. Ellie’s expertise and  long experience in early childhood music education. Highly recommended!  First come, first served for limited spaces. 
Adas Book Club - Summer Reading
Sunday, October 29 @ 10:15am

Going to the beach?  Traveling? Take along All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen, an award-winning, engrossing memoir of Hasidic life. Adas Israel’s book club will discuss this book on Sunday, October 29, 10:15-11:15 in the library.  Questions?  Please contact Robin Jacobson.

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
Friday, September 8
Candle Lighting: 7:14pm
10am; Biran Beit Midrash
6:30pm; Kay Hall
6:30pm; Biran Beit Midrash
Saturday, September 9
8:30am; Biran Beit Midrash
9:30am; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
11:00am; Cohen Hall
11:00am; Classroon 345
12:00pm; Kay Hall
1pm; Biran Beit Midrash
HAVDALAH: 8:14pm

In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...
Jeanne Clayman  
Mark Heller
Dr. Snyder Spigel 
Sidra Rausch 
Shirley Lezell
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

Sunday–Thursday: 6:00 pm
Nov Chronicle Due Date 
All articles should be submitted to Chronicle@AdasIsrael.org by
Tuesday, September 19 at noon.
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