Shabbat Times & Services December Chronicle
Israel Through the Decades
Community Concert with Banot and Cantor Ari Brown

This Saturday, December 9 @ 7pm Register Here

We hope you will join us as we look toward Israel’s 70th anniversary with a celebration of 70 years of song! Our shirah betzibur community singalong session will be led by groovy Israeli band, Banot.  We will begin with a musical Havdallah, sing hit songs of Israel from each decade, and listen to Banot perform several of their original pieces, representing the new wave of Israeli music. Our evening will continue with Israeli dancing and dessert.  This evening is an intergenerational celebration meant for all ages. Click here to hear our guest band Banot.
The Festival of Lights @ Adas, Happy Hanukkah!
Light the First Candle on Tuesday Night, Dec 12

December 12 - December 20 Click Here to Learn More
Hanukkah Highlights:
Nightly Menorah Lighting (December 12 - December 20)
Community menorah lightings in the Biran Beit Midrash or on the Connecticut Ave. Plaza
Tuesday, December 12 at 10am
Weekday Torah with Sisterhood: Study Hanukkah with Cantor Brown
Friday, December 15 at 7pm:
Kabbalat Shabbat Hanukkah Oneg following services at 6pm
Sunday, December 17 at 11am:
Dan Kaufman Memorial Latka Party, in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
Sunday, December 17 at 3pm:
The Jewish Multiracial Network and Adas invite Jews of Color, Multiracial Jewish families and Allies to a festive Hanukkah Party! Learn more here.
This year, Hanukah begins Tuesday evening, December 12th. 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.
  IsraAid Discussion with Co-CEO Yotam Polizer
This Saturday, December 9 @ 1:15pm, Biran Beit Midrash

Come learn about how an Israeli INGO - IsraAID - is providing support for refugees and victims of natural disasters, while building bridges between Israel and the rest of the world. IsraAID's Co-CEO, Yotam Polizer, and Adas member Jake Shapiro, will share stories and case studies from the recent disasters in the Americas, the refugee crisis in Europe, and the earthquake in Nepal. IsraAID will also share opportunities for people to get involved, both in the US and on the ground. 
Connecting Adas Families with Ties to the IDF (Israel Defense Force)
Do you have a son or daughter who currently serves or recently served in the IDF? We are looking to bring together a cohort of Adas families whose closest relatives have served in the Israel Defense Force. If this includes you, please reach out to Marcia Miller at the Adas office.
  Save the Date! Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in conversation with The Forward's Jane Eisner
Thursday, February 1, 2018 @ 7pm
Register Here, Tickets Selling Fast!

Join us for an evening with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 
Jane Eisner’s conversation with Justice Ginsberg will explore such issues as freedom of the press in our current political environment, the changing role of the media, how the media’s recent coverage of sexual harassment will impact the legal landscape for women, and the position of American Jews in today’s civil rights conversation. A reception will follow the event in Kay Hall.
Tickets: $18 general admission, $36 VIP seating
  Return Again to Shabbat!
This Friday, December 8 @ 6:30pm 
The Shabbat experience you cannot miss! In the style of our innovative outdoor Kol Nidra Service, this is a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. The lively, soulful service features seasoned musicians and a spiritual, personal excursion into prayer and song. Traditional Lay-Led service will be held at 6:30pm. A festive community Shabbat dinner follows. Join as we dance, sing, and discover the deep shabbat within us all.
December MakomDC Learning Opportunity
Mendelson Shabbat Scholar: Rabbi Dr. Judith Hauptman

Next Saturday, December 16 @ 1pm, Biran Beit Midrash
Join us on Saturday, December 16 as we welcome Mendelson Shabbat Scholar: Rabbi Dr. Judith Hauptman. Rabbi Hauptman will be discussing the topic "Why did R. Nahman permit Yalta to be transported on a palanquin on a holiday? A New Interpretation of Bavli Besah 25b".
Yalta, the wife of the Talmudic sage Rabbi Nahman, appears seven times in the Babylonian Talmud. She has been portrayed as a tough, angry woman. By studying one Talmudic unit in detail, we may perhaps revise our impression of her and also our sense of how Talmudic lawmakers respond to conditions of real life. Rabbi Judith Hauptman, the E. Billi Ivry Professor Emerita of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at the Jewish Theological Seminary, is a scholar who primarily researches the history of the Talmud.
Shabbat for Families with Young Children
Next Friday, December 15, Beginning @ 5pm Register Here
Join us for our special monthly Kabbalat Shabbat services, this month with Cantor Arianne Brown! It all starts at 5:00 with a Happy Half Hour! This is time for the adults to shmooze with wine and cheese to tide you over, and there is a built-in playdate for the children. Services will begin at 5:30, followed by a delicious dinner at 6:15. Come for some or all of this special evening! Registration is required. If you or your child have any questions or dietary concerns, please contact Jocelyn Dorfman.
Hanukkah Book Event for Young Children
with Adas Israel Author Pamela Ehrenberg
This Sunday, December 10 @ 10am Register Here

Pre-schoolers and accompanying adults are invited to the Adas Book Launch of Pam Ehrenburg’s just-published, Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas, a charming tale that blends Jewish and Indian traditions. Pam will read her book and lead a fun activity. Book-signing to follow. Register for this free event here. You may also reserve one or more copies of Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas to be picked up and purchased at the event for $17 each plus tax (purchases by cash or check only). This event is co-sponsored by the Adas Library and Gan HaYeled.
Combined Community Shabbat Service
This Year at Temple Sinai

Friday, December 29 @ 6:00pm
Continuing a tradition of more than 30 years, Adas Israel Congregation will again participate in a combined community service on Friday, December 29th to be held this year at Temple Sinai. Join Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, officers, and congregants of our congregation together with Washington Hebrew, Temple Sinai and Temple Micah.

We encourage your attendance as a way of strengthening the inter-synagogue relationships and of marking the transition in the calendar in a religious manner. There will be NO Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Adas Israel on Friday, December 29th. 
Upcoming Sisterhood Events
New Program: Sisterhood 2.0
Thursday, December 14 @ 6:45pm, Bindaas in Cleveland Park

Re-Focus. Re-Assess. Re-Engage: Negotiate your salary, start your own business, re-start your career, change directions mid-career.  Join us every other Thursday for drinks, discussion and brainstorming. For questions, contact Jodi Ochstein.

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood with Cantor Arianne Brown
Tuesday, December 12 @ 10:00am, Kay Hall
Weekday Torah with Sisterhood is an engaging approach to traditional Hebrew text study that offers participants the opportunity to study and discuss challenging texts and ideas. This class is open to the entire Adas Israel community. Join us this month as Cantor Brown explores "Music in the Jewish Tradition," focusing on the psalms, liturgy and poetry associated with Chanukah. 
For a complete listing of Sisterhood events, visit adasisrael.org/sisterhood.
  On My Mind/ In My Heart: Voices of Women in Public Housing
Monday, December 18 @ 7:30pm Register Here
Theater J, Edlavitch DCJCC, Cosponsored by Adas Israel and JCRC
On My Mind/In My Heart: the Voices of Women in Public Housing invites you into the lives of 6 women and their real thoughts and experiences about living in public housing in DC. Developed by playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings (Queens Girl in the World) using the true stories of the performers, the piece includes themes of housing justice, disability, loss, and what it means to be a leader in your community. The piece is accompanied by a musical soundtrack spun by DC’s own DJ RBI and followed by a talk-back and discussion with the audience. Tickets are $10 and support EmpowerDC and their efforts to increase affordable housing in DC.
  Up Close and Personal -
Share Your Light with Candlesticks in the Biran Beit Midrash

From January 2018 through April we would like to light up the windows of the Biran Beit Midrash with collective candlesticks shared by the Adas Israel community. We are looking for personal Shabbat candlesticks to be lovingly displayed. They can be homemade, made by your kids, or just ones that make you smile! Please send in a photo of your candlesticks, height dimensions, and a few sentences about why they are treasured to Carole Klein with the subject: Up Close and personal - candlesticks. 
Please note: If you only have one set of candlesticks, please do not bring them to Adas! It is important to us that each home has candles to light every Friday night in order to lift the spirit of Shabbat.
  Music & Movement for Young Children with Ms. Ellie
Tuesday mornings, January 2 through March 6 Register Here

Looking for a fun, enriching indoor activity for your little one this winter Registration is open for Ms. Ellie’s Shir A Song winter session of early childhood music and movement classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver. We sing and dance to both Jewish and secular songs, using finger plays, chants, percussion instruments, and a variety of props. Choose a 9:30am or 10:30am class. Don’t delay; space is limited!

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
Friday, December 8
Candle Lighting: 4:27pm
10:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
6:30pm; Kay Hall
6:30pm; Biran Beit Midrash
8pm; Cohen Hall
Saturday, December 9
8:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
9:30am; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am 
11:00am; Cohen Hall
11:00am; Classroon 340
12:00pm; Funger Hall
12:45pm; Gewirz Beit Am
1:15pm; Biran Beit Midrash
7:00pm; Kay Hall
HAVDALAH: 5:27pm

In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...
Gail Rubin
Margery Feingold 

Todd Miller  
Benjamin Karasik
Eleanore Waxman
May their memories be for a blessing.
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