Shabbat Times & Services February Chronicle
  MakomDC Mendelson Shabbat Scholar: Dr. Talya Fishman
How did Jews Become the “People of the Talmud”?
The Metamorphosis of Oral Torah in Medieval Europe

This Saturday, February 17 @ 1:00pm

Whereas the centrality  of Torah to Jewish culture is easily explained with reference to its divine origin, the pre-eminence of the Babylonian Talmud in Jewish life is far harder to explain. Apart from the fact that it is a compilation of human opinions and ruminations, the teachings of the vast talmudic corpus take the form unresolved disputes. Yet notwithstanding these qualities, the Talmud has come to be regarded as a prescriptive reference work for  living a Jewish life. 

This talk will attempt to reconstruct the changing roles which the Babylonian Talmud played in the Jewish communities of disparate lands -- from the time of the Babylonian Geonim, who first disseminated its traditions, to the foremost communities of Ashkenaz and Sefarad in the High Middle Ages.

Purim @ Adas 5778 - The Wild
Wednesday, February 28 - Thursday, March 1 Learn More

This year our Purim prism will be “The Wild”. When life and society feels like it offers nothing but the challenges and turbulences of the Wild, humans must muster a strength of heart, a resilience, which can carry them through.
As you enter Adas this year, you’ll experience a 360 degree wilderness effect. Experience the “Lion King of Persia” Purim Shpiel - “Be prepared” to laugh and sing as our Adas community acts out the Purim story, along with a traditional Megillah reading and jungle themed spoofs and surprises. Throughout the building we’ll experientially play on some of the key ingredients one needs to employ in order to survive and thrive in the wild. The ability to find food, secure water, build shelter, and survive predators requires wit, resilience, traveling in packs (community), silence, tenacity, ferocity, and a healthy dose of faith in a hidden God.  
  Adas Israel Provide-A-Meal Volunteers at
So Others Might Eat (SOME)
Monday, February 19th
Slots Available for Breakfast Shift (6:30am - 9:15m) Register

We have another opportunity to volunteer at SOME. Join us as we work with SOME staff to serve a hot meal to the men and women who use their services. In 2015, SOME served 241,548 meals in their dining rooms. Volunteers must 13 or older. The closest Metro station is the New York Avenue (NoMa) station. SOME is located 1/2-mile from the station. For questions please contact Sharon Burka.
  Save The Date!
Second Night Community Passover Seder at Adas
Saturday, March 31 @ 7:30pm Register Here

Join us for our annual, festive community Passover seder at Adas Israel with delicious food, thought provoking discussion, and joyful song. The Passover seder is one of the Jewish peoples’ most treasured traditions. To this day, in every corner of the world, Jewish families come together to reconstruct that original Passover Seder, again and again, year after year. And every year, there is more to learn. We look forward to sharing this beautiful and meaningful tradition with you and your family this year at Adas. Click Here to learn more about Passover at Adas!
  Sisterhood Shabbat: Featuring Professor Pamela S. Nadell
Friday, March 9 - Saturday, March 10
Register Here for Friday Night Community Shabbat Dinner

Join us for an exciting Sisterhood-led Shabbat of friendship, food, tefillah, and study! As Sisterhoods throughout the country celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, Professor Pamela S. Nadell, a scholar of Jewish American and women’s history, will speak about the two distinct groups of intrepid Jewish women who peopled America in the mid-19th to early 20th centuries. Professor Nadell is director of the Jewish Studies Program at American University. She is the immediate past president of the Association for Jewish Studies. We look forward to spending this Shabbat with you!
Kol HaOlam 2018
The National Collegiate Jewish A Cappella Competition!
Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 8pm Register Here

Join us for this wildly popular annual musical tradition... The National Collegiate Jewish A Cappella Championship Competition! Jewish collegiate performance groups from around the country battle it out to be crowned #1 in American Jewish A Cappella! Plus a special performance from Kol Haolam VII winner Rak Shalom and guest Tizmoret.
Willing to host college student participants in the Kol HaOlam a cappella competition on March 9th, 10th, or both? Providing hospitality is an important way that we welcome the students and encourage them to connect with our congregation and our community. Beds are nice; so are sleeping bags on the floor. You can be walking distance or driving distance from the synagogue, kosher or not. The only meal needed is breakfast.  Please contact Maya Bernstein.
  The Land of Israel Class Series
Sunday, March 25 at 10:30am Register
Sunday, April 29 at 5pm, Congregation B’nai Tzedek Register
Commemorate Israel's 70th birthday with a celebration of Jewish learning. For centuries, Jews have been talking, writing, singing, and creating art about the Land of Israel — its boundaries, climate, laws, and lore. How have Jews attempted to reconcile the promise of the land with the reality of Jewish exile and life in the Diaspora? The first two classes will be taught at Adas Israel by Rabbis Alexander and Yolkut, and will conclude with the final class, with representatives from all around the D.C. jewish community, at Congregation B'nai Tzedek in Potomac, Maryland.
Upcoming Sisterhood Events
Click Here for a Full list of Sisterhood Events and Information
Rabbi Elianna Yolkut Leads Weekday Torah with Sisterhood
Tuesday, February 20 @ 10am, Funger Hall

The class is on the transition from a covenant given to Individuals and families to the birth of the Israelite nation.  For more information, please contact Marilyn Cooper.
Sisterhood Knits, Sews and Crafts
Wednesday, February 21 @ 7:30pm - 9pm, Youth Lounge

Learn and work together acquiring new skills and enjoying an evening with friends. New and experienced knitters, sewers, embroiderers and crafters are welcome. Contact Lesley Frost with questions or simply come to the meeting.  
  Rosh Chodesh: Celebrating the New Moon with
The Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington (JMCW)
Tuesday, February 20 @ 7pm Register Here

This special workshop offers women of all ages an invitation to come together for a nourishing evening of Jewish yoga and mindfulness practice. Jewish tradition teaches that our bodies are deeply in sync with the lunar cycle, and if we drop in and listen, the timeless, embodied rhythms of Rosh Chodesh will seep to our surface. Our evening will begin with an asana practice, building heat in moon salutations, and close with restorative postures steeped in poetry. Following yoga, participants are invited to join an At the Well discussion circle. The community mikvah will also be open for immersion after practice. This workshop will be led by Alesandra Zsiba. *Co-sponsored by Adas Israel Community Mikvah 
  Sweet Summertime Registration at Gan HaYeled Now Open!
Camp runs from June 18 through August 10, Register Here

Summertime at Adas Israel’s Gan HaYeled is about making friends, actively learning, and participating in Jewish traditions. Camp runs from June 18 through August 10, and veteran Gan teachers staff the classes. We offer 8 one-week sessions for your scheduling convenience.
A camp day is similar to a school day at the Gan. Mornings begin with playtime in classrooms, followed by water play and other outdoor fun. Campers create unique art projects, and enjoy special programming like the magic shows, plays, and special visitors. All children eat lunch at camp, often enjoying picnics in the shade. Click Here for more information.
Jewish Study Center Classes at Adas
Annual Latke vs. Hamentasch Debate: Which Is Better?
Wednesday, February 21 @ 7pm Register Here

Join our moderator, Ron Kampeas of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency,  and expert panelists (Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang, Rabbi Haim Ovadia of Magen David Congregation, and Bonnie Benwick, deputy food editor of the Washington Post) as they debate the age-old question: Which is better, the latke or the hamentasch? 
A Taste of Wine and Text, Part I: Purim with Norman Shore
Today, Wednesday, February 14 @ 8:15pm Register Here
How can we best prepare for the upcoming Purim holiday, with its well-known indulgences? By studying texts about drinking, of course! Starting with the Megillah we'll learn merry and sober texts on the dangers of drinking. Themes will include wine's perils and prohibitions and its association with moral degeneration, assimilation, idolatry, stereotyping, irreverence and joy. 
Behrend-Adas Senior Fellowship Program:
Come for Lunch and Stay for Friendship

Co-Sponsored by the Edlavitch DCJCC and Adas Israel 

Calling all seniors! Please join us at Adas Israel Monday-Friday (third Floor Youth Lounge) for coffee, tea, snacks and camaraderie beginning at 10:30am. This program is open to all seniors without regard to religion or economic circumstance. Lunch is served at noon. No need to RSVP.
Our program features a daily kosher lunch, exercises 4 days a week, movies on Mondays, live entertainment and a brief Sabbath Service on Fridays. We have speakers on health, nutrition, Judaism, elder law, and how to use cell phones, computers and tablets. We ask those who are able, to pay $4.00 for the day. We hope you will join us and we look forward to meeting you. For more information contact Kim Cauthen.

This Shabbat Learn more about Shabbat
Friday, February 16
Candle Lighting: 5:28pm
10am; Biran Beit Midrash
5:30pm; Gewirz Beit Am
6:00pm; Biran Beit Midrash
Saturday, February 17

8:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
9:30am; Charles E. Smith Sanctuary
9:30am; Gewirz Beit Am
9:45am; Library
11am; Cohen Hall
11am; Classroom 345
12:30pm; Funger Hall
12:45pm; Gewirz Beit Am
1pm; Biran Beit Midrash                  
HAVDALAH: 6:28pm

In Memoriam
Recently we have been bereaved of...
Patricia Rashkin
Sylvia Levin Rusoff
Mary Holzman 
Lisa Schreiber

Mike Sutton 
May their memories be for a blessing.
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In the Biran Beit Midrash

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Tuesday, February 27 at noon.
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