High Holiday Information
Celebrating Simchat Torah
Dancing with the Torahs @ Adat Shalom
Sunday, October 23
3:00 PM: Simchat Torah Musicians' Workshop
Join us for the final blast of seasonal joy as we unfurl the Torah and hear its end and beginning. This year, we welcome special guests Zach and Aaron Mayer, up and coming leaders in the next generation of Klezmer music artists. Zach and Aaron join forces with our own Klezmer group, "Mrs. Toretsky's Nightmare" for the communal celebration. Before the service, all musicians are invited for a Simchat Torah music workshop - bring your fiddle, trumpet, kazoo or didgeridoo - we'll offer a beginner level and another for more advanced musicians. For more information about the workshop, contact Jeff Toretsky or Hazzan Rachel.
5:30 PM: Young Families Simchat Torah Celebration, with crafts and games
6:00 PM: Communal Festival Potluck Dinner
7:00 PM: Simchat Torah Service and Celebration for Ages 0-120
Our "Chatan Torah / Bridegroom of Torah", honored with the final verses of the Torah, will be our long-time member Isadore "Sam" Seeman, who turned 100 this summer! Our "Chatan/Kalah B'reisheet," will be Kitah Zayin (Seventh Grade). All our kids of all ages, from one to one hundred (!) are invited to share in the singing and dancing.
Monday, October 24, Shmini Atzeret / Simchat Torah
9:30 AM Festival Service with Hallel, Hakafot, and Yizkor, followed by oneg
More information can be found here.
The High Holiday Appeal
You can participate by mailing your pledge using the form at the end of your letter or pledge online here. Thank you for your support!
Our wonderful clergy -- Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb and Founding Rabbi Sid Schwarz and Hazzan Rachel Hersh -- have much to say to us.
Find links to the 2016/5777 High Holiday Sermons here.
Cllck here for Rabbi Fred's dispatches from the 2015 World Zionist Congress (long but worth it). Click here for Rabbi Fred's August 2015 presentation to Ecological Society of America on "Old-time religion and cutting-edge climate: Jewish and interfaith intersections with ecological science." Click here for Rabbi Fred's interview with the Reconstructionist "Cutting-Edge Judaism" podcast on sustainability. Click here for Rabbi Fred's recent interview on Interfaith Radio. Click here for Rabbi Fred's 180s (thought provokers). You can also read Rabbi Fred's comments in Moment magazine's Ask the Rabbis
Click here for Rabbi Sid's d'var torah on "Yitzhak Rabin: Reflections on Loss, Despair and Hope"
For materials from our recent Shabbaton on the theology of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, click here
Find links to High Holiday Sermons here.
Here are Hazzan Rachel's remarks at the 20th Anniversary Celebration
To view a Learner's Service, featuring Hazzan Rachel, click the "More" button below.
Welcome Our New Schlicha
Please join us in welcoming Ayelet Levi, our new Schlicha. Ayelet was born near Tel Aviv. She graduated this year from Ben Gurion University in Be'er Sheva with degrees in Politics and Government, the Media and European Politics and Society. Read more about Ayelet. Ayelet is teaching a fourth grade class and will commence adult education classes Saturday afternoons (Achrei Oneg) after the High Holidays. We thank the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington DC and an anonymous donor for the financial support to continue this valuable project.
Kids Adventures Academy
We are delighted to announce that the Adat Shalom Board has approved the rental contract with Kids Adventures Academy. Click here for information that we hope will be of interested to you. Feel free to share it with friends and family who may be interested.
Vehicle Donations Welcome
There are a variety of ways to make charitable contributions to the congregation. Now, you can donate your vehicle to the congregation through an easy online service.
This is a great way of making a contribution by donating a car that you no longer wish to use. Please consider our vehicle donation program.