HAZAK (55+)

HAZAK @ Adas Israel

Community & Connection for Ages 55+ at Adas Israel!


What is HAZAK?

by Adas members Betty Adler & Mark Rosenberg

HAZAK is an acronym meaning Wisdom (Hakmah), Maturity (Ziknah), and Forward (Kadima). We are dedicated to serving this growing segment of our community through a variety of wonderful programs that include study, prayer, entertainment, and socializing. Adas Israel has been our “spiritual home” since 1978, and we’ve seen so many wonderful and exciting transformations over the years. Now, we’re at a point in our lives where we’re interested in programming that addresses our needs as “mature adults”!

You may be part of this community at Adas Israel as well—members who are single or married, retired or still working, and/or empty nesters. Although not fond of labels, we know that unless we identify with a group within a larger community, one can get lost looking for programs, activities, and a social group with like-minded interests.

HAZAK is about identifying interests at this time of our lives and using our well-developed skills and talents to create programs and activities—social, educational and spiritual—and to join and support each other and provide friendship and community. Some of the events listed below are specifically for the HAZAK community and others are events for the larger community that we think you might be interested in. Feel free to contact us at bettyadler1@gmail.com if you’d like to learn more or get involved.

Contact For info about HAZAK or to get on our email list, contact Marcy Spiro at marcy.spiro@adasisrael.org.

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Upcoming Events

Learning Opportunities at Adas Israel


MakomDC: Learning, Living  and Exploring in Adas Israel’s Biran Beit Midrash
Visit the MakomDC Webpage for a Full Schedule

This season in the Biran Beit Midrash, we will spend each month exploring the emotional journey of a religious life, which is so often about living between, and within, multiple truths and values. Visit the MakomDC webpage for the full schedule and other learning opportunities on Friday mornings, Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings.


Friday Morning Parsha Study With Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt or Rabbi Alexander
Friday Mornings of each month @ 10:00am

1st & 2nd Friday study a piece of the weekly parsha through the eyes of the Hasidic masters, guided by Rabbi Holtzblatt. 3rd & 4th Friday explore a verse or two of the weekly parsha in its rabbinic context, with attention to modern messages and meanings, guided by Rabbi Alexander. 



Weekday Torah with Sisterhood
Tuesdays at 10am

November 15, December 20, January 17, February 21, March 21, April 25, May 16 and June 20. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Marilyn Cooper at MarilynCCooper70@gmail.com.



Theatre Outings with Adas Israel:


The Secret Garden at Shakespeare Theatre Company
Sunday, December 11 @ 2pm Register Here

Join a large group of Adas families, clergy, and staff for this wonderful performance at Shakespeare Theatre Company! Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon’s Drama Desk and Tony Award®-winning musical based on the beloved children’s book, The Secret Garden is a story of hardship turned into hope, of beauty discovered in unlikely places, the power of the child’s imagination and the wisdom that accompanies growing up. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, directed by David Armstrong and co-produced with the 5th Avenue Theatre.

A special behind the scenes “Making Stage Magic” workshop will begin at 4:45pm. All are invited to stay for this one-of-a-kind experience.

Register online at www.adasisrael.org or call at 202.362.4433.


Adas Night Out at Theater J
View A List of Dates Below

Join other Adas members at Theater J throughout the season! To purchase tickets visit www.theaterj.org. Use the coupon code ADAS to receive a $5 discount. For Theater J subscribers who would like to change dates to attend with other Adas members, please call the Theater J box office at 202.777.3210.

The Christians: Thursday, December 1st
Copenhagen: Thursday, January 19th
The How and the Why: Thursday, March 2nd
Brighton Beach Memoirs: Thursday, April 20th
Broken Glass: Thursday, June 29th


Musical Moments @ Adas:


Kol HaOlam 2017 
Saturday, February 25 @ 8pm 

Who will be crowned as the 7th champion in 2017? Witness the ever popular Annual National Collegiate Jewish A Cappella Championship Competition!  


Shabbat B’taam Latino 
Shabbat, June 2 – 3

Guest Cantor Ari Litvak will enhance our Shabbat services by engaging us in the sweet sounds of the Latin American Jewish tradition. 




Friday Night Services:

Return Again to Shabbat
View Dates Below

Presented by the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington With Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt & Elie Greenberg
Join us for a reflective journey into the power of Shabbat. Featuring seasoned musicians and a spiritual, ecstatic excursion into prayer & song. Join us for a community Shabbat dinner immediately following services. A parallel traditional lay-led service will also be available. 

DATES & REGISTRATION (click a date to register): 
November 11, 2016December 9, 2016  |  February 10, 2017  March 10, 2017 |  April 14, 2017  |  May 12, 2017 |  June 9, 17    


Shabbat Morning Services:

Return Again to Shabbat Morning
View Dates Below

Presented by the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington With Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt & Elie Greenberg
You loved the Return Again Friday night experience and asked for more – and we are thrilled to bring the same soulful sounds to our Shabbat morning service! 

DATES: Nov 12, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 8, May 13, Jun 10 


Shabbat In Harmony With Robyn Helzner
View Dates Below

Join our Smith Sanctuary service on these weeks for extra special music with a folk-like quality, including extra spirited participatory renditions of favorite melodies and a chance to experience exciting new tunes.

DATES: February 25, April 22, May 27, June 24 


Flash Choir And Kolot

Love to sing? There is a group for you!  Contact cantor.brown@adasisrael.org to join!





Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington @ Adas opportunities:

The JMCW @ Adas offers programs, workshops, and services to help deepen our experience of the spiritual, and create connections to foster a vibrant, diverse spiritual community. Experience Jewish Meditation, Yoga, Mindful Learning, and spirited Shabbat & Holiday programs… all within a uniquely Jewish context.

Workshops include: Sunday morning yoga, Tuesday morning and Tuesday evening meditation, Wednesday night yoga, special speakers and services throughout the year.




Adas-Behrend Senior Fellowship:


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If you are a senior who would like to expand your circle of friends, please join us. Adas Israel and our Sisterhood, in partnership with the Jewish Council on the Aging, and the DCJCC, offers a hot lunch and programs for seniors each weekday. These daily programs are for D.C. residents aged 60 and over.

Want to Volunteer? We welcome volunteer help. If you have a few hours to lend, Call Kim at 202-777-3243 or email seniors@adasisrael.org.


Volunteer Opportunities:


The Social Action Council

The Social Action Council welcomes all who want to contribute their time and talent to our many projects and activities. SAC volunteers find satisfaction in their efforts and create new friendships within our Adas Israel community. We encourage you to contact activity coordinators or Social Action Chair Jamie Butler to talk about your interests and how you can get involved. For a complete list of social action volunteer opportunities, please visit their webpage http://adasisrael.org/tikkunolam/.


Hesed Committee

Adas Israel invites anyone interested in creating a caring community to become involved in the many activities of the Hesed Committee.  The committee focuses on Acts of Loving Kindness to help meet life challenges among our members.  Hesed is a vital part of building community at Adas.  One day you might be helping someone in our community.  The next day you might need help yourself and the community is there for you.  Hesed provides both the joy of giving and receiving. The Hesed Teams include: Hesed Visits, Hesed Meals Team, Hesed Baskets Team, Hesed Phone Team, Hesed Young Families Team, and the Hesed Cooking Team.