High Holy Days


Then Like The Dawn Shall Your Light Burst Through
Click to view the 2017 High Holy Days Booklet

Join us for an inspirational High Holy Day experience at Adas Israel. Whether you are new to the community or a member of many years, we invite you to step out of your daily routines, to join together with the kehilla, to reflect deeply on what matters to you, and to embrace the pinnacle of our Jewish prayer experience. This year’s theme is derived from a passage in Isaiah, found in the High Holy Day Machzor. It will connect and elevate this years’ service experiences, and serve as an expression of our sacred longings as a religious community: to live in, and create, hope and light.

Complete Guide: 2017 High Holy Days


Youth & Families Services
Full Schedule of Youth & Families Services
We are blessed to have so many families in our community. Each one is unique. And we celebrate our similarities and our differences as we come together to mark sacred time. 

Sukkot / Simchat Torah
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Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei. Hag HaSukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, reminds us of the huts (sukkot) in which our ancestors dwelt in the desert for forty years.


Yom Kippur Afternoon Speakers
Join us for an enlightening afternoon discussion with Dana Bash, Frank Foer and other world experts as we explore key issues surrounding the modern day intersections of Media, National Dialogue, and Social Justice.

High Holy Days Ushering
Every year during each of the High Holy Day services, a dedicated group of members volunteer as ushers.  And in so doing, we fulfill the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests). Click here for more information on High Holy Day ushering and greeting.


The Adas Fund 2017
"Adas Israel is our Home" Please give to the The Adas Fund 2017 chaired by Alumni of the Ma’alot High School Israel Trip and supported by the Adas Fund Champions! Contribute Today

Return Again: Spirited Holiday Services
Our "Return Again" Kol Nidre services have drawn thousands to a spirited outdoor worship experience unlike any other in Washington, DC. Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt & Elie Greenberg present this year's "Return Again" services to fill your holidays with meaning, music & transcendence. 


Holiday Programs with JMCW
Full Schedule of JMCW events
Join us for a series of mindful programs and High Holy Day Learning designed to heighten your spiritual experience on the pinnacle of our holy calendar. Come and ready yourself.


Non-member Tickets
We look forward to welcoming you to Adas Israel for the High Holy Days! Non-members may purchase tickets here. If you decide to join our congregation before December 31, 2017, we will apply the cost of these tickets towards your membership contribution.  L'shana Tovah!


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Click Here to find answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about the High Holy Days including answers on parking, tickets, seating, and more!

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A Message From Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt & Aaron Alexander

The High Holy Days are a truly significant moment in time that urge eternality, a steady gaze backwards, a full stop in the present, and chance to dream forward. The sacred ingredient for capturing the most of these moments is light. Yours. Mine. And God’s. The Zohar teaches: Rabbi Yitzchak said that “the light created by God in the act of creation flared from one end of the universe to the other, and was hidden away.” In other words, light is always present, waiting to be uncovered. When we dig and unearth that which is in our hearts, a crack emerges and light shines forth.

These holy days sanctify our ability to live in the light that was created for us, that we have created for others and ourselves, and the light we will undoubtedly leave behind for those who occupy this space when we are gone.

That is the turning of time. And our tradition, plowed and sowed and planted one thousand times over, is the soil from which an endless amount of light can flow. But it needs you. It needs us. Together, present, and open to soak it all in.

We’re so grateful to be on this journey with you.

L’Shana Tova Tikatevu!

Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt & Rabbi Aaron Alexander


Saturday night, September 16 @ 9pm on Connecticut Ave Plaza

Several days before Rosh Hashanah, Jews around the world gather together 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 Days of Awe: 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 evening is generously sponsored by the Mollie & Joseph Muchnick Selichot Fund.


Seating Reminder

Please note that again this year, after the sermons in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary, a seat that has not been occupied will be considered available for seating. This applies to both dedicated and reserved seats.We thank our committee members and coordinators for sharing their time and their holidays so others can have a meaningful High Holy Day season. Watch your mail for the High Holy Day packet. We look forward to celebrating the most exciting time of the year with you, our Adas family. 




Parking Information 

The synagogue lot is reserved for handicapped-accessible parking only. To add your name to the reserved parking list, please call the Synagogue Office at 202.362.4433. If you are driving someone who has difficulty walking, we ask that you drop that person off at the front of the synagogue and then find a parking space. Please observe neighborhood parking restrictions, particularly on Connecticut Avenue. There will be no parking available in the synagogue lot (even for those on the parking list) on Kol Nidre. If you would like us to help you make alternative parking or transportation arrangements for that evening, please call the synagogue office.