JMCW – High Holy Day Calendar



L'Shana Tova!

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. This year, heighten your spiritual experience of the pinnacle of our holy calendar with the following mindful programs:

Spiritual Shofar-Blowing Workshop
Sunday, September 10 @ 10:00am Register Here
Led by Jennie Litvack Come learn all about the shofar and its significance as a channel for spiritual connection. This is a hands-on workshop where we will learn the techniques of shofar blowing from lip buzzing to breathing, as well as the shofar calls of Rosh Hashanah. The class ends in a group shofar blow on the steps of the Adas Israel Plaza. Please bring a shofar if you can.

MakomDC / JMCW HHD Mash Up
Tuesday September 12 @ 7:00pm Register Here
Join Rabbis Alexander and Holtzblatt for an evening of preparation that will cater to all of our senses. Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander will open the evening together with a textual introduction to our theme, before offering an Open Beit Midrash session (text study) in the Biran Beit Midrash and meditation in the Gewirz, concurrently. We’ll join back together for some chanting of Return Again tunes and some final words of inspiration.

Yoga with Rabbi Sarah Tasman
Wednesday September 13 @ 7:30pm Register Here

Join us for a comforting, relaxing, and inspiring Rosh Hashanah flow. Shed what does not serve you from 5777 and get your body and mind ready to reach new potential and find deeper peace in 5778. Softening towards teshuva, we will join together as a community in moving yoga. Shana Tova!


Rock Creek Sh’ma: Mindful Nature Walk
Sunday, September 17 @ 2:00pm Register Here
Led by Judd Holtzman Join us for a relaxing mindfulness experience in Rock Creek Park before the beginning of Rosh Hashanah. We will take a short nature walk through Rock Creek Park, and then stop at a quiet place to meditate and eat apples and honey. We will meet at Adas at 2:00 pm on the front steps and return at 4:00 pm. This is a great way to set your kavanah for the new year! Open to anyone age 15 and up.

"Return Again" Kol Nidre
Friday, September 29 @ 7:30pm
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. 
Interested in more JMCW High Holy Day services? Look for the guitar icon  in our Complete Schedule of Services!


Preparing Body & Soul Through Meditation & Song
Yom Kippur, September 30 @ 4:45pm Register Here
Calming our bodies and minds, opening our hearts, and awakening our spirits through mindful practices can help us move into the new year refreshed, alert, and enthusiastic. Join Susan Barocas and Michelle Buzgon as we concentrate on the sounds and rhythms of our breathing, singing, and guided meditation. Together, we deepen our sense of reflection, well-being, and ability to accept the joys and sorrows of each year of our lives. Open to all, whether new to mindful practice or experienced!

Immersing in Holiness
It is an ancient tradition to immerse in the mikvah before or during the High Holy Day season. This year, schedule an appointment at the Adas Israel Community Mikvah to enter the holidays physically and mindfully. It is a very meaningful way to acknowledge the challenges of the previous year, to center yourself before beginning the holidays, and to set your intentions for the new year. An excerpt from the Rosh Hashanah mikvah ceremony: “May I return to my true self and be strengthened as I continue my journey of tikkun halev—repairing the heart, tikkun hanefesh—repairing the soul, and tikkun olam—repairing the world.” E-mail or call Naomi Malka, 202-841-8776 to schedule an appointment.