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Proudly Introducing the new Siddur Lev Shalem
for Adas Israel Community & Home Prayer

Click Here to Dedicate Your Own Siddurim

Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat and Festivals,
published by the Conservative Movement Rabbinical Assembly, will soon join the successful High Holy Day Mahzor Lev Shalem in all our prayer spaces and bookshelves at Adas Israel. Like our wonderful High Holy Day mahzor, it features a four column format, new translations in contemporary language, commentary providing historical context, and a variety of kavanot, poetry and prose that expand and enrich our relationship to the text.

The Adas Israel Religious Practices Committee (Steve Kleinrock, chair) worked tirelessly with clergy and community members to carefully review the selection, and Cantor Arianne Brown hosted a learning session to explore the new siddur over the summer. The Committee recommended the selection, and the Board of Directors voted to approve it unanimously.  We are very excited about the selection. The adoption of a new siddur is truly a momentous occasion, and will offer us all an enriched and shared tool for accessing our Jewish prayer experience as community.

A formal opportunity to introduce and celebrate our treasured new siddurim will take place during Shabbat services on May 6, 2017. Be sure to dedicate yours before then.

In order to acquire these magnificent new siddurim, we are seeking the support of the entire community. Members and friends are invited to dedicate one or more of these new books in honor or memory of a loved one or a special event in your life. With your contribution of $36 per siddur (or more at other levels), you may select the wording for the dedication plate to be placed in the front of each book. A listing of all dedications will have an individual bookplate and will appear in a future Chronicle. We also encourage you to purchase one through the Synagogue for home reading and prayer.

This siddur draws from the geographic and historical expanse of Jewish life. For use in both the home and the synagogue, it includes all the traditional prayers, psalms, and songs that are familiar from previous Conservative siddurim, but also serves as a treasured anthology, offering a wide array of readings that can be used to celebrate Shabbat as well as material for study about Shabbat: poems both ancient and modern, Hasidic wisdom, rabbinic midrashim, and commentary on the history and diversity of the liturgy. In addition to modern translations, most of the key blessings, psalms, and songs are transliterated to enable Jews from all backgrounds to fully participate in the welcoming of Shabbat and the extensive commentary is geared to both the novice and the learned, offering both historical insight and spiritual meaning. We look forward to sharing it with all of you.             

Click Here to Dedicate Siddurim
Or, please complete the form in your Chronicle and return it with payment to:
Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Example Page from the new Siddur Lev Shalem Click Image Below To Enlarge