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Next Up: Simchat Torah, Dancing with the Torah!
Erev Simchat Torah: Thursday, Oct 12, beginning @ 6:30pm
Simchat Torah Morning: Friday, Oct 13, beginning @ 9:15am

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On Simchat Torah, the Torah scrolls wish to dance, so we become their feet! 

Featuring the stars of the Klezmatics – the Lisa Gutkin and Lorin Sklamberg Klezmer Duo, to lead us in festive song & dance! The biggest Torah Party of 5778! Join the Adas Israel community for an ecstatic, musical community celebration on the most joyous holiday of our holy calendar!

There will also be a joyous Erev Simchat Torah service with the Traditional Egalitarian Minyan, without instruments, at 7pm. All are welcome!



Sukkot @ Adas
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Wednesday, October 4 – Friday, October 13

Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (Erev Sukkot is on Wednesday evening, October 4th) and continues for seven days. It is known by several names, none more descriptive than Z’man Simchataynu, Day of Our Rejoicing. Hag HaSukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, reminds us of the huts (sukkot) in which our ancestors dwelt in the desert for forty years on their way to the Promised Land. It concludes with the festive Holiday of Simchat Torah!

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"…and you shall take the fruit of goodly trees… and rejoice before the Lord your God." We encourage you to order your Lulav and Etrog in preparation for the festive observance of the Sukkot holiday. 

Lulavim may be picked up on Tuesday, October 3rd, Wednesday October 4th or Thursday October 5th. Lulav and Etrog Orders are Due by Tuesday, September 19th. 

Community Events

Community-Wide Sukkah Building and Decorating
Sunday, October 1 @ 11:00am

We have so many community events already planned to take place in the sukkah: the Gan “snack in the shack,” Religious School Shacharit Live, New Member Reception, Kiddush in the Sukkah, etc. Now we need a community to help build and decorate the famous Adas Israel sukkah on the Connecticut Avenue patio. Please join us in this mitzvah on Sunday, October 1 at 11am for our community Sukkah building and decorating.  For more information please contact Courtney Tisch, at or 202-362-4433, ext. 131.

Community Shabbat Dinner in the Sukkah
Friday, October 6 at 7:30pm
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Join us for a community Shabbat dinner as we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. Sukkot and Shabbat are times to come together with family and friends and sit in the Sukkah, connecting with nature and each other as we express gratitude for the good things in our lives. What a wonderful way to welcome Shabbat at Adas!
6:00pm: Non-instrumental Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander
7:30pm: Shabbat Dinner in the Sukkah

New Member Reception in the Sukkah
Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30pm

Please join us in the Sukkah on Tuesday, October 10th for a new member reception. This is an invitation to all our wonderful new members at Adas Israel to join us for a relaxed "meet & greet" with the Adas Israel clergy, lay leaders, and community members! Longstanding members of the community are also encouraged to attend to welcome our new friends to Adas Israel! 




Mazal Tov To Our Simchat Torah Honorees!
Honor Our Dedicated Community Members On The Most Festive Day of the Jewish Year
Friday, October 13 @ 9:15am

Each year, several community members who have served with unusual dedication are selected to receive special honors on Simchat Torah.  For each of them, Adas Israel is deeply entwined with their lives and that of their families. Please join us on the morning of Simchat Torah on October 13th when we will honor this year’s worthy honorees:

Alvin Dunn
Alvin Dunn and his wife, Lisa Dunn, have been active and cherished members of Adas for many years.  They are both extremely active in the larger Adas community, and their passion lies with the Traditional Egalitarian Minyan in particular.  Alvin has been regularly attending the Minyan since 1994, loves leading davening, and has served on the coordinating committee and as a service coordinator. Alvin has served on the Adas Budget Committee for the past ten years (and counting), and most recently played an important role on the Nominating Committee.  Lisa and Alvin were married at Adas in 2001, and all four of their children (Avery, Maren, Harper, and Wyatt) attended the Gan and still attend the Religious School.  Avery, Maren, and Harper have all had their B’not Mitzvah here, and Wyatt’s Bar Mitzvah is already scheduled for 2019!  Alvin’s commitment to Adas has made him an indispensable asset to our Adas family, and we look forward to honoring him as a Simchat Torah Honoree this year.

Sandra Eskin
When Sandra walked into an Adas Tot Shabbat service with her two-year old daughter in 1987, she knew they had found their Jewish home in Washington, DC. Sandra and her husband, Andrew, sent their three children (Naomi (now 32), Becca (30) and Ben (27)) to the Gan,  celebrated their B’nai Mitzvah at the shul, and graduated from the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Religious School. Sandra has served on various synagogue committees over the years, was VP for Education and Youth from 2000-2002, and from 2015-2017, and she taught Kitah Bet for nine years in the religious school.  She has written a number of Purim spiels for the synagogue, and is an avid playwright for young audiences.  A production of her stage adaptation of Jumanji won a Helen Hayes award this year. A graduate of Brown University and UC-Hastings Law School, Sandra currently directs a food safety advocacy project at The Pew Charitable Trusts. 

Lois Fingerhut
Lois and her husband Michael have been Adas members for the past 30 years.  At both Adas Israel and during her professional career Lois has seen herself as a “connector.” Lois serves as the chair of the Social Action Committee’s Gun Violence Prevention team whose focus is to bring communities together within Adas Israel and across the city in order to make a difference in the epidemic of gun violence primarily facing our neighbors in Wards 7 and 8.  Lois joined the Social Action committee several years ago when she introduced Adas congregants to Reading Partners, and as a tutor and board member, Lois continually connects Adas members with Reading Partners.  Lois thoroughly enjoys being a part of Hesed teams, participating in Morning Awakening and Return Again services.  Lois’s appreciation for all that Adas Israel is doing grows stronger each day. Lois is also a past board member of the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center and has been a member of the Theater J council since 2003—she will gladly “connect” you with tickets.  Prior to her retirement in 2009, Lois was an injury epidemiologist with the National Center for Health Statistics with most of her career writing about the impact of firearm violence on the youth in this country. Lois and her husband Michael are ardent Nationals fans, theater enthusiasts and they love to travel. Their two sons, David and Josh, live in Denver and Los Angeles, respectively.

Ron Lapping
Ron and his wife Kelley have been Adas members since 2012. A previously lifelong Chicagoan, Ron first arrived at Adas looking for a place to say Kaddish for his father of blessed memory, and quickly found a home for himself here at Adas. Ron felt so enriched and welcomed within the Daily Minyan community that he stayed long after his 11 months and plays an important leadership role in our Daily Minyan to this day. Ron comes to minyan nearly every day, without fail, to help ensure that our prayer services continue to run strong and so that community members in mourning will always be able to recite Kaddish when needed. Ron also coordinated in the past the extraordinary Rosh Hashanah Gift Bag project, ensuring the delivery of High Holy Day-goodness to hundreds of new and long-term community members. Through these and other activities, as well as his genuinely warm and caring presence, Ron has contributed sustainably to the congregation’s ongoing efforts to foster a warm, welcoming community experience for all.