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Please Give to the The Adas Fund in 2017
Chaired by Alumni of the Ma’alot High School Israel Trip

Annabelle Friedman, Isaac Frumkin, Kalia Hoechstetter, 
Julia Kagan, William Satloff and Ethan Sorcher

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This year, we are particularly proud to announce that six incredible alumni of Adas Israel’s annual Abe & Minnie Kay Israel Experience have volunteered to Chair the Adas Fund. They are Annabelle Friedman, Ethan Sorcher, Isaac Frumkin, Julia Kagan, Kalia Hoechstetter and William Satloff. These six remarkable “Adas Israel-ites” grew up in our community and are now working to ensure that

future generations will have the same opportunities to grow and thrive within our remarkable congregation. The Adas Fund campaign is the congregation’s only annual fundraising effort and is essential in ensuring that our congregation can function and thrive in the way so many of us have come to count on and deserve. We are honored and humbled by their incredible commitment, and we hope you will make every effort possible to help them achieve their goals for another successful campaign. We seek 100% participation, at any level of giving.

The Abe & Minnie Kay Israel Experience is a heavily subsidized two-week Tikkun Olam focused Israel trip for rising 11th graders in the Ma'alot High School program at Adas Israel. The students spend their 10th grade year studying and preparing for their journey to Israel, which for many, is truly a life changing experience. We are eternally grateful for the leadership, support and vision of the Kay family, who shared our belief that experiencing Israel with peers as the culmination of a lifelong Jewish education is the most meaningful way for our students to appreciate the Land of Israel and to foster a lasting Jewish identity. Annabelle, Ethan, Isaac, Julia, Kalia and William were fortunate enough to participate in this once in a lifetime journey, and are now proudly coming together to lead the next generation and beyond. They will need your support as they work to ensure the success of their congregational home. They know we cannot fulfill our obligations to our students, our elderly, and every Jewish person who seeks comfort and community within our walls if we do not raise the funds necessary to keep our congregation alive.

We look forward to hearing their stories as the year progresses, and to celebrating their achievements over the High Holy Days. We hope you will join with them as we demonstrate our gratitude for the many personal and family journeys Adas Israel’s members, clergy, and staff inspire.

The campaign will also be supported by a dedicated group of Adas Fund Champions, who will partner with these remarkable students to harness our congregation’s vitality, growth, and strength through the campaign. We are appreciative of all contributions, no amount is too small, and we ask that everyone contribute something. These students, and the amazing synagogue they have grown up to love and now help lead, deserve everyone’s support, at any level possible. Please share these incredible students’ good example as we support this campaign, and together, build our spiritual home at Adas Israel.

Meet The Adas Fund Chairs!

Annabelle Friedman, age 16

Annabelle Friedman is a junior at Washington International School. She was a participant on the 2016 Ma’alot trip to Israel, and continues to be an active member of the Ma’alot Tuesday learning community. She enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her siblings. 


Isaac Frumkin, age 16

Isaac Frumkin is a junior at Woodrow Wilson High School. His hobbies include running track for his High School team. He traveled to Israel last year with the 2016 Ma’a lot class and will be returning to Israel this summer to compete in the Maccabiah Games for the Junior USA team.


Kalia Hoechstetter, age 18

Kalia Hoechstetter is a senior at Woodrow Wilson High school in Washington D.C. This fall she plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she will double major in Political Science & Legal Studies, and Spanish Language. Kalia has been an active member of Adas her entire life, most recently serving as  USY chapter president for the 2016-2017 school year. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, participating in Model United Nations, spending time outdoors, and drinking copious amounts of tea.


Julia Kagan, age 18

Julia Kagan is a senior at Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School.  She is an activist for women's health, education and disability rights, and she enjoys embroidering and painting. This fall, she will be a freshman at Dickinson College, where she will be majoring in Health Studies.


William Satloff, age 17

William Satloff, a Gan graduate, is a rising senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and president of its Class of 2018. A professional potter and captain of the BCC Mock Trial Team, William also serves as the Tikkun Olam / Social Action Chair of Adas Israel's USY Chapter. He traveled to Israel in June 2016 with his Maalot class and loved learning about the diversity and richness of the country.


Ethan Sorcher, age 18

Ethan Sorcher is a fourth-generation Adas member who attended Gan HaYeled all the way through the Ma’alot High School Program. He is finishing his freshman year at Boston University, double majoring in International Relations & Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Ethan currently serves as the Political Liaison for Boston University Students for Israel, working closely with AIPAC to promote Israel on campus.