Welcome to this week's
Ma Chadash (What's New?)

Expand your heart and mind in honor of our 30th Anniversary. 

Shabbat Services - January 13th
Shabbat Services with Rabbi Fred at 9:30 AM

From the Office
Parents with young children - please note babysitting has moved to Room 4!

The office will be closed Monday, January 15th, in observance of MLK Day.
In Ma Chadash This Week
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This Weekend
Saturday, January 13
Prayer through Movement  at 1:15 PM in the Multipurpose Room

Movement through prayer is an opportunity for anyone in our congregation to engage in several sessions working with others to create a dance.  Diane DeFries,  a professional dance teacher and choreographer, will guide us in a collaborative process.  The culmination of this experience will be shared with the congregation at Shabbat Services on February 17.   
Contact Malka Kutnick  with questions.
Sunday, January 14
Social Action Opportunity at Shepherd's Table in Silver Spring!

Join Steve and Myrna Parker on the 2nd Sunday of every month to serve brunch at Shepherd's Table in Silver Spring, MD.
All members over 13 years of age are welcome to volunteer, and students receive 2 SSL credits.

Help those in Montgomery County who are experiencing hunger and homelessness. 

Questions? E-mail bonnboz@aol.com.

Better Angels Skills Workshop with Susana Isaacson at 1:30 PM in the Social Hall 

You are invited to learn the skill of holding conversations with people who think differently from you, especially family and friends. All of us have people in our lives whom we love and appreciate, yet wish we could share ideas with in a way that is both respectful and curious without the expectation of changing minds. 

Space is limited to 40 participants and is filling up!!!
Click here to register.
  Adat Shalom Auction - Live on January 11th!
Ramping up for the 2018 Adat Shalom Auction!
This year's Adat Shalom Online Auction is going to be full of treats, but as always we need your help. The Annual Adat Shalom Auction has two goals:

1) To foster connections between members of the community; and
2) To raise money for Adat Shalom as a FUNdraiser.
Members donate services, experiences or items for the auction. This is your opportunity to shine a light on your special talent and share it with your community. 
As any Adat Shalomer will tell you - it is all about community and connections. The auction goes live on January 11,  As any Adat Shalomer will tell you, the auction is all about community and connections, but it starts with you and your generous contributions!
Donate today!  Questions? Contact Loren Amdursky.
You're Invited - A Special 30th Anniversary Aliyah!
Dear Community,
Saturday, January 20 we are marking the day with special aliyot and music in honor of praying together for 30 years. To help us mark this time, you are invited to one of the following aliyot:
Rishon, members who joined in 1988 through 1997;
Sheini, members who joined in 1998 through 2007;
Shlishi, members joined since 2008.
Services begin at 9:30 AM. During Oneg, we will enjoy cake, and a time to share reflections. We look forward to seeing you then. If you have questions, please contact  Liz Wainger .
Mark your calendars for our Spring fundraiser and 30th Anniversary celebration, Saturday night April 28, "Finding Truth in Turbulent Times" More details forthcoming.
Stacy Feuer and Sandy Hayward
Co-Chairs, 30th Anniversary Celebrations
Coming Up!
Saturday, January 20th

Adat Shalom's 30th Anniversary Celebration and baby naming of Annabelle Nicastro!
A service honoring our individual and  collective efforts, over the past three  decades, in creating a progressive,  participatory, diverse and inclusive  community that seeks strength and truth  in Torah and our evolving Jewish  tradition. Join us for special aliyot,  birthday cake, and renewed connections.
Rabbi Jane will present a D'var Chinuch on alcoholism and addiction.

Shabbat Matters with Kay Abrams at 10:15 AM

How do we pass along the Jewish sensitivity towards Achrayut/accepting responsibility-to care, to act, to step up? How will we transmit this work ethic, this feeling of noble mission, to our young citizens so that it becomes a significant part of their innate sense of self and their vision of the other?

Click here to view the flyer and learn more.

Tot Shabbat at 10:30 AM

followed by Young Families' Tu B'Shevat
Celebrate the birthday of the trees!

Coping with Aging Relatives at 12:30 PM

Are you worried about your parent(s) or other relative(s)? Are they having trouble with driving? Are you concerned about their living situation? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Don't know where to turn? Join us for emotional and spiritual support and the opportunity to share your concerns, and learn from others who are experiencing similar challenges. These are drop-in sessions; you need not have attended before.

Drumming Chug at 1:00 PM in the Sanctuary

Come find your spiritual center through rhythm. Bring your own drum or something to bang on and with.

Sponsored by: Community Life

Listening Space with Rabbi Jane at 1:00 PM

Join Rabbi Jane Berman, our Pastoral Counselor for a listening hour. This is a general monthly drop in support group. It is nurturing place to share and connect.  

Sunday, January 21st at 10:00 AM in the Library
Racial Justice Discussion Group: led and moderated by Jayme Epstein and Fran Zamore
This month's topic: Wealth Disparity in the U.S.
Click here to learn more and register for this session.

Wednesday, January 24th at 7:30 PM in the Sanctuary
Foundation for Jewish Students presents "The New Face(s) of American Jewish Life" with Rabbi Sid.  Rabbi Sid Schwarz does pioneering work uncovering organizations across North America that are re-inventing conceptions of Jewish identity and Jewish life. Many of these organizations are operating under the radar of the organized Jewish community, yet they are attracting the generation of American Jews who are, for the most part, bypassing the legacy institutions of the organized Jewish community. This session will provide insight into the people and ideas that make these "Covenantal Jewish Communities" exciting, hopeful and inspiring.

Makom Retreat March 2-4


Thank you to those of you who signed up, we look forward to your participation!

In the Community
Sunday, January 21st from 12:30-2:30 PM - here at Adat Shalom!
Theater J Auditions for "Becoming Dr. Ruth"
The script includes a few cameo recordings of characters who call in to Dr. Ruth's show to ask advice about their love lives - and you could be one of the characters!  Some of the questions are routine, some hilarious, and some a little wacky. Both male and female adult voices are needed, and the audition should take about 10-15 minutes. Everyone who auditions will be eligible for a special buy-a-ticket, get-one free discount.
Click here to learn more about the production.

Save the Date! 2018 JStreet National Conference - April 14-17

The conference promises to be an excellent avenue for deepening engagement and knowledge about Israel just six months before the critical 2018 midterm elections. Past conferences have included speakers such as Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Senator Tim Kaine, Senator Bernie Sanders, members of the Israeli Knesset and more. 

Click here to sign up and learn more. Use code ADATSHALOM18 for a 20% discount, and sign up before February 1st to receive the Early Bird rate.
Contact Tali DeGroot with questions.
Volunteers Make It Happen!
Visit www.adatshalom.net and click to learn more!

Need help with...
...Membership, scheduling a meeting/program or rental?
Contact:   Sarah Wesson, 301-767-3333 x106
...B'nai Mitzvah, Clergy or Pastoral Care Questions? 
Contact:  Kathy Bloomfield, 301-767-3333 x108 
...Torah School, Youth Programs Registration, membership update or IT questions? 
Contact:  Marcie Wilson, 301-767-3333 x101
...Membership and adjustments or other questions?
Contact: Executive Director, Marla Cohen, 301-767-3333 x107
Life Cycle
Celebrating a birth, wedding, or other simcha?  Please let us know about it! Contact our Office Administrator, Sarah Wesson, at  officeadmin@adatshalom.net
If you have a death in the family or other life cycle emergency, please contact one of the co-chairs of the Adat Shalom Life Cycle Committee:

Shelley Rudick: 301-928-5990 
Victor Rezmovic: 301-983-2398 
Camilla Day: 301-309-0066 
Marc Gunther: 240-441-2204 

Reach any of the above committee members at lifecycle@adatshalom.net.  
Have a submission for Ma Chadash?   Send it the week before on Monday (10 days in advance) to be sure it's included!

Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane * Bethesda, MD 20817
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