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

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

Finding Truth in Turbulent Times
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April is a month of modern Jewish holidays - Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Rememberance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day), and Yom Haatzma'ut (Israeli Independence Day).  It's easy to get them confused,  but you shouldn't be confused about Adat Shalom's signature April celebration -- our 30th Anniversary and spring fundraiser! Join us on Saturday evening, April 28 for "Finding Truth in Turbulent Times" -- an evening conversation and elegant dessert reception with Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne, Atlantic contributing writer Julia Ioffe, and Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Josh Green.  Don't wait any longer to support Adat Shalom . Go here by this Friday, April 13 to purchase tickets and share your words of truth and strength in the Book of Our Truths we're creating to mark this milestone!  The event is open to the public so encourage your friends, family members, colleagues, and neighbors to join us.
In Ma Chadash This Week
Quick Links
This Week

Tuesdays through May 15th - Sefirat HaOmer Yoga continues 
 8:45 AM in the Flex Space
Click here to view the flyer.

Saturday, April 14th

Shabbat Services and Bat Mitzvah of Natalie Zaid
9:30 AM in the Sanctuary

Mazel tov to Natalie, her parents Ellie and Mark, grandparents Ted Kleinman, Marsha Cohen, Carol Kleinman, and Wayne Pines, and all who celebrate with them!

Tot Shabbat with Ellie at 10:30 AM

Achrei Oneg - Fair Housing with Yachad 

Come to the Library at 1:00 PM to learn about Housing Segregation: The Rising Costs of Housing Discrimination presented by Sherrill Frost Brown of the National Fair Housing Alliance and sponsored by Yachad, the Social Action Committee and the Racial Justice Discussion Group.
Sunday, April 15th

Mishnah Garden Spring Planting and Bed Preparation
in the Mishnah Garden at 2:15 PM

Celebrate the ides of April and tax day. Plant spring crops and make the beds ready for May planting of warm weather vegetables.  Also spread compost (smart leaf-similar to leaf gro) and fix up some of the planting boxes.  Family friendly event.  Bring healthy snacks to share and plenty of water.
Contact Fred Pinkney if you're interested in joining.
Chesapeake Day of Learning - April 15th at 9:00 AM

You're invited to a day of learning featuring leaders with in our Reconstructing Judaism community. This morning is open to the entire community and a great way to learn by experiencing Reconstructionist Judaism. Come for some, stay for all.

Choose from Yoga led by Sue Dorfman, Meditation led by Fran Zamore, Shachrit Services or learn more about our movement with an Update on Movement Identity.

Grab a box lunch and attend any of these workshops:
Tough Conversations - Taryn Wyron, Susana Isaacson & Rabbi Saul Oresky 
Aging In Place - To Move or Not Move - Vicki Breman and panel
Private Prayers - Public Discourse - Hazzan/Rabbi Rachel Hersh

Click here to register.

Next Week!
Friday, April 20th

Yom Ha'Atzmaut Kabbalat Shabbat

6:30 PM Candle lighting, songs, and blessings
7:00 PM Pot Luck Dinner featuring Israeli wine tasting
7:45 PM Yom Ha'atzmaut Program: "Seven Decades of Israeli Song & Poetry"

Click here to view the flyer.
Saturday, April 21st

Coping with Aging Relatives at 12:30 PM in the Library

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.

Pursuing Justice 'at Home' at 1:00 PM
Series continues May 5, 12, and 19.

Using Jewish sources and experiential forms of engagement, this class will explore the philosophical and practical nuances of navigating difference, embracing diversity, and being truly inclusive in our communities. Participants will grow as effective and Jewishly-emboldened agents of welcome, safety, and solidarity, both within our spiritual home/s and beyond. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies, Social Action, and Inclusion Advisory Committees. 

Sunday, April 22nd 

Legacy: Preserving Your Family History with Roberta Benor
at 10:00 AM in the Library

I n follow-up to Rabbi Sid's Yom Kippur address on Legacy, the Jewish Studies Committee is delighted to have Roberta Benor present in our Sunday series. Her talk will include:

What are the stories of your family history?  You can add substance to the limbs of your family tree by preserving your unique history.  This lecture will cover the five W's of recording your life story and then show you how to create a lasting document.   She will also share some creative ways of passing along your family history to your children and grandchildren.   
In the Community
April 24th at University of Maryland

American Jews and Israel: Moving in Opposite Directions?
at the University of Maryland, Stamp Student Union at 8:30 AM
Featuring Distinguished Speaker:  Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism  
This conference is open and free to the public. Please  RSVP  and direct questions to Avis Koeiman at  301-405-9413  or  akoeiman@umd.edu.

Click here to view the flyer.

May 6th at the DCJCC

The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel 
at 1:00 PM
Join us for an in-depth exploration of the daily lives and challenges of Arab Citizens of Israel.
The program will feature the screening of the deeply moving documentary In Her Footsteps, a short film produced by Israeli high schools students as part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's triangular school partnership program, and an in-depth discussion about Bedouin society within Israel with filmmaker Rana Abu-Fraiha and Safa Abu-Rabia, post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.
1:00 pm: Organization Fair (find out how you can get involved in shared society initiatives!)
1:30 pm: In Her Footsteps screening
3:00 pm: Panel Discussion
3:45 pm: Reception and World Cafe
Sukkot in Spring with Yachad! April 29th

Adat Shalom is working this year on a house in Prince Georges County.   Click here to sign up.  And of course donations are needed to support the project.   Click here to help cover materials and skilled labor for this project. Or visit the Adat Shalom web site for more information and the links.
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 
Marc Gunther: 240-441-2204 

Reach any of the above committee members at lifecycle@adatshalom.net.  
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
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
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