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In Ma Chadash This Week
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Shabbat Services - Saturday, August 12th
9:30 AM in the Sanctuary
During this quiet part of the year, as the Jewish calendar guides us through the 7 weeks of consolation and up to Rosh Hashana, we have a different approach to our Shabbat morning prayer and study time. Join Hazzan Rabbi Rachel, Jeff Weintraub, and others for:
- quiet, contemplative prayers for the opening minutes of the service: come and join with others in the first prayer passages of the morning, going at your own pace with space for your own private prayers in the context of the siddur structure.
- psalm-singing at 9:45 a.m. - melodies and harmonies to open our hearts, awaken our consciousness and build community through song.
- formal morning prayers leading through the Amidah and concluding with a prayer for peace.
- contemplative Torah study: an opportunity to engage with our text which uses the tools of guided silence, a deep focus on a brief passage and an opportunity to share insights in the moment.
- a special Haftarah presentation for this second of the seven weeks.
High Holiday Opportunities
And I will bring you to my holy mountain, and rejoice 
in my house of prayer; your offerings will all be welcome on my altar, for my home shall be a house of prayer for all peoples.
(Isaiah 56:7)

Photograph by Audrey Rothstein
Welcome to the Jewish New Year season! From Elul through Simchat Torah, we'll have abundant opportunities to turn inward and also toward one another, as we once again turn to the renewal of our souls with these ancient words resonating across the generations.  Isaiah's message of joy and welcome rings as true today as ever, and we are the ones to make it real.  We reach our highest potential for spiritual, social, communal, and even political action when we each bring our offerings forth, to create a powerful collective expression.  We look forward to gathering our individual gifts, questions, and offerings into a communal mosaic of prayer and participation throughout this sacred season.  We are honored to share this journey with each of you.

Elul Yoga - Friday, August 11th at 8:30 AM in the Social Hall
Series continues August 11 - September 15
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM in the Foyer

The Hebrew month of Elul is highlighted in Jewish tradition as a time to build our capacity for spiritual growth in anticipation of the new year season, beginning with Rosh HaShana.  Join Hazzan/Rabbi Rachel, a certified teacher and long-time hatha yoga practitioner, for a weekly stretch of body, heart, mind and soul during this special season of increased reflection and introspection.  Learning and practicing the principles and postures of hatha yoga is yet another portal to explore these themes. These sessions are intended for practitioners of all levels, with modifications available as participants' needs dictate.  

Wear comfortable clothing to allow for optimal movement.  Bring a yoga mat - all other props are provided.  Adat Shalom members, suggested $5 donation to the synagogue Social Action Fund per class, visitors and guests, $10 per class. Guests welcome! Sponsored by Makom @ Adat Shalom.

New This Year! Dinner at Adat Shalom, Wednesday, September 20th

Adat Shalom will host Erev Rosh Hashanah at the shul. Before you make plans with friends, consider joining us Wednesday, September 20th at 6:30 PM (before services) for a festive catered meal. More details to come next week, including website registration.

High Holiday packets and tickets will be mailed next week - stay tuned! 
Social Action 
Refugee Resettlement Project: Put your compassion into action!
While we are waiting to be assigned a refugee family, the resettlement team is gearing up  to collect donations of household furnishings and money to support the family when they arrive. Here's how you can help: click this link to sign up to donate new and gently used household furnishings and goods and/or send a contribution by check payable to Adat Shalom with "Refugee Resettlement" on the memo line.  All funds collected will be used to support the family.  

Questions? Email Evi RezmovicEmily Novick, or Jayme Epstein.                

Social Action Spotlight - Shepherd's Table

Shepherd's Table's Mission is to help people who are homeless or in need by providing basic services including meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner Monday-Friday; brunch and dinner on weekends), social services, medical support, and clothing, in a compassionate manner. Their new home is at 8106 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Adat Shalom has been a sponsor of Shepherd's Table since 2010. Volunteers provide brunch the 2nd Sunday every month from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM, as well as Christmas dinner. We help prepare, serve, and clean up the meal for 100-130 clients.  Our support is vital!  Volunteers find it a very rewarding experience and usually volunteer again. High school students (ages 14+) are encouraged to volunteer, and they receive 2 SSL hours.

Please contact Myrna or Steve Parker to volunteer this Sunday, August 13th!
Welcome Back from Community Connections Committee!

Saturday, August 26th
Village Oneg

Join us in the Social Hall immediately after a morning of relaxing services. No preparation or cleanup necessary.  We take care of everything. All you do is sit at the table labeled for your Village.  Eat and schmooze with old friends and new. Start to slowly get back into the swing of things after the "summer break" by joining Adat Shalom's Community of Villages. Bring your appetite!
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 , membership update or IT questions? 
Contact:  Marcie Wilson, 301-767-3333 x101
...Membership 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
(P) 301-767-3333 * (F) 301-767-3340
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