Welcome to this week's Ma Chadash (What's New?) 
Shabbat Services - Saturday, September 9th
9:30 AM in the Sanctuary
Join Rabbi Fred and Hazzan Rabbi Rachel on the Bimah.

10:30 AM in the Social Hall
Tot Shabbat with Miss Ellie
Elul Enlightenment- A month of learning

The month of Elul has begun! 
New this year - daily installments of Elul Enlightenment messages from our Sages, Clergy, and Community. Check our website each day. To get started, click here.
In Ma Chadash This Week
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Torah School - First Day and Open House on September 9th!
First Day of Torah School!
Welcome all students, parents and guardians to a new year of learning.  As our kids are getting settled in their new classrooms, parents, caregivers and guardians: please join in for our Shabbat service.  We are holding a special honor for all of you during the Torah service - please come to the bimah for a moment of celebration and blessings.  For this group aliyah, all are welcome, whether Jewish or fellow-traveler.  

Invite your friends to see our Torah School in full swing! Meet Rabbi Julie Gordon, Director of Education, as well as students, staff, and clergy! RSVP to Marcie Wilson. This event is free and open to the public.
High Holidays 5778

Photograph by Audrey Rothstein

Sunday, September 10  
Schmooze and Learn
Elul Yoga - Friday, September 8th
 at 8:30 AM in the Social Hall.

Join Hazzan/Rabbi Rachel. 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.
10:00 AM
Meet the Community-New and Prospective members welcome to meet our clergy and fellow members over Bagels and Coffee.

10:30 AM "Approaching the Days of Awe" Join Rabbi Fred, Hazzan/Rabbi Rachel, Kit Turen and David Sieradzski for: Machzor 101, Unpacking Unetaneh Tokef, Psalm 27 - A Contemplative Look and Wrestling with The King: God Images on the Days of Awe. Click here for flyer and bring a friend!
Important Correction!!! S'lichot at Temple Beth Ami is Saturday, September 16thnot the 20th as originally stated in our Days of Awe postcard. We apologize for any confusion.
Jewish Studies and Makom Opportunities
Tuesday, September 12th
Sacred Writings on the Hereafter: An Early History of Hell and Heaven  - 8:00 PM 
Bender JCC in Rockville
Christopher Rollston, Professor, George Washington University will speak on the differences in the history of the hereafter, and how differently Heaven and Hell were understood by Jews and Christians of the early Common Era.

Saturday, September 23rd

High Holiday Quiet Retreat with Kit Turen
1:30 PM in the Sanctuary 
(Optional lunch begins at 12:30 in the Library)

A High Holiday Quiet Retreat offers the opportunity for letting go of the hectic pace of life and bringing our kavanah (intention) and attention to connecting with the Divine. Click here to learn more about this unique opportunity, provided by Makom@Adat Shalom.
Social Action 
Refugee Resettlement Project Update
We have been assigned a family from Afghanistan and they are arriving Sept 12. More details coming very soon.  If you haven't yet donated, please check the signup link to see what is still needed. We also need monetary donations to pay for a  U-haul truck, multiple beds, food, clothing and other items for the family.  Checks sent to the Adat Shalom office with "refugee resettlement" in the memo line are much appreciated. We have collected just under $2000 to date. We are off to a great start! 
Please arrange to drop off your items before September 9 -  do not drop off items without contacting these folks first! Note that Sandy Hayward is away until September 7:
Sandra Hayward
Questions? Email Evi RezmovicEmily Novick, or  Jayme Epstein
Coming Up 
Sunday, September 10th
5:30 PM ASYG Dinner and Parent Introduction. See flyer for more details

Saturday, September 16th

Tot Shabbat with Miss Ellie at 10:30 AM
Young Families' Tot Rosh Hashanah 

  Coping with Aging Relatives at 12:30 PM
Are you worried about your parent(s) or other relative(s)?
Are you concerned about their living situation?
Are they having trouble with driving?
Are you feeling overwhelmed?  Unsure what steps to take?

After services, fill a plate at the oneg and come directly to the Library.  Come for spiritual and  emotional support and an opportunity to share your concerns and learn from others facing similar challenges.  These are drop-in sessions; you need not have attended before. 

  Mishnah Garden Harvest at 1:00 PM

Come tour the Mishnah Garden and get up close and personal with our composter.  Pick gourds and get them ready for hanging in the Sukkah. Help maintain and harvest crops.  Pick apples from our two trees (add honey as a preview to Rosh Hashanah) and check out the fig tree. All ages welcome.
Questions: Fred Pinkney 301-233-16142,  pa.sommers@verizon.net 
New Art Exhibit from Washington Society of the Jewish Deaf through September 30
We are honored to host artists from the Washington Society of the Jewish Deaf (WSJD) during the month of September.  On Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kipppur, WSJD holds their services at Adat Shalom while we are at Wootton High School. We are delighted to present the works of fabric artists, painters and poets. Please visit the exhibit here now till September 30. For more information about WSJD, please visit, wsjdeaf.org. Adat Shalom is proud to work with WSJD, and other non-profit and faith communities in utilizing our space. Please contact Marla Cohen, Executive Director at marla.cohen@adatshalom.ent if you would like to more information about artist exhibition/rental space. 

Volunteers Make It Happen!
Visit www.adatshalom.net and click to learn more!

To Volunteer for the High Holidays Click Here

Need help with...
...Membership, Holiday tickets, 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 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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