Ma Chadash: What's New at Adat Shalom?

Shabbat Services - Saturday, August 11th
Join Rabbi Fred and friends on the Bimah for services and the Bar Mitzvah of Aden Menschik, Shabbat morning at 9:30 AM.

Join us in welcoming Aden Menschik, son of David Menschik and Melissa Bloch-Menschik to the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah!

Makom Rosh Chodesh Elul Healing Circle at 12:30 PM in the Sanctuary 

Come join Rabbi Sandy Rubenstein and Susana Isaacson for a  time of gentle reflection, music, poetry, prayer and sharing.

This Saturday is CAN JAM for this month.  Please remember to  bring a few cans, bags or boxes of non-perishable food items (no glass jars, please) and place them in the wicker baskets in the shul lobby. Thanks  as always for your contributions.
In Ma Chadash This Week
Quick Links

Welcome to the Jewish New Year Season. Click here to visit our website - register for Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner, sign your children up for Youth Programs, order your lulav and etrog, and more! 

Schedule of Services
September 9th  - Erev Rosh Hashanah services and dinner (RSVP required) at Adat Shalom
September 10th  - Rosh Hashanah at Wootton High School; Taschlich potluck at Meadowbrook Park
September 11th  - Second Day Rosh Hashanah at Adat Shalom

September 18th  - Kol Nidre at Wootton
September 19th  - Yom Kippur services, learning sessions, and more at Wootton
Elul Enlightenment begins on August 12th - a series of short reflections, stories, and commentaries by Adat Shalom members, all focused on preparing for the Days of Awe. As we contemplate the year that is ending, we recall our struggles - with others, with situations, and perhaps most of all with ourselves. As we look ahead to a new year, we hope for the blessing of a better year, a better world, a better self.
Coming Up
Saturday, August 18th - Shabbat services & Bar Mitzvah of Henry Dirckx at 9:30 AM

Sunday, August 19th - Makom Elul Exploration: Psalm 27 and Journaling at 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary 
Facilitated by Kit Turen and Martha Hare

During the month of Elul it is a tradition to read Psalm 27 each day.  In this session we will read and reflect upon Psalm 27 in a slow, personal and contemplative process that helps us be in relationship with the psalm. Participants will be able to express their connection to the psalm through writing, poetry, drawing, or movement. They will have an opportunity to deepen their connection through sharing in small groups. This process also can be used for personal contemplation and prayer.
Gan Zikaron (Garden of Remembrance) plots going up October 1, 2018
Adat Shalom owns a limited number of plots at Gan Zikaron (Garden of Remembrance), the Jewish Community of Washington's shared burial grounds in Clarksburg. After many years, the costs are rising. Currently, our plots are $2,000 each. Starting October 1, 2018, our prices will rise to $2,400 each. If you or your immediate family are considering buying plots, please contact Marla Cohen for further information.
From Reconstructing Judaism

600 Rabbis in Support of LGBTQ Rights and Acceptance in Israel

Nearly 600 rabbis representing Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Jewish communities from across the United States and Canada signed an open letter organized by  A Wider Bridge  that calls on Orthodox rabbis to retract recent homophobic comments in Israel, and asks the governing coalition of the Knesset to immediately reverse recent anti-LGBTQ surrogacy legislation. Read the article here.
Life Cycle
Celebrating a birth, wedding, or other simcha?  Please let us know about it! Contact our Office Administrator, Sarah Wesson, at
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  
Betsy Reinstein Dewey: 202-246-7328

Reach any of the above committee members at  
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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
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane * Bethesda, MD 20817
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