Ma Chadash: What's New at Adat Shalom?

From the Office
We are closely monitoring weather conditions especially for this Sunday. In the event of inclement weather that causes a building closure, this will be shared on the listserv and posted on the website by 8:30 AM Sunday.

In the event that the building is closed on Sunday the 13th, the Climate Open Forum and Yesodot HaLimud will occur via Zoom, with details on the website. 
Quick Links
This Weekend
Saturday, January 12

Shabbat Services with Rabbi Sid and Rabbi Hazzan Rachel at 9:30 AM 
Rabbi Sid and Sandy Perlstein invite the congregation to join them this shabbat at 9:30am for the aufruf of their son, Danny Schwarz and his fiancé, Jamie Geller, to celebrate their forthcoming wedding.

Minyan Pashut at 9:45 AM in the Library
Minyan Pashut, literally, "simple minyan," is a lay led, intimate "minyan" [quorum] focused on our Hebrew liturgy and music. All levels of Hebrew knowledge are welcome.

Coping with Aging Relatives at 12:30 PM in the Double Classroom

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.

Haiti Mission - Achrei Oneg Recap and Discussion at 1:15 PM in the Library

Hear about Adat Shalom's Fifth Service Mission to Haiti. Watch the premiere of a 6-minute video made about the Mission and get to hear stories from Adat Shalom Mission participants. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions as well.

Achrei Oneg - Israeli Politics: The Progressive Struggle
at 1:00 PM in the Sanctuary

What makes Israel such an intricate maze of Progressiveness, conservatism, prejudice and Pluralism?
Join Idan for an open discussion about Israeli Mentality and its relationship with Enlightenment.
Purim is Coming!
Want to have some fun and connect with Adat Shalom friends and family? This is your chance! The Purim Shpiel is coming on the evening of March 20th. Come to our informational meeting on  Sunday, January 13th from 1-3 PM in the Sanctuary. We can't wait to see you!   Contact  Raine Weiner  with any questions. Check website for inclement weather. 
Social Action Opportunities
Sunday, January 13

Open Forum on Climate Activism and Proposed Advocacy Statement at 9:30 AM 
Dear community - we look forward to your input on the following statement on Climate and Ecology.  Adat Shalom has long been known for its green actions and commitments; we are regularly visited by churches, shuls, and others as a demonstration site and a model green congregation.  Now through January 14th all feedback - specific recommended edits, questions, statements of unqualified support or opposition, etc. - is solicited.  Please send your thoughts to ; it will all be shared (without name attribution unless otherwise specified) with a circle of leaders and editors, who will summarize the input for the Board.  A final vote on this version, likely with at least a few edits drawn from the feedback, is expected in late January.     View the statement here.  

Social Action Movie Night: Raised in the System at 6:15 PM

With more than 850,000 juveniles arrested annually, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of minors. This feature sheds light on those youth caught up in the system. Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams ("The Wire") explores why the country's mass incarceration problem can't be fixed without first addressing the juvenile justice problem, and investigates solutions that local communities have employed resulting in drastic drops in crime and incarceration. RSVP here. Check website for inclement weather closure.

Monthly Volunteer Opportunities
Shepherds' Table in Silver Spring -
Second Sunday, January 13@ 9:30 AM
Contact  Steve Parker for more information!
Manna Food Packing -
Third Tuesday, January 15
Contact  Rena Milchberg with questions. 
Shabbat Vayinafash - Coming Up!
Lost and Found and storing items in the coat room
There will be a box in the coat room for lost and found. For our own safety, we are no longer able to use the coat room for storage of member exchanges. If you are leaving an item for a member to pick up, please arrange pick up by Friday at 3:00 PM or make other arrangements. All items left in the coat room as well as lost and found will be donated by Friday each week. If you have any questions, please contact
Life Cycle
Celebrating a birth, wedding, or other simcha?  Please let us know about it! Contact our Office Administrator, Shay HaLevi, 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  
Volunteers Make It Happen!
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Need help with...
...Membership, scheduling a meeting or rental?
Contact:  Shay HaLevi, 301-767-3333 x103
...B'nai Mitzvah, Clergy or Pastoral Care Questions? 
Contact:  Sarah Wesson, 301-767-3333 x106 
...Torah School, Youth Programs Registration, membership update, IT questions, help with listserv/member log in? 
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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