Ma Chadash: What's New at Adat Shalom?

Security Update 
Adat Shalom Security Update:  Executive Director Marla Cohen has taken the lead in focusing on both immediate and longer term security measures at Adat Shalom. Immediate measures have included, among other things:  (1) having an armed security guard (plain-clothes or uniformed) on site before, during and after Shabbat services; (2) strengthening controls on access to our building; and, (3) changing certain procedures on Shabbat relating to our Torah School students' ingress/egress for outdoor recess.  Marla has consulted with a security expert and Homeland Security Liaison for Jewish Federation of Greater Washington,  and with a Montgomery County Police Dept. security expert who specializes in working with faith-based organizations and their buildings. Longer term improvements are under consideration. The security measures have been reviewed and discussed by the Board and have been the subject of consultation with staff, Torah School teachers, parents and the Torah School Council.  A newly forming security committee will assist in implementing new measures and train coordinating more trainings. If you have questions, please contact Marla or the Co-Presidents.
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This Weekend
Saturday, November 17

Lay Led Shabbat Morning Service 
at 9:30 AM in the Sanctuary

Tot Shabbat at 10:30 AM in the Library

Allan Schwarz Music Shabbaton with special guest Joey Weisenberg!
Underwritten by Rabbi Sid Schwarz and Sandy Perlstein

Friday, November 30th
6:30 PM Festive Dinner
7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services 

Saturday, December 1st
9:30 AM Musical Shabbat with Joey Weisenberg
1:00 PM Special Achrei Oneg Program 

Click here for full information and dinner reservations.

Joey creates intimate musical setting to transforms spiritual space. To listen to a sample, click here.

Men's and Women's Hats and Gloves Drive - through December 1st

On Christmas Day, hundreds of men and women in need will come to four shelters for a warm holiday meal. Kitah Gimmel students are leading our Men's and Women's Hats and Gloves Drive to distribute as gifts to these men and women to help them stay warm during the winter. Please put them in the box by the fireplace. If you have any questions, contact Elise Caplan, 301-646-7130.
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  
Volunteers Make It Happen!
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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
(P) 301-767-3333 * (F) 301-767-3340
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