Ma Chadash:  What's New at Adat Shalom?

We hope you enjoyed the beginning of the 5780 holiday season. As we leave Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we begin to look ahead at Sukkot and the fall harvest festival, with all the joy that brings to our community!
This Weekend
Saturday, October 12 - Parashat Ha'azinu
Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Fred and Rabbi Hazzan Rachel

at 9:30 AM
Tot Shabbat with Miss Ellie
 at 10:30 AM
Morning Meditation with Fran Zamore at 11:15 AM
This hour-long meditation is appropriate for people new to meditation, as well as experienced meditators, with time for both meditation and discussion.
Great Jewish Books: Megillah Kohelet with Rabbi Leila Gal Berner
 Part 2 of 2 at 1:00 PM in the Library
Join the Adat Shalom Jewish Studies Committee for the Great Jewish Books Initiative. We will be reading and studying the five Megillot, or books that follow the Jewish calendar’s festivals. Beginning with Sukkot (Kohelet/Ecclesiastes), we'll take a deep dive into the rich texts that accompany each festival.
This learning is accessible for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Days of Joy - Sukkot
Sunday, October 13th
Young Families Sillies in the Sukkah at 4:00 PM
Enjoy pumpkin painting, sukkah making, fall planting, special guests and new friends. We’ll have lots of activities and games to keep everyone busy until 5:30, when we join the Adat Shalom community to welcome the festival of Sukkot, followed by pizza for young families! RSVP to

Erev Sukkot Celebration and Potluck Dinner at 5:30 PM
Welcome the festival of fall rejoicing! Join with Adat Shalom friends and clergy to lift the lulav and etrog and celebrate the bounty on our plates and in our lives. Bring a main or side dish to share. Gather in the sukkah for musical prayers, festival candle-lighting and the beloved tradition of 'ushpizin', invoking the memory of loved ones and leaders of the past to guide us forward.

Monday, October 14th
Sukkot Festival Service begins 9:30 AM
Join Rabbi Fred and Rabbi Hazzan Rachel for a festive musical morning celebrating the fall harvest festival! A light oneg follows services.
Saturday, October 19th

Shabbat Morning Services with Rabbi Sid at 9:30 AM

Tot Shabbat with Ellie at 10:30 AM

Listening Space with Rabbi Jane: When Our Partner or Child Has Chronic Issues at 1:00 PM
Simchat Torah
Sunday, October 20th
Jewish Soul Music - Workshop & Jam Session featuring Zach and Aaron Mayer at 3:00PM
Calling all musicians - violins, ukuleles, didgeridoos and everyone else — join special guest artists Zach and Aaron Mayer, our own Jeff Toretsky and Mrs. Toretsky’s Nightmare (our klezmer band!) to learn and play Jewish tunes from the shtetl to Spotify. Beloved Jewish melodies as you’ve never heard them before. Hone your musical chops and make new friends. Then stay for our potluck dinner and make music with our Simchat Torah service and celebration. All ages welcome - free and open to the public - advance registration needed! RSVP here.

And stay for potluck dinner and Simchat Torah Celebration at 6:00PM!
Monday, October 21st
Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret Festival Service, with HaKafot, Hallel, and Yizkor
This service closes the holiday season with final words from Deuteronomy to begin a new in Genesis. Once a year we honor a senior figure in our community, ushering them in with pomp and style for the final aliyah of the Torah. This year, our Chatan Torah honoree is Norm Gelman (pictured) -- Norm will share a brief d'var Torah along with his aliyah - mazal tov!

Please note that the office will be closed on Monday, October 14th and Monday, October 21st in observance of the holidays.
A Special Sukkot Thank You!

Thank you to Ralph Nitkin and all the Jews with power tools who joined together to assemble our Sukkah! We could not start the Days of Joy without you!

Ken Avner, David Dolinsky, Hans Engler, Quentin Fisher, Jon Grossman, Max Milchberg, John Peacock, Fred Pinkney, Noah Richman, Charlie Richman, Audrey Rothstein, Rob Stern, Bob Lubran
Social Action - Kans for Kol Nidre extends into Harvest Against Hunger
Join us in a Manna competition from Kol Nidre night through Sh’mini Atzeret, October 8 through October 22. Our “Harvest Against Hunger” competition challenges congregations to compete with one another and increase our seasonal food contribution to Manna by at least 10%

To borrow from a different season, “let all who are hungry come and eat".
Mazel Tov to our latest young scholar becoming bar mitzvah this month - Ben Cohen ! Join David and Roshana in welcoming their son to
the bimah on October 26th.
High Holiday Appeal Continues
Our financial contributions to Adat Shalom are an investment in the strength of our community, and essential to the daily operation of our synagogue. Our fundraising target for this year’s High Holiday Campaign is $165,000.  Thank you to those who have exercised your generosity of spirit during this year’s High Holiday Campaign.  Click here to contribute.
Life Cycle
Celebrating a birth, wedding, or other simcha? Please let us know about it! Need a visit with clergy or an aliyah? Contact our clergy assistant,  Sarah Wesson .
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
Victor Rezmovic
Marc Gunther 
Betsy Reinstein Dewey

Reach any of the above committee members at .   
Need Help With...
...Membership, billing, scheduling a meeting or rental? 
Contact:   Shay HaLevi , 301-767-3333 x103

...B'nai Mitzvah, Aliyah, Clergy or Pastoral Care Questions? 
Contact:   Sarah Wesson , 301-767-3333 x106 

...Torah School, Youth Programs Registration, membership update
(including yahrzeit dates), 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
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane * Bethesda, MD 20817
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