Ma Chadash:  
What's New This Week?
Happenings for the week of December 4

Adat Shalom offers you many opportunities for bringing light into the dark days of December.
Before Shabbat
Makom Yoga - From Gratitude to Light
Thanksgiving to Chanukah
Fridays, December 6, 13, and 20
9:00 AM-10:30 AM

All are welcome to join Rabbi Hazzan Rachel Hersh for this alignment-focused hatha yoga, ending with brief silent meditation. Bring a yoga mat; all other props provided. Adat Shalom members: minimum $5 gift to our Social Action Fund. Non-members $20/class.
On Shabbat
Saturday, December 7, Shabbat Vayetze
Shabbat Morning Services
and B*Mitzvah of Lily Schorr 9:30 AM

Mazal Tov to Lily, her parents Gary and Jill, siblings Daniel and Julia, and all who celebrate with them
Tot Shabbat with Miss Ellie at 10:30 AM

Join Ms. Ellie for our weekly energetic and joyful celebration of Shabbat, complete with Torah Parade and Oneg! And join us on the bimah for kiddush and motzi at 12:10. Great fun for kids up to age 5 and their adults. Grandparents welcome!
T'filah Shebalev at 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Join us for the monthly gathering known as T’filah Shebalev (prayers of the heart). This monthly alternative Shabbat morning experience is designed to be participatory, a bit experimental, and no more than 75 minutes long. We begin with a prayer and end by saying Kaddish.  This month Nelson Migdal will lead us in songs of the season: songs about light, and Chanukah. Some songs may be familiar, and Nelson will teach us some new ones.
Beyond Shabbat
Exploring Whiteness
December 8 at 10:00 AM

Second part of a 2-part discussion and exploration of the development of white identity, white advantage, and dismantling racism. 
Click here  to register and for recommended reading in advance. Questions? Contact Fran Zamore.
Purim Shpiel Planning
December 8 at 10:00 AM

It's not too soon to dust off your dad jokes and start planning for the Purim Shpiel, scheduled for Sunday, March 8. Jokesters, designers, fiddlers and riddlers are welcome. We need everything from a theme to an audience. All ages, experience and enthusiasm needed. Questions? Email Ken Avner.
Mishnah Garden & Sacred Grounds
December 8, 11:30 AM

Join the Mishnah Garden and Sacred Grounds Team as we get ready for winter. Help protect the new trees and build new raised beds. All ages are welcome. Bring work gloves and appropriate clothing. Questions? Ask Fred Pinkney
Helping Others in our Community
Ongoing thru December 20

J oin us in a decade-old holiday tradition in partnership with the Social Action Committee of Tifereth Israel to provide Christmas dinner and holiday cheer to residents at DC homeless shelters. Volunteers , Pies and donations of hats and gloves (boxes are at Adat Shalom) are needed.
Questions? Ask Lisa Hack or Elise Caplan.
Looking Ahead

Celebrate Shabbat with the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington and our own Adat Shalom Choir and their songs to welcome the Festival of Lights!

Friday, December 21
Shabbat Potluck Dinner at 6:30 PM, (Latkes included!) and Musical Shabbat Service at 7:45 PM. This event is open to all! Come let the light in!
Life Cycle
We offer our condolences to Neal Goldenberg on the loss of his brother, Abbey, and Michael Gottlieb on the loss of his mother, Judith.

Shiva Minyanim in memory of Abbey Goldenberg, will be held at the home of Neal and Myrna Goldenberg, 4990 Sentinel Drive, #302, Bethesda, MD 20816 , on Wednesday evening, December 4 at 7:30 PM and Thursday evening, December 5 at 7:30 PM

Michael is opening his home at 1322 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, and receiving visitors on Sunday afternoon December 8 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM , or you may join for a Post-Shiva Gathering at the home of Lisa and Neil Makstein, 14612 Brougham Way, N. Potomac, on Thursday evening, December 12 at 7:30 PM.

May the memories of Abbey Goldenberg and Judith Gottlieb be for a blessing.

If you have a death in the family or other life cycle emergency, please contact the synagogue office and/or .
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