Ma Chadash:  
What's New This Week?
Happenings for the
first week of 2020!
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Wishing everyone a peaceful and healthy entry into a new year and a new decade. 2020 is upon us and Adat Shalom has much to offer to help you stick with your resolution to bring more Jewish learning and action into your life.
Erev Shabbat
Shavat Vayinafash
Friday, January 3, 2020
Silver Spring Civic Building

5:30 - 6:30PM . Pizza dinner for our Tots followed by a Shabbat Sing with our very own Miss Ellie

6:30 - 7:45PM. A sweet, musical, soulful, joyful and peaceful entry into Shabbat with Rabbis Rachel and Fred and friends

We’ll provide Kiddush wine, challah and small bites to share before dinner on your own.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and neighbors -- all are welcome!
On Shabbat
Saturday, January 4, Shabbat Vayigash
Shabbat Morning Services at 9:30 AM with Rabbi Fred and Rabbi Hazzan Rachel

There is no babysitting, Tot Shabbat or Torah School this week. We'll be back on January 25.
Tfilah Shebalev at 11:00 AM

Prayers of the Heart. this alternative prayer services begins with the Shema, ends with Kaddish and is 75 minutes long.

We will be discussing quotes from Ann Lamott’s book “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers," with Sandy Perlstein.  Quotes will be provided, you do not need to have read the book in advance.
Beyond Shabbat
Exploring Whiteness:
Processing Session
January 5 at 10:00AM

This meeting offers an opportunity for participants from the Exploring Whiteness workshops to further process the information; without an agenda. For more information, please contact Fran Zamore .
Getting Involved in our Community
The Adat Shalom Purim Shpiel wants YOU!
Sunday, January 5
1:00 - 3:00 PM

The Purim Shpiel will be on March 8th, 2020, as the grand finale of a day of Purim activities. This year it will be in the afternoon (not the usual evening event) so that all, young and old, can enjoy.

And YOU can be in it! You SHOULD be in it!

This coming Sunday, January 5th, please join us in the sanctuary to hear some of the songs, meet some of the writers, and to let us know how you want to participate. We want you if you can sing, or act, or do tech crew - or even if you think you have no particular talent but just want to be part of it (we'll find what your talent actually is).

Rehearsals will be at Adat Shalom on Sundays (the directors of the various scenes will work out the exact schedule of which Sundays), the dress rehearsal will be 3/1, and the Big Show will be 3/8 in the afternoon.

Oh, and did I mention that this year we're doing Disney Songs??? Yup. All your favorites, and more.

No RSVP needed, just show up at the sanctuary from 1 to 3pm this coming Sunday and join this not-to-be-missed Shpiel. Hakuna matata!

See you there!

Contact Ken Avner with any questions.
Looking Ahead
Jewish Studies Presents:
Exploring Reconstructionist Judaism:
Peoplehood, Torah, and God
A Winter Sunday Series: Exploring Reconstructionist Judaism with
Rabbis Sid, Fred and Rachel
a three-part exploration covering the classic Jewish triad of
“Peoplehood,” Torah, and God

Join Rabbi Sid as he delves into the concept of Peoplehood including the centrality of “community” in Reconstructionism and the impact on Jewish law and observance. January 12 from 10 AM - Noon.

Rabbi Fred will cover the idea of Torah as both lived and learned, including the idea of tikkun olam. January 26 from 10AM - Noon.

Rabbi Rachel will share with us how our approach to t’filah (prayer) practice affirms and deepens Reconstructionist ideology and theology through the liturgy and through ritual.  February 23 from 10AM - Noon .

Come for one session or all three!
Life Cycle
We send heartfelt condolences to Barry and Karen Fierst and their extended family on the death of Barry's mother, our beloved member, Caroline Ruelf Fierst, earlier this week. Please refer to the full message sent separately with funeral and shiva information. May Caroline's memory be a blessing to all who knew her.

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