Ma Chadash: What's New at Adat Shalom?

Saturday, September 15th
Join Rabbi Fred and Hazzan Rabbi Rachel on the Bimah for Shabbat Services at 9:30 AM.

This Shabbat will feature an intergenerational B'Yachad service for the first day of Torah School! We welcome our young scholars back to begin their studies for 5779.
It's NOT too Late to Volunteer for Yom Kippur and Sukkot!
Volunteers NEEDED for our Days of Awe, including schlepping, Youth Programs, Sukkah building, and more!

In Ma Chadash This Week
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Torah School Begins This Saturday, September 15!

9:00 AM - Bagels and Beverages for Families in Sanctuary lobby 
At 9:30-10am, parents, please with your children, participate in our welcoming intergenerational service in the Sanctuary.   
If you have not yet registered, please click here.    

To learn more about our Torah School, watch our new video !

You are our best ambassadors to share information about our Torah School with your friends and neighbors. Please encourage them to contact Rabbi Julie to learn about our innovative, hands-on, and engaging educational program.
Makom@ Adat Shalom
Sunday, September 16 from 2:00-6:00 PM Quiet Retreat facilitated by Kit Turin
The Days of Awe offer us a significant time to enter into the sanctuary of silence; a silence which can enrich and balance the Holy Days' more extroverted prayers, practices and gatherings. On Sunday, September 16th, participate in a guided,communal Quiet Retreat,facilitated by Kit Turen that will include opening and closing circles, guided entry into and out of silence, and extended times of silent reflection. Whether you are new to the practice of silence or regularly enter the sanctuary of silence, this guided retreat is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Kit at
September 22-23 Open House Weekend
We are so excited to share a new year of programming and showcase our Torah School. You are our best ambassadors so invite your friends. We also invite you join us to learn more about all we offer this year. Click here to read more.

Welcome to the Jewish New Year Season. 

Tuesday, September 18th  - 7:15 PM Kol Nidre Services at Wootton - see below for details.
Don't forget your Kans for Kol Nidre! 

Wednesday, September 19th
9:30 AM Yom Kippur services at Wootton
10:30 AM - B'Yachad Family Service
2:00 PM - Learning sessions. Click here to see workshop offerings
4:00 PM - Mincha; 5:15 PM-Yizkor; 5:45 PM Ne'ilah
Sunday, September 23- See Complete Information here 
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Jews with Power Tools! a.k.a. raising the Sukkah
5:30 PM Erev Sukkot Pot Luck and Festive Celebration 
Monday, September 24
9:30 Sukkot Services in the Sukkah followed by a light oneg lunch  
Village Weekend September  28-30
Want to get to know your folks in your village? Host a meal in your sukkah or use the Shul's. Need help? Don't know about villages? Contact Ann Birk To schedule using our sukkah during the holiday, contact
Sunday, September 30 Simchat Torah, our annual unrolling of the scroll and dancing with the Torahs. Click here for information. 
Kol Nidre Services, Tuesday, September 18, 2018
A unique approach to Kol Nidre in "The Commons" space at Wootton High School with:
  •  Seating in the round
  •  Contemplative chant in both traditional and modern musical  motifs
  •  New ritual
  •  All ages and theologies welcome*
  •  Led by Hazzan Rabbi Rachel, Rabbinic Intern Micah Weiss & our wonderful musicians
    *Supervised childcare available for those who prefer.
No Tickets Required-Free of Charge- Registration Requested Contributions from our guests are appreciated
Kol Nidre in the Auditorium
Our contemporary, Reconstructionist approach to the timeless tradition of gathering on the most sacred and solemn night of the Jewish year, led by Rabbi Fred. The service will be highlighted by our marvelous choir under the guidance of director Lisa Sommers, along with Cantor Jack Feder and solo vocalist Vanessa Eisemann. The sermon will be delivered by Rabbi Sid titled, 
"Staying Sane in a World Gone Mad". One of the buzzwords of our time is "disruption". In the world of organizational consulting, the term is used to suggest how an organization or a company can get itself out of the rut of routine. But while a small dose of disruption can be growthful, when everything around you is getting disrupted-politics, society, the world order, the press, the climate, democracy-it is hard to find personal equilibrium. This is a spiritual crisis of the highest order. Rabbi Sid will offer some thoughts to ponder on the Day of Awe.  
High Holiday Appeal 5779 has begun
I thank Lisa Landsman for her inspiring remarks on Rosh HaShana. We ask that you consider Adat Shalom's importance to your life, and what you can do to ensure that it remains strong and vibrant. This is our annual opportunity to sustain and support Adat Shalom by making a meaningful donation to its operating budget so that we can continue valuable programs and develop new ones.  
Beginning this evening, Board and Program Council leaders will be making High Holiday Appeal calls. We hope you will pick up the phone and answer our call! You are welcome to pledge online on the Adat Shalom website .
I thank you in advance for your consideration and participation.  
Scott Arnold,
Vice President of Fundraising
Adat Shalom Board of Directors 
Away From Home 
Dear Community,
For many years, our community has sent care packages to our students and young adults in the 18-to-24 year age bracket who live away from home, including around the High Holy Days, Hanukkah, and Purim. We plan to continue this wonderful tradition this year!
Some of you have already been part of this program and may want to continue, while others are new. If your child is between 18-24 years old and is a college student, on a gap year, in Israel, in uniform, or living away from home for whatever reason and you would like them to receive care packages, please send us their name, mailing address, and email address.  We will send them care packages 3 times this academic year and we'll keep them apprised of opportunities as Adat Shalom learns of them.
As ever, contributions to help offset costs of these care packages are welcome and encouraged. We are asking for a donation of $54 for the year to cover all three packages. Please send a check to Adat Shalom with Away from Home in the subject line. If you're able to help with packing and mailing the care packages, we'd be most grateful.
We are packing the first box on Sunday, September 16th at 7pm at the home of Anne Spielberg and Tom Armstrong, 606 Greenbrier Dr in Silver Spring.
For now, please send your young adult's info to Lisa Hack at, and we'll get the ball rolling.
Thank you,
Lisa Hack, Melissa Goemann, and Anne Spielberg
Chairs, Away from Home Initiative

Gan Zikaron (Garden of Remembrance) plots going up October 1, 2018
Adat Shalom owns a limited number of plots at Gan Zikaron (Garden of Remembrance), the Jewish Community of Washington's shared burial grounds in Clarksburg. After many years, the costs are rising. Currently, our plots are $2,000 each. Starting October 1, 2018, our prices will rise to $2,400 each. If you or your immediate family are considering buying plots, please contact Marla Cohen for further information.
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  
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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!

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