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Chai Lights: Week of February 16th-22nd

02/16/2015 08:30:46 PM


 February 16, 2015                         27 Shevat 5775

Services this Week:

Wednesday, February 18th

Minyan 7:30pm

Friday, February 20th

8pm Erev Shabbat Service with Choir

Saturday, February 21st

9:30am Shabbat Morning Service with Learner's Minyan


Upcoming Events:


Please continue to bring in your donations. We greatly appreciate it. Here are a few items needed this month.

Powdered milk, jelly, canned meats, vegetable oil, shaving cream, deoderant and kleenex.


For questions regarding social action email Randi Adelberg, social action board chair,


Operation Understanding DC

Friday, February 20th

Operation Understanding DC (OUDC)’s mission is to build a generation of African American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect, understanding and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination.  The OUDC program offers a yearlong dialogue and leadership development program that brings together African American and Jewish high school students. The twenty-four accepted students meet biweekly to explore the heritage and history of their cultures, spend a month during the summer traveling to New York and the U.S. South on a civil rights journey, and receive training to lead diversity and inclusion workshops in DC-area schools, synagogues, mosques, and churches.  At our Erev Shabbat service on February 20, we will be joined by OUDC’s Executive Director Aaron Jenkins, who will tell us about the program.  In addition, we will hear from two of the program’s students, Adat Reyim senior Ashlyn Champ and her classmate Kadiata Toumbou, who will share reflections on their experience in the program and discuss what it means to be a freedom fighter and social justice advocate in today's world.

Learner's Minyan

February 21, 2015

Learner’s Minyan is a unique opportunity in our congregation to have a shorten service in which congregants and worshipers of all ages are involved in the Shabbat morning service.  This month’s Learner’s Minyan will occur on February 21, 2015.  Join us as both the Fifth and Sixth Grade classes will be called to the bimah to lead some prayers and for the honor of opening and closing the Ark doors at different times during the service.  This Shabbat morning service will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m.  It will be followed by a light kiddish.

Wine and Cheese

Friday, February 27th, 7:15pm

Please join us for a wine and cheese to socialize with your fellow congregants and introduce new friends to our community. The wine and cheese will be followed by our annual Debbie Friedman Folk Service. See below for more details.

3rd Annual Debbie Friedman Folk Service

Friday, February 27th

Please join us as we celebrate the life and music of Debbie Friedman, on the anniversary of her birthday, during the 3rd semi-annual all-Debbie Friedman folk service on February 27th.  Shir Reyim, our Adat Reyim folk group, will help lead the service in which most of the melodies were composed by Debbie Friedman, probably the most popular Jewish singer-songwriter of the 20th century. In addition, Shir Reyim will perform a mini-concert at 7:15, prior to the service, highlighting some of Debbie’s more famous non-liturgical songs.  Come join in and sing along (not required, just encouraged), both before and during the service.

Megillah Reading and Dinner

Wednesday, March 4th, 6pm
Come listen to the Book of Esther as Martin Mould and Carolyn Kaplan chant The Whole Megillah 
Megillah Reading:  6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Seudah Kosher Middle Eastern food:  6:45 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost:  $8 per person.  RSVP (so that we know how much food to buy!) by March 2 Click HERE

Rosh Chodesh

Saturday, March 7th 7-9pm

Please join us for the Second Rosh Chodesh Women's Group .  We will be meeting at a private home in Burke Centre due to space constraints in the synagogue that night. Our theme will be Women's History Month and preparing our HEARTS for Passover.  Please RSVP to Sarah Emmett directly at or 703-501-9664 so she can give you the address of the meeting.  Wine and Chocolate will be served

NOVA Jewish Film Festival Sneak Peek “24 Days”

Saturday, March 14 at 7:00pm

24 Days tells the true story of a 23 yr old Jewish young man’s kidnapping in France in 2006. The 2014 film, based on a book co-written by the victim's mother, Ruth Halimi, is a 110 minute thought provoking and emotional journey which gives some perspective on the current environment for Jews in France, and provides topical material for discussion in today’s Jewish communities around the world. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door and may be purchased at the synagogue or online (further information on how to buy tickets coming soon).

Purim Happenings!

Religious School

Happy Adar everyone!  Our religious school students are busy studying about Purim from the story to the historical relevance to the accuracy to the fun celebrations all at age appropriate levels. 

We invite you to come celebrate with us on March 8th when we read from the Megillat Esther at 10:30 a.m.  Of course, we will have Lefkoman involved in the reading!  The festive celebration begins in the Shushan Café in rooms 101-102.  There will also be a short Purim spiel (skit) put on by a class during the reading.  Come dressed in costume.  Students will receive a carnival ticket if they come dressed in costume!



Purim Carnival

Sunday March 8th, 2015

10:30 Megillah reading

11:00 – 2:00 carnival, silent auction, raffle, café, and more

We’ll kick off the carnival with a megillah reading at 10:30.  Come in costume and get ready to drown out Haman’s name!  At 11:00 the entire building will be open for holiday fun.  Some highlights include the dunk tank, a photo booth and new carnival games.  Glory Days will be there with their roulette wheel and jewelry lovers can have their name engraved on bracelets.  We have an incredible roster of silent auction items, including the latest Samsung phones, tickets to see the WHO, health club memberships and birthday parties.  We’ve got incredible theme baskets jam packed with hundreds of dollars worth of items (including  a SPA basket and a rainy day fun basket.)  There are raffle items, huge hamentashen, and a chance to win weekly challah delivery.   This year’s line-up includes activities for teens, a dedicated LEGO building room and a larger cage area.  This event is a fundraiser for the religious and preschool – come join in the fun and help our programs!​


Mazto Ball Cook-Off

April 5th, 2015

Cooking: 9:15-11:00am

Tasting: 11:00-11:30am

Challengers will prepare and bring all ingredients for their favorite Matzo Ball recipes. Judging will be done by our members! Limited to the first four participates because of limited space for cooking.
If you are interested in participating in this Cook-Off please contact


Looking Toward the Future:

Congregation Adat Reyim Choir and Folk Group, Shir Reyim Performing Together! 

May 16, 2015

An Event you won’t want to miss! Put it on your calendar now and stay tuned for more information coming soon.

Trip to Israel- January 2016

A Congregational trip is now being planned to Israel. The Trip is for January 2016. It will be a 9 day adventure. If you are interested please contact Dr. Russell Rayman at or by telephone at 703-822-3185.

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