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Chai Lights: Week of March 2nd - March 8th

03/02/2015 04:54:30 PM


March 2, 2015                    11 Adar 5775

Services this Week:

Wednesday, March 4th

Megillah reading and dinner 6:00pm, 7:30 Minyan

Friday, March 6th 

8pm Erev Shabbat Service with Choir

Saturday, March 7th

9:30am Shabbat Morning Service

Sunday, March 8th

10:30 Megillah Reading, Followed by Purim Carnival


Upcoming Events:

Book Club 

Our next meeting will be Monday, March 9th, 7:30pm at Adat Reyim in the library. We will be discussing The Middlesteins, by Jami Attenberg. The book is available from the Alexandria & Fairfax libraries. I will furnish a nosh of some kind.  Please let me know by Sunday, March 1st whether you plan on attending. Hope every one is keeping warm & enjoying the winter weather!

Social Action


Sunday, March 15 from 1-4 p.m!!!! Join your Jewish friends and neighbors at Gesher Jewish Day School and participate in lots of creative and  fun Tikkun Olam projects for all ages!  Adults, stop by the Social Action Gift of Life table to find out if you are eligible to donate bone marrow!  Kids, help us defray the cost of the GOL swab packets by running our popcorn and lemonade stand! Go to for a complete listing of activities.



Sunday, March 22 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Meet in front of the synagogue at 11:30. Gloves and bags will be provided.  Appropriate for all ages!  Sponsored by your Social Action Committee, and the Men's Club.



March 22- April 26.  Take home a shopping bag, or two, from the lobby.  Fill it with chametz and other non- Passover items that you clean out of your pantry.  Return the filled bags to the lobby.  All donations will go to ECHO.

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
Please note that this event is tailored for Adults and while children are welcome we will have a more child friendly Megillah Reading on 3/8 at 10:30 before the Purim Carnival.

Rosh Chodesh

Unfortunately, due to lack of RSVP's, the Rosh Chodesh gathering on March 7th has been cancelled.  We know there are many women in our congregation who are excited that a Rosh Chodesh group is forming and who wish to participate.  Please contact Sarah Emmett at or 703-501-9664 to be placed on the email list for future events.     

Empty Nesters Dinner

Friday, March 13th

The Empty Nesters host a relaxing Shabbat meal with other members who do not have school-age children. Single? No kids? Kids back in the nest? - Everyone's welcome! The evening begins with a casual Shabbat Service at 7:00 pm followed by a potluck dairy dinner and lots of friendly conversation! Empty Nester Shabbat Dinners are held on the second Friday of every other month at the homes of different members. The next Empty Nesters dinner will on held Friday, March 13 at the home of Eileen and Larry Kugler.  For more information please contact Linda Masnik at

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. Click HERE to purchase tickets online.


The movie will be followed by a discussion lead by Jacques Besnainou. Jacques Besnainou, born and raised in Paris, is an engineer and author who moved to the United States in 1993 where he successfully developed an environmental consulting firm. Now based in Washington, D.C., he was living in France during the period portrayed in this film. Jacques is the author of The Promise: A Tale of Two Families Betrayed by France and Saved by the French that tells the powerful story of his mother and mother-in-law who were hidden children in France during the Holocaust, and their families' struggle for survival. Jacques recently spoke at one of the main synagogues in Paris about his book and the rise of anti-Semitism in France. His website is

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!​


Women's Seder

Sunday, March 22, 3pm

Get to know other women in the congregation!

Enjoy singing, special readings, and dynamic discussions

2015 Focus – Lessons from Moses’ Wife and Other (Often Ignored) Wives of the Bible


Share your special dish at our pot-luck dairy dinner of Passover foods!

Bring your friends, your mothers, your daughters age 13+


FREE and open to the community!  RSVP required

To RSVP click HERE by March 15


Please email the recipe of the dairy Passover dish you will bring to share. Every participant gets all the recipes!



Annual Community Seder

Saturday, April 4th at 6:30pm

We would love for you to celebrate the second night of Passover with Rabbi Bruce Aft and our community of friends at Adat Reyim. Enjoy our traditions, foods, desserts, and favorite songs! Reservations and payment MUST be received by Wednesday, April 1st. To register and pay Click Here

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! 

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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