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Chai Lights: Week of March 16th-22nd including Passover Happenings

03/16/2015 11:14:30 AM


March 16, 2015                    25 Adar 5775

Services this Week:

Wednesday, March 18th

7:30 Minyan

Friday, March 20th 

8:00pm Erev Shabbat Service with Choir

Saturday, March 21th

9:30am Shabbat Morning Service


Upcoming Events:

Adult Education: Book Review

Wednesday, March 18th, 6:15pm 

Seasons of Prayer by Sherri Waas Shunfenthal, offers poetic prayers and reflections for all the Jewish Holidays. Seasons change throughout the year as do the seasons of our lives. 


Sherri Waas Shunfenthal, a longtime member of Congregation Adat Reyim, is a Northern Virginia poet and liturgical writer. This is her third published book of poetry. 


Social Action



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.

Synagogue Grounds Clean-Up

Sunday, March 22, 2015 11:30am-12:30pm


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.

Presentation Delivered by Russell Nadel

Friday, March 20th, 8pm

In Lieu of the D'var Torah, Russell Nadel, active member of Congregation Adat Reyim Choir and Folk Group, will speak about his experiences during a music educators' trip to Ghana.

Dinner Club

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 6:30pm

Giardino Italian Restaurant

 8944 Burke Lake Rd, Springfield, VA 22151





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!



Young Adult Chavurah

Chinese Dinner + Folk Group Shabbat

Friday, March 27 - Dinner at 6:15; Shabbat Services at 8:00

Dinner: Tau Tau

Folk Group Services: Adat Reyim

Join us for dinner, then for Shabbat services led by Adat Reyim's Folk Group, who will be joined by members of the Beth El Klezmer group.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP by Wednesday, March 25 for dinner reservations

Presentation by Eileen and Larry Kuglar

Friday, March 27th 

6:30pm Pot-Luck Dinner

7:15-7:45pm Slide presentation by Eileen and Larry Kugler, on their work in South Africa

8pm Erev Shabbat Folk Service

Please RSVP CLICK HERE for the pot-luck to by March 26th.

Food must be dairy or pareve only.  Remember to adhere to our "Rules for Pot-Luck-Dinners," as posted on our website:

If you last name begins with: 

A-H: Bring a main dish

I-P: Bring a side dish

Q-Z: Bring a dessert

D'var Torah delivered by Dr. Maurice Mizrahi

Saturday, March 28th

During Shabbat services, Dr Maurice M. Mizrahi will deliver the d'var Torah on "The Eternal Light".  In this week's portion, Tzav, we learn about the "ner tamid", which burns continuously above the Ark in every synagogue.  Does this low yet constant light also reflect Jewish history?  Dr Mizrahi will also lead Torah discussion in the Library at 8:45am:  Why are we enjoined not to eat blood, and why is this so important as to be repeated seven times in the Torah?

Annual Community Seder

Saturday, April 4th at 6:00pm

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

Special Passover Message

If you have extra space at your Seder table; if you need a place to go for Passover Seder; If you wish to donate a meal or part of a meal for someone who cannot afford to attend the Congregations Community Seder on April 4th; Please contact the office and we will assist you with your needs

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


Mark Nebel Memorial Scholarship Award 

The Mark Nebel Memorial Scholarship (MNMS) was established in the Fall of 2006 to honor the memory of Mark Nebel, son of Louis and Beverly Nebel and father of Erika, who was an active volunteer and member of Adat Reyim and who died from a sudden heart attack at age 47.


This years application deadline is April 24. Details and the scholarship application can be found in the following link.

Please Click Here

Message from the Choir Director- Mitch Bassman

The Congregation Adat Reyim Choir is recruiting new adult members. If you are a new member of the congregation (or even an “old” member) who likes to sing, give the choir a try. We typically rehearse twice a month on Sunday evenings and participate in two Friday evening services each month. We also help to lead High Holiday Services. It’s fun! Proficiency in Hebrew is not required, but it’s really helpful if you can read music, at least a little bit.

For more information about joining the choir, contact the music director, Mitch Bassman, at <>.

Looking Toward the Future:

Casino Night!!! 

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

More details to follow. If you would like to help plan casino night please contact Liz Bayer exec

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

Saturday, June 13, 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.

Shop for Adat Reyim at Amazon

Click through this link and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Congregation Adat Reyim. This fiscal year we have received $299.80 so keep on shopping!


You can also link your account to Congregation Adat Reyim by using Amazon Smile selecting us as your organization!

Create A Jewish Legacy

Creating your Jewish legacy ensures that you will be remembered and that your passion and your values will continue when you are no longer here. It also serves as an example to your loved ones that you believe it is important to support the Jewish community. The act of creating a legacy empowers you to complete the work of your heart. By leaving a legacy, you will help to ensure that the traditions and institutions important to you remain vibrant for future generations. For more information on how you can create your legacy please contact Steve Schwartz,

Congregation Adat Reyim


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