"Repairing the World"…

The Social Action Council welcomes all who want to contribute their time and talent to our many projects and activities. SAC volunteers find satisfaction in their efforts and create new friendships within our Adas Israel community. We encourage you to contact activity coordinators or Social Action Chair Jamie Butler to talk about your interests and how you can get involved. Please keep the Social Action Fund in mind when you are commemorating yahrzeits, celebrating smachot, or honoring special individuals. To Learn more about us and what we do CLICK HERE.

Our rabbis teach: "You are not required to complete the work, but you are not free to evade it, either." (Pirkei Avot, 2:21). Ours is an obligation to help bring about tikkun olam, the repair or perfection of the world. Volunteering to make the world a better place is a sacred act when we perform it within the context of Torah and a Jewish community. We at Adas Israel are proud of our activism and efforts at achieving social justice – from collecting food and preparing meals for individuals in homeless shelters or programs, rehabilitating homes of elderly, disabled or financially distressed individuals, advocating for increased housing for homeless and low income residents, to promoting the sale of solar cookers for Darfuri refugees.

Social Action Council Projects…

To create volunteer opportunities for members of Adas Israel to act together to do Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam in order to further the Congregation's purpose. Contact Social Action Chair Jamie Butler, Butler364@aol.com or call the synagogue at 202-362-4433.



Current & Upcoming Highlights

The Family of Harry and Fay Burka to Sponsor Lunch at Some on Monday, August 15

Monday, August 15 | Register Here

In collaboration with the Adas Israel Social Action Committee, the grandchildren and great grandchildren of HARRY AND FAY BURKA are thrilled to sponsor lunch at SOME (So Others May Eat) in memory of their grandparents and great grandparents. Harry and Fay Burka were life-long members of Adas and dedicated to serving the community. Their example continues to inspire generations of the family to follow in their footsteps. To volunteer to prepare or serve lunch. Register here


Learn More about our projects


In 2014 Adas Israel Board of Directors approved strengthening existing social action activities through advocacy for the poor, homeless and hungry in the District, enabling Adas to use its resources to make a difference in the community.

2015/16 Calendar Events

Saturday, December 5 Human Rights Shabbat & ShemTov Honor
Saturday, February (date TBD): Inclusion Shabbat
Contact Nechama Masliansky to get involved.

Sukkot In Spring & Other Yachad Projects

Adas Israel Proudly partners with Yachad DC!
View Photos From Past Events Here
Each year, Sukkot In Spring volunteers assemble teams to renovate homes of area residents who are elderly and frail, disabled, or financially unable to tackle needed repairs on their own.

2015/16 Calendar Events

Spring (Sunday, April 17): Sukkot in Spring
Contact Ellen Winter to get involved.

Anne Frank House

Click here for the Anne Frank House Website!
Anne Frank House is an independent non-profit with its own Board of Directors, providing permanent housing to individuals in 12 fully-furnished units owned or rented by Anne Frank House.

2015/16 Calendar Events

Sunday, November 1: Help the Homeless Mini Walk
Contact Sue Ducat to get involved.

SOME & Ezra Pantry

Click here for the SOME, INC (So Others Might Eat) Website!
Throughout the year, Adas Israel collects non-perishable food for distribution to SOME, INC (So Others Might Eat), a nonprofit, interfaith organization. In late fall, Ezra Pantry features a winter coat drive.

2015/16 Calendar Events

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 22-23: Yom Kippur Food Drive
Wednesday, March 23: Erev Purim – Sale of Edible Groggers
Contact Judith Krones to get involved.

Support the Environment (Green Committee)

Click here for the Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light Website! The Green Committee was formed in 2007 by congregants who believe that environmental sustainability is a core Jewish value and who want to put that value into practice within the synagogue and among its members.

The committee is not currently active, but there are Adas members who are interested in reviving it!

Contact Joel Fischman to get involved.

N Street Village/Luther Place

Click here for the N Street Village Website!
View Photos From Past Events Here
Adas volunteers prepare monthly meals for 30 women at the shelter. Volunteers also prepare Thanksgiving dinner for the Luther Place women and serve a festive meal on Christmas Day each year.

2015/16 Calendar Events

Friday, December 25: Christmas at N Street Village
Fourth Thursday Of Each Month: Furnish dinner for Luther Place
Contact Laura Epstein to get involved.
Contact Ruth Kleinrock to get involved with Christmas at N Street Village.

Safe Darfur

Every third Sunday of the month, at 1:30 PM, Adas Israel and Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ join the Darfur Interfaith Network vigils at the Embassy of Sudan. The Darfur Interfaith Network represents a growing number of  groups and other people of conscience who have joined the “I ACT”campaign.

2015/16 Calendar Events

Third Sunday of the month: Darfur Vigil at the Embassy of SudanContact Laura Cutler to get involved.

One Congregation, One Family

Click here for the One Congregation, One Family Website!
In 2015, Adas Israel was the first synagogue to join the Mayor’s Office in a project new to the District to help homeless families get back on their feet and rise up from poverty. One Congregation One Family is an interfaith initiative that matches homeless families entering the Rapid Re-Housing program with volunteer mentoring groups from congregations around the city.

Contact Joel Fischman to get involved.

Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ (Peoples Church)

View Photos From Past Events Here. For 11 years, Adas Israel and Peoples Church have been partnering and “joining hands across the park.” Each year, we honor the memory and spirit of Martin Luther King weekend, Thanksgiving,  and Christmas Food Packing Projects.

2015/16 Calendar Events

Wednesday, November 18: Thanksgiving Food Packing
Thursday, December 17: Christmas Food Packing
January 15-18: MLK Weekend
Contact Jamie Butler to get involved.

Reading Partners

Click here for the Reading Partners Website!

New this year, the Social Action Council is facilitating Adas Israel’s participation in Reading Partners, a nationwide literacy empowerment program that trains volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring to children attending under-resourced schools who are struggling with reading. Adas volunteers tutor once a week with elementary school age readers in DC Public Schools and contribute books appropriate to the program.

Contact Lois Fingerhut to get involved.


Paths of Kindness @ Adas Israel


Adas Israel mourns the loss of our loved ones… We encourage our members to consider using the help of our Bereavement Committee for funeral arrangements. Click Here to Learn More about Bereavement and the comfort you can find in this sacred community. When death occurs, please call the synagogue at 202-362-4433, so that we may inform the clergy and assist you.

Garden of the Righteous

Garden RighteousThe Garden of the Righteous Program was initiated in 1992 by Rabbi Jeffrey A. Wohlberg to honor non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. The honor takes the form of the dedicating a plaque each year on the Sunday morning closest to Yom HaShoah, dedicated to a particular “Righteous Gentile” in an area near the front of the synagogue known as The Garden of the Righteous. The honoree or, if the honoree is deceased a representative of the honoree’s family or country, receives an engraved memento of the occasion. When possible, the rescued family member or descendent participates in the ceremony. Learn More about our past honorees.


On occasion, as with a prior Bone Marrow Drive, the Social Action Council and the Hesed Committee will work together on a project. The Hesed Committee builds community through acts of loving kindness by reaching out to new members, to congregants who are ill, to new parents and to others to provide meals, visits, calls, or special occasion baskets. You can find more information about the Hesed Committee here.


Social Action Council Contacts

Social Action Council Chair: Jamie Butler (Butler364@aol.com)

N Street Village
Monthly Meals: Laura Epstein (Laura_Epstein@hotmail.com)
Christmas at N Street Village: Ruth Kleinrock (ruthkleinrock@gmail.com)

Ezra Pantry: Judith Krones (David.judith@verizon.net)
SOME Liaison: Nechama Masliansky (nmasliansky@some.org)

Sukkot In Spring: Ellen Winter (eswinter7@gmail.com)

One Congregation One Family: Joel Fischman (fischman@comcast.net)

Reading Partners: Lois Fingerhut (loisafingerhut@gmail.com)

Save Darfur Monthly Vigils: Laura Cutler (Mbcutler@aol.com)

Nechama Masliansky (nmasliansky@some.org)
Shelley Tomkin (shelltomk@aol.com)
Ed Kopf (ejkopf@bmcassociates.com)
Adina Mendelson (inmcareers@themendelsons.net)
Joel Fischman (fischman@comcast.net)

Peoples Church Liaison: Joel Fischman (fischman@comcast.net)
Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Packing: Jamie Butler (Butler364@aol.com)

Religious School Liaison: Ellen Winter (eswinter7@gmail.com)

Sisterhood Liaison: Nancy Weiss (weissdnj@verizon.net)

Anne Frank House (an independent 501(c)(3))
Adas Liaison: Sue Ducat (stansue@verizon.net)

Thu, November 23 2017 5 Kislev 5778