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The Weekend in Review

Washington Hebrew Congregation welcomed leaders and members of area churches and mosques at several special events celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Shabbat, the NAACP’s new president and chief executive officer, Cornell William Brooks, addressed an audience of over 500 people at a lively service that also featured the Shiloh Gospel Choir, the Artists Group Chorale, and WHC’s Kol Rinah. Mr. Brooks, who has a background as a minister, lawyer, and human rights activist, inspired the congregation with an electrifying speech focusing on the future as much as… Read More  ➔

ECC Maryland, Repairing The World

Youngest Students Participate in Tikkun Olam

In December, the RJWECC and WHC Kindergarten held their annual Hanukkah celebration with families, lighting the hanukkiyah, eating sufganiyot, and singing songs. In the spirit of tikkun olam, the RJWECC also partnered with Second Chance Toys, and the children cleaned, prepared, and donated their gently loved plastic toys for donation to children in need – bringing light to others and keeping plastics out of landfills.Read More  ➔

22-39, Young Professionals Services

2239's Metro Minyan Highlighted in "The Chronicle of Philanthropy"

Washington Hebrew Congregation 2239’s Metro Minyan was one of five programs featured this past weekend at an event designed to raise the profile of Washington-area nonprofits that have adopted innovative approaches to aspects of Jewish life.Read More  ➔

Brotherhood, Congregational Conversations, Kol Rinah, Religious Education

Learning, Laughter, Tears, and Inspiration…Just Another Night at JBSC

It was dark, cold, and windy outside, but the atmosphere within the walls of the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center was vibrant and alive with hundreds of adults and teens gathered across the building in classrooms and meeting spaces. WHC’s Brotherhood and nearly 40 golf fans welcomed Oliver Horovitz, author, Harvard graduate, and nice Jewish boy from New York City — who also happens to be a caddie on St. Andrews Old Course — for dinner, drinks, golf tips, and terrific stories about his experiences at St. Andrews. Facing an unexpected gap year before college, Ollie had enrolled in… Read More  ➔

Congregational Conversations, Special Events, Special Services

What Will It Take to End the Violence In Israel?

Last Friday evening Ari Shavit, Haaretz columnist and author of My Promised Land, began WHC’s Congregational Conversation, and shared his vision of what Israel needs to do to help bring about peace. Read More  ➔

WHC, WHECTY, Youth

"The Hunger Games" Gives Teens an Opportunity to Address Hunger in Our Community

On Wednesday, November 17, nearly two dozen WHC teens joined over 300 other Jewish youths from the D.C. area at a private pre-screening of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay," sponsored by BBYO, Washington Hebrew Congregation, and 10 other community partners. As a part of BBYO's “Hunger Is Not a Game” initiative, teens brought with canned and shelf-stable food – nearly 950 pounds, in all – to benefit Manna Food Center.Read More  ➔

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Connecting D.C-area Jews and Muslims Through Social Justice

In a year during which conflict in the Middle East has cast doubt on co-existence efforts, thousands of Muslims and Jews came together at over 200 events spanning over 30 countries during the 7th Annual Weekend of Twinning, sponsored by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. This past Sunday, Washington Hebrew Congregation hosted 60 rabbis and imams from the D.C. region at a summit that featured frank discussion about the Middle East conflict and plans to build connections and strengthen ties between area synagogues and mosques. Read more in this article from JTA. Read More  ➔

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