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September 20, 2017 / Wednesday
Holiday Services
Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars
5:00PM— 6:00PM

Set on the sprawling lawn of the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center (or, in case of rain, in its light-filled indoor worship space), Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars is a contemporary, festive Erev Rosh Hashanah service. It begins at 5:00 pm, but we open the grounds at 3:30 pm with musical entertainment by…

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September 20, 2017 / Wednesday
Holiday Services
Erev Rosh Hashanah Congregational Service
6:00PM— 8:00PM

With liturgy from Gates of Repentanceas a foundation, our clergy connect us to the generations that came before us. Our rabbis challenge the intellect and awaken the spirit with sermons that help us reflect on our past year and inspire us to move forward. Our cantors, joined by the Festival…

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September 20, 2017 / Wednesday
Holiday Services
2239 Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
7:45PM— 9:45PM

Building on the energy and spiritual connection our monthly 2239 Metro Minyan services bring to Washington, D.C.’s Jewish young professional community, Rabbi Miller will lead High Holy Day services designed specifically with millenials in mind. Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre services will be held at…

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September 21, 2017 / Thursday
Holiday Services
Rosh Hashanah Congregational Service
9:00AM—11:00AM

With liturgy from Gates of Repentanceas a foundation, our clergy connect us to the generations that came before us. Our rabbis challenge the intellect and awaken the spirit with sermons that help us reflect on our past year and inspire us to move forward. Our cantors, joined by the Festival…

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September 21, 2017 / Thursday
Holiday Services
Rosh Hashanah Preschool Service
9:30AM—10:00AM

Through songs, brief prayers, and stories, our clergy and song leaders create a special, warm community worship experience, one-half hour in length, for our youngest congregants and their families.

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September 21, 2017 / Thursday
Holiday Services
Rosh Hashanah Community Oneg
10:45AM—11:30AM

On Rosh Hashanah day, come to Irwin & Ginny Edlavitch Hall to reconnect, schmooze, and nosh as you get to know your Temple in a whole new way. Representatives from all areas of Temple life will be on hand to tell you how you can get more involved in this…

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September 21, 2017 / Thursday
Holiday Services
Rosh Hashanah Preschool Service
11:00AM—11:30AM

Through songs, brief prayers, and stories, our clergy and song leaders create a special, warm community worship experience, one-half hour in length, for our youngest congregants and their families.

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September 21, 2017 / Thursday
Holiday Services
Rosh Hashanah Congregational Service
11:30AM— 1:30PM

With liturgy from Gates of Repentanceas a foundation, our clergy connect us to the generations that came before us. Our rabbis challenge the intellect and awaken the spirit with sermons that help us reflect on our past year and inspire us to move forward. Our cantors, joined by the Festival…

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September 21, 2017 / Thursday
Holiday Services
Rosh Hashanah Community Oneg
1:15PM— 2:15PM

On Rosh Hashanah day, come to Irwin & Ginny Edlavitch Hall to reconnect, schmooze, and nosh as you get to know your Temple in a whole new way. Representatives from all areas of Temple life will be on hand to tell you how you can get more involved in this…

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September 21, 2017 / Thursday
Holiday Services
Rosh Hashanah Family Service and Tashlich
2:00PM— 3:00PM

Casting breadcrumbs into a moving body of water is a centuries-old custom of the Jewish people. As the breadcrumbs move away with the currents, we unburden ourselves of regret and symbolically purify our bodies and souls. Our Tashlich ceremony is held outside, behind Temple, immediately following the Rosh Hashanah family…

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September 29, 2017 / Friday
Holiday Services
Kol Nidre Family Service
7:00PM— 8:00PM

At Family services, our clergy and song leader — with participation from Religious School students — use a High Holy Day prayer book created especially for elementary school-age children and families. Filled with meaningful prayers, music, and stories, this worship experience brings families together and helps connect children to their…

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September 29, 2017 / Friday
Holiday Services
2239 Kol Nidre Service
7:45PM— 9:45PM

Building on the energy and spiritual connection our monthly 2239 Metro Minyan services bring to Washington, D.C.’s Jewish young professional community, Rabbi Miller will lead High Holy Day services designed specifically with millenials in mind. Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre services will be held at…

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September 29, 2017 / Friday
Holiday Services
Kol Nidre Congregational Service
8:45PM—10:45PM

With liturgy from Gates of Repentanceas a foundation, our clergy connect us to the generations that came before us. Our rabbis challenge the intellect and awaken the spirit with sermons that help us reflect on our past year and inspire us to move forward. Our cantors, joined by the Festival…

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September 30, 2017 / Saturday
Holiday Services
Yom Kippur Congregational Service
9:00AM—11:00AM

With liturgy from Gates of Repentanceas a foundation, our clergy connect us to the generations that came before us. Our rabbis challenge the intellect and awaken the spirit with sermons that help us reflect on our past year and inspire us to move forward. Our cantors, joined by the Festival…

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September 30, 2017 / Saturday
Holiday Services
Yom Kippur Preschool Service
11:00AM—11:30AM

Through songs, brief prayers, and stories, our clergy and song leaders create a special, warm community worship experience, one-half hour in length, for our youngest congregants and their families.

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September 30, 2017 / Saturday
Holiday Services
Yom Kippur Congregational Service
11:30AM— 1:30PM

With liturgy from Gates of Repentanceas a foundation, our clergy connect us to the generations that came before us. Our rabbis challenge the intellect and awaken the spirit with sermons that help us reflect on our past year and inspire us to move forward. Our cantors, joined by the Festival…

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September 30, 2017 / Saturday
Holiday Services
Yom Kippur Family Service
2:00PM— 3:00PM

At Family services, our clergy and song leader — with participation from Religious School students — use a High Holy Day prayer book created especially for elementary school-age children and families. Filled with meaningful prayers, music, and stories, this worship experience brings families together and helps connect children to their…

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September 30, 2017 / Saturday
Holiday Services
Yom Kippur Teen Service
3:15PM— 4:15PM

Topical, interactive, and creative, this service gives high school students a meaningful way to connect to their faith and teshuvah (repentance). Designed each year by and for high school students, it weaves liturgy and music with messages and themes to engage teens (and their parents who sometimes accompany them).

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September 30, 2017 / Saturday
Holiday Services
Yom Kippur Poetry & Music Hour
3:15PM— 4:00PM

On Yom Kippur — the holiest of holidays — our cantors, Kol Rinah, and Festival Choir lend their voices to soul-stirring musical pieces and poetry selections giving congregants time to reflect upon their year and teshuvah (repentance) or to simply experience a moment of solitude and personal prayer.

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September 30, 2017 / Saturday
Holiday Services
Yom Kippur Afternoon, Yizkor, and Neilah Services
4:00PM— 5:30PM

These three services flow seamlessly from one to the next. Our clergy begin with the liturgy designed for the afternoon of Yom Kippur. Yizkor, the memorial service, follows. This holy day closes with Neilah — the short concluding service which features some of the most beautiful and sacred liturgy of…

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September 30, 2017 / Saturday
Holiday Services
2239 Yom Kippur Afternoon, Yizkor, and Neilah Services
4:00PM— 5:30PM

These three services flow seamlessly from one to the next. Our clergy begin with the liturgy designed for the afternoon of Yom Kippur. Yizkor, the memorial service, follows. This holy day closes with Neilah — the short concluding service which features some of the most beautiful and sacred liturgy of…

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September 30, 2017 / Saturday
Holiday Services
Temple-Wide Break-Fast
5:30PM— 7:00PM

End your day of praying and fasting with your Temple family at a delicious, break-fast meal immediately following concluding services on Yom Kippur. Transportation after the meal from Temple to WHC’s satellite parking lots will be provided.

Hosted by the EmptyNesters, this meal is open to the…

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September 30, 2017 / Saturday
Holiday Services
2239 Break-Fast
5:30PM— 7:00PM

End your day of praying and fasting at a delicious, break-fast meal immediately following concluding services on Yom Kippur. Transportation after the meal from Temple to WHC’s satellite parking lots will be provided.

The cost to attend is $25. Temple members should RSVP to…

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December 15, 2017 / Friday
Holiday Services
Shabbat Hanukkah
6:00PM— 7:00PM

Led by all clergy.

Celebrate Hanukkah with your WHC family! Our clergy will provide a special hands-free worship experience with a visual tefilah displayed onscreen. Bring your hanukkiyah to light and watch how the glow from the candles infuses our worship with warmth.

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March 2, 2018 / Friday
Holiday Services
Shabbat Purim
7:00PM— 8:00PM

Led by all clergy.

At the Shabbat service closest to Purim, we read Megillat Esther and make a ton of noise every time Haman's name is mentioned. Children and adults alike come to Temple dressed in costumes to go along with our annual theme.

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