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תלמוד גדול או מעשה גדול…נענו כולם ואמרו תלמוד גדול שהתלמוד מביא לידי מעשה.

“Is study greater or practice?”  They all answered and said, “Study is greater for it leads to deeds.”

(Babylonian Talmud Kiddushin 40b)

Education

Lifelong learning is one of our core values at Washington Hebrew Congregation. We offer unique opportunities for study and reflection that appeal to Jews and people of others faiths at all phases of their lives. From our nurturing early childhood centers to traditional religious school learning, from thought-provoking lectures, workshops, mini courses, and semester-long classes for adults to family programming that connects generation to generation, WHC's dynamic programming and meaningful Jewish learning experiences help our members connect to their Judaism.

Religious Education

Washington Hebrew Congregation offers an innovative, experiential, and compelling religious educational program for children to help them learn about Judaism and develop their sense of Jewish identity.

We offer parallel programs for children in Pre-K through 10th grade at both the Lehrman Religious School at Temple and the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center in Potomac to best meet our families' needs.

Gan (Pre-K) meets monthly, and children in Kindergarten through Grade 3 attend once a week on Sundays from 9:30 am - noon. Beginning in Grade 4, children also attend mid-week Hebrew classes (Tuesdays at JBSC and Wednesdays at Temple) from 4:30 - 6:00 pm to help reinforce their Hebrew study. Our Upper School (Grades 8 and 9) and Confirmation program follow a different schedule, described below.

GAN (Pre-K)
GAN (Pre-K)

This special class is held once a month (a total of eight times during the school year). It has a cooperative educational structure, combining professional teachers with parental involvement to ensure a strong adult to child ratio and a nurturing environment. Parents will volunteer once a year for each child registered. The Gan is child-centered and focused on building self-esteem and Jewish identity through socialization and play.

Primary (Grades K-2)
Primary (Grades K-2)

These years focus on developing a love of being Jewish as well as comfort with Judaism and the Temple. Music, art, drama, and Israeli dance complement the program to cultivate the many approaches students utilize in their learning.

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Grade 3
Grade 3

Formal Hebrew instruction begins in Grade 3. For the first time, Sunday mornings are divided into Judaic Studies and Hebrew instruction, where students learn to decode letters and vowels. Music, art, computer lab, and Israeli dance help enhance learning. In the spring, families attend Siyum Sefer, a special ceremony led by the third graders which celebrates the completion of their first Hebrew book.

Grades 4-6
Grades 4-6

Our twice-a-week program begins in Grade 4, where students begin to prepare for their B'nei Mitzvah and combine learning Hebrew with other Jewish subjects, including the Bible, Jewish lifecycle, modern Israel, and the American Jewish experience. Holidays and Jewish values are incorporated into each grade's spiral curriculum which also includes art, dance, music, games, and time in the computer lab.

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Grade 7
Grade 7

This is a critical year in a child’s Jewish development! Students attend mid-week Hebrew classes only until the beginning of February and continue with our Sunday Judaic Studies program all year long. 

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WHC Mobile (Grades 8-9)
WHC Mobile (Grades 8-9)

This innovative program engages students through memorable experiences both inside and outside WHC walls. WHC Mobile provides students with social opportunities while helping them develop lifelong Jewish values.
Each year, students participate in weekend-long retreats and trips, half- and full-day field trips, and evening programs.

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Confirmation (Grade 10)
Confirmation (Grade 10)

The pinnacle of our Religious School, coordinated by Rabbi Shankman, is our 10th grade Confirmation year. The Confirmation experience affirms our students’ connection to their Washington Hebrew community, while providing a strong foundation in Jewish values and a thorough understanding of Reform Jewish ideology and identity. Among the highlights of this program are a trip to New York City, the Confirmation Retreat, the RAC L’taken Seminar, and the Confirmation service, designed and led by the Confirmands.

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Early Childhood

Where Children Discover, Learn, and Grow

For nearly 35 years, WHC has had an exceptional and innovative preschool. The Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center (RJWECC) and WHC Kindergarten at our Maryland campus and Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center (E-T ECC) at Temple provide a warm, positive environment where children can discover themselves and the world around them. Through "hands-on" activities, we strive to stimulate a child's natural creative interests and to help build a positive self-image in a friendly group atmosphere.

ECC DC  
ECC DC

At Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center (E-T ECC), children are encouraged to be creative and curious.

ECC Maryland  
ECC Maryland

At Washington Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center (RJWECC) and WHC Kindergarten, children are encouraged to be creative and curious.

DC Registration  
DC Registration

To register your child for the E-T ECC, you can either complete our online application and pay the application fee and tuition deposit with a credit card, or download a paper application and drop-off or send it to our school office along with checks to pay for the fee and deposit.

MD Registration  
MD Registration

To register your child for the RJWECC or WHC Kindergarten, you can either complete an online application and pay the application fee and tuition deposit with a credit card, or download and print an application and send it to our school office along with checks to pay for the fee and deposit.

Camp Keetov

PACK YOUR BAGS, CAMPERS!

Camp Keetov is heading on an All-American Road Trip

This summer, we are heading to all the best places across the United States! From California to Boston, and Atlanta to Chicago, we will learn about the symbols, foods, destinations, and people that make up this great country.

For 26 years, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Camp Keetov has earned a reputation for excellence in summer programming for young children. Our directors, Maxine Perlmutter at the Maryland campus and Lynne Bluestein at the DC campus, have been with the program since its inception and each has many years of early childhood experience.  Both directors are always on-site and available to parents and campers.  

Our goal each summer is to create a memorable childhood adventure filled with age-appropriate activities and opportunities for enjoyment, learning and growth. We want each camper to wake up in the morning excited to come to camp and ready for fun. We also want you, their parents, to be confident that your children are safe, loved, and having a great summer experience in a familiar environment with caring, dynamic staff.

We hope you will join us for our best summer yet!

DC Campus  
DC Campus

Each day, camp groups meet in classrooms, which serve as their home base. Outdoor play takes place on our beautiful playground and nature space, and we have full use of the grassy lawns that surround the Temple, as well as a patio and atrium for the children's enjoyment.

Maryland Campus  
Maryland Campus

Camp Keetov’s Maryland campus at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center in Potomac is modern, spacious, and bright, with modern indoor spaces, five playgrounds, and a large, open field.

Adult Learning

Adult learning is part of the Jewish educational journey at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Offering an array of activities and learning opportunities for all ages, we provide our adult members a framework for Jewish living. Come join us in the ongoing learning experience!

Congregational Conversations
Congregational Conversations

Join us in one of the most important conversations we, as a congregation, can have — to discuss the reality and future of Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity — in a new program at Washington Hebrew.

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WHC Academy
WHC Academy

Make Monday night "Academy Night" and join the hundreds who have participated in WHC's unique Jewish adult education program. We offer a wide array of classes and mini courses taught by our clergy and well-known educators in the community. WHC Academy meets on Monday nights, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm (Mini Courses) and 8:15 - 9:15 pm (Core Course) with coffee, food, and time to socialize during the break.

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Lectures
Lectures

We empower the individual to embark on an exciting journey with our lively and inspirational lectures.

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Workshops
Workshops

Come join Washington Hebrew Congregation with these intellectual workshops in the pursuit of Jewish learning.

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Upcoming Events

April 28, 2015 / Tuesday
Tune in to Toddlers Class
10:00 AM—11:30 AM

This class is a delightful way for parents and caregivers to interact with their toddlers as the children begin to explore the world around them. Our program builds toddlers' socialization…

April 28, 2015 / Tuesday
Religious School at JBSC
4:30 PM—6:00 PM
April 28, 2015 / Tuesday
Confirmation Class
6:00 PM—8:30 PM
April 28, 2015 / Tuesday
WHC Mobile Program
6:30 PM—8:30 PM
April 28, 2015 / Tuesday
Bereavement Support Group
7:00 PM—9:00 PM
April 29, 2015 / Wednesday
A New Look at Torah, Judaism, and Life
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

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