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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.

Religious School Registration 2017-2018  
Religious School Registration 2017-2018

Religious School (Pre-K-Grade 7)  
Religious School (Pre-K-Grade 7)

We offer innovative, experiential, and compelling educational programs for children at Temple and JBSC to help them learn about Judaism and develop their sense of Jewish identity.

Pre-Confirmation (Grades 8-9)  
Pre-Confirmation (Grades 8-9)

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

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.

Post Confirmation (Grades 11-12)  
Post Confirmation (Grades 11-12)

Post Confirmation is a program open to all 11th and 12th graders – whether or not they have been Confirmed.

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) 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
ECC & Kindergarten Maryland  
ECC & Kindergarten Maryland

Camp Keetov

Camp Keetov is fun!

We can't wait to hear this beloved refrain, sung on our fields and in our halls by happy campers coming for Camp Keetov's 28th summer!

Our goal each summer is to create a fun, exciting, and memorable adventure for preschoolers with caring, dynamic, and energetic staff who fill their days with age-appropriate experiences and countless opportunities to laugh, make friends, learn, and grow. Families entrust their children to us, confident that they are safe and happy.

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

DC Campus  
DC Campus

Summer 2017 registration is now open!

Maryland Campus  
Maryland Campus

Registration for 2017 is now open!

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

Conversation is a form of prayer. This idea is the foundation of the Congregational Conversations series — to bring us together in an open and honest dialogue, to bridge our differences, and to build a stronger community.

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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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WHC Academy
WHC Academy

Expand your appreciation of Jewish life and culture and join the hundreds who have participated in WHC's unique adult education program. We offer a wide array of classes taught by knowledgeable and passionate instructors from WHC and beyond. WHC Academy meets on Monday nights, from 7:15 - 9:15 pm with coffee, a light snack, and time to socialize.

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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

July 11, 2017 / Tuesday
The Red Stone: Mindfulness and Meditation Group
7:00 PM—8:30 PM

The Red Stone welcomes individuals and couples experiencing fertility issues to its Mindfulness and Meditation Group, hosted by Washington Hebrew Congregation. The group meets at Temple on the second Tuesday…

August 8, 2017 / Tuesday
The Red Stone: Mindfulness and Meditation Group
7:00 PM—8:30 PM
September 17, 2017 / Sunday
Religious School at Temple and JBSC
9:30 AM—12:00 PM
September 24, 2017 / Sunday
Religious School at Temple and JBSC
9:30 AM—12:00 PM
September 26, 2017 / Tuesday
Hebrew School at JBSC
4:30 PM—6:00 PM
September 27, 2017 / Wednesday
Hebrew School at Temple
4:30 PM—6:00 PM