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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 Form  
Religious School Registration Form

Join us at WHC Religious School. Submit this form to get your child started on his or her Jewish journey.

Registration for 2015-2016 has begun! Secure your spot today by submitting our form and ensure you don't miss out.

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- and full-day field trips, 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.

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 Maryland  
ECC Maryland

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

This past year, we, as a congregation, came together to discuss the reality and future of Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity. We asked ourselves: What is my Promised Land? Can Israel be a Jewish and democratic state?

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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

August 3, 2015 / Monday
Camp Keetov - Gap Camp: First Day
12:00 AM—11:59 AM
August 9, 2015 / Sunday
Divorcing with Dignity
9:45 AM—11:45 AM
August 16, 2015 / Sunday
Divorcing with Dignity
9:45 AM—11:45 AM
August 31, 2015 / Monday
E-T ECC First Day of School
12:00 AM—11:59 AM
September 2, 2015 / Wednesday
RJWECC First Day of School
12:00 AM—11:59 AM
September 4, 2015 / Friday
RJWECC Welcome Dinner
5:00 PM—6:00 PM