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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.

Grade 8

Experiences include participating in a challenge course, a meaningful day visiting D.C. memorials, a day of community service, and helping run our Temple Purim Carnival. Our 8th graders have three weekend retreats as well as monthly Tuesday night programs featuring authors, movies, special programs, and more.

Grade 9

The highlight of the 9th grade year are the three weekend retreats, which include programming to help our teens discover themselves as they embark on their high school years –  some of the most important programming any congregation can offer its teens. These retreats are a “rite of passage” for every WHC teen! Other programs include trips to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Annapolis in addition to many other special events. Monthly weeknight programming complements the weekend activities, trips, and retreats

8th Grade Retreat


Learn, connect with friends, and have an amazing experience at the next 8th grade retreat. Join us April 29 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center for a fun day of programming and activities.

Click here to sign up for this event.

Upcoming Events

April 30, 2017 / Sunday
Mitzvah Day
9:30 AM—2:00 PM

Mitzvah Day represents the culmination of our year-long focus on community service and our long-standing commitment to helping the homeless, sick, hungry, and underprivileged in the metropolitan Washington, D.C.…

May 7, 2017 / Sunday
9th Grade Annapolis Trip
9:30 AM—2:00 PM
May 16, 2017 / Tuesday
Pre-Confirmation Program
6:30 PM—8:30 PM

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