מה הקב"ה מלביש ערומים…אף אתה הלבש ערומים; הקב"ה ביקר חולים…אף אתה בקר חולים; הקב"ה ניחם אבלים…אף אתה נחם אבלים; הקב"ה קבר מתים…אף אתה קבור מתים.
Just as the Holy One clothes the naked…so do you clothe the naked. Just as the Holy One visited the sick…so do you visit the sick. Just as the Holy One comforted mourners…so do you comfort mourners. Just as the Holy one buried the dead…so do you bury the dead.
(Babylonian Talmud Sotah 14a)
Faith In Action
At the foundation of our values is tikkun olam, repairing our world to make it a better place for ourselves, our families, and our future. For our congregants, embracing the idea of tikkun olam is about taking action - volunteering in our community and around the country. Together, we make an impact on those in need.
Washington Hebrew Congregation depends on the support of members and friends to sustain our inspirational worship, leading-edge educational opportunities, innovative social action projects, and exceptional cultural programming.
A gift to WHC is a meaningful way to celebrate milestones in the life cycle or honor a loved one’s memory. Whether you give to the Yad B’Yad Annual Fund or a specialized endowment, your tax-deductible contribution to our Congregation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is an investment in the relationships that strengthen our community – with our faith, one another, and the world beyond our walls.
Please complete this form to direct your contribution to a particular fund or toward general support.
Learn more about an extraordinary year at WHC in Hand in Hand - The 2015-2016 Annual Report.
Washington Hebrew Congregation is supported in part by Yad B’Yad: The WHC Annual Fund, co-chaired by Past Presidents Sherry Bindeman Kahn and Peter Winik.
Throughout our history, WashingtonHebrew Congregation has benefited from gifts supporting our General Fund as well as endowment funds dedicated to specific aspects of Temple life.
There as many ways to support Washington Hebrew Congregation as there are reasons to contribute to our ongoing excellence.
Since our founding, Washington Hebrew Congregation has maintained an unwavering commitment to acting upon our core Jewish values by working together to realize our vision of a more just and righteous society.
Anchored in our interpretation of Jewish text and tradition, we proudly marshal our community's collective energy, influence, and compassion to assist members of our own community and the world beyond our walls. Our Minds Matter program applies members' individual expertise to worthy causes. The Mitzvah Day program, a national model which Rabbi Lustig pioneered, unites the Congregation in good deeds. The Charles S. Bresler TOV (Tikkun Olam Values) Center provides a central focus for outreach to the underserved throughout the year.
Throughout the year, we participate in a number of collection campaigns ranging from food drives to benefit the hungry in the D.C. metro area to blanket collections to help Syrian refugees. Giving back locally and internationally, our annual campaigns are an important part of fulfilling the values of tikkun olam at Washington Hebrew Congregation.
When critical events occur in our community or the world, we work together to provide aid to those in need.
Washington Hebrew Congregation's Mitzvah Day on April 30, 2017, represents the culmination of our yearlong focus on community service and our long-standing commitment to helping the homeless, sick, hungry, and underprivileged in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community.
On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, take a break from your own holiday preparations and spend an hour or two with us at Temple for some tikkun olam.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for social justice and equality. Each January, we honor Dr. King with a weekend dedicated to his legacy.
Through food packing events held during the year, we combat the problem of hunger in the D.C. metro area.
A week of farming and tikkun olam for rising 8th–12th graders, sponsored by WHC's TOV Fund, puts “farm-to-table” in a new light for teens.
Through the TOV Fund’s ARK (Acts of Religious Kindness) initiative, Jewish young professionals engage in high-impact, life-changing social action projects, both locally and outside our region.
This winter, we will come together with the Christian and Muslim communities to express our solidarity and our commitment to unity, understanding, and inclusion in series of interfaith conversations.
We open dialogue and strengthen relations with our interfaith neighbors, connect our Congregation to social justice issues in our own communities, and work toward a more just society.
For more than two decades, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Carrie Simon House has provided a supportive transitional housing program for homeless young women ages 18–25 and their babies.
Every member of Washington Hebrew Congregation lends unique personal perspectives, skills, and experience to our community. We are proud to draw upon this wealth of wisdom in the Minds Matter Program, which shares our members' expertise with nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.
For over 20 years, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s members have volunteered their time, enthusiasm, and financial support to the Simon Elementary School, a D.C. public school named after our second senior rabbi, Abram Simon.
In 2013, Washington Hebrew Congregation established the Tikkun Olam Values (TOV) Fund to make a positive difference in the lives of the underserved and underprivileged.
Volunteering at Washington Hebrew Congregation is a gratifying way to connect to our community, apply your skills, and contribute to the Temple’s ongoing success.
Regardless of your age, professional background, or schedule, there are volunteer opportunities that match your abilities and interests. Whether your preference is to help other members, preserve our facilities and history, or cultivate the next generation by assisting our children, you can play a vital role in maintaining our strength and connectedness. Read on to lend your insight, your time, or a helping hand.
Washington Hebrew Congregation offers many opportunities to help foster a sense of connectedness by volunteering to help fellow members.
Washington Hebrew Congregation offers many opportunities to preserve the records of our extraordinary history and promote the Temple as a place of life-long learning and discovery.