Washington Hebrew Congregation offers many opportunities to help foster a sense of connectedness by volunteering to help fellow members.
Our Greeter Corps provides a warm welcome to all those who enter our building for a service or special event. Our Member 2 Member program pairs volunteers with new members who share their background or lifestyle to welcome them to the Temple family. Our Fistful of Shekels club unites investors interested in aligning their portfolios with their Jewish values by supporting Israeli companies. Click on the links below to learn more about these opportunities to forge new connections and strengthen the ties that bind our members together.
A phone call, a note, a ride, a meal…the Caring Committee extends a hand and offers support when our members need it most.
Our committee members call and visit congregants who are temporarily or permanently home-bound; provide rides to Temple events; and coordinate meals and assistance for members who need help with shopping. Throughout the year, we call our congregants who are over age 83 and honor those who have become centenarians. We also acknowledge our congregants’ life cycle events, writing personal notes of congratulations to new parents as well as notes of condolence after a recent death and on the first yahrzeit to those who have lost a loved one. Coordinating with other WHC committees, we offer programs to support both our members and the community at large.
Communicate with us. If you or a Temple member you know needs some extra support or is celebrating a special event, please tell us. All information will be held in strict confidence, but without your help we may never know that someone is in need. Become part of our volunteer network. We are always in need of volunteers to help with phone calls, rides, and note writing. You’ll be on the list of people notified when help is needed. Then, you can determine if you’re able to assist in that situation.
The Washington Hebrew Congregation Greeter Corps warmly welcomes congregants and visitors to Shabbat services on Friday nights, high holidays, and on other special occasions.
Creating an inviting atmosphere in the Temple lobby and engaging in casual conversation before and after events, the Greeter Corps ensures that every community gathering fosters a sense of inclusion and togetherness. With a friendly "hello" or "Shabbat Shalom," or by directing a guest to the restroom or coat closet, Greeter Corps volunteers make a difference. There is no minimum commitment - members are welcome to greet as often as their schedules permit, and training is provided.
Through our Member 2 Member program, Washington Hebrew Congregation ensures that all new members are introduced to fellow members who share their interests, background, or lifestyle.
This program matches volunteers with members who have recently joined the Congregation, helping them integrate seamlessly into our large and diverse Temple family. This small time commitment makes a tremendous impact on both the volunteers and new members, resulting in new connections, a lively exchange of ideas, and, in many cases, lifelong friendships.