רבי יוחנן הסנדלר אומר, כל כנסיה שהיא לשם שמים, סופה להתקים
Rabbi Yohanan the shoemaker says, “Whenever we gather together with sacred intentions, our work will endure.”
(Mishnah Avot 4:11)
Groups & Activities
Singles and families, young and old, traditional and non-traditional, are the cornerstones that make up our Congregation. Our goal is to meet the varied needs of all of our congregants no matter their age or interests.
Providing friendship, service, and fun, our adult groups bring together members with similar interests and gives them a way to connect and give back to the Temple community.
Comprised of the women of WHC at every age and stage of their lives, Sisterhood comes together for friendship and service to the Temple and our community. Through fundraising, volunteering, and our dues we make quite an impact.
For WHC members born between 1946 and 1964, The Boomers is a social and cultural club designed to serve the interests of the Baby Boom generation.
With a growing network of over 2,600 people, 2239 is a fantastic way for young Jewish adults between the ages of 22 and 39 to meet one another and deepen their Jewish identity.
Whether you've lived in the area for decades or just days, chances are you're looking for fun events, friends and great connections! The WHC Couples Club marries religious tradition with food, wine, and entertainment at events inside and outside Temple for couples in their 20s to 40s.
Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Brotherhood offers opportunities for friendship, spiritual growth, networking, volunteering, and discussing topics relevant to Jewish men.
Throughout the year, the 4060 Connectors organize social events for singles in their 40s and 50s. Events are fun, casual, a great way to meet people in our community, and are open to both members and nonmembers.
For interfaith couples and their families, the Interfaith Committee hosts events designed to support and welcome these members into our community. Our members share the specific challenges and rich rewards associated with creating Jewish households as interfaith families.
80 is the new 40, and 70 is the new 30! Today’s Prime Timers have wide-ranging interests and are intellectually curious. Our Prime Timers can look forward to a year full of programs and day trips designed to help us engage and connect.
The EmptyNesters is a group formed over 19 years ago by Rabbi Weinberg and a group of wonderfully energetic people who saw the need for creating an extended family at WHC for members who are beyond the "Boomers" but not yet retired.
Practice! Learn! Laugh! Sing! This is Kol Rinah, our volunteer Temple choir.
Fistful of Shekels (FOS) is for members who are interested in supporting Israel through buying stock in Israeli companies and an engaging way to learn more about Israel’s economy and about investments.
The security, vitality, and improvement of the State of Israel and Jewish communities worldwide are essential to us as Jews and Americans.
Our youth groups offer age appropriate activities and teach Jewish practice, ethics, and beliefs. This is the best place for our youth to develop their own sense of Jewish identity and pride. Participants in our youth activities make new friends, think of Temple as a place to have fun, and develop leadership and real-world skills.
The Youth Programs Department at Washington Hebrew Congregation is recognized as one of the most outstanding programs in the country and is a model for other synagogues. We strongly encourage your family to take advantage of the opportunities and experiences that await you at our congregation. Most of our youth groups have a membership option which provides discounts on programs and helps support the programming throughout the year. Youth Group Membership is never required to participate and we encourage all students to attend whenever they are able.
A First Youth Group Experience for Kindergartners, 1st, and 2nd Graders.
ETY (Elementary Temple Youth) offers a wide range of exciting, interactive programs for our 3rd and 4th graders.
Creating new friendships and experiencing Judaism in new ways — both inside and outside the Temple — make Club 56 the place to be for WHC's fifth and sixth graders!
Junior WHECTY keeps 7th and 8th grade students connected to Temple and friends during a busy time in their lives and gives them a sample of what's to come in senior youth group.
The best way to have fun, make friends, and gain leadership experience during your high school years!
WHC Teen Ambassadors is a new opportunity for our teens to represent our Congregation and community to visiting groups from around the country and beyond.
JAM (Jewish American Music) is a fun and friendly environment for 3rd - 7th graders to learn to love music.
For babysitters and families who need them.
We keep college students connected to WHC after they leave home for school.
Films, plays, concerts, art, trips, and more…all with a Jewish flavor.
Experience the world by traveling with WHC. Coming up … Israel!
WHC has several active book groups to engage the minds of bibliophiles at all ages and stages of their lives. Discussions are led by clergy, lay leaders, congregants, and sometimes, the authors themselves!
With three libraries, Hurston Adult Library, Selinger Children's Library, and Tauber Library, WHC works to deepen understanding about Jewish identity and culture and increase commitment to Reform Jewish practices and way of life.
Dance, play, laugh, and sing with the Cantor's Culture Club! Hosted by Cantors Manevich and Bortnick, Cantor's Culture Club features special cultural programming targeted to our Early Childhood Centers and families with young children.
On February 13, we enjoyed an unforgettable evening of sunshine and song at this year's Florida Reunion, graciously hosted by Elaine and Bill Miller in their Palm Beach home. With an all-Gershwin musical performance by Cantors Manevich and Bortnick, more than 100 congregants joined us to reconnect with one another and WHC.
Washington Hebrew Congregation is proud to host the D.C. premiere of the docudrama, In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:00 pm at Temple.
One of the most distinctive, progressive, and respected Jewish theaters nationally and internationally, DCJCC’s Theater J presents daring, contemporary work alongside spirited revivals.
Our congregants generously give thier time, expertise, and financial support to the volunteer committees at WHC. Tikkunolam is a central value that brings our community together. It is through our volunteer groups that we're able to work side-by-side to bring about a better world and carry out the aims and ideals of the Temple.
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.
The members of the WHC Archives Committee are dedicated to gathering, cataloging, and preserving Washington Hebrew Congregation’s life story so that the tradition of Washington Hebrew can be passed down from generation to generation.
This group of volunteers is a friendly and warm presence in the lobby and creates an inviting atmosphere when the Congregation gathers together to celebrate Shabbat.
Volunteers assist in the libraries at Temple and JBSC by performing a variety of tasks.
Welcome new members into our Temple family.
Through food packing events held during the year, we combat the problem of hunger in the D.C. metro area.
For over 20 years, WHC members have volunteered and supported the Abram Simon Elementary School, a D.C. public school named after our second senior rabbi.