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Sisterhood

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.

At Sisterhood, we:

  • provide financial support for special projects at the ECCs, Religious School, Temple, and the Carrie Simon House;
  • enhance religious, spiritual, and intellectual growth through events such as Women's Seders, Shabbatons, and our Literary Club;
  • cook for the homeless, pack meals for the WHC Hunger Project, deliver Meals on Wheels, and sponsor activities at JFGH;
  • tutor students at the Abram Simon Elementary School;
  • mentor new Sisterhoods in Israel and the United States;
  • provide funding for safe playgrounds in Israel and to countless local, national, and international charities and organizations;
  • have fun! Our calendar includes many social and cultural activities for our members.

If you are a woman of WHC, we invite you to join us! We have a place for you as a volunteer, leader, participant, or simply as a dues contributor. Your involvement and support - combined with that from hundreds of other women - helps our community enormously.

A Daring WWII Female Spy

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Join us to hear journalist and best-selling author Howard Blum discuss his new book, The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal.

Date: Wednesday, June 14
Time: 6:30 pm Reception; 7:00 pm Lecture
Location: Temple
Free, but RSVP Preferred

WHC Sisterhood and the Amram Scholar Series are teaming up to present Amram's closing lecture for the 2016-2017 series.

Blum chronicles the life of Betty Pack, a dazzling American debutante who became an Allied spy during WWII and was hailed by OSS chief General "Wild Bill" Donovan as "the greatest unsung heroine of the war."

For decades, much of Betty’s career working for MI-6 and the OSS remained classified. Through access to recently unclassified files, Howard Blum discovers the truth about the attractive blond, codenamed “Cynthia,” who seduced diplomats and military attachés across the globe in exchange for ciphers and secrets; cracked embassy safes to steal codes; and obtained the Polish notebooks that proved key to Alan Turing’s success with Operation Ultra.

Beneath Betty’s cool, professional determination, Blum reveals a troubled woman conflicted by the very traits that made her successful: her lack of deep emotional connections and her readiness to risk everything. The Last Goodnight is a mesmerizing, provocative, and moving portrait of an exceptional heroine whose undaunted courage helped to save the world.

Click here to register to join us for this event.

This event is sponsored by the Abraham & Freida Hochberg Creative Cultural Fund. It is presented in partnership by the Amram Scholar Series and WHC Sisterhood and in cooperation with the Jewish Book Council.

Support WHC's youth social justice projects by purchasing this book through the WHC Mitzvah Mall.

Honor the Father's in Your Life

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WHC Sisterhood has joined JWI (Jewish Women International) in support of the 45,000 women and children in battered women's shelters.

Through their annual Flower Project, JWI sends bouquets of flowers and financial literacy resources on Mother's Day to 200 shelters across the United States.

You can make a $25 donation to the Flower Project, and JWI will send a beautiful Father's Day card to anyone you choose to honor — dad, brother, grandfather, in-law, or friend. As a Flower Project partner, WHC Sisterhood will also benefit from your donation.

It's easy to order your Father's Day cards online and pay with a credit card.

You can also download this form if you'd like to pay with a check, or call 202-857-1300 to place your order by phone.

Regardless of how you choose to order your Father's Day cards, please be sure to note that Washington Hebrew Congregation is your partner of choice!

Art Tours

Sisterhood offers a series of docent-led tours of exhibits at many of our city's wonderful art museums and galleries. We hope you will join us!

Sisterhood Literary Group

Not just for women, this active and enthusiastic daytime book group is coordinated by WHC’s Sisterhood and is open to the entire Temple community. 

Each year we resad a variety of fiction and nonfiction books and engage in quarterly discussions facilitated by congregants, clergy, and community members with a significant connection to the books.

Watch It Here: An Evening with Anat Hoffman

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"From the Back of the Bus to the Top of the Agenda"

Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and a founding member and Director of Neshot HaKotel – Women of the Wall, spoke at Temple on Thursday, March 23 about the current state of women's rights in Israel. It was a fascinating and eye-opening evening. If you weren't able to join us, you can see Anat's talk in its entirety here:

Monthly Meetings

Every month we meet to learn, connect, and make an impact. Join us! It's a great way to get involved!

Judaica Shop

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Please visit the WHC Sisterhood Judaica Shop at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center.

We offer a one-stop shop where you can purchase items for all occasions. Whether it's a gift to celebrate a Jewish life cycle event or a decorative Judaica item for you home, you'll find what you're looking for in our Judaica shop.

Our regular hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 11:30 am - 3:30 pm and Fridays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. We are also open the first Sunday of the month while Religious School is in session.

Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction

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Thank you for coming out to "Shop, Bid, and Dine" at our 30th annual Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction.

100% of the proceeds from this three-day event — the Boutique purchases, Silent Auction wins, Cafe delicacies, and Hamilton Experience raffle tickets — will enable WHC Sisterhood to continue its support of organizations whose work is vital to our community, nation, and world, including:

Before Thirty at Friendship Place

Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse

Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Martha’s Table

Meals on Wheels

National Race to End Women’s Cancer

Promise for Prom, Suited for Change

Race for Hope

Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Religious School and Early Childhood Centers

Whitman Walker Health Clinic

and several shelters for homeless families, including Carrie Simon House.

Thank you to our wonderful vendors and the businesses and individuals who contributed to this event. We couldn't have done it without you!

How to Join

WHC Sisterhood welcomes all Washington Hebrew Congregation women as well as women who are not Temple members.

Please contact us at whcsisterhood@gmail.com for more information.

Upcoming Events

May 26, 2017 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM

Spend your day engaged in the thrilling game of Mah Jongg! Game play starts at 10:30 am. The end time is flexible, and if there's enough interest, the games will continue…

June 2, 2017 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM
June 9, 2017 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM
June 16, 2017 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM
June 23, 2017 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM
June 30, 2017 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM

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