Washington Hebrew Congregation
:: Contact Information
For more information, please contact our Temple at 202-362-7100 or via email through our interactive contact form.

:: JOIN US
09/04/13-09/05/13 Rosh Hashanah
Services at Temple & JBSC on Wednesday evening; Services at Temple on Thursday morning and afternoon
09/13/13-09/14/13 Yom Kippur
Services at Temple on Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon
09/18/13-09/19/13 Sukkot
Sukkot festival service at Temple on Thursday at 10:30 am
09/25/13-09/26/13 Simchat Torah
Yizkor service at Temple on Thursday, 9/26 at 10:30 am; Consecration and Simchat Torah service at Temple on Friday, 9/27 at 7:00 pm
11/27/13-12/04/13 Hanukkah
Service at Temple on Friday, 11/29 at 7:00 pm
01/15/14-01/16/14 Tu B'shvat
03/14/14-03/16/14 Purim
Service at Temple on Friday, 3/14 at 7:00 pm
04/14/14-04/21/14 Passover
Congregational seder at Temple on Monday, 4/14 at 6:00 pm; Passover festival service at Temple on Tuesday, 4/15 at 10:30 am; Yizkor service at Temple on Monday, 4/21 at 10:30 am
04/26/14-04/27/14 Yom Hashoah
05/04/14-05/05/14 Yom Hazikaron
05/05/14-05/06/14 Yom Ha'atzmaut
05/17/14-05/18/14 Lag B'Omer
06/03/14-06/04/14 Shavuot
Yizkor service at Temple on Wednesday at 10:30 am

:: Special Holiday Services

The Jewish calendar provides us with several opportunities to observe important holidays with special, celebratory services.

Festival Service

In Ancient Israel, it was the obligation of every Jew to make a pilgrimage three times a year to the Temple in Jerusalem.  On Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuot, the entire nation would come together to appear before God and make joyous offerings.  After the Temple’s destruction, the Three Pilgrimage Festivals remain among the holiest days in the Jewish calendar.  The synagogue service for those days is adorned with special psalms, music, and Torah readings.  The Festival Service is an often-overlooked but extremely important aspect of our holiday celebrations.  After the first seder—a ritual that fills our homes with warmth and comfort—the Passover Festival Service is a chance to experience awe and exhaltation as part of a congregation and community.

Yizkor Service

Yizkor (literally, “May [God] Remember”) is a service of memorial prayers.  It is recited in the synagogue four times each year: on Yom Kippur afternoon and on the last day of each of the Three Festivals—Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuot.  In the Yizkor prayer—which gives the service its name—we ask God to remember our individual relatives, as well as all the departed members of our community.  “Eil Malei Rachamim” is chanted, calling on God to sustain and give peace to the souls of the deceased.  The Yikzor Service is one of Judaism’s most moving and enduring rituals.  On our holiest days, when we feel God’s presence most near, we pay tribute to the deceased and to memory.  Please join us for this beautiful and important service.

Consecration Shabbat

At our Shabbat service on Friday, October 5 at 7:00 pm, we will call to the bima and bless all students who are beginning their Religious School journey at WHC.

Holiday Family Services

The Jewish calendar provides us with several opportunities to observe and celebrate holidays with special services and festive Onegs. The evenings often include family-style Shabbat dinners which enhance our feeling of community. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us at Temple for these fun and family-friendly holiday services:

Simchat Torah & Consecration — Friday, 9/27 at 7:00 pm
We complete the Torah and start anew with B'reisheit! We parade and dance with the Torahs and call to the bima all of our new Religious School students for a special blessing.

Shabbat Hanukkah — Friday, 11/29 at 7:00 pm (Thanksgiving weekend)
The Sanctuary is aglow with lights from our congregants' Hanukkiahs as we celebrate the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian army and the rededication of the Temple. Our Oneg includes lots of latkes, spinning dreidels, crafts and games.

Shabbat Purim — Friday, 3/14 at 7:00 pm
This is a most fun and joyous holiday! We read the Megillat Esther and make a ton of noise every time Haman's name is mentioned. Children and adults alike come to Temple dressed in costumes to go along with our annual theme. Start thinking about Hawaiian shirts and leis…this year we will have a Purim Luau!