Discover WHC's robust collection of videos from past programs, educational opportunities, and worship experiences.
Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars
MLK Shabbat with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
Set on the sprawling lawn of the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center, Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars is a contemporary, festive Erev Rosh Hashanah service. The evening opened with musical entertainment from BlueLine and Seeds of Sun as congregants enjoyed a picnic dinner. WHC clergy provided a "hands-free" worship experience with prayers displayed on jumbo screens, enabling worshippers to appreciate the beauty and community surrounding them.
On January 13, 2017, we celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Shabbat service featuring Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. President of the North Carolina NAACP since 2006, Rev. Dr. Barber was the architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement, which gained national attention with its protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013. He was a keynote speaker at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and is regularly featured on MSNBC and CNN and in The New York Times and The Washington Post.
The critically acclaimed documentary Germans & Jews launched the 2016-2017 Amram Scholar Series with a thoughtful examination of the German-Jewish relationship 70 years after the Third Reich. Co-sponsored by the German Embassy, this special film screening featured a moving opening from German Ambassador Peter Wittig and a Q&A with director Janina Quint and executive producer Tal Recanati.
NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks joined us on Shabbat for a special Amram discussion on "Moral Necessity or Nostalgia: The Jewish and Black Coalition of Conscience."
When Rabbi Lustig first visited Washington Hebrew Congregation as a rabbinical student more than 30 years ago, he was overwhelmed at its size. Then, when he became our Associate Rabbi, his plan was to be here for three years so his wife, Amy, could finish law school. What changed his mind?
Lauren Racoosin served as Washington Hebrew Congregation’s President from 2008 – 2010. How and when did she become connected to WHC?
Katherine Reynolds Lewis and Brian Lewis
"Just come." Those two words brought Katherine (Kakki) Reynolds Lewis and her then boyfriend, Brian Lewis, to WHC for the High Holy Days. Kakki didn’t grow up Jewish; Brian did. What did they find at Washington Hebrew Congregation?
Sharing a treasured heirloom with WHC for an exhibit led to a special discovery for the Heiman family. What connected two WHC families to a tiny East German town more than 75 years ago?
Adrienne Elman grew up at Washington Hebrew Congregation and has fond memories of the time when we called the building at 8th Street between H & I home. What was life like for a teen when Washington, D.C. was a small town and everyone knew each other?
On MLK Day of Service, we think back to the beginnings of our relationship with the African American community in D.C. Marcia Weinberg, the wife of our late senior rabbi, Rabbi Joseph Weinberg, remembers it well.
Cantor Susan Bortnick
The grandeur of Kaufmann Sanctuary made quite an impression on Cantor Bortnick when she was first hired by WHC. Sharing some of the mysteries and magic of this sacred space with B’nei Mitzvah students is a special rite of passage for both pupil and teacher. What tricks does Cantor Bortnick have up her robe sleeves?
Dorothy Kornhauser’s WHC Story spans 130 years – from her great-grandmother who joined Washington Hebrew Congregation in 1886 to her grandchildren who are sixth generation members. How has WHC changed over the years?
Rabbi Susan Shankman
Rabbi Susan Shankman grew up in and always wanted to work at a large congregation. She loves the many opportunities WHC’s size gives her to create deep and lasting connections with so many individuals and families. What does Rabbi Shankman find so special about each moment and interaction?
Rabbi Joseph Weinberg blessed Lou and Dotty Kornhauser’s marriage – a second for both – in 1999 during a Friday evening Shabbat service. Lou has fond memories of this meaningful moment. What is it about this blessing that Lou holds so dear?
Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig
Sharyn Nerenberg is a lifelong member of Washington Hebrew Congregation. When her sister, Laura, died in 1996, Rabbi Weinberg gave her a safe space to ask questions and process her loss. This time was a turning point for Sharyn – both in how she viewed her role in the Congregation and her relationship with WHC’s clergy.
On Sunday, April 17, 2016, Washington Hebrew Congregation celebrated the 25th anniversary of Mitzvah Day. This annual day of tikkun olam, which Rabbi Lustig created for WHC, has been replicated throughout the world. Just how did Mitzvah Day come to be?
Rabbi Aaron Miller
Rabbi Miller is passionate about working with adults in their 20s and 30s, and his Metro Minyan has given D.C.’s young professionals a vibrant Reform Shabbat experience. The Metro Minyan so many have come to know and love is not what Rabbi Miller originally envisioned. What was his original concept and how did Metro Minyan become a Slingshot Award-winning experience?
Zach Kramer is now a junior in college. As a high school student, Zach was an active member of WHECTY, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s senior youth group. What was it about WHECTY that helped him evolve from a self-described shy eighth grader to WHECTY President?
As our Religious School and Early Childhood Centers bring another wonderful year to a close, we are delighted to share the WHC Story of one of our Religious School teachers, Anne Golder, whose career at WHC began her nearly 35 years ago when she became an ECC teacher at JBSC.
When the Weinberg family – Rabbi Joe, Marcia, Rachel, and Jonathan (Josh was a twinkle in their eye) – came to Washington, D.C., they thought it would be just for a year so Rabbi Weinberg could finish his dissertation. Things didn’t turn out the way they expected. As Marcia says, “It was a love affair from the start… One thing led to another, and we never left.”
How do you choose a synagogue? For the Heiman family, their relationship with WHC began at the Early Childhood Center. Attending Tot Shabbat and seeing clergy interact with the children sealed the deal. Their little preschooler has grown. Where did she end up?