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Discover WHC's robust collection of videos from past programs, educational opportunities, and worship experiences.

Worship

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 Purim Oscars
On Friday, March 10, 2017, WHC families came to Temple to experience the Purim story through parodies of songs from popular films. The Jewish Oscar winners were revealed in a fun and festive service followed by an after party featuring cookie decorating, gourmet popcorn, and a performance by the cover band PreFab 4.

Lifelong Learning

Amram Scholar Series

Germans & Jews Cornell William Brooks
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."
Rabbi Ben Kamin
David Kinney
Rabbi Ben Kamin joined us in the Amram Scholar Series to discuss his latest book, I Don’t Know What to Believe: Making Spiritual Peace with Your Religion. His lecture addressed the hunger in our country for authentic spirituality at a point when affiliation with organized religion has been in steep decline.

The Amram Scholar Series welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Kinney to Temple on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Co-author of The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich, Mr. Kinney provides a fresh, eye-opening account of the Nazis’ rise to power and genesis of the Holocaust uncovered in a long-lost diary written by Alfred Rosenberg.

Maya Benton
Howard Blum
The work and career of the renowned social documentary photographer Roman Vishniac, best known for iconic images of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust, was explored on Sunday, March 19, 2017 through an illustrated lecture presented by Maya Benton, curator of the International Center of Photography in New York City, founder of the Center’s Roman Vishniac Archive and editor of Roman Vishniac Rediscovered, a beautifully printed volume of essays and photographs.

Journalist and best-selling author Howard Blum joined us for a lecture on his new book The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal. The Amram Scholar Series partnered with WHC Sisterhood for this special program about the life of Betty Pack, a dazzling American debutante who became an Allied spy during World War II.

WHC Sisterhood

Anat Hoffman
Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, joined WHC Sisterhood and Temple Sinai Women of Reform Judaism for a discussion on the segregation and exclusion of women in Israel. A passionate and engaging Israeli activist, Ms. Hoffman is also a founding member and director of Neshot HaKotel – Women of the Wall. In 2013, "Haaretz" named her "Person of the Year," and the "Jerusalem Post" listed her 5th among its list of 50 Most Influential Jews for forcefully and successfully bringing the issue of women's rights at the Kotel to the "forefront of the consciousness of world Jewry." In her prior work, Ms. Hoffman held a seat on the Jerusalem City Council, where for 14 years she stood in opposition to the policies of the city’s right-wing and ultra-Orthodox administration.

Faith in Action

Supporting Refugees and Providing Sanctuary
“Sanctuary” can include legal assistance, material or financial support, advocacy, education, or temporary physical shelter. On Wednesday, May 10, 2017,  we explored the critical questions that need to be asked and answered concerning Sanctuary, including, “where does civil disobedience end and obstruction of justice begin?” and “what concerns do individuals and religious institutions need to consider if they wish to provide Sanctuary and how do they differ?”

Membership

WHC's 165th Annual Meeting
Washington Hebrew Congregation's 165th Annual Meeting on June 5, 2017 featured the installation of new Board members and the presentation of Avodah Honors Awards. During the meeting, Steve Jacober was honored for his 10 years of service as Executive Director of WHC. During his tenure, he has made an enormous positive impact on every aspect of Temple life. His service to the community was recognized at this event.

WHC Stories

Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig
Lauren Racoosin
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
Diane Heiman
"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
Marcia Weinberg
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
Dorothy Kornhauser
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
Lou Kornhauser
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?
Sharyn Nerenberg
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
Zachary Kramer
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?
Anne Golder
Marcia Weinberg
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.”
Diane Heiman
 
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?

Previous Years

Browse our video archive and rediscover events, worship experiences, and more from previous years.

2015-2016 Videos  
2015-2016 Videos