Remembering Michael McFadden

Black man playing grand piano

Washington Hebrew is sad to announce the passing of Development Assistant Michael McFadden. Michael was well-appreciated by everyone for his positive demeanor, professionalism, and his strong desire to make WHC the strongest community possible. He managed many of our member communications regarding donations and was the organizer of our annual Yom Kippur Memorial Book.

In addition to his dedicated work for the congregation, Michael was also an extremely talented musician, performing around the D.C. area, including the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, and Howard Theater as the keyboardist for the Keith Wesby Project, and music director for Blues/Jazz artist Natalie Jean. He also put out an album of his own, The ElementQ, which was in the top 10 local Jazz albums on ReverbNation just last month (it’s currently at #18).

He was a member of the DC Legendary Musicians, a non-profit organization working to preserve, protect, and promote the artistic legacy, contributions, and well-being of Washington, DC’s professional musicians.

Five musicians stand onstage at Blues Alley.

Members of the Keith Wesby Project onstage at Blues Alley. Michael McFadden is second from the right.

Our WHC community offers Michael’s family our deepest condolences. May his memory be a blessing.