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MLK Weekend

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for social justice and equality. Each January, we honor Dr. King with a weekend dedicated to his legacy.

MLK Shabbat


Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at our annual interfaith Shabbat evening at Temple.

Date: Friday, January 17
Shabbat Dinner: 5:30 pm
Shabbat Service: 7:00 pm
Location: Washington Hebrew Congregation

Shabbat Dinner

The evening begins at 5:30 pm with a special dinner that welcomes our guests — the members and clergy from WHC's community partner churches and mosques. We hope you will join us for this special dinner. The cost is $20 per person, and reservations are required. As is our tradition, WHC hosts our interfaith community at this Shabbat dinner, and you are welcome to sponsor a table for our guests. Sponsorship costs $200 per table.

Online registration for dinner is now closed. If you would like to join us, you may pay at the door with cash or a check.

Interfaith Shabbat Service Featuring Marian Wright Edelman

We are honored to welcome Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), to Washington Hebrew Congregation where she will speak at our MLK Shabbat service on January 17. Interfaith clergy from throughout the D.C. area will join Mrs. Edelman on the bimah for a service that will also feature the voices of choirs from our partner congregations. There is no charge to attend the service, and reservations are not necessary.

About Our Speaker:

Mrs. Edelman has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership as president for 45 years, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. The Children’s Defense Fund’s “Leave No Child Behind” mission is to ensure that every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, in 1965 Mrs. Edelman became the first black woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar. She began her career directing the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi, before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1968 to serve as counsel for the Poor People’s Campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing before his death. After founding the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm and the parent body of the Children’s Defense Fund, she served as the Director of the Center for Law and Education at Harvard University. And in 1973, she began CDF.

Mrs. Edelman served on the Board of Trustees of Spelman College, which she chaired from 1976 to 1987. She was the first woman to be elected by alumni as a member of the Yale University Corporation on which she served from 1971 to 1977. She has received more than a hundred honorary degrees and many awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship.

In 2000, Mrs. Edelman received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings. She is a board member of the Robin Hood Foundation and the Association to Benefit Children. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

MLK Day of Service


Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?" — Martin Luther King Jr. 

Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
Location: Temple
Time: 10:00 am

Volunteer! Make your day off from work and school a "day on" for tikkun olam by joining us on Monday, January 20 at Temple! This is a unique opportunity to join forces with volunteers in the interfaith community to help those in need. Working together, we will build on our foundation of a shared commitment to making the world a better place. We have projects for all ages, including creating family crafts, making tuna noodle casseroles, preparing healthy snack packs, assembling bags of fresh produce, sorting donated clothing, and packaging meals with the WHC Hunger Project.

Prior registration is not required, but signing up in advance will help us plan for this special morning.

Click here to sign up to volunteer.

MLK Day of Service is generously supported by Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Tikkun Olam Values Fund, which works toward building a better world.