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In 1952, President Harry S. Truman laid the cornerstone of our present building, which was dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1955.

Expanded and renovated over the years, the Temple is nestled in between Rock Creek National Park and the residential neighborhood of McLean Gardens. In addition to multiple worship spaces, the building houses our Religious School, Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center, and several social halls and meeting spaces, which are ideal for receptions, celebrations, and parties.

Facilities Rentals

Washington Hebrew Congregation is the ideal location to celebrate a multitude of social celebrations and meetings.

Our reception halls and meeting places are state-of-the-art and offer a blend of formal and informal atmospheres which are perfectly designed for large or small events. Our facilities are accessible to all with listening aids readily available.

Kaufmann Sanctuary
Kaufmann Sanctuary

Kaufmann Sanctuary is a well-known and respected landmark in the Nation’s Capital and throughout Reform synagogues in the United States.

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Freed Youth Wing
Freed Youth Wing

Freed Youth Wing is a sophisticated space at the heart of the Temple: an ideal space to celebrate a family simcha; appreciate art, music, and the changing seasons; and host an academic or community event.

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Dreyfuss Patio
Dreyfuss Patio

Nestled in between the bucolic Rock Creek National Park and the Temple, this location is an ideal setting for an intimate outdoor wedding, reception, or other life cycle celebration.

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Lehrman Brides Room
Lehrman Brides Room

Located near the Kaufmann Sanctuary and Albert & Shirley Small Chapel, this room is a perfect location for pre-life cycle event gatherings and includes a lighted make-up table and full-length mirrors.

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Address & Directions

Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW
Washington, DC 20016
phone: 202-362-7100
fax: 202-537-1091

We are located in Northwest D.C. on Macomb Street, between Massachusetts Avenue and 39th Street. The parking lot entrance is on 39th Street.

From Downtown:
Traveling on north on Massachusetts Avenue, cross 39th Street and make the next right at Macomb Street. 

From the 495 Beltway, Rockville, and Bethesda:
Take Wisconsin Avenue south, toward Chevy Chase/Downtown, D.C. Proceed past the Mazza Gallerie (right side), Sidwell Friends School (left side), and Fannie Mae (right side). Several blocks after Fannie Mae, take a right onto Macomb Street - Cactus Cantina Restaurant is on the corner of Wisconsin and Macomb. Turn right at the third stop sign onto 39th Street. The Temple parking entrance is on the left.

From National Airport:
Take 395 N to the 12th Street exit (Downtown, D.C.). Proceed through tunnel (still on 12th Street NW). Follow 12th Street and until you can take a left onto Massachusetts Avenue. From Massachusetts Avenue take a right onto Macomb Street NW. The Temple is located on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Macomb Street.

Take the Red Line to Dupont Circle. Transfer to the N4 or N6 bus, which can be taken in front of the Embassy Row Hotel. The bus will stop at Macomb and Massachusetts Avenue.

Take either Metrobus 30, 32, 34, 36 (and 35 during rush hours) from Friendship Heights, Foggy Bottom, Tenleytown, Capitol South, Farragut West, L'Enfant Plaza, and Federal Triangle. Exit nearest to Macomb Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Walk west on Macomb Street for two blocks. Washington Hebrew will be on the left side on the corner of Macomb Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

Temporary Parking Restrictions

On Monday, November 13, the District implemented temporary parking restrictions, which will be in place while a parking garage is constructed at the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)'s Second District. These parking restrictions are expected to be in effect for approximately eight months on the following Northwest streets:

  • Wisconsin Avenue NW between Lowell Street and Rodman Street
  • Idaho Avenue NW between Macomb Street and Newark Street
  • 39th Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue and Newark Street
  • Macomb Street between Massachusetts Avenue and 39th Street
  • Cathedral Commons Level P2 at the South end of the garage

For more information, please visit the District Department of Transportation website.