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Yom Kippur

Beginning with the Kol Nidre and its soul-stirring prayers, the Day of Atonement provides us with meaningful opportunities for community worship as well as personal reflection.

As with Rosh HaShanah, we have a variety of services for every age and stage of life as well as a robust schedule of study sessions, all of which are open to both members and non-members alike. Our study sessions and several of our services will be held via Zoom; for security purposes, we require that you register for these in advance.

Our Yom Kippur Day concludes with a poetry and music hour followed by Afternoon, Yizkor, and Neilah services. Join us from wherever you are to hear the final sound of the shofar with us as we close this holiest of days as one Washington Hebrew community.

If you are not a member of WHC, please click here to let us know you will be joining us for our High Holy Day worship this year.

If you are joining us for our Congregational Services, please click here for a digital version of our Yom Kippur prayer book so you can follow along at home.


Kol Nidre (Sunday, September 27, 2020)

Congregational Service
6:00 pm (online)
Sermon by Rabbi Shankman

2239 Young Professional Service
8:00 pm on Zoom
Sermon by Rabbi Miller
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Yom Kippur Day

Monday, September 28, 2020

Preschool Service
9:00 am on Zoom
with Rabbi Shankman & Stephanie Tankel, Director of Lifelong Learning
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Family Service
9:30 am (online)
with WHC Clergy, Rick Recht, Shira Kline, and Rabbi Josh Warshawsky

Congregational Service
10:30 am (online)
Sermon by Rabbi Miller

Teen Service
3:15 pm on YouTube*
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with Ira Miller

Poetry & Music Hour
3:15 pm on Livestream
with Cantor Bortnick & Rabbi Lustig

Congregational Afternoon, Yizkor & Neilah
4:00 pm on Livestream
Sermon by Rabbi Lustig

2239 Break Fast
6:00 pm on Zoom
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*Denotes services that will premiere WHC's YouTube channel.
Upon completion, these services will then be available "on demand" on YouTube.


Yom Kippur Study Sessions 

Monday, September 28, 2020

We are pleased to offer a variety of opportunities for virtual learning throughout the day on Yom Kippur. All of our study sessions are open to members and non-members alike. For security purposes, preregistration is required for everyone. 

Introduction to Mussar
with  Jim Salander

Story Telling for Parents of Young Children
with Miryam Buchler, Director of Early Childhood

9:00 am
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On-Demand Video

Holiness in Yom Kippur Texts
with Rabbinic Intern Jamie Field

12:00 pm
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How to Navigate Transitions and Foster Resilience
with Dr. Bonnie Zucker

12:00 pm
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Forgiveness and Forgiving Yourself:
Understanding the Concepts in Judaism and Life

with Dr. Herbert Gross

1:00 pm
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Memory and Legacy:
Preserving Your Family’s Past as a Gift for the Future

with Leslie Maitland

1:00 pm
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Yom Kippur Yoga
with Brittany Fleck

1:00 pm
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Seeking Peace:
Understanding the Philosophy and Work Behind the Israel/UAE Accord

with Rabbi Lustig; UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba; H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi; Jason Isaacson, AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer; and Dr. Elena G. Procario-Foley, Iona College

What does a Middle East peace accord have to do with Yom Kippur? Is this a moment of political reconciliation, or perhaps a moment of spiritual ideological aspiration? On August 13, 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) became only the third country to normalize relations with Israel. The panel will discuss the philosophy and ideology that motivated the UAE to make such a courageous move in the Middle East. Was it motivated by strategic strength or an opportunity for world peace? Join us to explore how the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, the Document of Human Fraternity, and the unprecedented UAE “Year of Tolerance” helped lay the foundation not only for this accord but for a new platform of diplomacy – religious diplomacy.

2:00 pm
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