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Featured Speakers:

Women of WHC's Literary Group Presents: Melanie Benjamin

Tuesday, July 7 at 11:30 am on Zoom (RSVP Required)

The Women of WHC are pleased to welcome bestselling author Melanie Benjamin for a virtual discussion of her book, Mistress of the Ritz.

Praised for her signature ability to breathe life into the narratives of history’s most compelling women, Melanie Benjamin presents here an enthralling novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life Blanche Auzello, a Jewish-American woman who forged papers to create a new life for herself abroad, and who secretly worked for the Resistance, all while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the legendary Ritz.

Click here to purchase the book through WHC's Mitzvah Mall

This program is presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

Israel, the Palestinians, and Arab States: An Historical Analysis from Independence to Present with Michael Sharnoff
July 8 at 7:00 pm on Zoom (RSVP Required) 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently vowed to annex part of the West Bank to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea. What is the significance of the timing of this announcement and what are the implications of such a move, if implemented, for Israel, the Palestinians, the Arab states, and the United States?

This lecture will analyze Israel in a historical context from independence to present. It will also explore the key players and their strategies and objectives, perceptions of the US role, and prospects and requirements for movement toward a political solution.

Women of WHC's Literary Group Presents: Melanie Benjamin
Tuesday, July 28 at 11:30 am on Zoom (RSVP Required)
The Women of WHC are pleased to welcome Rachel Barenbaum, author of A Bend in the Stars. This is a literary novel that is at once an epic love story and a heart-pounding journey across World War I-era Russia, about an ambitious young doctor and her scientist brother in a race against Einstein to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the universe.

After completing this registration, you will receive an e-mail with links to purchase the book and access the program.

Click here to purchase the book through WHC's Mitzvah Mall

This program is presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

2239 Presents: Cocktails & Civics Ben Sheehan
Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 pm on Zoom (RSVP Required)

Join us to discuss the state of democracy around the world. Together with Zack Beauchamp, award-winning Senior Correspondent for Vox, we'll examine the decline of democracies and what we, as Jews, can do to strengthen ours.

This event is free so that all can engage in this important topic. If you are able, please donate to 2239.

Weekly Schedule


Best of WHC's Amram Scholar Series
Weekly at 5:00 pm on our Facebook page

Every Sunday morning, we will take you back to one of our favorite Amram Scholar Series lectures from previous years. Not on Facebook? Want to see more? You can check out our YouTube channel and explore the Amram Scholar Series playlists.


At the Forefront: Stories of the Jews Who Changed Everything
Weekly at 7:00 pm on Zoom (RSVP Required)

Taught by WHC's clergy team, this 10-week course will examine how the Jewish community has stood proudly at the forefront of history's most significant moments. We were sages, suffragists, civil rights warriors, musicians who transformed music, and comedians who made people laugh through it all.

Come for the Jewish history and come away with a strengthened sense of Jewish pride.

The course will look at the following topics (not necessarily in this order):

  • The Suffragists
  • The Activists
  • The Prophets
  • The Musicians
  • The Comedians


Tuesdays at the Movies with MBL
Weekly at 7:00 pm via Zoom (RSVP Requested) (skipping July 7)

Spend your summer catching up on some of OUR favorite films! Watch each flick on your own at home* and then join Rabbi Lustig weekly on Tuesday evenings to discuss the Jewish themes found in each movie. Come to one, some, or all.

We're still finalizing our full schedule, but here are the first few weeks to get you started:

June 16 - Just Mercy (2020)
June 23 - Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
June 30 - Chariots of Fire (1981)
July 14 - The Chosen (1981)
July 21 - Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
July 28 - Goodbye Columbus (1969) & One of Us (2017)

*All films on our schedule are available to download or stream online. Some subscription fees may be required.


Wednesday Study Group
Weekly at 1:00 pm via Zoom

Take a lunch break and join Rabbi Fischel for a discussion of Pirkei Avot, the Teachings of our Ancestors, through a social justice lens. No registration needed.

NEW! New Moms Group with Stephanie Tankel 
Weekly (starting 7/8) at 12:30 pm on Zoom (RSVP Required)

Having a new baby is an incredible miracle and simcha (joy!)...and it brings with it big changes and challenges under the best of circumstances. We know that right now is far from the "best" of anything. Join Stephanie Tankel (whose son was born at the end of March) to share, vent, celebrate, strategize, laugh...and cry (we can blame it all on the hormones. Or COVID-19). 


Pregnancy Group for Expectant Mothers with Rabbi Fischel
Weekly at 7:00 pm via Zoom (RSVP Required)

Pregnancy journeys are certainly different in our current world of telehealth, virtual birth classes, and masks! Forming a community with other expectant moms is challenging. Join Rabbi Fischel (also an expectant mom) for conversation and community-building around being pregnant during this unusual time of social distancing.

Gentle Yoga for All Bodies
Weekly at 11:00 am via Zoom (link provided upon registration)

Yoga instructor Brittany Fleck welcomes all ages and abilities to this weekly slow, mindful 45-minute class. Each class incorporates standing postures, seated postures in a chair, and postures on the floor. All can be modified for individuals who cannot or prefer not to stand or get on the floor.
Please click here to register.


Early Torah Study 
Weekly at 9:00 am via Zoom

Join our clergy every Saturday before our Shabbat Morning Service to analyze, question, and reflect on this week's Torah portion.