A Generational Legacy

Celebrating the Career of Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig

For over 36 years, Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig has been a focal part of the Washington Hebrew community. With his announcement that he was stepping down from the pulpit and his transition to Rabbi Emeritus on July 1, the time has come to celebrate his many achievements and work to make WHC the place it is today.

The weekend of October 14 we will host a pair of events recognizing everything he has meant to WHC and the entire community.

Sukkot Interfaith Shabbat Celebration

Friday, October 14, 6:00 pm at Temple
Rabbi Lustig has made strong interfaith relations a hallmark of his leadership and we will gather for a special Sukkot Interfaith Dialogue Shabbat, highlighted by tributes from many of the faith leaders and Washington Hebrew members whose lives he touched so deeply.

A cocktail reception follows the service.

A livestream is also available for those who cannot join us in person.

Simchat Torah Celebration

Sunday, October 16, 10 am at Julia Bindeman Suburban Center

10:00 – 10:30 am: Simchat Torah– (inside at JBSC) – Rabbi Lustig, along with all of our clergy will lead a joyous and uplifting Simchat Torah celebration as we finish reading the Torah and begin to read it all over again.

10:30 AM – 12:00 pm: The festivities continue outside in the parking lot with sweet treats, hot drinks, carnival-style games and activities for the kids, a photo booth, and a special visit from the Washington Nationals Screech! We will honor the social justice legacy of Rabbi Lustig with a hands-on mitzvah project with Undies for Everyone and much more!

Free and fun for one and all!


Rabbi Lustig’s Celebration Weekend is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and WHC’s Past Presidents.*


George Annarella & Corrine Guttman-Russell (z”l), The Dubin Family, Albert Jr. & Tina Small


Alper Family Foundation, The Bialek Levitt Family, Bart Eisner, The Glosserman Family, Jerry & Regina Kaplan, Robert & Aimee Lehrman, William & Elaine Miller, Jeff & Christie Weiss


Carol Bindeman, Barry & Lyn Chasen, Arlene Cherner, Lisa & Steve Diamond, The Greenwald Family, Allen & Susan Hanenbaum, David & Sherry Kahn, John & Carole Nannes, The Ross Family, The Walker & Vogel Families

*As of 10/10/2022

Weekend Celebration Event Sponsorships

Show your support for Rabbi Lustig by helping make this weekend extra special by becoming an event sponsor. All sponsorships include:

  • Sponsorship listing in all print materials, photo montages, Journal listing, and retrospective
  • Sponsorship seating at a celebratory reception on October 14
  • Additional benefits are available for each sponsorship level (Benefits List)

Sponsorship Levels

  • Presenting — $50,000
  • Platinum — $25,000
  • Gold — $10,000
  • Silver — $5,000
  • Bronze — $1,800

To become a sponsor or if you have further questions, please contact Director of Development Eliza Prince at eprince@whctemple.org.