Spotlight

At WHC services, programs, and events, the impact our clergy, staff, lay leaders, and members make on our community is apparent. We are also delighted to share with you when that connection is felt beyond our walls.


Rabbi Lustig Discusses the Lessons Everyone Can Take Away from Yom Kippur

September 15, 2021
7News anchor Robert Burton spoke with Rabbi Lustig about how there can be lessons and meaning for those of all faiths found within Judaism’s holiest day.

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Rabbi Lustig Discusses Rosh HaShanah and How the Holiday’s Lessons Can Apply to All

September 6, 2021
7News anchor Robert Burton spoke with Rabbi Lustig about how this Holiday doesn’t just have to be significant to those practicing Judaism.

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UAE Reveals Progress on Interfaith Complex to House Synagogue, Mosque, Church

June 16, 2021
“The Times of Israel” reported that construction of the Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi, slated to open in 2022, is 20 percent complete. The project, inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity, encourages the values of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. Rabbi Lustig is a member of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, which is supervising the project.

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Doctor in Israel with Ties to WHC Pens Opinion Piece for New York Times

May 18, 2021
Dr. Adam Goldstein, who grew up at WHC, recently shared his experience working in an Israeli hospital during the latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas.

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Lou Kornhauser’s 101st Birthday Highlighted on The Today Show

April 12, 2021
WHC’s Lou Kornhauser was featured in the Today Show’s Smucker’s Birthday Celebration segment. (around the 45-second mark)

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Rabbi Lustig Interviewed by NBC4 on How Houses of Worship are Helping the Community During the Pandemic

April 1, 2021
WHC’s Senior Rabbi, M. Bruce Lustig, spoke with NBC4’s Leon Harris about the work being done to help people of all faiths during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WHC’s New Membership Model Highlighted in Washington Jewish Week

March 18, 2021
WHC’s Membership Reimagined plans were recently highlighted by the Washington Jewish Week.

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WHC Member and Compass Co-Founder Michael Haft Highlighted in Jewish Insider

March 17, 2021
The co-founder of local chain Compass Coffee spent the pandemic building a state-of-the-art roastery — and teaching congregants at his shul about coffee!

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Rabbi Lustig Speaks on Combatting Antisemitism

March 17, 2021
This week, the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations convened its first meeting dedicated to exploring holistic, human-based approaches to combat antisemitism. Rabbi Lustig was honored to be invited to address this esteemed group at this historic meeting.

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WHC’s Abby Pashkoff Selected as “Top Teen” by Bethesda Magazine

March 15, 2021
When the pandemic curtailed most of her her in-person, 18-year-old Abby Pashkoff used the time to fulfill a longtime goal to write and illustrate a children’s book.

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WHC Member Dan Binstock Highlighted in Washington Jewish Week

March 10, 2021
WHC member Dan Binstock knows how to play nearly 10,000 songs on the piano, and he’s put this talent to good use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rabbi Shankman and Daughter Evie Highlighted in Washington Post

March 1, 2021
What’s it like to navigate a b’nei mitzvah during a pandemic? Rabbi Shankman has experience from both sides of the bimah.  She’s been helping families navigate these unusual times since the start of the pandemic and her daughter, Evie, had her bat mitzvah in December 2020. The two recently talked about what it was like to have a pandemic-friendly celebration in the Washington Post’s Lifestyle section.

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Maryland Mom Is On A Mission Of Kindness

January 22, 2021
Maryland mother, and WHC Congregant, Niki Mock has worked tirelessly to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her efforts were recently highlighted on Good Morning America.

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WHC’s Shabbat Service of Healing, Hope, and Solidarity Highlighted on Local News

June 7, 2020
WHC’s Interfaith Shabbat Service of Healing, Hope, and Solidarity following the death of George Floyd was highlighted on WJLA.

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Rabbi Fischel Weighs In on the Death of George Floyd

June 7, 2020
Rabbi Eliana Fischel and 20 other rabbis shared their thoughts and perspectives in The Forward on what our role is as Jewish Americans in the wake of George Floyd’s Death.

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Rabbi Fischel Talks About Being Pregnant During a Pandemic

June 1, 2020
Rabbi Eliana Fischel was featured in an article for The Forward about her experience being pregnant during a time of extreme social distancing, fear, and chaos because of the coronavirus.

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Rabbi Lustig Discusses Ramadan During a Pandemic

May 20, 2020
Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig joined other religious leaders on NPR’s “Morning Edition” to talk about the challenges of celebrating Ramadan and other holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rabbi Miller Shares Thoughts on Being a Religious Leader During a Pandemic

April 10, 2020
Rabbi Aaron Miller shared his reflections on being a rabbi for Passover 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in an article for WIRED.

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Rabbi Fischel and 2239’s Virtual Seder Highlighted

April 10, 2020
Rabbi Eliana Fischel and 2239’s Virtual Passover Seder were highlighted in a piece about Passover during the COVID-19 pandemic in an article and video for USA Today.

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Rabbi Fischel Addresses Reproductive Rights at US Supreme Court

March 4, 2020
Rabbi Eliana Fischel joined a group of protesters with the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism at a rally for reproductive rights at the US Supreme Court.

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Higher Committee of Human Fraternity Highlighted

February 13, 2020
Rabbi Lustig’s work to build strong bonds with the interfaith community as part of the Committee of Human Fraternity was recently highlighted by CNN.

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Rabbi Eliana Fischel Contributes to New Book

February 11, 2020
Rabbi Eliana Fischel is among several rabbis and scholars who contributed to the new book, Inscribed: Encounters with the Ten Commandments. The book is now available for purchase and a 30% discount is available for all orders through February 20.

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WHC Delegation Travels to Abu Dhabi

February 3, 2020
Rabbi Lustig, WHC President Nell Shapiro, General Counsel Lew Weiner, and members Andy Marks and Susan Esserman represented WHC at an Interfaith gathering in Abu Dhabi. The meeting was to mark one year since Pope Francis’ historic trip to the region and to showcase the continued work on a compound that will house a church, a mosque, and a synagogue. Rabbi Lustig is the sole Jewish representative on the committee that oversees the project, and Susan Esserman, a former ambassador and expert on human trafficking, was invited to speak at the event.

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Rabbi Shankman Featured in Article About New JWI CEO

January 29, 2020
Rabbi Shankman was quoted several times in a Washington Jewish Week article about Meredith Jacobs, the new CEO of Jewish Women International. The article highlights Rabbi Shankman’s relationship with Mrs. Jacobs which dates back to 2006.

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Director of Religious Education Stephanie Tankel Highlighted in Pakistani Newspaper

January 29, 2020
A student at American University highlights her experience in Akbar Ahmed’s “The World of Islam” class when Stephanie Tankel came to lead a session on Jewish-Muslim relations.

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Rabbi Lustig’s Interfaith Work Highlighted Ahead of MLK Weekend 2020

January 15, 2020
ABC7’s Jay Korff spent some time with Rabbi Lustig ahead of our MLK Weekend celebration to highlight his work with building strong bonds with our Interfaith partners in the region and around the world.

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Rabbi Lustig Appointed to the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity

In September, Pope Francis, Dr. Ahmed At-Tayeb – the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, and the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity nominated Rabbi Lustig to serve on the Committee. Of his nomination, he said, “I am honored to join such esteemed individuals working to champion love over hate, justice over injustice, and faith over fear….” Rabbi Lustig is the Committee’s only Jewish member and its only American. Click on the links below to read more about the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity and the work they are doing to build bridges between faiths.

Rabbi Lustig Speaks at Tolerance Conference in Abu Dhabi About the Need to Eliminate Hate Speech

December 11, 2019
Rabbi Lustig was interviewed by local media in Abu Dhabi where he is attending a 3-Day Tolerance Conference as a representative of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity.

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UAE to Open Synagogue, Part of Interfaith Compound, in 2022

September 22, 2019
The United Arab Emirates will build a new synagogue as part of an interfaith compound that will also house a mosque and church and is reportedly set to open in 2022.

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The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity Welcomes a Rabbi Member

September 18, 2019
The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity has announced the inclusion of Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, Senior Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation, to the membership of the Committee, bringing the total membership to eight members concerned with the achievement of the objectives set forth in the Human Fraternity Document.

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Former ECC Student Highlighted

September 3, 2019
Annabel Frost had her first school experience last year at our E-T ECC in D.C. Her parents shared, “She loved every moment of her WHC experience and … we were so thrilled by her excitement for school.” Annabel’s brave fight with a rare neurological disorder and her parents’ efforts to help find a cure were recently featured in The Washington Post.

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