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Students From Abram Simon Have a Summer of Fun at Camp Barrett

We are happy to share that this summer, Washington Hebrew Congregation helped make it possible for more than 40 students from Abram Simon Elementary School in Southeast, D.C. to attend a week of summer camp at Elks Lodge Camp Barrett.Read More  ➔

Clergy

Tisha B'Av Teaches That Our Words and Actions Matter

This Sunday, August 11 is Tisha B'Av (the 9th of Av) on the Hebrew calendar, a fast day when we mark the destruction of the Temple, which we are told came about because of a lack of civility. It is a day when we mourn the loss of life and remember its cause … hatred! Our tradition teaches us that words and actions matter.Read More  ➔

Education, WHC

Director's Reflection

This summer, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Senior Staff team began a new tradition — beginning each weekly staff meeting with a brief d’var Torah, a teaching related to the weekly Torah portion. This experience aims to help us set an intention for the sacred work we do while linking us to the cycle of the Jewish people. This new practice has already proven impactful — we hear one another’s perspectives, engage in a bit of Torah study, and the clergy get to “test drive” sermon ideas!Read More  ➔

Clergy, WHC

Finding Heartbreak and Hope in the Holy Land

Israel is a small country, and on my recent trip with the American Israel Education Foundation, it felt like I sat in every one of its meeting rooms. Each year, AIEF brings a small delegation of progressive American rabbis to Israel, not for mud baths or a trek up Masada, but for a series of discussions about the future of Israel and the region with leading experts in their fields.Read More  ➔

Clergy

Seeing Israel With New Eyes

I have been to Israel innumerable times. I lived there as a high school student, again as a college student, and for two years as a graduate student. Currently, I am completing a fellowship at the Shalom Hartman Institute that has brought me to Israel to engage in intensive study each of the last three years. And, for the past 30 years, I have led congregational youth, adult, and family trips to Israel. In Hebrew, I am what is called a vateek – an experienced old-timer, i.e. “a veteran.”Read More  ➔