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Man Plans, God Laughs: Having a Baby During a Pandemic

We had a very detailed plan. We had talked through a number of possibilities, having watched the global pandemic unfold in New York City. Nearly all the questions had answers: yes, my husband could still join me for our baby’s delivery in the hospital. No, visitors would not be allowed at all. Yes, the mohel was willing to entertain different options and would do what made us comfortable. No, we would not be inviting the whole community to the bris, as we had hoped to do and had done for our daughter’s naming.Read More  ➔


Introducing: Ezra Jordan Abbott-Fischel

Dear Washington Hebrew Family,  I am thrilled to announce that on Saturday, July 25, at 10:23 am, Eric and I welcomed our beautiful son, Ezra Jordan, to the world. Ezra is an adorable, alert, and active boy. He loves to kick and watch the world and is taking it all in.Read More  ➔

Special Services, Worship

The Journey to Becoming B’nei Mitzvah

August began with one of WHC's favorite traditions -- our Adult b'nei mitzvah service. This year, six individuals shared this right of passage during a virtual Zoom service with our clergy and their teacher, Gerdy Trachtman. Prior to the big day, each shared a few words about their journey:Read More  ➔


Looking Ahead

Dear WHC Family, Four months ago, before “virtual connection” entered our daily lexicon, few imagined how open, vibrant, and active our community would remain outside of our physical buildings. Zoom, once so unfamiliar, has given us a platform to share new, innovative programs. And by embracing a different definition of “sacred space,” we found new opportunities to worship and learn, socialize, and support and celebrate each other’s life cycle events. All of this has provided much-welcomed companionship and support during a time of uncertainty. Read More  ➔


Happiness & Hardships

Happiness and hardship- most chapters in life contain a bit of both.  Moses begins one of his final addresses to the children of Israel in the most unusual way: Read More  ➔