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Community Havdalah: Jewish Action for Refugees

At this critical moment when the future of America's commitment to refugees hangs in the balance, the Jewish community of Washington, D.C. is coming together to stand up for refugees fleeing violence and persecution. Please join us at Temple on Saturday, February 11 at 8:00 pm. Congregations and individuals from the D.C. area are coming together for a special Havdalah service that will include speakers, readings, songs, and action to help us remember our refugee past and show our support for welcoming today’s refugees.Read More  ➔


The President's Blog

As members of Washington Hebrew Congregation, we are entitled to so many benefits. We receive tickets to High Holy Day Services, enroll our children in Religious School, and have WHC clergy officiate at life cycle events. Read More  ➔

Repairing The World

Immigration and Refugees

In response to recent developments concerning immigration, our clergy and President, David M. Astrove, have reached out to our partners in the Muslim community to express our support.Read More  ➔


Our Place in History, Then and Now

The streets near the Capitol were not even paved in Washington, D.C. in 1852.  That same year, the first public baths opened in New York City, Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published, and Fredrick Douglass delivered a speech to a women’s anti-slavery gathering entitled, “What is the Fourth of July to the Slave?” Millard Fillmore was president, serving on the heels of General Zachary Taylor; and race, poverty, and concerns about America’s place in the world were the political issues of the day. The Washington Evening Star reported on the local and national news, which have always been confluent in this, our nation’s capital. That same year, Washington Hebrew Congregation had its humble beginnings, and it too has been a confluence – for Judaism – for local and national concerns. Washington Hebrew has been engaged in the life of this nation for more than 164 years. Since our founding, we have seen 31 presidents stand on the threshold of history as they take the oath of office. We have had a front row seat to both the triumphs and tragedies of the American Story.Read More  ➔