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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  ➔

Leadership, Religious Education

Stephanie Tankel Named Wexner Field Fellow

Congratulations to Stephanie Tankel, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Director of Religious Education, who was recently selected as one of 15 Jewish professionals for the inaugural cohort of the Wexner Field Fellowship.Read More  ➔


The President's Blog

Happy New Year! It seems we exchanged this sentiment not too long ago. Even though there are significant differences between Rosh Hashanah and the secular New Year, they both motivate us to share our hopes and dreams for a healthy, happy, prosperous New Year with those closest to us.Read More  ➔