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Rabbi's Reflection: Leading a Virtual B'not Mitzvah

They did not teach us about Zoom in rabbinical school. Judaism is an in-person tradition. We shake hands, hug, kiss, and cluster probably a bit too closely at onegs after services. You need a minyan- at least 10 people physically present together in the same space for most prayer services. Judaism is not something you believe in- it is something you are a part of. But in this time of physical distancing, it is hard to feel a part of anything.Read More  ➔

Special Events

Happy Anniversary to Our "Three Weddings and a Statement" Couples!

On March 26, 2019, WHC and several other community partners welcomed three Israeli couples to Washington, D.C. to get married. This incredible evening, which brought hundreds of people from across the globe to Washington Hebrew, was made possible thanks to our event sponsor, the Richard & Elizabeth Dubin Family Foundation Heritage Fund. Their generosity, along with contributions from hundreds of individual donors and businesses, made for a one-of-a-kind experience. We checked in with each of the couples to see what they've been up to over the past year.Read More  ➔


A Message to the WHC Community

Dear Friends – For all of us, these past ten days have been ones of enormous change and adjustment. Like many of you, my household is very different than it was just a week ago. My husband and I welcomed home three college students, each in various stages of sadness for the experience they are losing and anxiety for what lies ahead. (It has been somewhat jarring to realize that a portion of that anxiety is due to worrying that they will infect their father and me, two adults who don’t feel old enough to warrant special concern!) Read More  ➔


Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information and Response

March 24, 2020 Dear WHC Family, We hope that you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe. As we have heard from the CDC, what we do over the next several weeks will be critically important to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This is a challenging and uncertain time, and taking our moral, religious, and civic responsibilities very seriously, we know that our actions have never mattered more.  Read More  ➔


Shabbat When You're 'Stuck' at Home

It’s been about a week since many of us started to self-quarantine. As I was thinking about this week’s sermon, I wondered, as we all are- what do we do while we’re stuck at home? What do we do with ourselves when have to stay still and cannot (or at least should not) leave?Read More  ➔


Breathe Into Shabbat

Shabbat is all about the pause. As we prepare to enter into Shabbat at a confusing and challenging time such as this, how do we pause, when in so many ways, our lives have already been paused? How can we mark Shabbat as a different time, a sacred time, and treat that time with holiness, at a moment in which we are already experiencing many aspects of Shabbat?Read More  ➔


Finding Pandemic Parallels in the Parsha

This past Wednesday evening, in less than an hour, the President announced a cessation of all travel from Europe, the NBA canceled its season, and Tom Hanks, yes, Tom Hanks, was diagnosed with this fast-spreading disease. My wife, Lauren, quoting a comedian she had just read, commented, “What a year this hour has been!” We laughed, and then we looked at each other, realizing that, for the first time in a long time, we were both truly afraid.Read More  ➔


Coping with Coronavirus - A Letter to Our Community

Dear WHC Family, I hope you are safe and well and are honoring the recommendations to stay home. I’ve been at Washington Hebrew for 34 years. In that time, we have lived through 9/11, the sniper attacks, anthrax threats, and more, but we kept our doors open. Read More  ➔