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WHC Signs Journey for Justice Resolution

On Sunday, October 12, Rabbi Lustig joined Rev. Dr. James E. Terrell from Second Baptist Church and Rev. John Graham from Grace Episcopal Church for a discussion on our biblical roots followed by fellowship and conversation on what a covenant on homelessness and affordable housing might include. Eighty people from different faith traditions gathered to listen, learn, and find out how to take action. From this conversation, the Journey for Justice Resolution was created. This Resolution forms the basis of a covenant that the signers will bring to the District’s new mayor in January asking for a commitment to… Read More  ➔

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2239 Recognized as Regional Innovator

Slingshot, A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation, has named WHC's 2239 auxiliary as one of D.C.'s top innovative organizations in its 2014-2015 regional edition. 2239 was selected for the work it does re-engaging Jewish young adults in the Reform Movement. As it says in the guide: "The future of the synagogue and of the Reform Movement depend on great programs like this to engage young people right now - 2239's leadership is deeply important to the Jewish world." We couldn't agree more. Congratulations to our 2239 auxiliary leaders for this recognition.   For more information about this year's edition of Slingshot,… Read More  ➔

Interfaith

Rabbi Lustig Addresses White House Eid ul Adha Reception

Senior Rabbi Bruce Lustig spoke on interfaith understanding and cooperation at the first Eid ul Adha Reception hosted by the White House on October 14. Rabbi Lustig was invited to speak at the suggestion of the Muslim community. Leaders of all faith backgrounds came together to celebrate Eid ul Adha, a festival holiday which honors Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son.   Other speakers included Emre Celik, President of the Rumi Forum, an organization which promotes peace and intercultural dialogue; Imam Zia founder of MakeSpace, an organization for Muslim young professionals; and Melissa Rogers, Executive Director of the… Read More  ➔

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Counting Blessings Over Sukkot's Comfort Foods

Rabbi Susan Shankman reflects on the harvest festival of Sukkot in a new piece in the Jewish Food Experience blog. She writes: "In my mind, Sukkot has always been a holiday of comfort foods. Perhaps it is the time of year, replete with apples, honey, pumpkins and the soups that warm our bodies as they adapt to the cooler weather. Perhaps it is the opportunity to have all of our children working together as we cut apples and bake apple crisps and muffins, as we sip on warm cider." Whether you're building a sukkah, attending services, or spending this time… Read More  ➔

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On Suicide and Loss

Annually, over 38,000 Americans die by suicide each year, and within our congregation we have felt this loss. Recently, Rabbi Lustig spoke with Washington Jewish Week editor-in-chief Geoffrey Melada and senior writer Suzanne Pollak for a pair of articles about the impact of these losses and removing the stigma around mental illness.Read More  ➔

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Unity Walk Created Conversation and Community

The annual 9/11 Unity Walk, drew over 1,000 people - of all faiths - to Washington Hebrew on Sunday, September 21 to begin the 2 1/2 mile journey down Embassy Row. Inspired by speeches, connected by a common desire for understanding and tolerance, and engaged in service projects, this was a special day for all who attended.Read More  ➔