Women of WHC

No matter your age or stage of life, if you are a woman, we welcome you to the Women of WHC.

We come together for camaraderie, connection, and service to the Temple and our community. You’ll find our social and cultural programs both engaging and fun, and through fundraising, volunteering, and our dues, we are able to make a significant impact.

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Honey From the Heart

The sweetest way to say “Happy New Year!”

Start the New Year off with a jar of delicious honey. A gift of “Honey from the Heart” is a great way to wish friends, family, and loved ones a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year, and support the Women of WHC! Order by August 1 for free shipping; order by August 25 for delivery in time for Rosh HaShanah 2023!


WWHC’s Mah Jongg Group

Fridays at 11:00 am at Julia Bindeman Suburban Center (JBSC)

Join the Women of WHC for Mah Jongg. The 19th Century Chinese game made its way to the West in the 1920’s when Abercrombie & Fitch began selling the first sets in the U.S. Sets sold quickly, and by the ’40s & ’50s, the game played a vital part in building communities for suburban Jewish women.

$5 purse

Everyone is welcome! No need to RSVP, just show up when you can and join the fun!

What We Do

We proudly provide financial support

Fundraising and dues allow us to support special projects at WHC’s Early Childhood Centers and Religious School and Temple activities. We also provide funding for children’s Purim costumes in Israel and to countless local, national, and international charities and organizations

We help expand your world, religiously, spiritually, intellectually, culturally, and socially

Our calendar is filled with lectures, Literary Group discussions, lunch and learn sessions, “Mah Jongg Fridays,” canasta lessons, art tours, theater outings, and more.

We have annual luncheons and dinners that bring well-known, impactful women to our stage, and one-of-a-kind events, including our Women’s Seder and a Shabbaton that gives us a weekend away with our “sisters” to learn, laugh, and grow.

We volunteer together in the community

We cook meals for the Children’s Inn at NIH, pack meals for the WHC Hunger Project, and deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors.

We sponsor activities offered by the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes and tutor students at Simon Elementary School, a Southeast Washington, D.C. public school named for WHC’s first senior rabbi, Abram Simon.

And we mentor and assist with funding for the Women of Reform Judaism’s growing sisterhoods.

We have the area’s longest-running Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction

We plan, prepare, and manage every element – from sourcing vendors to soliciting silent auction items, running the café, and volunteering our time –which makes our biggest annual fundraiser a success we can all be proud of.

We run the Women of WHC Judaica Shop

We go on buying trips and merchandise and staff the store (see more about the Judaica Shop below!)

We have fun!

You will find so many wonderful opportunities to connect and develop lasting friendships with smart, engaged, caring, and clever women.

Support The Women of WHC

We welcome your support for the Women of WHC. Please click on the button below to make your gift to one of our two designated funds:

Jane Burka Sisterhood Leadership Fund
Provides resources to the Women of WHC for leadership training and development

Sisterhood (WWHC) Fund for Youth and Educational Enrichment
Ensures continuance of Women of WHC-sponsored programs, activities, gifts, and scholarships

You can select which fund you would like to donate to at the top of the “specific funds” drop-down on the donation form.


WWHC Leadership

id=”leadership” Officers and Board of Directors, 2023-2025

Co-Presidents: Brenda Holt & Gerdy Trachtman

Vice Presidents

Mildred L. Amer, Melissa Hurwitz, Lisa Moss

Boutique Paige Korb
Community Service & Social Action

Sondra Snyder, Barbara Sonies, Deborah Miller Young


Val Lederberg, Karen Winokur, Donna Morri

Judaica Shop Sherry Burka & Randi B. Sadugor

Ellen H. Barth, Nanci I. Miller

Programming Gwenn Rosenthal & Gyr Turshen
Religion, Youth & Education

Dianne B. Heiman, Cheryl Katz, Lynne F. Schaffer

Treasurer Joyce Isaacson
Assistant Treasurers (Boutique) Jackie Paulson & Sheri Zweig
Assistant Treasurer (Judaica Shop) Wendy Wilson
Corresponding Judy Protas
Membership Rebecca Fox

Sandra Bernhardt, Sylvia N. Wagner

Historian Phyllis Slavin
Parliamentarian Jane D. Flior
Officers at Large Sharon Brown, Wendy Cossman, Jeanne Fleming, Elaine G. Melnick, Bonnie L. Youngentob
Auditor Linda S. Newman
Immediate Past President Lori Wise
Temple Liaison Rabbi Susan N. Shankman, Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin

Ending June 2026
Julie Alter Ashley I. Finke Sharon Slotkin
Marla K. Caplan Karen Perkins Sherry S. Stein
Barbara S. Faigen Charlene Saenz Janet K. Zalman
Ending June 2025
Linda Adler Marilyn Grafman Adrienne Kuehneman Lynn Schaffer
Beverly Birchman Gabrielle Granau Elaine Minkoff
Susan Fink Sandy Greenwald Jennifer Nordheimer
Ending June 2024
Susan Adland Valerie Lederberg Marilyn Wessler
Elaine Goldstein Lauren Lieberman Karen Winokur
Brenda Holt Paulette Walker Bonnie Youngentob
Honorary Board Members
Cantor Susan Bortnick Shirley Garber Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin
Lindsay Feldman Cantor Suzanne Hamstra Rabbi Susan N. Shankman
Rabbi Eliana Fischel Lauren Miller Marcia Weinberg
Members at Large, 2023-2025
Janet Abramson Lynn Emmer Marilyn Grafman Elaine Minkoff
Louise Bittker Susan H. Fink Linda L. Green Honey Schneider
Harriet Contract Marjorie Goldman Sandi Miller Bonnie Sherman


Join Us

If you are a woman of WHC, we invite you to join us! We have a place for you as a volunteer, a leader, a participant, or simply as a dues contributor. Your involvement and support – combined with that from hundreds of other women – helps our community enormously.

Your annual dues: include membership in both the Women of WHC as well our national organization, the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ); connect us with our WRJ Mid-Atlantic District; and support the WRJ YES Fund, which trains future Reform Jewish leaders, supports youth and social justice and strengthens the Reform Movement in Israel and around the world.

Annual membership is $50 for WHC members and $80 for non-members.

Click here for our membership form


Gerdy Tracthman & Brenda Holt
Women of WHC Co-Presidents