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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WHC’s New Moms’ Group

Tuesdays at 12:00 pm starting February 1
on Zoom

Having a new baby is an incredible miracle and simcha (joy!)…and it brings with it big changes and challenges — especially during this time of pandemic.

Join Stephanie Tankel, WHC’s Director of Lifelong Learning, (whose second child was born in March of 2020!) for an opportunity to share, vent, celebrate, and more.

Free for WHC members; $18 for non-members


WHC’s Pregnancy Group

Mondays at 6:00 pm starting January 3 (skipping 1/17)
on Zoom

Join Rabbi Fischel, who is expecting her second child in the spring, for conversations around the wonders, awe, frustrations, and ridiculousness of pregnancy. Our discussions will be framed in a Jewish light and our focus will be on building a community of soon-to-be moms who can depend on each other for years to come.

This program is free for members, $18 for non-members.

Registration for this program is now closed.

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, Temple activities, and Carrie Simon House – a transitional housing program for young mothers and their children that was founded by Washington Hebrew and named for our first Sisterhood president. 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

Officers and Board of Directors, 2021-2023

President: Lori J. Wise

Vice Presidents
Administrative Melissa Hurwitz & Lisa Moss
Boutique Paige Korb
Community Service Sherri Gottlieb & Barbara Sonies
Social Action Jenn Wolfsheimer & Deb Miller Young
Fundraising Barbara Faigen & Elaine Melnick
Judaica Shop Sherry Burka & Randi B. Sadugor
Membership Jeanne Fleming & Nanci Miller
Programming Gwenn Rosenthal & Gyr Turshen
Religion, Youth & Education Diane Heiman & Gerdy Trachtman
Treasurer Gabrielle Grunau
Assistant Treasurer Joyce Isaacson
Assistant Treasurers (Boutique) Jackie Paulson &Sheri Zweig
Assistant Treasurer (Judaica Shop) Wendy Wilson
Corresponding Judy Protas
Membership Rebecca Fox
Recording Jane Flior
Historian Phyllis Slavin
Parliamentarian Ellen M. Miller
Officers at Large Ellen Barth, Sharon Brown, Wendy Cossman & Carol Koenigsberg
Auditor Linda S. Newman
Immediate Past President Randi B. Sadugor
Temple Liaison Rabbi Susan N. Shankman

Linda Adler Sandy Greenwald Nancy Weiner
Beverly Birchman Carol Nerenberg Susan Wise
Linda Green Lynn Schaffer
Susan Fink Gabrielle Granau Elaine Minkoff
Marilyn Grafman Joyce Isaacson Jennifer Nordheimer
Linda Grodin Adrienne Kuehneman Elissa Oshinsky
Susan Adland Valerie Lederberg Marilyn Wessler
Elaine Goldstein Lauren Lieberman Karen Winokur
Brenda Holt Paulette Walker Bonnie Youngentob
Honorary Board Members
Cantor Susan Bortnick Maxine Haberman Ema Manevich Rabbi Susan N. Shankman
Rabbi Eliana Fischel Susan Hanenbaum Lauren Miller Marcia Weinberg
Shirley Garber Beth Jacober
Members at Large, 2021-2023
Janet Abramson Lynn Emmer Sandy Miller Jennifer Weinberg
Louise Bittler Marjory Goldman Honey Schneider
Harriet Contract Elaine Goldstein Sondra Snyder

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


Lori J. Wise
Women of WHC President