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

Wednesdays at 1:00 pm starting January 4 at Temple

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, for an opportunity to share, vent, celebrate, and more.

$18 for WHC members; $36 for non-members


WHC’s Pregnancy Group

Join Rabbi Fischel, who welcomed a beautiful baby girl just this past 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 costs $10 for WHC members, $18 for non-members.

Registration for our Pregnancy Group is now closed. Please check back soon for details on our next cohort scheduled for early 2023.

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

Officers and Board of Directors, 2021-2023

President: Lori J. Wise

Vice Presidents
Administrative Melissa Hurwitz & Lisa Moss
Boutique Paige Korb & Sandy Nesbit
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 Joyce Isaacson
Assistant Treasurers (Boutique) Jackie Paulson &Sheri Zweig
Assistant Treasurer (Judaica Shop) Wendy Wilson
Corresponding Judy Protas
Membership Rebecca Fox
Recording Ellen Miller
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

Ending June 2023
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 Susan N. Shankman
Lindsay Feldman Cantor Suzanne Hamstra Marcia Weinberg
Rabbi Eliana Fischel Lauren Miller
Members at Large, 2021-2023
Janet Abramson Lynn Emmer Honey Schneider
Louise Bittler Marjory Goldman Sondra Snyder
Harriet Contract Sandy Miller Jennifer Weinberg

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