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.

Please click here to join our e-newsletter mailing list to stay up to date on upcoming events.


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.

Pregnancy Group for Expectant Mothers

Pregnancy journeys are certainly different in our current world of tele-health, virtual birth classes and masks! Forming community with other expectant moms is challenging. Join Rabbi Fischel (a new mom) for conversation and community-building around being pregnant during this unusual time.

We will gather for four sessions around topics like:

How has COVID/isolation/political unrest affected your pregnancy experience?
How to prepare for delivery?
Best practices for comfort and self-care?
What are you nervous about?
What is bringing you joy? 

Learn More & Register

Women of WHC Judaica Shop

Our Judaica Shop is one of the most beautiful and well-stocked shops in the D.C. area. With a full-service store at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center and an outpost at Temple, we are able to offer an incredible selection of Judaica. Celebrating a life cycle event? You’ll find gifts for all milestones and occasions as well as tallitot and yads for a b’nei mitzvah to use on their big day. Holidays? Come see our beautiful hostess gifts (that you may want to also buy for yourself!) and toys and treats we have for children (both human and canine!).

The Judaica Shop accepts credit cards and operates by appointment only. To schedule a private shopping time, please send an email to judaicashop@whctemple.org.

CONTACT:

11810 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20852
phone: 301-354-3220
fax: 301-354-3297
judaicashop@whctemple.org

Special holiday hours for the shop may be found in Life at WHC or our weekly connection, so be sure to join our mailing list for updates and special highlights of our shop.

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


WWHC Leadership

Officers and Board of Directors, 2019-2021

President: Randi Sadugor

Vice Presidents
Administrative Lisa Moss
Boutique Sandy Nesbit, Jennifer Weinberg
Community Service & Social Action Susan Adland, Barbara Sonies
Fundraising Sabrina Goldberg, Felice Weinbaum
Judaica Shop Sherry Burka
Membership Sharon Diamant Gerstein, Paige Korb
Programming Ellen Barth, Sharon Brown, Lori Wise
Religion, Youth & Education Brenda Holt, Gerdy Trachtman, Deborah Young
Treasurer Bonnie Sherman
Assistant Treasurers
Boutique Jackie Paulson, Sheri Zweig
Judaica Shop Wendy Wilson
Secretaries
Corresponding Elaine Goldstein
Membership Rebecca Fox
Recording Marjory Goldman, Beth Jacober
Historian Helene Greenblatt
Parliamentarian Louise Bittker, Wendy Cossman
Officers at Large Lisa Baydush, Jane Flior, Bonnie Sherman, Honey Schneider
Auditor Linda S. Newman
Immediate Past President Ellen Miller Kelly
Temple Liaison Rabbi Susan N. Shankman

2017-2020
Diane Benson Robin London Linda Recht
Shelley Chartoff Jennifer Millstone Phyllis Slavin
Sherri Gottlieb Jennifer Nordheimer Courtenay Wallach
2018-2021
Roberta Biegel Deborah Goldman Sarah Ross
Ashley Finke Marjory Goldman Taryn Schaffer
Anne Friedman Judy Protas Lauren Topf
2019-2022
Linda Adler Linda Green Lynn Schaeffer
Beverly Birchman Sandy Greenwald Nancy Weiner
Jeanne Fleming Carol Nerenberg Susan Wise
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, 2019-2021
Janet Abramson Joan Greenbaum Joy Marcus Cindy Schapiro
Julie Alter Lynne Groban Annette Miller Randi Schweitzer
Janice Burne Betsy Grossman Nanci Miller Ruth Seif
Joan Bush Gabrielle Grunau Sandi Miller Phyllis Shankman
Michele Citren Ruth Hananel Elaine Minkoff Sondra Snyder
Harriet Contract Diane Heiman Shelli Ochsman Paulette Walker
Darian Drescher Julie Herman Elissa Oshinsky Marilyn Wessler
Lynn Emmer Iris Hyman Karen Perkins Lisa Winer
Sharon Farber Joyce Isaacson Eileen Polinger Karen Winokur
Susan Fink Adrienne Kuehneman Paula Wiseman
Marilyn Grafman Cheryl Levine

CONTACT

Randi Sadugor
Women of WHC President
womenofwhc@gmail.com