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תלמוד גדול או מעשה גדול…נענו כולם ואמרו תלמוד גדול שהתלמוד מביא לידי מעשה.

“Is study greater or practice?”  They all answered and said, “Study is greater for it leads to deeds.”

(Babylonian Talmud Kiddushin 40b)

Education

Lifelong learning is one of our core values at Washington Hebrew Congregation. We offer unique opportunities for study and reflection that appeal to Jews and people of others faiths at all phases of their lives. From our nurturing early childhood centers to traditional religious school learning, from thought-provoking lectures, workshops, mini courses, and semester-long classes for adults to family programming that connects generation to generation, WHC's dynamic programming and meaningful Jewish learning experiences help our members connect to their Judaism.

Religious Education

Washington Hebrew Congregation offers an innovative, experiential, and compelling religious educational program for children to help them learn about Judaism and develop their sense of Jewish identity.

We offer parallel programs for children in Pre-K through 10th grade at both the Lehrman Religious School at Temple and the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center in Potomac to best meet our families' needs.

Religious School Registration 2019-2020  
Religious School Registration 2019-2020

Please click on the link below to enroll your child in our Religious School for the 2019-2020 school year.

Religious School (Pre-K-Grade 7)  
Religious School (Pre-K-Grade 7)

We offer innovative, experiential, and compelling educational programs for children at Temple and JBSC to help them learn about Judaism and develop their sense of Jewish identity.

Pre-Confirmation (Grades 8-9)  
Pre-Confirmation (Grades 8-9)

This innovative program engages students through memorable experiences both inside and outside WHC walls. Pre-Confirmation provides students with social opportunities while helping them develop lifelong Jewish values. Each year, students participate in weekend-long retreats and trips, half-day field trips, community service opportunities, social events, and evening programs.

Confirmation (Grade 10)  
Confirmation (Grade 10)

The pinnacle of our Religious School, coordinated by Rabbi Shankman, is our 10th grade Confirmation year. The Confirmation experience affirms our students’ connection to their Washington Hebrew community, while providing a strong foundation in Jewish values and a thorough understanding of Reform Jewish ideology and identity. Among the highlights of this program are a trip to New York City, the Confirmation Retreat, the RAC L’taken Seminar, and the Confirmation service, designed and led by the Confirmands.

Post Confirmation (Grades 11-12)  
Post Confirmation (Grades 11-12)

Post Confirmation is a program open to all 11th and 12th graders – whether or not they have been Confirmed.

Early Childhood

Where Children Discover, Learn, and Grow

For nearly 35 years, WHC has had an exceptional and innovative preschool. The Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center (RJWECC) at our Maryland campus and Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center (E-T ECC) at Temple provide a warm, positive environment where children can discover themselves and the world around them. Through "hands-on" activities, we strive to stimulate a child's natural creative interests and to help build a positive self-image in a friendly group atmosphere.

Registration is open for 2019-2020.

Get started by clicking on ECC DC or ECC Maryland below to learn more and register your child.

ECC DC  
ECC DC
ECC Maryland  
ECC Maryland

Adult Learning

Adult learning is part of the Jewish educational journey at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Offering an array of activities and learning opportunities for all ages, we provide our adult members a framework for Jewish living. Come join us in the ongoing learning experience!

Amram Scholar Series
Amram Scholar Series

This dynamic program of public lectures brings world-renowned authors, scholars, political leaders, policy experts, and theologians to WHC to share their perspectives on timely issues or their research into Jewish culture and history.

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Congregational Conversations
Congregational Conversations

Conversation is a form of prayer. This idea is the foundation of the Congregational Conversations series — to bring us together in an open and honest dialogue, to bridge our differences, and to build a stronger community.

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Wise Aging
Wise Aging

Join us for a groundbreaking program that will guide you through how to approach the social, emotional, and spiritual challenges that arise as we age.

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Torah & Text
Torah & Text

From learning to speak Hebrew to diving into the weekly Torah portions, Washington Hebrew Congregation offers a number of ways for you to enhance your knowledge of Judaism. 

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Lectures
Lectures

We empower the individual to embark on an exciting journey with our lively and inspirational lectures.

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Camp Keetov

Camp Keetov is fun!

Camp Keetov is special,
Summer's lots of fun!
Playing with the boys and girls
In the summer sun!

Ohhhhh....

Boom-de-ada, boom-de-ada, boom, boom, boom
Boom-de-ada, boom-de-ada, boom, boom, boom
Boom-de-ada, boom-de-ada, boom, boom, boom

Camp Keetov is fun! It's fun!

We love to hear this beloved refrain, sung on our fields and in our halls by our happy campers.

Our goal each summer is to create a fun, exciting, and memorable adventure for preschoolers with caring, dynamic, and energetic staff who fill their days with age-appropriate experiences and countless opportunities to laugh, make friends, learn, and grow. Families entrust their children to us, confident that they are safe and happy.

DC Campus  
DC Campus

We offer the best in early childhood camping and are proud to provide a one-of-a-kind summer experience crafted specifically for the young child.


Maryland Campus  
Maryland Campus

For more than 30 years, Camp Keetov has given campers who are 10-months- through 5-years-old summers filled with fun and adventure at WHC’s Julia Bindeman Suburban Center.

Upcoming Events

September 22, 2019 / Sunday
Religious School at JBSC & Temple
9:30 AM—12:00 PM
September 23, 2019 / Monday
Conversational Hebrew (Intermediate)
10:00 AM—11:30 AM
September 24, 2019 / Tuesday
Hebrew School at JBSC
4:30 PM—6:00 PM
September 24, 2019 / Tuesday
Conversational Hebrew (Beginner/Intermediate)
6:00 PM—7:00 PM
September 24, 2019 / Tuesday
Back to Basics
7:00 PM—9:00 PM
September 25, 2019 / Wednesday
Back to Basics
10:00 AM—12:00 PM