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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.

Early Childhood

Where Children Discover, Learn, and Grow

For nearly 35 years, Washington Hebrew has had an exceptional and innovative preschool. Our Early Childhood program provides 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.

Covid-19 Update

Due to Covid-19, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Early Childhood Center is not currently offering in-person programming. Please click here to explore at our virtual Sweet Beginnings program. The online offerings are a beautiful supplement for children ages 2-5. Please click here if you are interested in additional resources or registering once we open for in-person classes.

ECC Virtual  
ECC Virtual
ECC Maryland  
ECC Maryland

Religious Education

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

To best meet our families' needs, we offer programs for students in Pre-K through 12th grade at both the Lehrman Religious School at Temple and at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center in Potomac.

Our school is open to all WHC members; non-member families with children in Pre-K through 3rd grade are also invited to join our school community.


COVID-19 UPDATE: Prioritizing Safety & Community

For the 2020-2021 school year, in an effort to ensure everyone's safety, neither our Religious School nor our Upper School programming will take place in person.

For students in Pre-K through 7th grade, we will offer a number of virtual opportunities to gather, learn, build community, and pray. Our offerings will be elective-based, involving a series of options for children and families. We know each family is unique and will work with you to craft a personalized experience. For more information, please contact Stephanie Tankel.

8th through 12th graders will also meet virtually, with programming designed to meet the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of our Congregation’s teenagers. Please contact Ira Miller if you would like additional information.

2020-2021 Registration  
2020-2021 Registration

Registration for the 2020-2021 Religious School year is open!

Religious School 2020-2021  
Religious School 2020-2021

Your kids’ Jewish experiences should be meaningful, fun, and inspiring! This year, more than ever, we are also committed to being a source of comfort and community for you. Rather than trying to adapt our pre-coronavirus experience to a virtual one, we are moving beyond the constraints of our traditional grade-based curriculum.

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.

Confirmation (Grade 10)  
Confirmation (Grade 10)

The pinnacle of our Religious School, coordinated by Rabbi Shankman, is our 10th grade Confirmation year.

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.

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!

While our buildings are closed, please click here to view the Lifelong Learning section of our WHC Virtual website for a list of our upcoming programs, classes, and events.