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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.

Grade 8

Experiences include participating in interfaith service projects, spending a meaningful day visiting D.C. memorials, helping run our Temple Purim Carnival, and much more. Our 8th graders have two weekend retreats as well as regular Tuesday night programs featuring authors, movies, special programs, and more.

Grade 9

The highlight of the 9th-grade year are the two weekend retreats, which include programming to help our teens discover themselves as they embark on their high school years – some of the most important programming any congregation can offer its teens. These retreats are a “rite of passage” for every WHC teen! Other programs include trips to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a D.C. scavenger hunt, and other special events. Regular weeknight programming complements the weekend activities, trips, and retreats

9th-Grade Retreat


This retreat is the one that every WHC student wants to be at – A Jewish View of Love, Relationships and Sexuality, which will be held Friday, January 26 through Sunday, January 28 at the Claggett Center. We are proud to have run this retreat for almost 30 years, and it continues to be ahead of its time in every way – providing our students with medically accurate information on a wide range of relevant topics. This retreat focuses on the importance of healthy relationships and understanding how to keep yourself, your partner, and your friends safe and healthy.

Click here to register for this retreat.

8th Grade Retreat


Date: Friday, February 9 - Sunday, February 11
Location: Claggett Center, 3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD 21710
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Our Leadership and Ethics retreat provides 8th-graders with a variety of fun and interesting activities and programs that allow them to understand and react to real-life situations. This retreat will help our students prepare for high school and beyond, allowing them to grow as leaders and as ethical people. We will use hands-on leadership activities, media, real-life events, and more to make it a fun and challenging weekend.

Click here to sign up for this retreat.

Upcoming Events

January 23, 2018 / Tuesday
Upper School at Temple
6:30 PM—8:30 PM

Our 8th through 12th grade classes will meet at Temple for an innovative program that will help them develop lifelong Jewish values.

January 26, 2018 / Friday
9th-Grade Retreat
12:00 AM—11:59 AM
January 27, 2018 / Saturday
9th-Grade Retreat
12:00 AM—11:59 AM
January 28, 2018 / Sunday
9th-Grade Retreat
12:00 AM—11:59 AM
January 30, 2018 / Tuesday
Upper School at Temple
6:30 PM—8:30 PM
February 6, 2018 / Tuesday
Upper School at JBSC
6:30 PM—8:30 PM

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