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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

8th Grade Simchat Torah After Party


After spending the morning as “security” for the Simchat Torah Block Party and concert, our 8th-graders are invited to enjoy some time with their 8th-grade friends.

We’ll provide food, drinks and a cool and comfortable place to hang out.

Date: Sunday, September 30
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Temple
Cost: Free

Click here to register.

The Ripple Effect


Exploring the Impact of Suicide

This is a film that every teenager and parent needs to see. The Ripple Effect shares the true story of Kevin Hines, who at 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Incredibly, he survived and has spent the last 17 years
on a mission to use his story to help others stay alive.

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Julia Bindeman Suburban Center (11810 Falls Road, Potomac MD)
Cost: Free
Click here to RSVP
This program is co-sponsored by UMTTR, and NAMI of Montgomery County, and is made possible through the support of the Edlavitch-Tyser Family Relations Forum.

8th Grade Retreat


1st Retreat: Friday, November 2 - Sunday, November 4, 2018
Location: Claggett Center, 3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD 21710

Participating in their first full weekend retreat, our 8th-grade students will strengthen their sense of community and gain a better understanding of the personal and Jewish identities each of them brings to their class. The programs will be interactive and give everyone plenty of time to be social and enjoy the retreat experience.

2nd Retreat: Friday, February 8 - Sunday, February 10, 2019
Location: Claggett Center, 3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD 21710

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 these retreats.

8th-Grade Monument Program


This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. Please contact Ira Miller with any questions.

8th graders will spend a fun day in downtown D.C. on Sunday, October 14 exploring three of the city's most popular monuments and learning about the Jewish values that are "hidden" within these historic landmarks.

If you have any questions please contact Ira Miller, 301-354-3209.

Please click here to register to attend this event.

Upcoming Events

October 16, 2018 / Tuesday
Upper School & Confirmation at JBSC
6:30 PM—8:30 PM

Our 8th through 12th grade classes will meet at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center for an innovative program that will help them develop lifelong Jewish values.

October 16, 2018 / Tuesday
"The Ripple Effect" - Exploring the Impact of Suicide
7:00 PM—9:00 PM
October 23, 2018 / Tuesday
Upper School & Confirmation at JBSC
6:30 PM—8:30 PM
October 27, 2018 / Saturday
9th Grade D.C. Day
12:00 AM—11:59 AM
October 30, 2018 / Tuesday
Upper School at Temple
6:30 PM—8:30 PM
November 2, 2018 / Friday
8th Grade Retreat
12:00 AM—11:59 AM