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Rabbi Shankman’s Installation Shabbat

Friday May 12, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Hybrid – Temple

Rabbi Shankman raises a small cup of wine
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Last year, Rabbi Susan N. Shankman was elevated to WHC’s Senior Rabbi. Tonight is her official installation into that position.

In the 170-year history of Washington Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi Shankman is the seventh senior rabbi, and the first woman in the role. As Senior Rabbi, she emphasizes innovative, compelling worship experiences, and continues to make WHC a destination for Jewish life. Under her guidance, our vibrant celebrations of Shabbat and other holidays, enhanced spiritual experiences, high-caliber lifelong learning opportunities, and meaningful life cycle events, are building on our foundation for an energetic future.

Rabbi Shankman is committed to providing deep Jewish learning and creating a strong sense of Jewish identity within our congregation as well as the greater Jewish community. Her goals include growing our inclusive, caring community in which everyone is seen, heard, and valued. As part of our continued commitment to equity and social justice, the congregation will be fully inclusive of race, sexual orientation, gender, age, and ability. Additionally, fellowship is promoted between congregants and clergy, and among the clergy team.



At 5:30 pm (NOTE EARLIER START TIME) connect with your community over a drink (we’ll have a full bar, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic options) and a variety of passed appetizers.

Kids are always welcome, and they’ll be able to eat before (and after) the service, play Connect 4, Jenga, and cornhole games, create at a coloring table, and do other arts & crafts activities.

6:30 pm – Our special Shabbat service begins. Follow along with our livestream and the service program.

After the service – Stay for a beautiful, catered dinner with supper and dessert stations.

In honor of Rabbi Shankman’s Installation, a delicious menu of heavy appetizers, desserts, and more will be catered by Provisions. Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free options available.

*This service will also be available via livestream.

Special thanks to event chairs Stephanie & Ethan Posner, Lauren & Sam Racoosin, and Nell & Ed Shapiro

And don’t forget about Rugelach & Roses, presented by Women of Washington Hebrew Congregation, Sunday, May 14, 10:30 am at JBSC.


While Judaism has grown and evolved for thousands of years, the one thing that all great congregations have in common is outstanding clergy, like Rabbi Shankman and the Washington Hebrew clergy team. The Rabbi Susan N. Shankman Clergy Endowment Fund will ensure that Washington Hebrew can hire, and keep, the nation’s most talented clergy for their entire careers.

To accomplish this goal, The Rabbi Susan N. Shankman Clergy Endowment Fund aims to raise an endowment dedicated to fully fund, in perpetuity, Washington Hebrew’s rabbinic and cantorial chairs. We will be offering named chairs for each of our clergy positions, including the chair of Senior Rabbi, along with many other ways that all our congregants can support this generational project.

Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels, use the form below to donate today:

  • $25,000
  • $10,000
  • $7,500
  • $5,000
  • $3,600
  • $1,800
  • $180
  • Other

If you’d prefer to donate by check or another type of gift, please contact Eliza Prince, Director of Development, at or 202-895-6312.

Each sponsor at the $1,80 level and above will be recognized in the evening’s program, WHC Journal, marketing and publicity materials, and will be invited to a private cocktail reception on the evening of Sunday, May 7.

Celebrate and Support Rabbi Shankman

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Corinne Guttman z'l and George Annarella
Women of Washington Hebrew Congregation
Sherry and David Berz
Janet and Michael Cornfeld
Alisa and Lewis Wiener
Stephanie and Ethan Posner
Signey and Jason Adams
Debbie and David Astrove
Arlene and Ken Becker
Shari and Mark Director
Lindsay and Henry Ellenbogen
Jon and Alisa Halle
Regina and Jerry Kaplan
Diane and Gary Katz
Andrea Kirstein
Laura Loeb and Howard Morse
Lisa Reiner
Randi and David Sadugor
Nell and Ed Shapiro
Christie and Jeff Weiss and Family
Carol Bindeman and Family
Nancy and Marc Duber
Susan and David Fink
Emily and Neil Kishter
Sharyn Nerenberg and Andy Kushner
Lauren and Sam Racoosin
Tina and Albert Small, Jr.
Jennifer and Jonathan Weinberg
Yvette Kraft
Adams-Greenblatt Family
Nancy Alper
Holly and Jeff Bergman
Lorrie Shook Berkowitz
Tracy Bernstein and Adam Bernstein & Family
Ann and Joshua Bolten
Amy and David Boris
Carol and Robert Burman
Christine Chan and Matthew Reiskin
Joan Churchill and Thomas Klein
Patty Alper Cohn and David Cohn
Helen and Earl Colson
Robin and Ed Cooper
Lisa DeMarco and Leonard Goldman
Mary DeOreo and Marc Lackritz
Mitchell Dolin
EmptyNesters and Boomers
Susan Esserman and Andy Marks
Sharon Farber
Meg and Samuel Flax
Monica and Tony Fleming
Jane Flior
Fredericks and Grossman Families
Erin and Josh Galper
Jane Weiman Good
Suzanne and David Greenleigh
Sandy and Herb Greenwald
Susan and Allen Hanenbaum
Diane and Bruce Heiman
Karen and Brendan Herron
Jamie and Ryan Hotchkiss
Sherry and David Kahn
Lisa and Lance Karp
Cathy Kwart
Susan and Andrew Lazerow
The Lemer Family
Barbara and Hank Levine
Robin and Jeremy London
Sara and Richard London
The Lovegroves
Vicky and Chip Magid
Leslie Maitland and Dan Werner
Zena and Paul Mason
Ellen Miller and Bob Kelly
Andrea and Gary Mullins
Carole and John Nannes
Linda Newman
Megan and Todd Perkins
Kelley and Ari Redbord
Jodi and Eric Reicin
Debbie and Steve Robins
Susan and David Rosenblum
Beth and Scott Ross
Claudia and Les Ross
Mary and James Salander
Froma Sandler
Jean and Matt Schlesinger
Melissa Schwartz and David Muenzer
Ruth Seif
Phyllis and Michael Shankman
Pat and Bob Shapiro
Laura and Gary Siegel
Gerdy Trachtman
Lori and David Vise
Kimberly and David Wachen
Walker and Vogel Families
Sylvia and Peter Winik
Amy and Evan Winston
Alane and Eugene Youngentob
Bonnie and Stuart Youngentob
Linda and Bob Youngentob
Yan Yu and Stanley Presser

Additional Sponsors



Friday, May 12


5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Hybrid – Temple


Shabbat, Worship Service