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מה הקב"ה מלביש ערומים…אף אתה הלבש ערומים; הקב"ה ביקר חולים…אף אתה בקר חולים; הקב"ה ניחם אבלים…אף אתה נחם אבלים; הקב"ה קבר מתים…אף אתה קבור מתים.

Just as the Holy One clothes the naked…so do you clothe the naked. Just as the Holy One visited the sick…so do you visit the sick. Just as the Holy One comforted mourners…so do you comfort mourners. Just as the Holy one buried the dead…so do you bury the dead.

(Babylonian Talmud Sotah 14a)

Faith In Action

At the foundation of our values is tikkun olam, repairing our world to make it a better place for ourselves, our families, and our future. For our congregants, embracing the idea of tikkun olam is about taking action - volunteering in our community and around the country. Together, we make an impact on those in need.

Giving

Washington Hebrew Congregation depends on the support of members and friends to sustain our inspirational worship, leading-edge educational opportunities, innovative social action projects, and exceptional cultural programming.

A gift to WHC is a meaningful way to celebrate milestones in the life cycle or honor a loved one’s memory. Whether you give to the Yad B’Yad Annual Fund or a specialized endowment, your tax-deductible contribution to our Congregation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is an investment in the relationships that strengthen our community – with our faith, one another, and the world beyond our walls.

Make a Donation to WHC  
Make a Donation to WHC

Please click here to make a donation to any of Washington Hebrew Congregation's funds.

Yad B'Yad: The WHC Annual Fund  
Yad B'Yad: The WHC Annual Fund

Washington Hebrew Congregation is supported in part by Yad B’Yad: The WHC Annual Fund.

Ways to Give  
Ways to Give

There as many ways to support Washington Hebrew Congregation as there are reasons to contribute to our ongoing excellence.

About Our Funds  
About Our Funds

Throughout our history, Washington Hebrew Congregation has benefited from gifts supporting our General Fund as well as endowment funds dedicated to specific aspects of Temple life.

Making a Difference

At WHC services, programs, and events, the impact our clergy, staff, lay leaders, and members make on our community is apparent. We are also delighted to share with you when that connection is felt beyond our walls.

Rabbi Fischel Addresses Reproductive Rights at US Supreme Court

March 4, 2020
Rabbi Eliana Fischel joined a group of protesters with the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism at a rally for reproductive rights at the US Supreme Court. 

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 Committee of Human Fraternity Highlighted by CNN

February 13, 2020
Rabbi Lustig's work to build strong bonds with the interfaith community as part of the Committee of Human Fraternity was recently highlighted by CNN.

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Rabbi Eliana Fischel Contributes to New Book

February 11, 2020
Rabbi Eliana Fischel is among several rabbis and scholars who contributed to the new book, Inscribed: Encounters with the Ten Commandments. The book is now available for purchase and a 30% discount is available for all orders through February 20. (promo code: "Inscribed30")

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WHC Delegation Travels to Abu Dhabi

February 3, 2020
Rabbi Lustig, WHC President Nell Shapiro, General Counsel Lew Weiner, and members Andy marks and Susan Esserman represented WHC at an Interfaith gathering in Abu Dhabi. The meeting was to mark one year since Pope Francis’ historic trip to the region and to showcase the continued work on a compound that will house a church, a mosque, and a synagogue. Rabbi Lustig is the sole Jewish representative on the committee that oversees the project, and Susan Esserman, a former ambassador and expert on human trafficking, was invited to speak at the event.

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Rabbi Shankman Featured in Washington Jewish Week Article About New JWI CEO

January 29, 2020
Rabbi Shankman was quoted several times in the article about Meredith Jacobs, the new CEO of Jewish Women International. The article highlights Rabbi Shankman's relationship with Mrs. Jacobs which dates back to 2006.

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Director of Religious Education Stephanie Tankel Highlighted in Pakistani Newspaper 

January 29, 2020
A student at American University highlights her experience in Akbar Ahmed's "The World of Islam" class when Stephanie Tankel came to lead a session on Jewish-Muslim relations.

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Rabbi Lustig's Interfaith Work Highlighted Ahead of MLK Weekend 2020

January 15, 2020
ABC7's Jay Korff spent some time with Rabbi Lustig ahead of our MLK Weekend celebration to highlight his work with building strong bonds with our Interfaith partners in the region and around the world.

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Rabbi Lustig Appointed to the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity

In September, Pope Francis, Dr. Ahmed At-Tayeb – the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, and the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity nominated Rabbi Lustig to serve on the Committee. Of his nomination, he said, "I am honored to join such esteemed individuals working to champion love over hate, justice over injustice, and faith over fear…." Rabbi Lustig is the Committee's only Jewish member and its only American. Click on the links below to read more about the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity and the work they are doing to build bridges between faiths.

 
Rabbi Lustig Speaks at Tolerance Conference in Abu Dhabi About the Need to Eliminate Hate Speech

December 11, 2019
Rabbi Lustig was interviewed by local media in Abu Dhabi where he is attending a 3-Day Tolerance Conference as a representative of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity.

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UAE to Open Synagogue, Part of Interfaith Compound, in 2022

September 22, 2019
The United Arab Emirates will build a new synagogue as part of an interfaith compound that will also house a mosque and church and is reportedly set to open in 2022.

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 The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity Welcomes a Rabbi Member

September 18, 2019
The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity has announced the inclusion of Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, Senior Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation, to the membership of the Committee, bringing the total membership to eight members concerned with the achievement of the objectives set forth in the Human Fraternity Document.

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Former ECC Student Highlighted in The Washington Post

September 3, 2019
Annabel Frost had her first school experience last year at our E-T ECC in D.C. Her parents shared, "She loved every moment of her WHC experience and ... we were so thrilled by her excitement for school." Annabel's brave fight with a rare neurological disorder and her parents' efforts to help find a cure were recently featured in The Washington Post. We've included the link to the article below.

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Repairing The World

Since our founding, Washington Hebrew Congregation has maintained an unwavering commitment to acting upon our core Jewish values by working together to realize our vision of a more just and righteous society.

Anchored in our interpretation of Jewish text and tradition, we proudly marshal our community's collective energy, influence, and compassion to assist members of our own community and the world beyond our walls. Our Minds Matter program applies members' individual expertise to worthy causes. The Mitzvah Day program, a national model which Rabbi Lustig pioneered, unites the Congregation in good deeds. The Charles S. Bresler TOV (Tikkun Olam Values) Center provides a central focus for outreach to the underserved throughout the year.

Want to get more involved? Sign up for our volunteer list and find out about upcoming opportunities to make a difference with WHC.

Mitzvah Day  
Mitzvah Day

Washington Hebrew Congregation's Mitzvah Day represents the culmination of our yearlong focus on community service and our long-standing commitment to helping the homeless, sick, hungry, and underprivileged in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community.

WHC Collects  
WHC Collects

Throughout the year, we participate in a number of collection campaigns ranging from food drives to benefit the hungry in the D.C. metro area to blanket collections to help Syrian refugees. Giving back locally and internationally, our annual campaigns are an important part of fulfilling the values of tikkun olam at Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Sunday Stuffing  
Sunday Stuffing

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, take a break from your own holiday preparations and spend an hour or two with us at Temple for some tikkun olam.

MLK Weekend  
MLK Weekend

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for social justice and equality. Each January, we honor Dr. King with a weekend dedicated to his legacy.

Good Neighbors Initiative  
Good Neighbors Initiative

“You too must befriend the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”  (Deuteronomy 10:19)

For most refugees, coming to the United States is the end of a long and sometimes difficult journey to reach our shores. Once they arrive, they often encounter unexpected challenges. Since our establishment, WHC has reached out to refugees and others in need to provide support and assistance and today, we are continuing this tradition.

Hunger Project  
Hunger Project

Through food packing events held during the year, we combat the problem of hunger in the D.C. metro area.

The Motzi Fellowship  
The Motzi Fellowship

A week of farming and tikkun olam for rising 8th–12th graders, sponsored by WHC's TOV Fund, puts “farm-to-table” in a new light for teens.

Acts of Religious Kindness  
Acts of Religious Kindness

Through the TOV Fund’s ARK (Acts of Religious Kindness) initiative, Jewish young professionals engage in high-impact, life-changing social action projects, both locally and outside our region.

Community Issues - Social Action  
Community Issues - Social Action

We open dialogue and strengthen relations with our interfaith neighbors, connect our Congregation to social justice issues in our own communities, and work toward a more just society.

Carrie Simon House  
Carrie Simon House

For more than two decades, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Carrie Simon House has provided a supportive transitional housing program for homeless young women ages 18–25 and their babies.

Minds Matter  
Minds Matter

Every member of Washington Hebrew Congregation lends unique personal perspectives, skills, and experience to our community. We are proud to draw upon this wealth of wisdom in the Minds Matter Program, which shares our members' expertise with nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

Simon School Committee  
Simon School Committee

For over 20 years, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s members have volunteered their time, enthusiasm, and financial support to the Simon Elementary School, a D.C. public school named after our second senior rabbi, Abram Simon.

TOV Center  
TOV Center

In 2013, Washington Hebrew Congregation established the Tikkun Olam Values (TOV) Fund to make a positive difference in the lives of the underserved and underprivileged.

Volunteer at WHC

Volunteering at Washington Hebrew Congregation is a gratifying way to connect to our community, apply your skills, and contribute to the Temple’s ongoing success.

Regardless of your age, professional background, or schedule, there are volunteer opportunities that match your abilities and interests. Whether your preference is to help other members, preserve our facilities and history, or cultivate the next generation by assisting our children, you can play a vital role in maintaining our strength and connectedness. Read on to lend your insight, your time, or a helping hand.

Helping Our Members  
Helping Our Members

Washington Hebrew Congregation offers many opportunities to help foster a sense of connectedness by volunteering to help fellow members.

Helping Our Temple  
Helping Our Temple

Washington Hebrew Congregation offers many opportunities to preserve the records of our extraordinary history and promote the Temple as a place of life-long learning and discovery.