SEA Change

“Like many other progressive Jews, I’ve accepted as real the false narrative that simply being Jewish made me a part of the brotherhood against racial injustice.”

— SEA Change Participant

Study – Engage – Act ––> CHANGE

We actively participate in creating change, both internally in our Congregation and externally in the broader community to pursue equity and justice to heal our fractured world. This includes new endeavors such as congregants forming and participating in Affinity Groups, the Greeter Program, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice programming, and through working together with interfaith and community organizing groups on social justice issues.

SEA Change is an opportunity to work together with congregants and others in our community to address long-term inequities. We engage on a personal level, through listening sessions and one-to-one conversations and incorporate community building into action and programming on issues that are important to our members.

All WHC congregants are invited to join in ongoing S.E.A. Change work within and outside the congregation. For more information, please contact Lauren Lieberman at

"I’ve determined that as a privileged, White American, I want to help turn back systemic racism. As a Jew, I feel I must do more than want…I need to take some action."

— SEA Change Participant

“Indifference to oppression is just as dangerous as active oppression. This is an idea that has been drilled into every Jew’s head. If we don’t actively fight against oppression, then we support it…We have to fight against the oppression of African Americans.”

— SEA Change Participant

Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 8, 2:30-5:30 pm

Mah Jongg Fun Day in Support of Abortion Access
Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Road, NW Washington, DC

Sunday, October 15, 1:30-3:00 pm

Interfaith Working Session on Climate Justice

Get involved in addressing climate justice issues at a state and local level. Join us for an interfaith working session sponsored by Action in Montgomery (AIM) to strategize on shaping the equitable distribution of historic levels of federal funding in the DMV region to reduce climate emissions and make housing safer and more affordable.

Sunday, October 29, 10:30-12:30 pm

Reproductive Rights in America

A panel discussion about the current legal battle for women’s reproductive freedom

Sunday, November 5, 3:00-5:00 pm

Maryland State Delegate Gabe Acevero (D-39) will discuss his proposed legislation to secure Reparations to Black and Indigenous Peoples

Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda, Maryland
In person and via livestream

Thursday, November 9, 7:00-9:00 pm via Zoom

Join fellow congregants and SEA Change partner synagogues to learn how to identify, engage, develop, and retain current and new social justice leaders. Explore strategies to uncover their interests, backstories, and hopes and learn how to proposition them in ways that link to their interests, talents, and skills and support them to grow their leadership.

Contact Karen Herron at for additional information and Zoom link.