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 LLieberman@whctemple.org.

"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

FEBRUARY

Jews United For Justice: Making Change in DC

Three-part in-person series on how you can have a real impact at the local level in D.C. We invite you to join fellow WHC members, other SEA Change congregations, and others in our community for three interactive workshops held over brunch and in the evening. We’ll learn about the structure and function of the D.C. government and concrete ways each of us can engage with local government officials to make real change for the lives of our families, friends, and neighbors.


Climate Justice

  • Join Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action for a facilitated workshop designed to bring communities together to confront the climate crisis with courage, rooted in Jewish wisdom. This interactive workshop is part of an emerging field of climate spiritual adaptation work, anchored in practices from The Work That Reconnects by Joanna Macy. Grounded in Jewish wisdom, song, and courageous conversations with one another, it offers a unique opportunity to process climate grief, cultivate active hope to build our a livable, just future, and a pathway forward to bold, systemic action. Free; Registration RequiredPresented in partnership with the Capital Jewish Museum, Interfaith Power & Light (DC. MD. NoVA), New Synagogue Project, Sixth & I, and Tiferet Israel Dayenu Circle.

Disability Rights

  • WHC: Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Shabbat
    Friday, Feb. 23, 6-8 pm, Temple and JBSC
    If interested in helping, please email Laura Loeb at LauraELoeb@gmail.com.
  • Volunteer with Friendship Circle
    Friendship Circle works to provide every child with special needs in Montgomery County and DC with the friendship, inclusion, and emotional support that they deserve. Explore ways you can connect with a child with special needs, make new friends, and create lasting memories.
    Learn more here
  • 11th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia
    Thursdays-Sundays, February 1-March 10
    Venues throughout the region and virtually. See the schedule HERE

    Celebrating a decade of stigma-smashing film, art, and commUNITY!

    ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities.

    Each year, this dynamic festival, powered by the Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, presents both domestic and international award-winning films paired with interactive programming that gives us a new perspective and highlights the vibrant personalities, realities, and extraordinary abilities of people.

  • Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (Virtual – join from anywhere you are!)
    Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1:00-2:30 PM on Zoom, Register HERE for a great opportunity to:

    Learn what Jewish Federations, Jewish human service agencies, and others are doing to improve the daily lives of people living with disabilities.

    Hear from leading Members of Congress, disability advocacy champions, changemakers, and experts about the remaining obstacles to inclusion and national legislation that will help millions of people with disabilities flourish.

    Advocate for the policies that make an impact in real-time. Together we’ll work towards improving economic security for people with disabilities.

  • Resource Fair for Teens and Adults with Disabilities
    Sunday, April 7 1:00-4:00 pm at Montgomery College, RockvilleFor those who are transitioning from high school to independent living. No registration required.
  • Reaching Out To Neurodiverse Individuals & Their Families

    Are you neurodiverse or do you have a neurodiverse friend or family member who would like to be more involved in WHC Temple life? If so, please contact Jennifer Berzok at KatzBerzok@gmail.com (Board member and mother of a 19-year-old son with autism).

  • Resources for Creating an Inclusive Community

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has information about providing the tools to raise awareness and advocate for the civil rights of individuals with disabilities and advance inclusion. This crowd-sourcing guide is a community effort. You can learn more about these available resources HERE or call 301-230-7200.


Educational/Strategy Events About Maryland State Government

  • JUFJ: Maryland Community Meeting and Crossover Day Preparation, RSVP Coming Soon
    Wednesday, March 6, virtual, 7:30 pm; JUFJ 101; 8:00 pm-9:30 pm – Community Meeting

Days in Annapolis

  • JUFJ: Purim Bag Deliveries
    Wednesday, Mar. 20, 9 am-12 noon in Annapolis.
    More Information and RSVP To Come

Racial Equity and Policing in Montgomery County


Reproductive Rights

  • Help RAC Florida Pass Ballot Initiative 4
    Wednesday, February 28, 7:30 pm, Zoom REGISTER
    Please help the Florida Chapter of the Religious Action Center (RAC), the social justice arm of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) pass Ballot Initiative 4 this November. This ballot measure would enshrine reproductive freedom in the Florida Constitution. RAC-FL welcomes persons from all across the country to support this effort as text and phone banking will be available.