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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.

Members of the committee are the Temple’s liaisons with community religious and social service organizations. We plan and run several major annual congregational events, including Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat and Day of Service and the Interfaith Freedom Seder, both of which bring our interfaith neighbors from across the metropolitan area to WHC to celebrate our common experience and further tolerance and understanding.

We present lectures on social action issues and organize the Congregation’s participation in rallies and demonstrations — including the 9/11 Unity Walk, Rally Against Genocide in Darfur, vigils at the Sudanese Embassy, and political forums. To aid the vulnerable within our own community, we support efforts, such as the Second Sunday cooking project, through which Temple members provide meals for the homeless in Montgomery County.

Whether you are looking for stimulating discussion or direct involvement in projects and activities, we hope you will join us.

Interfaith Concert

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Singers, musicians, and dancers from diverse faith traditions will grace the bimah as we celebrate the sacred at the 38th Annual Interfaith Concert at Temple on Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 pm.

The concert features a combined choir of more than 100 voices under the direction of Cantor Mikhail Manevich. There will be musical performances from WHC’s Kol Rinah, the National Cathedral’s Cathedra Choir, The Mormon Choir of Washington, St. Augustine Gospel Choir and Chorale, as well as Sikh youth kirtan, Hindu dancers, and more!

In addition to a lineup of diverse performances, Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig and the Honorable Peter Wittig, Ambassador of Germany to the United States, will receive special honors for their commitment to the interfaith community. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening will be ABC News White House Correspondent Tara Palmeri.

Founded in 1978, the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) has been described by the Washington Post as “one of the most dynamic, diverse inter-religious coalitions in the United States.” Throughout its 40 years in the Washington, D.C. region, IFC has created a network for faith leaders and members that strengthens unity while embracing diversity. The bridges built by this organization can be seen at annual community-wide programs like the Day to Serve and the Unity Walk, which traditionally starts at WHC.

Tickets

Reserved Seating: $40
General Admission: $20
Seniors and Students: $10

Click here to purchase your ticket.

To become a donor or for more information about joining the WHC Concert Honors Committee and attending the pre-concert reception contact Michael Nercesian at ifc-concert@ifcmw.org.

Supporting Refugees and Providing Sanctuary

“Sanctuary” can include legal assistance, material or financial support, advocacy, education, or temporary physical shelter. Different than sponsoring refugees and asylum seekers in cooperation with the U.S. government and relief agencies, “Sanctuary” — in this context — refers to providing support for undocumented individuals (including “DREAMers”). The legal issues surrounding “Sanctuary” are both unclear and evolving.

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, we explored the critical questions that need to be asked and answered concerning Sanctuary, including, “where does civil disobedience end and obstruction of justice begin?” and “what concerns do individuals and religious institutions need to consider if they wish to provide Sanctuary and how do they differ?”

Upcoming Events

February 14, 2018 / Wednesday
Community Issues/Social Action Monthly Meeting
7:30 PM—9:30 PM

Join committee members each month for an in-depth discussion of social action issues and to plan social justice and interfaith relationship-strengthening events/activities.

March 14, 2018 / Wednesday
Community Issues/Social Action Monthly Meeting
7:30 PM—9:30 PM
April 11, 2018 / Wednesday
Community Issues/Social Action Monthly Meeting
7:30 PM—9:30 PM
May 9, 2018 / Wednesday
Community Issues/Social Action Monthly Meeting
7:30 PM—9:30 PM
June 13, 2018 / Wednesday
Community Issues/Social Action Monthly Meeting
7:30 PM—9:30 PM
July 11, 2018 / Wednesday
Community Issues/Social Action Monthly Meeting
7:30 PM—9:30 PM

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