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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.

Our Archives Committee catalogues our extraordinary history for transmission to the next generation. Our Friends of the Library Committee maintains an extensive collection of Judaica as well as a far-ranging selection of Jewish books, from ancient history to contemporary fiction. WHC Books gathers bibliophiles for quarterly discussions of a shared reading, promoting ongoing exploration of new ideas and modes of expression. As "People of the Book," we believe that both human connections and intellectual inquiry are pillars of our identity, and these programs affirm the enduring power of that concept. Click on the links below to learn more about these opportunities to volunteer in the service of our Temple, and connect with fellow members who share your interest.


The Washington Hebrew Congregation Archives Committee is dedicated to gathering, cataloging, and preserving the Congregation’s life story, achievements, and traditions.

Founded in 1852 by 21 German Jews, and granted a charter in 1856 by the United States Congress, WHC has always played a leading role in the history of Jewish life in the District as well as in the nation. The Archives Committee documents our impressive past during weekly meetings on the Macomb campus, where our physical archive is kept, but volunteers may participate in many ways.

Your presence can preserve our past for future generations.

Friends Of The Library

Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Friends of the Library are bibliophiles and volunteers who provide invaluable support to one of the most preeminent Judaica collections in the Washington, D.C. area.  

Volunteers assist in the libraries on both the Macomb and JBSC campuses by performing a variety of tasks. As a Friend of the Library, you are encouraged to borrow books from the collection, attend library programs, and support the library. For more information, or to join, contact Librarian Ellen Share.

Search our library database and view our wide selection of literature here.