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The EmptyNesters auxiliary was formed over 19 years ago by Rabbi Weinberg and a group of wonderfully energetic people who saw the need for creating an extended family at WHC for members at a similar stage in their lives.

We are a diverse group - made up of couples and singles - who enjoy one another's company and a wide variety of activities. Whether or not you have children is irrelevant. It's our life experiences and desire to be part of the same community that brings us together.

Our past and current events include:

  • Retreats and discussions with clergy, outside speakers, and book reviewers;
  • Concerts and performances, including National Theater, Kennedy Center, Theater J, Olney Theater Center, and Strathmore;
  • World and local travel, including the Baltics, Jewish Italy, Annapolis, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Jewish Washington, D.C.;
  • Local D.C. events, including movies, winery trips, and art museum tours;
  • Special events, such as our Havdalah Dinner Programs, and our new initiative, Inside the Issues;
  • Service for the Temple, including ushering at Shirei Shabbat services and managing the WHC Hunger Project, packing meals for local distribution to the hungry;
  • Community service, including WHC Mitzvah Day and our special charity, N Street Village in D.C.; and
  • Special dinners at WHC, including pre-Selichot, Yom Kippur break-the-fast, and Passover seder, as well as Shabbat dinners in members' homes where we can join together to connect informally.

A Funny & Insightful Luncheon With Alison Dagnes

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Date: Sunday, January 28
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: Temple
Cost: $18
RSVP: Click here

Dr. Alison Dagnes, a professor of political science at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, joins us for a timely conversation on the topic of the modern political media system and its effects. She is the author of Politics on Demand: The Effects of 24-Hour News On American Politics and A Conservative Walks Into a Bar: The Politics of Political Humor. Prior to receiving her doctorate in political science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dr. Dagnes was a producer for C-SPAN in Washington, D.C.

The cost of the program is $18 per person. Click here to register online or send your check (payable to Washington Hebrew Congregation with your email address and telephone number) to:

Washington Hebrew Congregation
Attn: Beth Donaldson/Luncheon with Alison Dagnes
3935 Macomb Street NW
Washington, DC 20016

Leonard Bernstein at 100

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Date: Sunday, April 29
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location: Bus departs from and returns to the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
Cost: $100; deposit of $25 per person is required to hold your space for this trip
RSVP: Click here

Celebrate the centennial birthday of Leonard Bernstein — one of the greatest composers and conductors of the 20th century. Join us on our day trip to get a front-row seat to the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate Bernstein’s life, Jewish identity, and social activism.

Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music

This new exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) celebrates the centennial birthday of one of the 20th century's most influential cultural figures, who personified classical music and
produced a rich repertoire of original compositions for orchestra and the theater.

Audiences may be familiar with many of Bernstein's works, notably West Side Story, but not necessarily how he grappled with his own religious, political, and sexual identity, or how he responded to the political and social crises of his day.

Visitors will find an individual who expressed the restlessness, anxiety, fear, and hope of an American Jew living through World War II and the Holocaust, Vietnam, and turbulent social change — what Bernstein referred to as his "search for a solution to the 20th-century crisis of faith."

The exhibition features one-of-a-kind historic artifacts, all brought to life through immersive film, sound installations, and interactive media.

Trip Details: How to Reserve and How to Register and Pay

Our bus will depart from and return to the Julian Bindeman Suburban Center. Our journey will include a boxed breakfast for the trip to NMAJH, a docent led tour of the Leonard Bernstein Exhibit, and a delicious brunch at a well regarded Philadelphia restaurant after the museum. The cost for the entire trip is $100 per person.

We are asking for a deposit of $25 per person to hold a space for the trip. The unpaid balance is due March 15, 2018. If you wish, you may pay the entire cost when you first register. To register, pay your deposit, pay the entire cost now, or pay the unpaid balance, please click here or send your check (payable to Washington Hebrew Congregation with your email address and telephone number) to:

Washington Hebrew Congregation,
Attn: Beth Donaldson/Trip to Philadelphia
3935 Macomb Street NW,
Washington, DC 20016

The Journey of a Rabbinic Life with Rabbi and Maxine Haberman

"Is There Anything Good About Aging?" Rabbi and Maxine Haberman explored the answer to this question as they shared anecdotes from their life together.

This session was a piece of history. Between them, Rabbi and Maxine have over 186 years of life experiences and wisdom. They've seen so much of Jewish life, Israeli life, and American life, and generously shared their story as part of the EmptyNesters' mini-retreat on Saturday, October 17 at JBSC.

Upcoming Events

January 28, 2018 / Sunday
A Funny & Insightful Luncheon With Alison Dagnes
12:30 PM—2:30 PM

Dr. Alison Dagnes, a professor of political science at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, joins us for a timely conversation on…

April 29, 2018 / Sunday
Leonard Bernstein at 100
8:00 AM—10:00 PM

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