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Comprised of the women of WHC at every age and stage of their lives, Sisterhood comes together for friendship and service to the Temple and our community. Through fundraising, volunteering, and our dues we make quite an impact.

At Sisterhood, we:

  • provide financial support for special projects at the ECCs, Religious School, Temple, and the Carrie Simon House;
  • enhance religious, spiritual, and intellectual growth through events such as Women's Seders, Shabbatons, and our Literary Club;
  • cook for the homeless, pack meals for the WHC Hunger Project, deliver Meals on Wheels, and sponsor activities at JFGH;
  • tutor students at the Abram Simon Elementary School;
  • mentor new Sisterhoods in Israel and the United States;
  • provide funding for safe playgrounds in Israel and to countless local, national, and international charities and organizations;
  • have fun! Our calendar includes many social and cultural activities for our members.

If you are a woman of WHC, we invite you to join us! We have a place for you as a volunteer, leader, participant, or simply as a dues contributor. Your involvement and support - combined with that from hundreds of other women - helps our community enormously.

April 9: Brunch & Learn With Rabbi Shankman


Gun Violence & Options for Involvement

Date: Monday, April 9
Time: 10:00 am
Location: JBSC

We are witnessing young people – high school and middle school students – walk out of their schools to bear witness to the fact that far too many lives are lost to gun violence in this country. And WHC will host hundreds from around the country as we take inspiration from our young people, and prepare to march to express our Jewish values in action.

We are now reading the book of Leviticus, which includes the heart of the Holiness Code and the verse "Do not stand idly by while your neighbor's blood is shed." (Leviticus 19:16).

Rabbi Shankman, who for years has advocated for common sense gun legislation, will share the textual basis of Reform Judaism's position on gun control and options for involvement on this issue.

Open to the community.

"Hexagon 2018: Tweet Land of Liberty"


Join us for Hexagon's political satire musical comedy review for 2018!

Date: Saturday, March 24
Time: 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30)
Location: The Wilson Theater (at Woodrow Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW, Washington, DC 20016)*
Cost: $25 for early bird seats with Sisterhood (available through Monday, February 12)

Sisterhood’s group registration for Hexagon 2018 has closed. Tickets may still be available through Hexagon. Please click here for information.

Join us to see the closing night performance of Hexagon 2018: Tweet Land of Liberty, Hexagon’s annual musical satire of current political and social issues. Given current events, this year’s production, is promising to be especially potent!

Founded in in 1955 (an early member was iconic satirist Tom Lehrer), Hexagon bills itself as “Washington’s Only Original Satirical Musical Comedy Review.” In 2017, they won the Capital Fringe Festival’s Fringe Audience Award for best overall show for its production of “Hexagon 2017: Let Freedom Zing!”.

An all-volunteer non-profit organization, Hexagon donates proceeds from ticket sales to charity. This year’s recipient is The Grassroot Project, an initiative of Athletes United for Social Justice: Using Sports to Change the World.

*Woodrow Wilson High School is a six-minute walk from the Tenleytown-AU Metro Station. There is street parking around the school. Accessible parking is available by prior arrangement.

Sisterhood Literary Group

Not just for women, this active and enthusiastic daytime book group is coordinated by WHC’s Sisterhood and is open to the entire Temple community. 

Each year we read a variety of fiction and nonfiction books and engage in quarterly discussions facilitated by congregants, clergy, and community members with a significant connection to the books.

Art Tours

Judaica Shop


Please visit the WHC Sisterhood Judaica Shop at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center.

We offer a one-stop shop where you can purchase items for all occasions. Whether it's a gift to celebrate a Jewish life cycle event or a decorative Judaica item for you home, you'll find what you're looking for in our Judaica shop.

Our regular hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 11:30 am - 3:30 pm and Fridays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. We are also open the first Sunday of the month while Religious School is in session.

How to Join

WHC Sisterhood welcomes all Washington Hebrew Congregation women as well as women who are not Temple members.

Annual membership is $50 for WHC members and $80 for non-members. Please click here to fill out our membership form and become a part of our vibrant, welcoming community.


WHC Sisterhood's Officers and Board of Directors, 2017-2019

President: Ellen M. Miller

Vice Presidents
  Administrative Lisa Moss
  Boutique Sandy Nesbit, Jennifer Weinberg
  Community Service & Social Action Susan Adland, Barbara Sonies
  Fundraising Brenda Holt, Wendy Wilson
  Judaica Shop Sandy Nesbit, Cindy Schapiro
  Membership Barbara Faigen, Randi Sadugor
  Programming Ellen Barth, Sharon Brown
  Religion, Youth & Education Lynne Schaffer, Gerdy Trachtman
Melissa Fritz
Assistant Treasurers
  Boutique Jackie Paulson, Sheri Zweig
  Judaica Shop Melissa Fritz
  Corresponding Elaine Goldstein
  Membership Rebecca Fox
  Recording Marjory Goldman, Beth Jacober
Gabrielle Grunau
Bonnie Youngentob
Officers at Large
Wendy Cossman, Jane Flior, Elaine Melnick, Honey Schneider
Linda S. Newman
Immediate Past President
Sandy Nesbit
Temple Liaison
Rabbi Susan Shankman

Board of Directors
Cheryl Busch Julie Herman Phyllis Shankman Amanda Wise
Sabrina Goldberg Karen Moore Felice Weinbaum
Beverly Birchman Sandy Greenwald Nicki Newman Susan Wise
Louise Bittker Traci Levine Janine Rosen
Jeanne Fleming Carol Nerenberg Nancy Weiner
Linda Adler Betsy Bindeman Robin London Linda Recht
Lee Ellyn Altobello Shelley Chartoff Jennifer Millstone Phyllis Slavin
Diane Benson Sherri Gottlieb Jennifer Nordheimer Courtenay Wallach
Honorary Board Members
Cantor Susan Bortnick Maxine Haberman Ema Manevich Rabbi Susan N. Shankman
Shirley Garber Susan Hanenbaum Lauren Miller Marcia Weinberg
Rabbi Erin Glazer Beth Jacober
Members at Large, 2017-2018
Janet Abramson Linda Green Joy Marcus Eileen Polinger
Julie Alter Joan Greenbaum Annette Miller Judy Protas
Janice Burne Lynne Groban Nanci Miller Cindy Schapiro
Joan Bush Ruth Hananel Sandi Miller Randi Schweitzer
Michele Citren Diane Heiman Elaine Minkoff Sondra Snyder
Harriet Contract Iris Hyman Shelli Ochsman Paulette Walker
Darian Drescher Joyce Isaacson Elissa Oshinsky Marilyn Wessler
Lynn Emmer Adrienne Kuehneman Sharon Peikin Lisa Winer
Susan Fink Cheryl Levine Karen Perkins Karen Winokur
Marilyn Grafman

Upcoming Events

March 30, 2018 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM

Spend your day engaged in the thrilling game of Mah Jongg! Game play starts at 10:30 am. The end time is flexible, and if there's enough interest, the games will continue…

April 9, 2018 / Monday
Sisterhood: Brunch & Learn With Rabbi Shankman
10:00 AM—12:00 PM
April 13, 2018 / Friday
Sisterhood Literary Group Presents: A Gentleman in Moscow
10:00 AM—12:00 PM
April 13, 2018 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM
April 20, 2018 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM
April 27, 2018 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM

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