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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.

Monthly Meetings

Every month we meet to learn, connect, and make an impact. Join us! It's a great way to get involved!

Sisterhood's Signature Fall Event


Join us at "The Shuk" for an evening of Israeli Food, Fun, and Inspiration

Date: Wednesday, October 25
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Temple
Cost: $40 per person

Click here to RSVP

Celebrating Israel and the women who make her stronger, the evening will begin with a Jerusalem-style food festival followed by a compelling presentation on “Empowering Women through Challenge and Service” by Brigadier General (Res.) Gila Klifi-Amir, noted trailblazer and pioneer for women in the Israel Defense Forces. Throughout her 30-year career in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Gila — through self-empowerment, culture, and personality — amassed a series of very impressive “firsts” for women in what has been traditionally a male-dominated military.

Our thanks to Friends of the IDF for their generous support of this event.

Art Tours

Sisterhood offers a series of docent-led tours of exhibits at many of our city's wonderful art museums and galleries. We hope you will join us!

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 resad 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.

Watch It Here: An Evening with Anat Hoffman


"From the Back of the Bus to the Top of the Agenda"

Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and a founding member and Director of Neshot HaKotel – Women of the Wall, spoke at Temple on Thursday, March 23 about the current state of women's rights in Israel. It was a fascinating and eye-opening evening. If you weren't able to join us, you can see Anat's talk in its entirety here:

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.

Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction


Thank you for coming out to "Shop, Bid, and Dine" at our 30th annual Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction.

100% of the proceeds from this three-day event — the Boutique purchases, Silent Auction wins, Cafe delicacies, and Hamilton Experience raffle tickets — will enable WHC Sisterhood to continue its support of organizations whose work is vital to our community, nation, and world, including:

Before Thirty at Friendship Place

Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse

Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Martha’s Table

Meals on Wheels

National Race to End Women’s Cancer

Promise for Prom, Suited for Change

Race for Hope

Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Religious School and Early Childhood Centers

Whitman Walker Health Clinic

and several shelters for homeless families, including Carrie Simon House.

Thank you to our wonderful vendors and the businesses and individuals who contributed to this event. We couldn't have done it without you!

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 Jennifer Weinberg
  Community Service & Social Action Susan Adland, Barbara Sonies
  Fundraising Brenda Holt, Wendy Wilson
  Judaica Shop Liz Levin, Sandy Nesbit
  Membership Barabara 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
Rabbi Erin Glazer Susan Hanenbaum Lauren Miller Marcia Weinberg
Shirley Garber 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
Lynn Emmer Joyce Isaacson Elissa Oshinsky Lisa Winer
Darian Drescher Adrienne Kuehneman Sharon Peikin Marilyn Wessler
Susan Fink Cheryl Levine Karen Perkins Karen Winokur
Marilyn Grafman

Upcoming Events

October 2, 2017 / Monday
Sisterhood Monthly Meeting and Sukkah Decorating
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

During Sukkot, the bimahs at Temple and JBSC come alive with fall color — thanks to the many creative, dedicated Sisterhood hands. Lend your hand and help us decorate the…

October 6, 2017 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM
October 13, 2017 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM
October 20, 2017 / Friday
Sisterhood Literary Group Presents - Maus I: A Survivor's Tale
10:00 AM—12:00 PM
October 20, 2017 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM
October 20, 2017 / Friday
Shabbat Dinner with David and Debbie Astrove
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

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