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Women of WHC

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

The Women of WHC:

  • 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 Children's Inn at NIH, 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.

Sips in the Sukkah With Sarah Hurwitz


Join the Women of WHC for their featured event of the fall --  an evening with author Sarah Hurwitz.

Date: Thursday, October 17
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
Cost: $40 per person, includes drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and a discussion with Sarah Hurwitz.

Please click here to register for this event.

Enjoy festive cocktails and a bountiful hors d'oeuvres buffet, followed by a compelling talk by our featured speaker, Sarah Hurwitz, author of the hot off the press: 

Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life--in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) 

Perhaps best known as a senior speechwriter for President and Mrs. Obama, Ms. Hurwitz comes to us, not to tell political stories but to share her spiritual journey.

Book reviewers in the know indicate that Ms. Hurwitz is among the young Jewish men and women who are transforming life in the 21st Century. 

This is an event you won't want to miss!

Ticket price $40 per person.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted for payment.

Please click here to register for this event.

Stay Safe! Self Defense Class


Join us for an interactive program for women 13 to 93+ that will focus on reducing the risks of violence and introduce the physical aspects of self-defense.

Date: Sunday, October 27
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
Cost: $20 (chai plus $2)

Please check back soon for RSVP information for this program.

A "Sweet" Gift for the New Year


Share the sweetness of the New Year with family and friends!

Send those you love the "sweetest" Rosh Hashanah wishes with a jar of kosher clover honey, a personalized gift card, and the blessing for the New Year.

It's "Honey From the Heart" and is perfect for everyone ...

Your kid in college,
Your brother in Boulder,
Your neighbor next door,
Your mother-in-law in Miami,
Your client in Columbus,
And even your friend in France (we can ship honey internationally)!

"Honey From the Heart" is True Source Certified and certified kosher. The cost is $17/jar, which includes shipping. International shipping fees are listed on our honey website.

Order by September 4 for guaranteed arrival in time for the High Holy Days.

Free shipping on all orders of 8 jars or more shipped to the same address. (a savings of $5/jar)

Click here to order and guarantee your sweet shipment.

Monthly Meetings and Programs

Judaica Shop


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.

We now accept credit cards!!

Please contact us for store hours or to set up a time to shop.

WWHC Literary Group

Not just for women, this active and enthusiastic daytime book group is coordinated by the Women of Washington Hebrew Congregation 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.

Marry Morris: "Gateway to the Moon" - November 5  
Marry Morris:

The Women of WHC are pleased to welcome author Marry Morris to discuss her book, Gateway to the Moon,

2019 Holiday Boutique & Silent Auction

Mark your calendars for the most exciting two-day holiday shopping experience and silent auction in the DC metro area!

Open to the Public • Free Admission • Free Parking

Sunday, December 8 – 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday, December 9 – 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Silent Auction will close at 5:00 pm on Monday. Come early to place your bids!

At WHC's Julia Bindeman Suburban Center:
11810 Falls Road, Potomac, Maryland 20854


The Women of Washington Hebrew Congregation's juried Holiday Boutique will have over 50 extraordinary vendors from across the country with clothing for women, men, and children; jewelry; Judaica; home gifts; accessories; toys; and more. An incredible Silent Auction will offer opportunities to win one-of-a-kind experiences, travel, tickets to theater and sporting events, gift certificates to the best restaurants, spa days, programs and items for children. All this shopping and bidding can work up an appetite, so be sure to stop by our Cafe for a quick snack, delicious meal, or refreshing drink.

Learn more about the Women of Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Silent Auction Donation  
Silent Auction Donation

Let our Silent Auction showcase your business.

Vendor Inquiry  
Vendor Inquiry

Showcase your business at our Holiday Boutique!

How to Join

The Women of WHC welcome 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.


Women of WHC's Officers and Board of Directors, 2019-2021

President: Randi Sadugor

Vice Presidents
  Administrative Lisa Moss
  Boutique Sandy Nesbit, Jennifer Weinberg
  Community Service & Social Action Susan Adland, Barbara Sonies
  Fundraising Sabrina Goldberg, Felice Weinbaum
  Judaica Shop Sherry Burka
  Membership Sharon Diamant Gerstein, Paige Korb
  Programming Ellen Barth, Sharon Brown, Lori Wise
  Religion, Youth & Education Brenda Holt, Gerdy Trachtman, Deborah Young
Melissa Fritz
Assistant Treasurers
  Boutique Jackie Paulson, Sheri Zweig
  Judaica Shop Wendy Wilson
  Corresponding Elaine Goldstein
  Membership Rebecca Fox
  Recording Marjory Goldman, Beth Jacober
Helene Greenblatt
Louise Bittker, Wendy Cossman
Officers at Large
Lisa Baydush, Jane Flior, Honey Schneider, Bonnie Sherman
Linda S. Newman
Immediate Past President
Ellen Miller Kelly
Temple Liaison
Rabbi Susan N. Shankman

Board of Directors
Diane Benson Robin London Linda Recht
Shelley Chartoff Jennifer Millstone Phyllis Slavin
Sherri Gottlieb Jennifer Nordheimer Courtenay Wallach
Roberta Biegel Deborah Goldman Sarah Ross
Ashley Finke Marjory Goldman Taryn Schaffer
Anne Friedman Judy Protas Lauren Topf
Linda Adler Linda Green Lynn Schaeffer
Beverly Birchman Sandy Greenwald Nancy Weiner
Jeanne Fleming Carol Nerenberg Susan Wise
Honorary Board Members
Cantor Susan Bortnick Maxine Haberman Ema Manevich Rabbi Susan N. Shankman
Rabbi Eliana Fischel Susan Hanenbaum Lauren Miller Marcia Weinberg
Shirley Garber Beth Jacober
Members at Large, 2019-2021
Janet Abramson Joan Greenbaum Joy Marcus Cindy Schapiro
Julie Alter Lynne Groban Annette Miller Randi Schweitzer
Janice Burne Betsy Grossman Nanci Miller Ruth Seif
Joan Bush Gabrielle Grunau Sandi Miller Phyllis Shankman
Michele Citren Ruth Hananel Elaine Minkoff Sondra Snyder
Harriet Contract Diane Heiman Shelli Ochsman Paulette Walker
Darian Drescher Julie Herman Elissa Oshinsky Marilyn Wessler
Lynn Emmer Iris Hyman Sharon Peikin Lisa Winer
Sharon Farber Joyce Isaacson Karen Perkins Karen Winokur
Susan Fink Adrienne Kuehneman Eileen Polinger Paula Wiseman
Marilyn Grafman Cheryl Levine


Upcoming Events

October 11, 2019 / Friday
Sukkah Decorating With Women of WHC
9:30 AM—11:30 AM

During Sukkot, the bimahs at Temple come alive with fall color — thanks to the many creative, dedicated hands of Women of WHC members. Join us and lend your hand…

October 17, 2019 / Thursday
Sips in the Sukkah With Sarah Hurwitz
6:30 PM—8:30 PM
October 27, 2019 / Sunday
Stay Safe! Self Defense Class
2:00 PM—4:00 PM
November 5, 2019 / Tuesday
Women of WHC Literary Group Presents: Marry Morris
7:00 PM—9:00 PM
December 8, 2019 / Sunday
Women of WHC's Holiday Boutique
9:00 AM—6:00 PM
December 9, 2019 / Monday
Women of WHC's Holiday Boutique
9:00 AM—6:00 PM