This innovative program engages 8th and 9th grade students through memorable experiences both inside and outside WHC’s walls.

Pre-Confirmation provides students with social opportunities while helping them develop lifelong Jewish values. Each year, students participate in weekend-long retreats and trips, field trips, community service opportunities, social events, and evening programs.

Grade 8

Experiences include participating in interfaith service projects, spending a meaningful day visiting D.C. memorials, helping run our Temple Purim Carnival, and much more.

Our 8th graders have a weekend retreat the opportunity to participate in our Parent/child Civil Rights Trip as well as regular evening programs featuring authors, movies, special programs, and more.

Grade 9

The highlight of the 9th-grade year are the two weekend retreats, which help our teens discover themselves as they embark on their high school years – this is some of the most important programming any congregation can offer its teens. These retreats are a “rite of passage” for every WHC teen!

Other programs include trips to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a D.C. scavenger hunt, and other special events. Regular weeknight programming complements the weekend activities, trips, and retreats

"I really like upper school because I feel like I don’t need to be with my friends to have fun ... we are encouraged to talk to other people and make new friends."

— Evie

Registration is now open for 2022-2023

Our innovative, experiential, and compelling program engages students to help them learn about Judaism and develop their sense of Jewish identity.

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Ira Miller
Director of Informal Education