Religious School: Pre-K – Grade 7

We offer innovative, experiential, and compelling educational programs for children at both of our campuses (DC and Potomac) as well as online to help each child learn about Judaism and develop their unique sense of Jewish identity.

Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Religious School is committed to inclusion. Please consult with Stephanie Tankel, Director of Lifelong Learning, should your child require any special educational accommodation so we can best meet their needs.

The Religious School curriculum is spiraled in order to scaffold each child’s learning opportunities and build from one year to the next. The topics explored include culture, holidays, sacred text (Torah and beyond!), theology, prayer and spirituality, Jewish life cycle, Israel (through history and today), and so much more.

More than any theme or topic, this is a space where Jewish identity is shaped. We see each child as uniquely made in the image of God and partner with them and their family to ensure a meaningful educational journey.

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open!

Registration Form

Kindergarten through 7th-grade classes will meet at each building on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am-noon in the 2022-2023 school year.

Pre-K through 2nd Grade

Beginning in Gan (Pre-K) and lasting throughout, we help our students build a Jewish identity through socialization and play, blending music, art, drama, and dance into fun and learning. These years focus on developing a love of being Jewish as well as comfort with Judaism. A big emphasis is placed on building community within the class and forging new friendships — we know social and emotional components are the foundation for strong and meaningful learning.

Pre-K students gather once a month on a Sunday morning and K-2 students gather weekly.


3rd through 7th Grades

Programming in grades 3 through 7 is rooted in student choice and teacher passion!

When students are empowered to exercise agency, they are more invested in the experience and more likely to forge long-lasting friendships and a stronger connection to Judaism. Happy children make for happy parents — and thus, a thriving school and synagogue community.

Sunday Mornings at Temple or JBSC*

3rd through 7th graders gather from 9:30am-12noon.

Students in grades 3 through 7 will experience their mornings in three parts: Hebrew/Judaic Studies, tefillah-prayer, and their chosen electives. Our innovative, elective-based approach allows each student to steer their Jewish journey. Throughout the school year, students are presented with elective options taught by passionate faculty members. Electives last between 4 to 6 weeks and honor the diversity of interests, learning styles, and abilities in our community. In addition to electives, we offer “core” Jewish learning opportunities to ensure the arc of the Jewish year – with holidays, values, and role models – is infused into everyone’s experience.

Religious School’s elective-based model is funded by the Ginny Grunley Education Initiative.

*Students who encounter scheduling or other hurdles are invited to be in touch with us so we can explore individualized Independent Studies options and plans!

Mid-Week Hebrew for Grades 4-7

4th through 7th graders have the chance to strengthen and build their Hebrew skills mid-week by building from 4:30-6:00pm. We believe in-person learning is the strongest model for communal prayer, community building, and consistent Hebrew progress. Tuesday afternoons will take place at JBSC; Wednesday afternoons at Temple. Hebrew via Zoom will be available only for advanced students in 6th and 7th grade who complete an assessment to ensure their ability to participate.

More Updates

We can’t wait to resume inter-generational family learning in the 2022-2023 year, as well as school-wide and grade-wide celebrations. We know how much these opportunities mean to everyone, and we have certainly missed them! Communal experiences are core to Jewish life and learning. Stay tuned for upcoming events and programs!

Registration is now open!

2022-2023 Application

CONTACT US

Stephanie Tankel
Director of Lifelong Learning
stankel@whctemple.org