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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.


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Learn to Play Canasta


Learn to play Canasta with the Women of WHC.

WHEN: Tuesdays at 7:00 pm starting January 21

WHERE: Julia Bindeman Suburban Center

COST: $36 for Women of WHC members; $50 for non-members

This program will run for 6 weeks and will include 4 weeks of instruction plus 2 weeks to practice what we learn. No experience necessary.

Please click here to register for this program

Movie Night


Come join The Boomers, EmptyNesters, Brotherhood, and Women of WHC for movie night!

Join us for a screening of When Do We Eat - a 2005 comedy about a family's Passover seder that goes a bit haywire.

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: JBSC
Cost: $23 per person (cost includes snacks, movie, dinner, and, of course, popcorn!)

Please click here to RSVP for this event.

More about the movie:

When Do We Eat? is the story of the "world's fastest Passover Seder" gone horribly awry. It's about an old school dad who's as tough on his sons as his father is on him. On this night, however, one of the boys slips Dad a dose of special, hallucinogenic Ecstasy in order "to give him a new perspective." Meanwhile, Mom brings a handsome stranger to dinner and the kids take sides. By the end of the night, however, Dad's visions turn him into a modern-day Moses intent on leading this hungry group to the promised land of family forgiveness. Of course, they're all so stubborn, it would be easier to part the Red Sea. Written by THINKFilm



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.

Pam Jenoff: "The Orhpan's Tale" - January 31  
Pam Jenoff:

The Women of WHC are pleased to welcome author Pam Jenoff to discuss her book, The Orphan's Tale

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!!

Regular Hours:

  • Tuesdays 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Fridays & Sundays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Open other times for special events and by appointment.

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

January 28, 2020 / Tuesday
Learn to Play Canasta
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Join the Women of WHC and learn how to play Canasta.

This 6-week program will spend the first 4 weeks focusing on how to play the game with help from…

January 31, 2020 / Friday
Women of WHC Literary Group Presents: Pam Jenoff
11:00 AM—12:30 PM
February 4, 2020 / Tuesday
Learn to Play Canasta
7:00 PM—9:00 PM
February 5, 2020 / Wednesday
Women of WHC Present: Ally Karpel
7:00 PM—8:30 PM
February 11, 2020 / Tuesday
Learn to Play Canasta
7:00 PM—9:00 PM
February 18, 2020 / Tuesday
Learn to Play Canasta
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

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