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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 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.

WRJ Social Justice Conference

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North America's Women of Reform Judaism Come to D.C.

Date: Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, May 19
Location: Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel, 1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Join the Women of WHC and the Women of Reform Judaism from around the country for this powerful experience. Become better-educated and trained on social justice issues, learn advocacy skills you can utilize at home and on a larger scale, and address timely topics in a welcoming and encouraging, all-female Jewish environment.

Click here to learn more and register.



Judaica Shop

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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.

Special pre-Passover hours:


Sunday, April 14:
  • 9:30 am - noon
  • Before the Women's Seder begins at 4:00 pm
  • After the Women's Seder ends at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 17:
  • 9:00 am - noon

Friday, April 19:
  • 9:00 am - noon

Monthly Meetings and Programs

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.

"The Rain Watcher" - May 10  

Art Tours

WWHC 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!

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.

Leadership

WHC Sisterhood's Officers and Board of Directors, 2017-2019

President: Ellen M. Miller

Officers
Vice Presidents
  Administrative Lisa Moss
  Boutique Sandy Nesbit, Jennifer Weinberg
  Community Service & Social Action Susan Adland, Barbara Sonies
  Fundraising Brenda Holt, Wendy Wilson
  Judaica Shop Sandy Nesbit, Cindy Schapiro
  Membership Barbara Faigen, Randi Sadugor
  Programming Ellen Barth, Sharon Brown
  Religion, Youth & Education Lynne Schaffer, Gerdy Trachtman
Treasurer
Melissa Fritz
Assistant Treasurers
  Boutique Jackie Paulson, Sheri Zweig
  Judaica Shop Melissa Fritz
Secretaries
  Corresponding Elaine Goldstein
  Membership Rebecca Fox
  Recording Marjory Goldman, Beth Jacober
Historian
vacant
Parliamentarian
Bonnie Youngentob
Officers at Large
Wendy Cossman, Jane Flior, Elaine Melnick, Honey Schneider
Auditor
Linda S. Newman
Immediate Past President
Sandy Nesbit
Temple Liaison
Rabbi Susan N. Shankman

Board of Directors
2015-2018
Cheryl Busch Julie Herman Phyllis Shankman Amanda Wise
Sabrina Goldberg Karen Moore Felice Weinbaum
2016-2019
Beverly Birchman Sandy Greenwald Nicki Newman Susan Wise
Louise Bittker Traci Levine Janine Rosen
Jeanne Fleming Carol Nerenberg Nancy Weiner
2017-2020
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
Shirley Garber Susan Hanenbaum Lauren Miller Marcia Weinberg
Rabbi Erin Glazer 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
Darian Drescher Joyce Isaacson Elissa Oshinsky Marilyn Wessler
Lynn Emmer Adrienne Kuehneman Sharon Peikin Lisa Winer
Susan Fink Cheryl Levine Karen Perkins Karen Winokur
Marilyn Grafman

Upcoming Events

May 3, 2019 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM

Spend your day engaged in the thrilling game of Mah Jongg! Game play starts at 10:30 am. The end time is flexible, and if there's enough interest, the games will continue…

May 5, 2019 / Sunday
Mah Jongg Tournament
10:00 AM—4:00 PM
May 6, 2019 / Monday
Downsizing and Relocating: A Women of WHC Monthly Meeting & Program
10:00 AM—12:00 PM
May 10, 2019 / Friday
Women of WHC Literary Group: "The Rain Watcher" by Tatiana de Rosnay
10:00 AM—12:00 PM
May 10, 2019 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM
May 17, 2019 / Friday
Mah Jongg
10:30 AM—4:00 PM