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New Shabbat Experiences!

Much more than a Shabbat service, our new Shabbat experiences are —

Soulful, Musical, and Joyful … in the Heart of DC

District Shabbat

District Shabbat combines the high energy of Washington and the deep spirituality of Reform Judaism to create this all-ages downtown Shabbat experience.

There hasn’t been a regular synagogue presence in Southwest since 1995, and we are excited for the opportunities our new District Shabbat will bring to the Southwest community and its visitors. It’s WHC bringing the heart of D.C. to downtown D.C.

What is District Shabbat?

Much more than a Shabbat service, this is a Shabbat experience led by WHC clergy and internationally celebrated folk-rock musicians Dan Nichols and Alan Goodis. It's a Friday evening in the heart of D.C. that builds community through joyful, musical worship, learning, food, and drinks.

Who is it for?

Do you have young children?

Come at 5:30 pm for our "District Shabbat for Tots" and family dinner. It's a fun and engaging service that’s perfect for the little ones – and will get you on your feet too. And it's followed by a complimentary family-friendly Shabbat dinner, so both tummies and hearts will be full at the end of your evening.

Coming without (or with older) kids?

Come at 6:15 pm for a "Shot of Torah" and explore the depth and wisdom of the week’s Torah portion with our clergy through a spirited discussion fueled by soft drinks, adult beverages, and hors d'oeuvres.

Our high-energy, musical, and participatory Shabbat service begins at 7:00 pm

Did someone say "dinner"?

Make it a night and dine with us! We have two options:

Community Shabbat Dinner is an amazing dinner, catered by local Mediterranean favorite CAVA, held right at St. Augustine's. The cost is $18 per person.

The Rabbi's Table offers an opportunity to dine with a small group and one of WHC's rabbis at the Wharf's Canopy by Hilton. The prix fixe dinner costs $50 per person, and seating is limited to the first 20 people who register.

Where is it?

St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 555 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
(Across the street from Arena Stage)
Looking for public transit options?  In addition to Metro's Green Line Waterfront stop and M-74 bus that stops one block from St. Augustine's, check out the free Wharf shuttle from L'Enfant Plaza and the Circulator's SW Waterfront Route that runs from Eastern Market to L'Enfant Plaza.

When is it?

Our next District Shabbat is on Friday, October 19. It's held every month. Click here for the full schedule.


Whether you are coming for Tot Shabbat, the 7:00 pm service, or dinner, we ask you to click here to register so we can provide you with an extraordinarily soulful, musical, and joyful Shabbat experience. Thank you!

Macomb St. Shabbat

Macomb St. Shabbat is a soulful Shabbat evening with joy and connection at its center.


The first Friday of every month, beginning October 5


WHC on Macomb Street

What time?

  • 6:00 pm: Pre-neg (hot hors d’oeuvres and drinks), Shabbat stories for children, and Chevruta (a deep and engaging Torah discussion for adults), all with our clergy)
  • 6:30 pm: Shabbat candle lighting and Kiddush 
  • 6:40 pm: Our service begins. It has live musical accompaniment and encourages participation, interaction, and connection. We’ll celebrate simchas, offer support through Mi Shebeirach and Kaddish prayers, and bless all our children.
  • Afterward: eat, drink, connect with clergy, or head off to begin your weekend. It’s all up to you!