Shabbat

Every week, we are blessed with a holiday that encourages us to pause, reflect, and reconnect.

Shabbat brings us closer to what matters – Judaism, God, our families, and each other. Washington Hebrew welcomes you to find that place and sacred space with us, your community.

We gather every Friday to welcome Shabbat. From soulful, joyful, and musical services to those that follow our traditional liturgy with a sermon, Shabbat engages and connects us to each other and our faith.

See how we’re updating the Shabbat experience at WHC


About Our Services

Friday Evening

We invite you to end the week and welcome Shabbat with us!

Friday night with WHC is the place to be. It all begins with food, fun, and community!

 

Cantor Hamstra, Rabbi Shankman, and Rabbi Fischel singing on the bimah during Shabbat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6:00 pm: Snack, Sip, and Schmooze (S3)

SNACK — Hot appetizers (we’ll have different items each week), cheese, crackers, and fruit! Perfect for families looking to feed their kids before the service. Gluten-free and vegan options are always included.

SIP — Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be available.

SCHMOOZE — This half-hour is a great time to connect with the people around you! And kids will also be engaged with giant Connect 4 and Jenga, cornhole games, a coloring table, and other arts & crafts activities.

6:30 pm: Shabbat service

There’s music and joy, and time for introspection and celebration.

7:30 pm: Oneg Shabbat


Our clergy and song leader make going to Friday night services a fun, fulfilling event for families with young children (or grandchildren)!

Monthly, 5:00 pm at Temple and 5:30 pm at JBSC

Tot Shabbat

Songs, stories, music, and laughter!

Family Dinner

It’s Friday evening. The kids are hungry. You’re hungry. We’ve got food — and a great community to enjoy it with!

 


If you’re looking for a slightly later Shabbat service and want some of the same musical energy that Macomb St. and Falls Rd. Shabbats bring, join us!

6:30 pm — Snack, Sip, & Schmooze (S3)

SNACK — Hot appetizers (we’ll have different items each week), cheese, crackers, and fruit! Perfect for families looking to feed their kids before the service. Gluten-free and vegan options are always included.

SIP — Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be available.

SCHMOOZE — This half-hour is a great time to connect with the people around you! And kids will also be engaged with giant Connect 4 and Jenga, cornhole games, a coloring table, and other arts & crafts activities.

6:30 pm — 2239’s Metro Minyan Shot of Torah for Young Professionals

7:00 pm — Service

8:30 pm — Congregational Oneg

8:30 pm — 2239 Dinner for Young Professionals (Learn more about our 2239 Young Professionals community.)


Macomb St. Shabbat – First Friday of the month
Falls Rd. Shabbat – Third Friday of the month

6:00 pm: Snack, Sip, and Schmooze (S3) & Shot of Torah (Torah Study)

SNACK — Hot appetizers (we’ll have different items each week), cheese, crackers, and fruit! Perfect for families looking to feed their kids before the service. Gluten-free and vegan options are always included.

SIP — Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be available.

SCHMOOZE — This half-hour is a great time to connect with the people around you! And kids will also be engaged with giant Connect 4 and Jenga, cornhole games, a coloring table, and other arts & crafts activities.

6:30 pm: Shabbat service

Featuring our house band, there’s music and joy, and time for introspection and celebration (and birthday blessings!)

7:30 pm: Oneg Shabbat

 


Saturday Morning

8:30 am — Read the weekly Torah portion (in English) with community members

9:00 am — Clergy-led discussion

An opportunity to study and discuss the weekly Torah portion with our rabbis and cantors. No preparation, special training, or advance registration is necessary.


10:30 am

This service, led by our rabbis and cantors, often includes the b’nei mitzvah of our teens as well as the traditional elements of a Shabbat morning service: prayers, responsive readings, music, reading from the Torah, and a d’var Torah (interpretation of the weekly Torah portion). On the mornings when there is no b’nei mitzvah, our rabbi or cantor may use this opportunity to conduct a Learner’s Service and explain different aspects of the service or liturgy.


5:00 pm

We hold this service when there is a b’nei mitzvah. It includes all elements of our Shabbat morning service with the addition of the Havdalah ceremony. Havdalah, which means “to separate,” is a brief but moving ceremony that uses all of our senses to help us honor the separation between Shabbat and the rest of the week.