Home > Worship > Shabbat
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.
Friday night with WHC is the place to be. It all begins with food, fun, and community!
If you would like to sponsor a portion of a future Shabbat@WHC to celebrate a milestone or honor a memory, please contact Lindsay Feldman, Executive Director, at email@example.com.
When you join us on a Friday night, you will experience joy. You will experience community. There may be more or fewer musicians, but there will always be music and an opportunity to eat and have a drink.
We’re at Temple every week, and once a month (usually the third Friday, but check the Calendar) we add a service at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center.
At 6:00 pm and again after the service: Have something to eat (to tide you over or as your dinner), a drink (we offer beer and wine, plus non-alcoholic options), and connect with your community.
Kids are always welcome, and they’ll be able to eat before (and after) the service, play Connect 4, Jenga, and cornhole games, create at a coloring table, and do other arts & crafts activities.
Many weeks at 6:00 pm, you can also participate in a Shot of Torah.
6:30 pm – Our Shabbat service begins.
After the service – Stay for dessert, or more dinner and drinks!
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
Songs, stories, music, and laughter!
It’s Friday evening. The kids are hungry. You’re hungry. We’ve got food —and a great community to enjoy it with!
At 6:30 pm (note the later start time for the evening) and again after the service: Have something to eat (to tide you over or as your dinner), a drink (we offer a full bar, plus non-alcoholic options), and connect with your community.
Also at 6:30 pm, 2239 folks can join us for a Shot of Torah.
7:00 pm – Our Shabbat service begins.
After the service – Stay for dessert, or more dinner and drinks! For members (or potential new members) of 2239, our Young Professionals group, tonight is when we gather for our monthly dinner.
Whether it’s a chance to celebrate a favorite holiday like Hanukkah or Purim (definitely a “don’t miss” event), invite in special guest speakers and musicians as we do for MLK Shabbat, or recognize and represent the diversity of our community for Pride and Juneteenth, we love taking the opportunity to embrace all elements of Judaism.
We have these events at least once a month, be sure to check the Calendar for updates on what’s happening at WHC.
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.
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.
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.
3935 Macomb Street NW
Washington, DC 20016
11810 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20854
Click here to subscribe
© 2023 Washington Hebrew Congregation. All Rights Reserved.
Back to Top