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Irene & Abe Pollin Music Program Initiative

Since 2012, the Irene & Abe Pollin Music Program Initiative has provided a broad range of special musical events to enhance our Shabbat worship experience. From an interfaith exploration of the Psalms to contemporary jazz, a cappella, and Middle Eastern music, our offerings are as special and diverse as Washington Hebrew is itself.

2017-2018 Program Schedule

Cantorial Duets

Friday, October 13, 6:00 pm at Temple

Washington Hebrew Congregation members treasure the musical component of Shabbat and holiday services and the richness that the voices of Cantors Mikhail Manevich and Susan Bortnick lend to our liturgy. Join us at Temple on Friday, October 13 at 6:00 pm for a musical worship experience featuring a wide variety of liturgical compositions that bring together the voices of our cantors in beautiful harmony.

Children's Chorus of Washington

Friday, November 10, 6:00 pm at Temple

On the eve of Veterans Day, we dedicate our 6:00 pm Shabbat service on Friday, November 10 to the bravery, service, and sacrifice of the men and women who serve or have served our country. In lieu of a sermon, the Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) will perform a celebratory, patriotic concert immediately after the worship service that features songs from every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

JAM on the Bimah

Friday, December 1, 6:00 pm at Temple

This musical service will feature our talented junior choir, JAM (Jewish American Music), and a small instrumental ensemble. JAM will join Cantors Manevich and Bortnick on the bimah to lead the service, singing contemporary Jewish music selections for our prayers, and presenting a sermon-in-song of music they perform at the Washington Area Jewish Youth Choral Festival.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah With Music by Dan Nichols and JAM

Friday, February 9, 6:00 pm at Temple

Ranked 9th on the 2018 list of “The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims,” Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah is a prominent Muslim cleric, respected religious scholar, and President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. The Sheikh will speak for the first time at a Jewish house of worship when he comes to WHC for this Shabbat service. His remarks will be paired with a selection of peace-themed music from Dan Nichols, an internationally renowned Jewish musician who is returning to WHC as our Artist-in-Residence for the weekend of February 9-10. WHC’s youth choir, JAM, will join Dan Nichols on the bimah at this service.

Respected as a scholar by all sects and schools of the Muslim faith, Sheikh bin Bayyah is an instructor at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and served as the Deputy Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars in Qatar and a judge at the High Court of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

Cathedra Choir

Friday, March 9, 6:00 pm at Temple

Cathedra is a highly skilled ensemble of professional singers and instrumentalists at Washington National Cathedral under the artistic leadership of Maestro Michael McCarthy. They are dedicated to bringing the highest form of expression to music from across the ages, specialize in both the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and are a champion of the modern-day composer.

An Evening With Mona Golabek: The Children of Willesden Lane

Thursday, April 12, 7:00 pm at Temple

After sold-out appearances in New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and Berkley, WHC's Irene & Abe Pollin Music Program Initiative brings Grammy-nominated American pianist Mona Golabek comes to Washington Hebrew Congregation for one night only. Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, this concert tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who dreams of a concert debut at the storied Musikverein hall. When Lisa is swept up in the Kindertransport to protect her from the Nazi regime, everything about her life is upended except her love of music and her pursuit of that dream. Featuring some of the world's most beloved piano music performed live by Lisa's daughter, concert pianist Mona Golabek, The Children of Willesden Lane is the story Meryl Streep calls, "an inspiring tribute to the power of a mother's love."

Cantors & Kol Rinah: A Service for Yom HaShoah and Yom HaAtzmaut

Friday, April 13, 6:00 pm at Temple

From the ashes of the Holocaust, Israel was born. With their iconic voices, Cantor Mikhail Manevich, Cantor Susan Bortnick, and Kol Rinah will help us honor Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) a time of pain and suffering, and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) a celebration of a new day and the promise of tomorrow.