March 24, 2020

Dear WHC Family,

We hope that you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe.  As we have heard from the CDC, what we do over the next several weeks will be critically important to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This is a challenging and uncertain time, and taking our moral, religious, and civic responsibilities very seriously, we know that our actions have never mattered more.

Following the recent announcements from Mayor Bowser in Washington, D.C. and Governor Hogan in Maryland, we need to let you know that both of our buildings – the Temple on Macomb St. and the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center in Potomac – will remain closed until at least April 30 .

As we have shared with you over the last week and a half, we are committed to helping all of us stay connected throughout this stressful time.

Below are some of the ongoing WHC Virtual programs and services we have planned for the next five weeks. Details for these and other online chats are all available on our new website, . We suggest bookmarking this site so you can easily check back to see when additional programming and opportunities to connect online are added.

Anxiety in Children and Adolescents:
This Thursday at 8:30 pm, Rabbi Lustig and Dr. Matthew Biel, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital, will host an online discussion about anxiety in children and adolescents. Join us via Zoom .

Online Classes:
  • Sundays at 10:30 am: “The Best of the Amram Scholar Series”

  • Mondays at 7:00 pm: “Exploring Black-Jewish Relations” with Professor Jacques Berlinerblau

  • Mondays at 8:00 pm: "12 Jewish Questions: Digital Edition" with Rabbi Miller and the WHC clergy team

  • Tuesdays at 7:00 pm: "How to ... Find Wholeness in Jewish Living" with Rabbi Fischel

  • Tuesdays at 7:00 pm: Upper School and Confirmation Programming with Rabbi Shankman and Ira Miller

  • Wednesdays at 1:00 pm: Wednesday Study Group with Rabbi Fischel

  • Fridays at 5:00 pm: Tot Shabbat with WHC Clergy and RJWECC Song Leader, Lisa Baydush

  • Fridays at 6:00 pm: Shabbat Evening Service with WHC Clergy

  • Saturdays at 9:00 am: Early Torah Study with WHC Clergy

  • Saturdays at 10:30 am: Shabbat Morning Service with WHC Clergy

  • Saturdays at 9:00 pm: College Student Havdalah and Chat with Rabbi Shankman and Ira Miller

With the uncertainty that is ahead, please know that we are not just a community, we are your family, and we care for you. During this closure, you can still reach our administrative staff, who are working remotely, via email and voicemail.

We ask you to please heed the call of our elected leaders and stay home to help flatten the curve. The doctors, nurses, and medical professionals on the front lines caring for those stricken by the coronavirus are depending on it.

May God watch over our doctors, nurses, medical professionals, first responders, and their families. May each be blessed with wisdom and strength as they fight on the front lines of this pandemic. And may God watch over each of us. Amen.

Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig
Senior Rabbi
Steve Jacober
Executive Director
Nell Shapiro