"Lawyers Without Rights" Opening Reception and Film Screening with Sandra Schulberg
When Hitler took power in Germany in 1933, he systematically disenfranchised Jewish lawyers, taking away their access to the courts and their right to practice the law. The exhibit, "Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich," traces how Hitler stripped away individual rights and chronicles the ensuing silence from members of the legal profession. On
Wednesday, February 22 at Temple, we'll celebrate the exhibit and explore what happened to the rule of law under the Third Reich at a reception and screening of the film
Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today (The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration). The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a viewing of the exhibit followed by the opening program at 7:00 pm with
Nuremberg Producer Sandra Schulberg. After the film, stay for a special dessert reception. "Lawyers Without Rights" is on display in Kreeger Lobby now through
Thursday, March 2.
With Purim right around the corner, WHECTY, the senior youth group at WHC, is selling delicious hamantashen to get you in the Purim spirit. We encourage you to pre-order so that you get the flavors that you want. This year, hamantashen will be available the week of March 5-12. Boxes cost $5 each and include four large hamantashen. There are seven delicious flavors to choose from: apple, apricot, cherry, chocolate, poppy seed, prune, and raspberry. When you pre-order, you can also select one of our special mixed boxes: traditional (two apricot, one prune, and one poppy seed) or fruit (one apple, one apricot, one cherry, and one raspberry). The last day to pre-order this Wednesday, February 22.
Commit to Unity, Understanding, and Inclusion at Our Faith Over Fear Dialogue
This winter, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities are coming together for a series of interfaith conversations to express our solidarity and commitment to unity, understanding, and inclusion. Join us to engage in an open and honest dialogue designed to bridge differences and build stronger bonds between the interfaith communities.
People of all faiths are welcome. Our next Faith Over Fear Dialogue will be held at the
ADAMS Center in Sterling, Virginia, on
Sunday, February 26 at 6:00 pm. Roundtrip transportation from WHC to the ADAMS Center is available, but you must RSVP in advance. The bus will leave from Temple at 5:00 pm and return at approximately 9:00 pm.
In 2027, just 10 years from now, Washington Hebrew Congregation will celebrate 175 years of being one of the leading Reform congregations in the nation. This special anniversary gives us all the opportunity to consider the future for our Congregation, and we would like our entire congregational family to participate in this process. WHC 175: Envision Our Future starts with several broad, but critical, questions: Where do we want to be in 10 years? What will we be as a Temple and as a Congregation? What role should WHC play in the lives of our members, in our community, and in Reform Judaism? We want to know what you envision for WHC's future and what role you hope to play. Our next "Visioning" workshop is Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm at Temple. Space is limited; please sign up today.
(Cue the music) Be our guest! Be our guest! We'd love you all to join our fest. Come to meet and greet the King and have some wine, it's all the best! On
Friday, March 10, experience the Purim story - performed by your clergy - through parodies of songs from your favorite films.
Dinner is at 6:00 pm and is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and under. Our Shabbat Purim Oscars Service & Awards Ceremony begins at 7:00 pm, and the Purim Oscars "After Party" starts at 8:00 pm. Purim Oscars voting begins next week - stay tuned for the announcement of our nominees.
WHECTY's teens are the spirit behind the Purim Carnival. All 8th - 12th graders are invited to sign up and participate in one of our biggest youth events of the year - the Purim Lock-In and Purim Carnival. The evening begins at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center on
Saturday, March 11 at 6:00 pm with fun and mixers followed by a few hours of setting up, making carnival signs, and decorating. On Sunday, we will run the games and activities for the younger children.
Enjoy inflatables, carnival games (designed for both our older and younger children), cotton candy, pizza, hamantashen, and much more at our Purim Carnival on
Sunday, March 12 at 12:00 pm at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center.
Students in grades 6 and up, as well as adults, are needed to help out at the Purim Carnival.
Congregational Conversations Keynote with Yossi Klein Halevi
Continuing the conversation on Israel,
Yossi Klein Halevi of Israel's
Shalom Hartman Institute will join us at Temple on
Monday, March 13 at 7:00 pm to discuss "Balancing Self-Preservation and other Moral Values," transforming a conversation that is often about advocacy to one about values. Halevi is the author of
Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, and he is a regular voice in the op-ed pages of leading American newspapers. Halevi is active in Middle East reconciliation work and serves as chairman of Open House, an Arab Israeli-Jewish Israeli center in the town of Ramle, near Tel Aviv. He comes to WHC as part of Shalom Hartman Institute's
iEngage Project, which seeks to create a new narrative regarding the significance of Israel for Jewish life. Led by a team of internationally renowned scholars in the fields of Jewish studies, Middle East politics, and history, iEngage is committed to addressing core questions pertaining to the necessity and significance of the State of Israel. This community-wide lecture is presented in partnership with the
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the
Embassy of Israel.
Join us at Temple on
Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm for a lively conversation on the book,
The Secret Chord, facilitated by Rabbi Susan Shankman. Geraldine Brooks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of
People of the Book and
March, peels away myth, bringing King David to life. Brooks traces the arc of David's journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot, and into his remorseful and diminished dotage. In celebration of Purim, there will be delicious hamantashen to enjoy as we discuss the book.
Join The Boomers at Temple on
Sunday, March 5 at 5:00 pm for a Passover cooking demo with Susan Barocas, Founding Director of the
Jewish Food Experience. A talented food writer, teacher, and chef, Susan is a member of the culinary society,
Les Dames d'Escoffier, and served as the guest chef at three White House seders. Susan will teach us contemporary and fun new recipes. Our menu for the evening features White House favorites, and printed copies of all the recipes will be given to attendees. The price is $45 per person. This event is supported by a grant from the Jewish Food Experience, a program of The Jewish Federation Greater Washington.
Join us on
Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 pm at Temple for an evening of cocktails and pampering at a special Ladies Night Out featuring
Kate Siegel and her mother, Kim Friedman. Kate's new book,
Mother, Can You Not?, is based on her very popular (over one million followers) Instagram account -
@crazyjewishmom - where she posts texts and emails from her mom nudging her about life, dating, and more. Over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, we'll hear from Kate and Kim and discover why every woman needs a "crazy" Jewish Mom in her life. Tickets for this event are $35 with a signed book, $20 for the event only, and $25 at the door.
Join us for a night of Hollywood-themed fun at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center on
Saturday, February 25 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. At our late night event, we'll experience the glamour of the movies as we get ready to roll out the red carpet for this year's Shabbat Purim. This event is $25 for Club 56 members and $30 for non-members.
Get ready to experience the movies as ETY celebrates the glitz and glam of Hollywood on Sunday, February 26 at 12:00 - 2:30 pm at Temple. We'll yell, "hooray for Hollywood!" as we gear up for Shabbat Purim. This event is $20 for ETY members and $25 for non-members.
B'nei Mitzvah Learning Days for 6th Grade Families
Soon, your 6th grader will complete the journey to becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. To help you and your family connect with the meaning of this spiritual event, we invite you to join us for a day of learning on Sunday, February 26 from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm at Temple and Sunday, March 5 from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center. Please register for the location where your child attends Religious School. This program will have a special focus on undertaking Mitzvah Projects, creating a yad to be used during the B'nei Mitzvah service, and learning the cantillations for the Torah and Haftarah. We will also have post-B'nei Mitzvah students share their experiences with you.
Secure your child's spot in our inclusive and dynamic Religious School by registering online today. We offer an innovative, experiential, and compelling religious educational program for children that helps them learn about Judaism and develop their sense of Jewish identity. With parallel programs in Pre-K through 12th grade at both the Lehrman Religious School at Temple and the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center in Potomac, we're well suited to meet your family's needs. In addition, we offer a special needs program at Temple for students in grades 3-7.
Our ECCs at Temple and the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Visit our website to learn about our programs and register for next year or schedule a tour.
Spend the Summer at Camp Keetov in Maryland or D.C.
Registration for Camp Keetov at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center and Temple campuses is now open.
We offer the best in early childhood camping, and the 1,000s of parents who have chosen Camp Keetov for their child's first camp experience would surely agree. Our goal each summer is to create a memorable childhood adventure filled with age-appropriate activities and opportunities for enjoyment, learning, and growth. Our campers wake up in the morning excited to come to camp and ready for fun. Register today to give your child a great summer experience with caring, dynamic staff.
Doing Good with the Jewish Federation and Mitzvah Hoppin'
The Jewish Federation and its Young Leadership program, Mitzvah Hoppin', are collecting professional clothing for the Covenant House Youth Shelter. We are proud to support their efforts by collecting clothes at Temple from now until Sunday, February 26 when they will sort and organize the donations at the Edlavitch DCJCC. All of the clothing will go to the teenagers involved in the Covenant House's Job Training Program, where homeless teens can gain skills in a specific vocation and also learn what they need to know about job hunting and the professional world.
Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23 Saturday, February 18/22 Shevat 5777
Radical Inclusion at Sinai D'var Torah by Ana Bonnheim
We have arrived. All of the stories; all the of the generations between Adam and Eve, and the matriarchs and patriarchs; and 400 years of slavery in Egypt now culminate in the Israelites' triumphant redemption. They all lead to this singular moment: the Revelation at Sinai. In Parashat Yitro, Moses guides the Israelite people to Mt. Sinai where they encounter God, experiencing all the drama and glory of Revelation.Read more.
Our weekly commentary comes from URJ's "Ten Minutes of Torah" and is available in its entirety on the
Last week, "This is Hunger" rolled to WHC as part of its national tour across the United States. The interactive experience on wheels, brought to us by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, introduced visitors to the hidden face of hunger in America. Our experience with "This is Hunger" culminated on Friday, February 10 with a Pollin Music Program Shabbat followed by an open house featuring hands-on tikkun olam projects that enabled participants to make an immediate, positive difference for the hungry in our community.
Our Congregation is here for you every day. Please help ensure that we can continue to serve our community with a gift to Yad B'Yad, the WHC Annual Fund. Because membership-based revenues support only 75% percent of our needs, Yad B'Yad helps sustain our exceptional programming and keep membership open to all. You can donate to Yad B'Yad by check, cash, credit card, stock, DAF, IRA, or by billing your Temple account. All donations are tax-deductible, and every gift makes a difference. Please extend your hand in partnership today!
We come together in prayer and remembrance whenever there is a loss within our community. For those who wish to be notified of recent losses within our Congregation, we have created a Condolence List. Joining the email list will enable us to send you information about those who have passed and will give you an opportunity to reach out with support for your fellow congregants.