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Israel Engagement

Cast Your Vote in the 2015 World Zionist Organization Elections

Polls are open now through Thursday, April 30 in the 2015 World Zionist Congress (WZC) elections, and you have the opportunity to make your voice as a Reform Jew heard by voting for the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) slate of delegates (which includes Rabbi Susan Shankman). Israel is at a crossroads, and, as Reform Jews, we are committed to ensuring that its future is one of equality, pluralism, and peace. By casting your vote for the ARZA – Representing Reform Judaism slate, you will help determine U.S. Jewish representation to the World Zionist Congress, the highest legislative body… Read More  ➔

Early Childhood, ECC DC, Education

E-T ECC Celebrates International Day

This morning, the kids at the Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center embarked on an adventure that took them from Washington, D.C. to many exciting destinations around the world! Planned and sponsored by the E-T ECC’s Parents Committee, this annual event is one of the most anticipated of the year. From playing with traditional toys at the Colombia table to seeing their names written in Korean calligraphy, the kids had the opportunity to directly engage as they learned. Parents, guardians, and staff were present to guide the children from country to country, answer questions, and ensure a positive (and… Read More  ➔

Interfaith

European Jews and Muslims: Embracing a Common Destiny

Yesterday, Samia Hathroubi, the Paris-based European Coordinator for the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, joined us for an inspiring discussion about her work bringing Jews and Muslims together in France and Europe. Speaking to an audience filled with community members of Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and other faith backgrounds, she addressed the difficulties of building bridges between the two communities while pointing to positive advances, like the Muslim-Jewish delegation she led at the Paris Unity March and joint efforts to fight against circumcision and ritual slaughter bans in Europe. Panel discussion with Jewish and Muslim leaders. Following her remarks, Rabbi Lustig moderated… Read More  ➔

Early Childhood, Education

Helping Our Children Grow

“Learning comes in the quiet. Ask children a question, then hush. Shh. Really. Shhh. Give them a chance to think of and share their answers.” This was wisdom imparted by DJ Schneider Jensen, Director of the Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center, at the Early Childhood Education Conference hosted by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit in November. DJ, who arrived at WHC in summer 2014, is widely recognized as an expert in early childhood education. Author of the widely regarded book, Monday Memo: Creating Change in Early Childhood Education, One Message at a Time, she also trains educators and parents… Read More  ➔

Faith In Action, Shabbat Services, Volunteer Groups, Youth Groups

The Weekend in Review

Washington Hebrew Congregation welcomed leaders and members of area churches and mosques at several special events celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Shabbat, the NAACP’s new president and chief executive officer, Cornell William Brooks, addressed an audience of over 500 people at a lively service that also featured the Shiloh Gospel Choir, the Artists Group Chorale, and WHC’s Kol Rinah. Mr. Brooks, who has a background as a minister, lawyer, and human rights activist, inspired the congregation with an electrifying speech focusing on the future as much as… Read More  ➔

ECC Maryland, Repairing The World

Youngest Students Participate in Tikkun Olam

In December, the RJWECC and WHC Kindergarten held their annual Hanukkah celebration with families, lighting the hanukkiyah, eating sufganiyot, and singing songs. In the spirit of tikkun olam, the RJWECC also partnered with Second Chance Toys, and the children cleaned, prepared, and donated their gently loved plastic toys for donation to children in need – bringing light to others and keeping plastics out of landfills.Read More  ➔

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