Washington Hebrew Congregation Youth and Education programs address the life of our Temple youth and families in a unique way.
Early Childhood Center - Our Early Childhood Center provides an environment where children can experiment, discover, dream and imagine. For ages two years through five (pre-school) at Macomb Street and ages two years through eight (pre-school-2nd grade) at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center. Both schools are in session September through June. Creative Arts and Dramatic Play, Jewish Cultural Education and Holiday Celebrations, Music Storytelling, Cooking, Movement Activities, Outdoor Play, and Field Trips all make up the developmentally appropriate curriculum. The professional, competent, caring staff and an outstanding ratio of adults to children completes this exciting program.
Primary School - The Washington Hebrew Congregation Primary School offers a well-rounded balanced and enriched curriculum for Gesher (Bridge for children who have completed a four-year-old program, but not ready for kindergarten), Kindergarten, first and second grades. We offer a variety of teaching methods and materials and are committed to maximizing each child’s learning potential. We offer: Small class sizes Flexible grouping Specialists in art, music, dramatic arts, Hebrew, Judaic studies, physical education, science, computers and media On-site guidance counselor, resource specialist, creative writing teacher and speech therapist. In addition, we offer the finest in secular and Judaic education, forming the framework for a challenging curriculum. This curriculum meets the needs of each child’s cognitive and emotional development within a nurturing Jewish environment.
Religious School - The Religious Education of our children is given prime care and concern at the Temple. We offer supplementary Jewish educational programming starting in Kindergarten. Hebrew education commences in fourth grade, with Upper School and Confirmation Classes taking place in eighth, ninth and tenth grades. Our post-confirmation program, called “L’atid,” (“Toward the Future”), meets monthly and is open to eleventh and twelfth graders. Religious School classes are held at both the Temple facility in Washington, as well as at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center. Additional information regarding the Religious School is available through the Religious School office at 301-354-3223.
Adult Education - Educating ourselves, learning together, and interacting with others, contributes to the richness of our lives. We want to provide opportunities for you as adult members of Washington Hebrew Congregation to add vitality and meaning to our lives as Jews. Our adult education and other programs are developed with that goal in mind. These classes, planned by the Adult Education Committee, offer a varied curriculum featuring our Rabbis, Cantor and guest lecturers, including local university professors. Special educational events, lectures, scholars-in-residence programs, and symposia are offered. We will be offering events on topics from Hebrew to History, to Jewish Mysticism, to Death and Dying.