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     Bet Mishpachah is the Washington DC area congregation for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews and all who wish to participate in an inclusive, egalitarian, and mutually supportive community. Our membership is comprised of singles, couples, and families, and is open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

     Our services at the Washington DC JCC (corner of 16th & Q St NW - enter on Q Street) are participatory, inviting, and personal, and we use gender-neutral and inclusive language. Service leading rotates between Rabbi Green and our talented lay leaders. Erev Shabbat services begin at 8:00 pm every Friday and Shabbat Morning services begin at 10:00 am on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

     Our cultural, social, and educational, and programs, coordinated by program director Sharon Greenbaum and dedicated committee leaders, are open to all, members and non-members, friends and guests. For information on upcoming events peruse our homepage or click on the Events Calendar Button. For information and resources in the wider GLBT community, visit our Partner Organization page. 



Rabbi Green's fall class continues October 22nd.  You can also read her open letter to the congregation and her high holy day drashot.

 We have a movie outing, a theater outing, and an opportunity for you to participate in community service.

 Plus, as a kick off to our 40th year celebration, we will be hosting renown Jewish theologian Judith Plaskow on November 6th. 


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Join Us For Our 40th Anniversary Kick-Off Event

Renown Jewish and Lesbian Theologian Judith Plaskow Will Speak November 6th

DCJCC - 7:00 pm 


It's hard to imagine a single person who has influenced the trajectory of the "theology" of Bet Mishpachah, albeit from afar, more than Judith Plaskow.  In Standing Again at Sinai, a 1991 book, which has been called the first book of Jewish feminist theology, Dr. Plaskow wrote that Torah, and Jews' conception of our own history, was written in a matter that marginalized women.  She advocated expanding Torah by reconstructing Jewish history to include the history of women, and thereby alter the shape of Jewish memory.  She currently teaches at Manhattan College.  There will be a meet and greet before the lecture as well as a Q&A and book signing after the lecture.  Our co-sponsors include The IV&V Group, GLOE, Kol Ami, Am Kolel, Rabbi Bob Saks Emeritus, and Rabbi Green.


The event is free, donations welcome, but please RSVP to so we can provide sufficient seating.


Continuing Wednesday Evenings, October 29 - November 12

Rabbi Green's Fall Class


 "Bed, Bath and Beyond: Everything They Never
Taught You About Sex, Gender Identity, and Getting Naked in Torah"


7:00-8:30 pm, Washington DC JCC, each Wednesday Evening



2014 Heschel Vision Awards Sunday October 26th, 6:30 pm

Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Rd, NW


JUJF honors Sam Jewler, Ruti and Nicole Berner-Kadish, and Liz Dunst.  There will be a reception following.  JUFJ’s Heschel Vision Awards honor local leaders who fuse activism and deep moral commitments. These leaders inspire and empower people from all walks of life.


S. Bear Bergman Performance "Machunatim"

Hyman S. and Frieda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival Sunday October 26


In this performance, Bergman performs stores about the lives of his grandparents, his Shabbat table, the hilarity of planning his wedding, and the survival story of Chanukah set against Trans Day of Remembrance.  October 26 at 7:00 pm at the DCJCC.  

Bet Mishpachah members receive can order tickets by click here.  Select the discounted member rate when ordering.

Movie "Codebreaker"

Monday October 27, 7 pm


Join Bet Mishpachah to see a free program about Alan Turing, the gay British mathematical genius who broke the German Enigma code during World War II. 


 The group will meet for dinner beforehand.  Interested?  Click here for more details and how to RSVP.

Rock and Scroll Returns Erev Shabbat November 7th


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