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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 will speak at World AIDS Day vigil Dec 1st.  We'll celebrate Shabbat with Rock 'N Scroll on December 5th, gather for our annual meeting on December 7th, commemorate Human Rights Day on December 12th, and celebrate Chanuka December 18th and 19th with a happy hour and congregational dinner (make your reservation now!).  Don't forget the Jewish Folk Arts Festival is December 6-7.


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Rabbi Green will speak at the World AIDS Day vigil, sponsored by Whitman Walker Health, 1701 14th Street NW, on December 1st at 6 pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Erev Shabbat December 5th


Potluck Dinner Followed by



6:30-8:00 pm - Shabbatluck! LGBTQ Community Potluck Dinner Join Moishe House DCBet Mishpachah, Queer for Christ DC, Nice Jewish Boys DC, and GLOE - GLBT Outreach & Engagement for a community Shabbat potluck dinner. Mix, mingle, and get to know DC's LGBTQ and ally Jews, Christians, and our friends. We'll provide the wine, challah, and dessert! You bring your favorite vegetarian dish.




8:00-9:00 pm - Rock 'N Scroll: Musical Shabbat Services co-led by Rabbi Laurie Green and Rabbi Mark Novak followed by a festive oneg Shabbat.
Shabbat Services Friday, December 12 Commemorates Human Rights Day
Rabbi Laurie Green leads services, which begin at 8:00 pm at the DCJCC. The guest speaker will be Andrew Hanauer, Campaigns Director at Jubilee USA.

Jubilee USA is a coalition of faith, labor, environmental and human rights groups working to end the structural causes of global poverty. In his role as Campaign Director, Andrew represents Jubilee in policy meetings with the White House, Congress, the International Monetary Fund and with partner organizations, NGOs and faith communities.

Andrew has a decade of experience working for the common good. He has worked for three Presidential campaigns, the Environmental Defense Fund and serves on the Board of Directors of a charitable organization that funds school fees for poor children in East Africa. In 2010, Andrew directed a green-job-training program for poor communities in California that was featured in Mother Jones magazine.


Jewish Folk Arts Festival, Weekend of December 6-7

Saturday, December 6

  Chanuka Concert, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Temple Bet Ami, 14330 Travilah Road, Rockville, Md.   This concert features Noa Baum, storyteller, and The Fabrangen Fiddlers with Debi and Jessi Roemer. 

  Sunday, December 7  
  Jewish Folk Arts Festival, 12:00 noon-6:00 pm, Universities of Shady Grove Conference Center, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Md.   
  Bet Mishpachah is a co-sponsor of the 20th Jewish Folk Arts Festival – the Mid-Atlantic's largest celebration of Jewish art, music, and culture.  The richness of Jewish values, culture and heritage is passed from generation to generation through singers, writers, dancers, visual artists, storytellers and craftspeople. All performers and workshop presenters donate their time to the festival. Musical highlights include synagogue choirs and cantors, and nationally known Klezmer bands. There will also be writers, dancers, and storytellers. An exhibit hall will feature Judaic artists and their crafts, which will be for sale. There will be several workshops. Kosher food will be available.
 For tickets and more information, contact 301/587-1739 or visit  

Sunday, December 7, Congregation Annual Meeting 


Members are invited to participate in the most important secular event of the year: our Annual Meeting. This year, we will hold this assembly on Sunday, December 7, 2014, from 10am-2pm, at the DCJCC. Brunch will be served. We have a full agenda this year, including some proposed bylaw changes; a review of our financial situation; spiritual words from our rabbi, Laurie Green; and exciting updates from the congregation president.  We will also be electing some new Board members. A round of applause to the Nominating Committee members, Barbara Goldberg, Al Munzer and Scott Reiter, for their tireless commitment to and enthusiasm for this vital (and unenviable) task.


If you did not receive the packet electronically, please contact for a copy.  It includes the agenda, the minutes of the 2013 Annual Meeting, the financial report for the year ending on June 30, 2014 and Proposed Changes to the Bylaws.

Celebrate Chanuka at Gaydel Happy Hour Thursday, December 18


Join the fun at Gaydel: Our Annual LGBT Chanuka Happy Hour. The event will be cosponsored by Bet Mishpachah, GLOE, Nice Jewish Boys, Nice Jewish Girls, and Gayyim. Time and location will be posted on the website in weekly @CBM messages. For additional details, contact Program Director Sharon Greenbaum at

Chanuka Congregational Dinner Precedes Erev Shabbat Services Friday December 19


Join your Bet Mishpachah friends on Friday, December 19 for a congregational Shabbat dinner at the DCJCC. The dinner will begin at 6:30 pm, which will give participants plenty of time to eat, schmooze and enjoy each other’s company before services begin at 8:00 pm.  December 19 is the fourth night of Chanuka, so make sure to bring your menorahs and candles so you can light candles at the beginning of the service and be part of the annual congregational conflagration.

The cost of the dinner is $26 per member and $33 per non-member. You can pay for the dinner either via PayPal or by sending a check (made payable to Bet Mishpachah) to Mindy Gasthalter, 1725 17th Street NW #208, Washington, DC 20009.

You can note special dietary requests on the PayPal transaction and/or email


                       Reservations are due no later than Friday, December 12th 

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