Bet Mishpachah
An Egalitarian Synagogue Embracing Diversity
 
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Welcome to Our Synagogue

 

     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. 

 

 Back by popular demand, Amy Schwartz, Opinion Editor for Moment Magazine and President of the Jewish Study Center.

 

Amy will speak about atonement, using works from contemporary poets, following Shabbat services on September 13th.  Click for more information.

 

High Holy Days - 5775

  

Plan to join us for the High Holy Days.

  Erev Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday September 24. 

Our Rabbi, talented lay leaders, and wonderful choir make our services truly inspirational.

 

Visit Our HHD Web Page For Service and Ticket Information. 

 

Read Rabbi Green's Message for the HHD 

Town Hall Meeting September 20

 

Those Bet Mishpachah members who renew before September 18 are invited to participate on Saturday, September 20 at 7:00 pm in the DCJCC in a facilitator-led Town Hall meeting over wine and cheese to discuss how to grow and strengthen our Bet Mishpachah (Family Home). The timing is not random: at 9:00 pm -- immediately following the meeting -- Rabbi Laurie Green will lead the traditional S’lichot (Forgiveness Prayers) service in which congregants will begin their journey of self-reflection that will take them to (Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and beyond.

Coming Wednesday Evenings in October 22 - 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"

VOTE BY AUGUST 31st - BEST OF GAY DC

 

Vote For Bet Mishpachah As "Best House of Worship" in the Annual Washington Blade Best of Gay DC Survey.  Vote for Bet Mishpachah as "Best House of Worship" in the Community Section.

We were runners up last year. Let's go for the GOLD this year!

 

Renown Jewish and Lesbian Theologian Judith Plaskow to Speak November 6th, 7 - 9 pm, DCJCC - Save the Date! 

 

Changes Coming to Bet Mishpachah Shabbat Services This Fall

 

 

Bet Mishpachah is delighted to announce that we are hiring a professional song-leader/guitarist to co-lead our Friday night Shabbat services on Friday, October 10, with our Sukkot & National Coming Out Day Shabbat service, as well as on Friday, December 5, our "Rock & Scroll" musical service.

 

Join us then to sing up a storm add joyous music to our always fully-participatory Shabbat services. Hiring a song-leader/guitarist for Bet Mishpachah builds on the highly successful program started by our member Sam Schoenberg, who played guitar and sang for several of our Shabbat services this past year. We thank Sam for getting this effort started and wish him the best of luck as he starts grad school in New York.

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