Bet Mishpachah
An Egalitarian Synagogue Embracing Diversity


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.

  Apr 25 Yom Hashoah Commemoration Will Focus on Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals - See Below 

May 9 Congregational Dinner and Volunteer Recognition Shabbat - Make Your Dinner Reservation By May 1 - See Below 

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May 9 Service and Dinner Will Honor Volunteers, Service Award Winners

Join Bet Mishpachah for a very special evening on Friday, May 9 as the congregation honors the many volunteers that create its community life and are so essential to its operation.  In addition, three people will be honored with special service awards.
The evening will begin with a congregational dinner in the DCJCC Social Hall at 6:30 pm.  It will be catered by KosherMart. The cost for is $26 for members and $33 for non-members. You may pay via PayPal using the button below or by sending a check made payable to Bet Mishpachah to Mindy Gasthalter, 1725 17th Street NW #208, Washington DC 20009.  If you have special dietary requests, please email Reservations will be due no later than May 1.
At dinner, the Dace Stone Volunteer of the Year award, recognizing exceptional service to the congregation, will be given to Jutta Brettschneider. Jutta is a co-chair of the Social Action/Social Justice Committee, a member of Tach’shitim, the congregation’s choir, and a lay service leader.
The Harvey Milk Chesed Award, which recognizes exceptional service to the larger LGBT and Jewish communities will be given to Letitia Gomez, who is being recognized for over three decades of work to the Latino LGBT and Washington LGBT communities, and Barbara Lewis, for providing access to culturally competent health care, particularly to lesbians, those with HIV and AIDS, and the transgender community.
Following dinner, Rabbi Laurie Green will lead Shabbat services starting at 8:00 pm.                                                                               

Bet Mishpachah Yom ha-Shoah Holocaust Remembrance - "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 "Will Take Place April 25


Bet Mispachah's Yom ha-Shoah service will be led by Al Munzer who is a child-survivor of the Holocaust, and Eileen Greenberg. The service will be followed by a talk by Edward "Ted" Phillips, Director of Exhibitions and Resources at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Phillips oversees the museum's well-known permanent exhibition and was the curator of the museum's special exhibition “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945,” which continues as a traveling exhibition.

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