Bet Mishpachah
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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. 




Congregational Wine and Cheese, Havdala, and S'lichot TONIGHT, Saturday, September 20


S'lichot is a brief service of penitential prayers held on the Saturday night before Rosh ha-Shana. In keeping with our tradition, we will be offering S'lichot as a community.  Two things, however, will be new this year.  First, to reconnect with each other, we will begin the evening with a wine and cheese reception from 7:30-8:30 pm.  Following this, we will make havdala to end Shabbat together. Then, Rabbi Green will lead S'lichot, which is expected to conclude around 10pm.  This brings us to our second new thing.  Over the years at Bet Mish, we have tried different formats and adaptations for S'lichot.  This year, we will focus on S'lichot as a way to respect both our individual lives and our life as a synagogue community.  Please feel free to come for any portion of the program, or for the entire evening.  We look forward to beginning the High Holy Day season with you.  Please note that there was an error in a prior announcement.  There will not be a Town Hall on September 20; it will be scheduled for a later date.



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, along with

communal meal options. 


                                      Read Rabbi Green's HHD Message  

Sukkot Moveable Feastival October 8, 10, 11, 12


The festival of Sukkot begins on Wednesday night, October 8, and will be commemorated at Shabbat services on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11. Again this year, congregants will be able to celebrate the mitzvah of eating a meal in a Sukkah by participating in the “Moveable Feast” event held at the following homes:


Simchat Torah - Dancing in the Streets @ 6th and I Historic Synagogue October 16, 7:30 pm


Simchat Torah begins on October 16.  Bet Mishpachah will again be participating in the "Dancing in the Streets" Simchat Torah celebration at the 6th and I Historic Synagogue.  Join with Bet Mishpachah and other local Jewish communities and minyanim  as Rabbi David Shneyer and Chazzan Larry Paul leads participants from the sanctuary to the streets to dance and sing with the Torah!

Rabbi Shneyer is the founder, director, and spiritual leader of Am Kolel and spiritual leader of Kehila Chadasha, a havurah based in Bethesda.


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" 


S. Bear Bergman Performance "Machunatim"

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


Bet Mishpachah is co-sponsoring this performance 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.


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


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