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Bet Mishpachah is Washington's only Egalitarian Synagogue Embracing a Diversity of Sexual and Gender Identities, founded in 1975 by members of DC's LGBTQ+ community.

Welcome.  Bet Mishpachah is a congregation for gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, trans and queer Jews, our families, friends and allies and all who wish to participate in an inclusive, progressive, egalitarian, and mutually supportive community.

We normally hold services every Friday night at 8:00 pm and on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 10:00 am at the  Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (EDCJCC), 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC, but are conducting services virtually while the EDCJCC is closed due to the COVID 19 response.  Scroll down for more information.  

     Bet Mishpachah publishes a weekly email of upcoming events.  To sign up for this email click here.   

     Our Rabbi, Jake Singer-Beilin, guides our spiritual path, and leads or co-leads half of our Shabbat                 and holiday services along with our talented cohort of lay leaders.  Click here to find out more about our services. 

 

Congratulations Montgomery County

Kudos to the Montgomery County Council for expanding rights for its LGBTQ citizens! Protections now include gender expression and HIV status, and ban discrimination in healthcare entities. To read more click here.

High Holy Days Reflection

The High Holy Days this year were unlike anything we have ever experienced.  The medium was different, but all who attended our online services found the same warmth, spirit of introspection, renewal, and celebration that have been part of our tradition for 45 years.  We were delighted so may guests joined us. We have started posting the amazing words of our darshanimot on our Services and Events Page so you can read and reflect on the thoughtful and insightful words.  Click here, then scroll down to "Archive of D'rashot."

Vote Vote Vote Vote Vote Vote 

National Elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 3.  Now more than ever, it's important that everyone take the time to vote.  In all jurisdictions, you should be able to vote by mail.  If you have not yet signed up to receive your ballot by mail, please check the requirements on line to ensure that you have adequate time to receive it.  Most jurisdictions have ballot boxes where you can drop your vote if you don't trust the USPS.  Again, please go on line to find one closest to where you live.  And finally, voting in person is still an option as well, and if you feel safe enough to do so, this can be done on Tuesday, November 3 or by early voting if your jurisdiction allows for it.  Go to vote.org or the HRC Website for more information. 

Rabbi Jake's Fall Classes

     White Fragility and Our Jewish Responsibility - Saturday October 24, following the Shabbat morning service: Now is a time of great reflection within the Jewish community regarding race relations, white privilege, and the mitzvah of tikkun olam. Using Robin DiAngelo's book, “White Fragility” as our starting point, we will discuss the Jewish values that guide us toward racial justice and examine what our community can do in order to be a positive agitator for change in our community. Read the book ahead of time; then come with an open heart and a highlighted copy!

     Lesser-Known Women in Biblical Times - Saturday November 1, following the Shabbat morning service: It is no secret that the Hebrew Bible is a collection of patriarchal literature. Male characters abound in the text. Of course, we know about the foremothers and a few other women, but what about the ones who we know little about? Let's explore female characters from biblical times who do not make it into the siddur - the misfits, the ones we have forgotten, or never even knew about. They are there; we just need to look for them!

     Women in Rabbinic Literature - Wednesday December 9, at 7:30: The Talmud and Midrash contain conversations of the rabbis, all of whom were men. However, in a male-dominated text, there are still women's voices to be found and lifted up. These women argued against the rabbinic leaders, destroyed wine barrels, and forged a righteous path, even when doing so was frowned upon. Discover who they were and what we can learn from their stories.

Classes will be held virtually.  Invitations will appear in the weekly email and our Facebook page,  www.facebook.com/betmish. Classes are always free for members and there is a suggested donation of $10 for nonmembers.  Donations can be made on our donations page.

COVID 19 Related Updates and Programming Adjustments

Virtual Programming:  Bet Mishpachah Shabbat services and programming which normally take place at the EDCJCC will be conducted virtually until there is a consensus that it is safe to gather in person at the EDCJCC.  The reopening committee is working on ths issue.  Please refer to our weekly email, This Week and Beyond, for Zoom Meeting Access or contact communications@betmish.org.   

Siddurim Still Available - Copies of Bet Mishpachah's Siddur, Shavat va-Yinafash, are still available for a suggested donation of $40.  Whether for your own personal reflection and prayer or for our virtual services, please contact president@betmish.org​​​ to arrange for your own personal copy​​​​.  

Bet Mishpachah Post Office Box:  The post office box is checked only occasionally, so there will likely be a lag in processing checks.  Therefore, we recommend all payments and donations be made through PayPal or contact treasurer@betmish.org to make arrangements.

Interest-Free Loans:  The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington is now offering $1,500 interest-free loans to eligible borrowers.  If you have been financially impacted by COVID-19, visit  www.hebrewfreeloandc.org/covid19  to apply.

The Richard A Kopely Memorial Emergency Assistance Fund: The purpose of the fund is to provide short-term, emergency financial assistance to people in need, through small grants or loans.  If you are in need, or know someone who may benefit from a loan or grant from this fund, please contact president@betmish.org .

Congregational Calendar

Tue, October 20 2020 2 Cheshvan 5781