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Bet Mishpachah

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.


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 hold services every Friday night at 8 PM and on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 10:00 AM. Shabbat services are held at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Washington, 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC. To keep up with all our services and events, sign up for our weekly email

Rabbi's Corner

Mizmor Shabbat Musical Services 

Continue on the 2nd Friday of Every Month

Bet Mishpachah’s popular, lively and uplifting Mizmor Shabbat musical services are continuing on the 2nd Friday of every month through the spring.  The following professional musicians will be leading singing with their guitars at Mizmor Shabbat musical services at 8:00 PM on:  

November 8, 2019 — Rabbi Ben Shalva 

December 13, 2019 — Robyn Helzner 

January 10, 2020 — Robyn Helzner 

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for these special musical services filled with lots of singing and ru-ach (spirit). 

Now that the musically talented Rabbi Jake has joined our congregational family, we’ll have even more services with a skilled song-leader / guitarist every month. 

The Psalmist wrote:  “Shìru l’Adonai shir chadash, shìru l’Adonai kol ha-àretz” — “Sing unto G-d a new song, sing unto G-d all the earth!”  We look forward to having you join Bet Mishpachah in uplifting song at our musical services. 

Rabbi Jake's Fall Classes

Rabbi Jake will be teaching a series of pop-up classes at the JCC this fall! Click here for more information.

Bet Mish Book Group

Looking to exercise your mind, have stimulating conversation, eat some yummy food, and meet interesting people? Then consider coming to the Bet Mishpachah Book Group’s next get-together!

We’ll be discussing The Marriage of Opposites by bestselling novelist Alice Hoffman. The novel is a fictionalized story of the mother of Jewish Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, who was born and raised in St. Thomas, in the Caribbean, when it was under Danish rule. Pissarro’s mother, Rachel, was born in 1795 into the close-knit Sephardic community there. The novel is the story of her scandalous marriage, and a portrait of a strong-willed, independent Jewish woman. The book is available in paperback, Kindle, or audiobook.

We’ll be meeting on Sunday, December 22, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the home of a member in the Cleveland Park area of D.C. The location is Metro-accessible. We always start with schmoozing and a potluck supper. Dishes may be dairy, pareve, or vegetarian (no meat), home-made or store-bought. After dinner, we’ll discuss the book for about an hour. It couldn’t be easier: there’s nothing to join. Any Bet Mish member is welcome to participate at any time. Please email for the specific address. We hope to see you there!


Fri, December 13 2019 15 Kislev 5780