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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 to Bet Mishpachah, 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.  Explore our website to learn more about our vibrant community!

We hold services every Friday night at 8:00 pm and on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 10:00 am (normally at the  Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (EDCJCC), 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC), and are streaming those services.  The zoom link is available through our weekly email.  

Bet Mishpachah publishes "This Week and Beyond," 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 services.   If you have any questions, please see our contact page where you will find the contact information for our administrator and board.  Please join us!

Shabbat Services This Week, Parshat Vayera

Erev Shabbat Service, October 22th, 8:00 pm 
        Service led by Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin 
               Board Members and Hosts:  Brian Parks and Douglas Auerbach

Shabbat Morning Service, October 23rd, 10:00 am
        Service led by Jeff Burka and Marc Bernstein

              Board Members and Hosts: Mindy Gasthalter and Rod Ross

In-person Services are held in the Kay Hall, EDCJCC.  Attendance in person requires signing an EDCJCC waiver online, wearing a mask and presenting a vaccination card.  In order to keep our social distancing and be safe, we will limit the number of attendees each week.  Please email no later than Thursday to alert your intention of attending Shabbat services in-person. 

Fort those attending at home via live stream, the Zoom ID is provided in our weekly email, This Week and Beyond, or contact

Angels, Demons, and More - Rabbi Jake’s Fall Classes

Angels, demons and more - oh my! Rabbi Jake will be teaching a wonderful variety of class topics this fall.  These classes are free-standings events.  Join us for one or all.  This class may be virtual with Zoom or in person, and will be announced in our weekly email.  Subsequent classes on November 13th and December 8th may be virtual or in-person depending upon conditions.  

Next Class is  Saturday, November 13th at Noon
Satan and Demons in Jewish Text and Tradition:  Does Judaism proclaim a belief in the Devil? The Adversarial Angel found in the Hebrew Bible later served as the basis for Satan. We will look at those foundational texts and track the evolution of this idea. And what about those dark, demonic forces that pop up in Yiddish literature, midrash, and bubbe-meises? Let’s explore these beings and the stories from our tradition that make us fear and smirk at the same time.  Zoom link is provided in our weekly email, or contact

Congregational Calendar

Sat, October 23 2021 17 Cheshvan 5782