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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.  Explore our website to learn more about our vibrant 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 until such time it is determined safe to return to the EDCJCC for in person gatherings.  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. 

Bet Mishpachah Book Talk and Book Group on December 6th

Please keep your coffee warm and join us at 11:00 am when Matt Adler will discuss his book "More Than Just Hummus: A Gay Jew discovers Israel in Arabic."  Matt is a proud native of Washington, D.C., and a dual citizen of the United States and Israel.  Matt lived in the Yad Eliyahu neighborhood of Tel Aviv during the adventures on which his book is based.  In addtion to Arabic and Hebrew, Matt speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, French, and intermediate Yiddish.  During this brunch talk, we will explore themes of LGBTQ+ Jewish identity, Israeli culture, and the Arabic language.  The book can be purchased online.  Come join us as we discover Israel from the comfort of home.  The Zoom Meeting ID will be provided in our weekly email, or contact communications@betmish.org.

Later in the day the Bet Mishpachah Book Group will meet virtually at 4:00 p.m to discuss "Simon and the Oaks" by Marianne Fredriksson, the 2000 bestseller set in Sweden at the outset of World War II. The story is about two boys, one a Jewish boy whose intellectual bookseller whose father has moved the family from Berlin to escape the growing Nazi threat, and the other a Christian boy with a distrustful, working-class, shipbuilder father. As both their friendship and Nazi influence in Sweden grows, both boys gradually learn they are better suited to a relationship with the other's father.  As always, all Bet Mishpachah members are welcome to participate. Contact bookgroup@betmish.org for Zoom Meeting ID.

Rabbi Jake's Final Fall Class December 9

 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.

Chanuka With Bet Mishpachah, December 11th and 15th

On Friday December 11, join us for Erev Shabbat Services at 8:00 pm.  This will be a festive Chanuka inspired musical Shabbat with solosist Robyn Helzner on guitar.  

On Tuesday December 15th at 7:00 pm we will gather virtually, spend time with one another and celebrate our holiday as a community. Join  Rabbi Jake and the Bet Mishpachah community on for Chanuka candle lighting, singing, and celebration from your own home.  Make sure your latkes are hot and your dreidels are ready to spin.  We invite you to have Chanukia and candles on-hand and ready to light in order to spread the joy of this miraculous season. 

The Zoom Meeting ID will be in our weekly email, or you can request it from communications@betmish.org.  Please include your name.

Upcoming Events

Save the Dates

December   6  Book Talk with Matt Adler: "More Than Just Hummus: A Gay Jew Discovers Israel in Arabic"

December 10 Chanuka First Night @ Home

December 11 Chanuka Inspired Mizmor Musical Shabbat with Robyn Helzner

December 13 Annual Meeting, 11:00 am

December 15 Virtual Chanuka Social Gathering, 7:00 pm

Details will be provided in our weekly email, along with Zoom Meeting Access ID.  

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

Thu, November 26 2020 10 Kislev 5781