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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 7:45 PM and on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 10:00 AM.  While the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Washington (our usual home) is being renovated this year, we're temporarily holding services across the street at Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. To keep up with all our services and events, sign up for our weekly email

Rabbi's Corner


Tot Shabbat

May 31, 6:30-7:30 PM before Shabbat Evening service at Foundry UMC, 1500 16th St NW, Washington, DC

Rabbi Laurie Green will lead an early evening service for young children and their families. There will be songs and stories as we celebrate Shabbat! 

Social Justice Shabbat

May 31, 7:45 PM (our regular Erev Shabbat service) at Foundry UMC, 1500 16th St NW, Washington, DC

Join Bet Mishpachah and Jews United for Justice on Friday, May 31st for a special social justice Shabbat! A guest speaker from JUFJ will be sharing details about the Racial Equity and Social Justice Policy Lens that DC and Montgomery County are in the process of creating. These county/district policies are not a single law but a way of reviewing and looking at laws to ensure that they have positive racial impacts (rather than unintended negative ones). These lenses are a big step toward racial equity in our communities. Come learn about their goals and how to support the policies!

Rabbi Laurie's Farewell Party

Saturday, June 1st, 2019, 7 - 11 pm

Join us as we bid farewell to Rabbi Green and thank her for her six years of service to our congregation. The evening's festivities will be held at Maggiano's in Friendship Heights, where we held our Siddur fundraiser in November 2017. The event will include dinner and dessert, a cash bar and dancing.

Discounted parking is available on site, and Maggiano's is metro accessible. 

Rabbi Laurie would love to receive mementos from congregants, so if you would like to share some final thoughts with her or if you have any questions, please email them to



To request confidential financial assistance, please contact



Rabbi level sponsorship includes opportunity for one seat at the rabbi's table.

Rebbe level sponsorship includes opportunity for two seats at the rabbi's table.

Rabbi's table is limited to eight seats. First come, first served.

Please note that rebbe level sponsorship includes two dinners, rabbi level includes one dinner, and dinner is not included with cantor or lay leader level sponsorship. 

General Donation in Honor of Rabbi Green

Please click the Donate button below and make sure to select "general donation in honor of Rabbi Green" from the dropdown.

All sponsors and general donors will be listed in the program.


Fri, May 24 2019 19 Iyyar 5779