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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. 

 

High Holy Days Services and Programs

The High Holy Days this year have been unlike anything we have ever experienced.  The medium has been different, but all who attended our online services have found the same warmth, spirit of introspection, renewal, and celebration that have been part of our tradition for 45 years.  We welcome you to join us for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur.

Kol Nidre begins at sundown September 27th.  Our full schedule of services can be found on our High Holy Days page, where you will also find other important information about registration, along with offerings from our partners.  Guests are warmly invited to register and join us via Eventbrite.  The deadline for guest registration is 12:00 pm September 24th.

Take a minute a read High Holy Day greetings from Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin.

It is part of Bet Mishpachah's tradition for members and guests to support N Street Village through donations at the High Holy Days.  This year, because we can not collect physical items, we are asking everyone to make a either a goods donation through Amazon or a monetary donation directly to N Street Village.

To make a goods donation, N Street Village has created a special wish list for us which can be found by clicking here.  Please follow these steps:

  1.  Add items and quantity to your cart, then click 'Proceed to Checkout' 

  2.  Choose 'Delivery to N Street Village' option 

  3.  Type "L'shana tova from Bet Mishpachah" in the gift message box (this will allow us to track our donations) then click 'Save Gift Options."

  4.  Select your payment method and click continue, then review and place your order.

To make a monetary donation for N Street Village this New Year, please go to  https://www.nstreetvillage.org/make-a-donation/ and add "L'shana tova from Bet Mishpachah" in the 'Leave a comment' box on the donation page.

Bet Mishpachah Mourns for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Bet Mishpachah community joins with countless others around the country and the world in mourning the tremendous loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  First and foremost, we send our prayers of comfort and condolence to her family and loved ones. May God comfort them among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

When we learned of her death on the eve of our Rosh ha-Shana holiday, we were struck by the weight of this loss for our community and for our country.  Whenever a public figure as accomplished she was dies, there is a sense of loss.  However, this one seemed different.  It felt like we lost one of our own, because we did.  Proudly and publicly Jewish, a champion for gender equality, a lover of performing arts, and a fighter for LGBTQ+ rights, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death is a personal loss for so many of us.  We are in mourning.  And so, during these Yamim Nora-im, these Days of Awe and Fear, we wonder and worry about what a Supreme Court, and what a United States of America, will look like without this tireless fighter for justice as a beacon of light within them.  We firmly hope that her legacy will inspire others to take up her mantle and make justice and equality more of a reality in our land.

May the memory of this righteous woman be a blessing for all who knew and loved her.  May her decisions and writings continue to bless this country with righteousness.  May the paths she forged for others remain passable and widen to new realities.  ----- Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin

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

Thu, September 24 2020 6 Tishrei 5781