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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!

High Holy Day Tzedaka 5782

Now that the Days of Awe are in the rearview mirror,  and if you have not made a donation to a worthy cause to ring in the new year, please consider N Street Village as the beneficiary of your tzedaka.  Click here for more information.

Shabbat Services This Week, Shabbat Sukkot Exodus

Erev Shabbat Service, September 24th, 8:00 pm 
        Service led by Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin 
               Board Members and Hosts:  Rod Ross and Mindy Gasthalter

Shabbat Morning Service, September 25th, 10:00 am
        Service led by TBA

              Board Members and Hosts: Brian Parks and Paula Morris

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 administrator@betmish.org no later than Thursday each week 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 administrator@betmish.org

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.  

Wednesday, October 6th at 7:30 pm
Angels in Jewish Text and Tradition: The Hebrew Bible contains many references to angels that make up the heavenly host.  They are beings that do G-d’s bidding, interact with humans, and proclaim G-d’s greatness.  Throughout generations, the Jewish texts have ascribed names and characteristics to these beings.  We sing songs and create rituals around the idea that angels exist and are in our midst.  In this session, we will examine the textual foundations and moderns practices - all about angels in Judaism.  

COVID 19 Related Updates and Programming Adjustments

Shabbat Services:  In-person Services are held in the Kay Hall, EDCJCC.  The EDCJCC has established strict entry requirements.  Attendance in person requires signing an EDCJCC waiver online, wearing a mask and presenting a vaccination card.  Fort those attending at home via live stream, the Zoom ID is provided in our weekly email, This Week and Beyond, or contact administrator@betmish.org.   

Siddurim 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.

Congregational Calendar

Mon, September 20 2021 14 Tishrei 5782