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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), but are conducting services and other programs virtually until such time we determine it safe to return to the EDCJCC for in person gatherings.  Scroll down to the "COVID Related Updates" section for more information.  

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!

June is Pride Month

Scroll down to see all event offering from Bet Mishpachah and its partners!

Shabbat Services This Week, Parshat Chukat

Erev Shabbat Service, June 18th, 8:00 pm
        Service led by Allan Armus
               Board Member and Host:  Mitchell Haymes

As always, the Zoom ID is provided in our weekly email, This Week and Beyond, or contact administrator@betmish.org

Continue the celebration with us and our partners.  If you missed our Pride Shabbat service on June 11th, on Tuesday, June 15th, you can tune in to the annual Interfaith Pride Service, of which Bet Mishpachah has been a participant for over three decades.  Lastly, on Sunday, June 20th, you can participate in projects benefiting Casa Ruby.  Click on the links for additional details and/or registration information, which will also be published in our weekly email, This Week and Beyond.

Bet Mishpachah Book Group Reading Black Radishes

The Bet Mishpachah Book Group will be discussing Black Radishes, by Susan Lynn Meyer, on Sunday afternoon, June 20, at 4:00 p.m.  The novel, appropriate both for adults and young adult audiences, is fiction, but was inspired by stories the author heard about her father's childhood as a Jewish boy in Nazi-occupied France as she was growing up.  In 1940, Gustave's family must flee Paris, leaving his cousin Jean-Paul and mischievous best friend Marcel, but Gustave works with the Resistance to come up with a risky and brave plan to help get them out of the Occupied Zone.  Through this adventure story, the author raises questions about nationalism, equality, and identity.  Available in paperback or Kindle.  As always, all Bet Mish members are welcome.  Please email bookgroup@betmish.org for zoom information.

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 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  Hebrew Free Loan DC  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

Sun, June 13 2021 3 Tammuz 5781