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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 8 PM and on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 10:00 AM. Shabbat services are held at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Washington, 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC. To keep up with all our services and events, sign up for our weekly email

Rabbi's Corner

Yizkor Booklet for 5780

In Jewish tradition, when we write the name of someone we love or respect who has died, we append the Hebrew letters zayin and lamed after their name. This stands for zichrono l’vracha, “may they be remembered as a blessing.” It means that when we call them to mind, we should remember the good that they did in their lives and keep it alive through our own actions. What we do and how we behave is a reflection of our parents’, teachers’, and other loved ones’ influence on our own lives. We keep our memories of them alive, not just by a passive recollection, but by doing something — a mitzva — and associating their names with our actions.

One way to do this is by making a donation to the congregation in their memory and having their names published in Bet Mishpachah’s annual Yizkor booklet. This booklet is used on Yom Kippur and other holy days when Yizkor is observed.

To submit a loved one's name for the Yizkor booklet, download the form here and follow the instructions to send it in. Listings must be received by September 13. 

This Year's High Holy Days

Click here for information about this year's High Holy Days, including a schedule and our new location! 

Register for service and Break the Fast tickets here.

Rabbi Jake's Fall Classes

Rabbi Jake will be teaching a series of pop-up classes at the JCC this fall! Click here for more information.


Fri, September 20 2019 20 Elul 5779