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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

Mizmor Shabbat Musical Services 

Continue on the 2nd Friday of Every Month

Bet Mishpachah’s popular, lively and uplifting Mizmor Shabbat musical services are continuing on the 2nd Friday of every month through the spring.  The following professional musicians will be leading singing with their guitars at Mizmor Shabbat musical services at 8:00 PM on:  

November 8, 2019 — Rabbi Ben Shalva 

December 13, 2019 — Robyn Helzner 

January 10, 2020 — Robyn Helzner 

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for these special musical services filled with lots of singing and ru-ach (spirit). 

Now that the musically talented Rabbi Jake has joined our congregational family, we’ll have even more services with a skilled song-leader / guitarist every month. 

The Psalmist wrote:  “Shìru l’Adonai shir chadash, shìru l’Adonai kol ha-àretz” — “Sing unto G-d a new song, sing unto G-d all the earth!”  We look forward to having you join Bet Mishpachah in uplifting song at our musical services. 

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, October 18 2019 19 Tishrei 5780