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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!

This Year, not only can you be inscribed in the Book of Life, but you can also be inscribed on the benefactor page in our new High Holy Day machzor.  Click here to read more information about how you can be part of this amazing mitzva and the ways you can donate.  Click here to download the donation form.  Donations must be received by May 31st . 

Shabbat Services This Week, Parshat Bamidbar

Mizmor Erev Shabbat Service, May 14th, 8:00 pm
        Service led by Scott Reiter and Rabbi Ben Shalva on Guitar
               Board Member and Host:  Bruce Horowitz

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

Support The Edlavich DCJCC Film, Music and Art Festival 

https://www.jxjdc.org/

Seeking Nominations for Bet Mishpachah Annual Service Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for our two annual service awards to be presented at the Member Volunteer Recognition on Erev Shabbat Friday, July 23rd. Please submit your nominees along with a brief description of their accomplishments no later than June 4th to Bruce Horowitz at CongregatonalAffairsDirector@BetMish.org.

The Dace Stone Volunteer of the Year Award, named for congregant Dace Stone (z”l), a distinguished social worker and LGBT and AIDS activist, recognizes a congregational member who has made outstanding contributions to the Bet Mishpachah community.

The Harvey Milk Chesed Award, named for LGBT activist and openly gay San Francisco City Council member assassinated in 1978, recognizes an individual, member or nonmember, who has made outstanding contributions to the wider LGBT and Jewish communities of which Bet Mishpachah is a part.

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

Sat, May 8 2021 26 Iyyar 5781