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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


Members AND non-members, we want to hear from you! Please click here for more information about our Strategic Planning initiative and how you can help.

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:  

January 10, 2020 — Robyn Helzner 

February 14, 2020 - Rabbi Ben Shalva

March 13, 2020 - Robyn Helzner

April 10, 2020 - Robyn Helzner

May 8, 2020 - Rabbi Ben Shalva 

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 Winter Classes

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

Bet Mish Book Group

 The Bet Mish Book Group continues strong! We alternate between fiction and non-fiction selections. For our next non-fiction book, we're tackling The Choosing: A Rabbi's Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days, by Rabbi Andrea Myers. Leaving behind her Christian upbringing, she attended Brandeis, came out as a Lesbian, embraced Judaism, lived in Israel, returned to New York, and became a rabbi. She uses the cycles of the seasons as a template to tell stories of her unique life and path. Fusing heartwarming anecdotes with rabbinic insights and generous dollops of humor, Myers related her tales of reinvention.  

We’ll be meeting on Monday, January 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the home of a member in the Adams Morgan/Lanier Heights area of D.C. The location is Metro-accessible. We always start with schmoozing and a potluck supper. Dishes may be dairy, pareve, or vegetarian (no meat), home-made or store-bought. After dinner, we’ll discuss the book for about an hour. It couldn’t be easier: there’s nothing to join. Any Bet Mish member is welcome to participate at any time. Please email for the specific address. We hope to see you there!


                                      Save the Date: Installation Shabbat on January 31, 2020

Bet Mishpachah's new Board of Directors will be installed on January 31, 2020.  A Congregational Shabbat Dinner begins at 6:30 pm followed by services with Installation Shabbat at 8:00 pm when we will recognize both the outgoing and incoming Boards of Directors.  Join us to wish them well and show support for all our hard working Board members, past and future. (Participation in Shabbat services is not contingent on dinner attendance.)
The oneg Shabbat is sponsored by the past Presidents. 
The dinner is $26/per member and $33/per non-member.  You can pay on line via Paypal or by mailing a check made payable to Bet Mishpachah to Mindy Gasthalter, 1725 17th Street NW #208, Washington, DC  20009.  To RSVP to the dinner, please email .  If you have any questions or dietary restrictions, please email .

Daf Yomi Talmud Study: A new cycle of  the "page a day" program of Talmud study begins January 5th.  If you are interested in learning Talmud with members of the Beth Mishpachah community, please contact  We will schedule learning sessions at a convenient time and place.  Anyone interested in learning Talmud can join.  A commitment to following the complete cycle of Daf Yomi is not required.

Sat, January 18 2020 21 Tevet 5780