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Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin Will Be Bet Mishpachah's New Rabbi


The Board of Directors of Bet Mishpachah is delighted to announce that Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin will become the congregation's next rabbi effective July 1. 

Rabbi Singer-Beilin previously served as associate rabbi of Old York Road Temple-Beth Am in Abington, PA, and as assistant rabbi and education director of Temple Chai in Phoenix, AZ.  Most recently he has been the Interim Jewish Life Coordinator and Judaic Studies Teacher at the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital. 

He earned a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, where he was ordained in 2011.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of California, Davis.  His fiancée is Rabbi Rachel Ackerman, Senior Rabbi of Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, MD. 

Rabbi Jake writes:  “I am excited for this opportunity to serve Bet Mishpachah as its rabbi, and to provide a spiritual home to members of the LGBTQ Jewish community, friends, and family members.  Throughout my rabbinate, the most profound blessing has been to form relationships with congregants and to be invited to share in their lives, loves, losses, and celebrations.  I cannot wait to form these relationships with the individuals who make up this sacred community and to dream with them about the holy work that we will do together.  I will strive to continue to create a space where we can pray, march, sing, learn, and embrace with Jewish tradition as our guide and inspiration.” 

On Sunday afternoon, June 9 Rabbi Singer-Beilin will be at Bet Mishpachah’s booth at the annual Pride Festival on Pennsylvania Ave., NW., in downtown Washington. 

He will be co-leading his first Shabbat services as Bet Mishpachah’s new rabbi on Friday evening, July 26 and on Saturday morning, July 27.  The congregation is planning a special bagel brunch on Sunday, July 28 to welcome him to the community — save the date! 

Rabbi Singer-Beilin will be the fifth part-time rabbi to serve Bet Mishpachah.  Previous rabbis include Rabbi Emeritus Bob Saks, Rabbi Leila Berner, Rabbi Toby Manewith, and Rabbi Laurie Green. 

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 7:45 PM and on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 10:00 AM.  While the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Washington (our usual home) is being renovated this year, we're temporarily holding services across the street at Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. To keep up with all our services and events, sign up for our weekly email

Rabbi's Corner

Shavuot with Tikkun Leil Shabbat and the New Synagogue Project

Saturday, June 8th, 2019, 6 - 11 pm at St. Stephen and the Incarnation, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington, DC

Join Bet Mish, Tikkun Leil Shabbat and the New Synagogue Project for a Pride Weekend Shavuot!

There will be a kids' event at 6 and a potluck dinner at 7, followed by a variety of learning sessions—- some more traditional and text-based, and some featuring poetry-writing and dance. Study sessions will be social justice-oriented, with a particular eye to queer themes in honor of Pride

For the potluck:

Please bring a vegetarian entrée or salad to share. Your dish should fit into one of two categories:

1. Option One: Bring a vegetarian contribution (no fish please; dairy and eggs are fine). There's a table where you can place that contribution.

2. Option Two: Purchase a potluck item that is hekhshered (kosher-certified) and vegetarian, or prepare a vegetarian potluck contribution in a kitchen that only uses hekhshered products. There's a table where you can place that contribution. (If you don't totally understand Option Two, don't stress; just go with Option One, above.)

Hope to see you there!


Wed, June 26 2019 23 Sivan 5779