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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!

High Holy Days 5782

The High Holy Days this year are full of even more excitement than usual.  We will be coming back together as a community to have in-person services at the EDCJCC Cafritz Hall.  In addition, those who are unable or not ready to join us in person will have the option of participating in the services via live stream.  Whether you are with us in person or virtually, we hope that all who attend our services will find the same warmth, spirit of introspection, renewal, and celebration that have been part of our tradition for over 46 years.  Click here or go to betmish.org/hhd for details on our service schedule and registration requirements for members and non-members.

Membership Renewal

Members, be on the lookout for your renewal email.  It was sent from Bet Mishpachah via Constant Contact on June 23rd.  It may arrive in your junk folder.  Contact administrator@betmish.org if you didn't receive it or go to the membership page for instructions and to download the renewal form. 

Shabbat Services This Week, Parshat Re'eh

Erev Shabbat Service, August 6, 8:00 pm
        Service led by
Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin
               Board Member and Host:  Deb Hyman

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

Bet Mishpachah Book Group Reading A Passion for Truth

The Bet Mishpachah Book Group will discuss A Passion for Truth by Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel, on Sunday, August 8th at 4:30 p.m.  The book presents a surprising parallel study of two figures, the Hasidic tzaddik Reb Menachem Mendl of Kotzk (1787-1859, known as the Kotzker Rebbe), and the Christian mystic and father of existentialism, Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855).  Both were extremists, radicals who in the eyes of most people went too far in their views and their demands.  Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-72), one of the foremost Jewish minds of the twentieth century, was internationally known as scholar, author, activist, and theologian.  The book is available in Kindle, hardcover and paperback.  As always, all Bet Mish members are welcome to join the discussion!  Please email bookgroup@betmish.org for the Zoom information. 

Angels, Demons, and More - Rabbi Jake’s Fall Classes
 

Angels, demons and more - oh my! Rabbi Jake will be teaching a wonderful variety of class topics this fall.  These classes are free-standings events.  Join us for one or all. The first class will be all virtual with Zoom meeting ID to be announced in our weekly email.  Later classes may be virtual or in-person depending upon current conditions.  

Saturday, August 28th, 12:00 pm
Structure and Content of the High Holy Day Services

Let’s prepare for this special and potentially intimidating time of year by breaking down some of the key components of the High Holy Day liturgy.  The Machzor can be a confusing book in which it is easy to get lost.  We will look more closely at some elements found in Bet Mishpachah’s new Machzor - Chadeish Yameinu - and bring deeper understanding to your High Holy Day experience.  From the soaring majesty and renewal of Rosh ha-Shana to the serious accounting of the soul and introspection of Yom Kippur, we will make sense of the many prayers that call to us during these days.

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

Wed, August 4 2021 26 Av 5781