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Sponsor an Oneg or Kiddush Lunch

A great way to remember and celebrate a life cycle event in your life, or the life of someone you care about, is to sponsor an Oneg Shabbat on Friday night or Kiddush lunch on Saturday afternoon.  You can do this directly on our website by signing up through Signup Genius or via email to oneg@betmish.org

Tach’shitim – Our Choir

Tach'shitim (Jewels) is Bet Mishpachah's wonderful choir. Formed by synagogue members in the late 1980s, the choir has enhanced the beauty of the Sabbath, Festival, and High Holy Day services with their music.

Tach'shitim has performed throughout the Washington and Baltimore areas in concerts and interfaith services.

In 2000, Tach'shitim released its first recording, "Family and Friends." In 2004, it performed, to great acclaim, in the 7th International GALA Choruses Festival, held in Montreal. The choir was also featured in the 2006 documentary, "Why We Sing." In 2012 Tach'shitim was invited to participate in the Jewish Folk Arts Festival.

In 2013 Tach'shitim was awarded the Dace Stone Volunteer of the Year Award. The award, named for our fellow congregant Dace Stone (z”l), a distinguished social worker and LGBTQ+ and AIDS activist, recognizes a congregational "member" who has made outstanding contributions to Bet Mishpachah.

Social Justice

The Social Justice Committee leads many worthwhile activities throughout the year to help our community. A few of the largest and most visible events include: selection of recipient and organizing the collection activities for the annual Purim Spiel Queen Esther Fund; organizing and promoting the annual “N St. Village (Women’s Shelter) “Not Just Food” collection drive; seeking volunteers and coordinating Bet Mish’s support for Project Hope (Distributing food to needy people and families before Passover; supporting the region’s Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) annual “Labor Seder” event; and supporting HIAS in its broad and expanding programs to help immigrants and asylum seekers.

Our Social Justice Committee always welcomes enthusiastic new members to help our Congregation’s mission of Tikkun Olam (healing the world). We also invite others who may just wish to help in a specific event or program.  Anyone interested should please reach out to our Social Justice Committee Chair at social-action@betmish.org.

 

A few of the recent successful social justice activities include:

  • Promoting HIAS programs to Bet Mishpachah members as part of the congregation's continuing designation as a HIAS Welcome Campaign member.
  • Facilitating and co-organizing a large Fall 2019 fundraising event to replenish the Krampf Family Social Justice Fund, whose two annual contributions are administered by the Bet Mish Social Justice Committee.
  • Selecting SAGE (LGBT Advocacy and Support Group for the Aging) as the 2020 Queen Esther Fund recipient  and helping raise nearly $1,500.

 

 

Bet Mishpachah members host dinner for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers at the DC Center and hear a police official assure the asylum seekers that they are safe in Washington.

 

Bet Mishpachah members prepare to make deliveries for a Passover food drive.

 

Women's Outreach

Participating in our women’s outreach activities is a wonderful way to meet other women in a small group setting, contribute to the life of the synagogue, start and build long lasting relationships, and participate in various social action projects.

Every first Friday of the month we hold pre-service potlucks at 6:30 pm.  Bring a dairy, vegetarian, or vegan dish to share.  Usher in your Shabbat with great company, participate in lively discussions and interactive presentations, and other times just schmooz with others.

Additional details are published in the congregation's weekly email, “This Week and Beyond.” 

Book Group

Bet Mishpachah’s lively, long-running Book Group meets every six to eight weeks in members’ homes around the area. Any congregation member is welcome to attend any session; all are welcome and there's nothing to join. Meetings usually run from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with the first hour being a delicious dairy/vegetarian potluck dinner and the discussion occurring during the second hour.

Books generally have either a Jewish and/or an LGBTQ+ theme, and alternate between fiction and non-fiction works. Recent meetings have discussed nonfiction works such as David: The Divided Heart, by Rabbi David Wolpe; An Improbable Friendship: The Remarkable Lives of Israeli Ruth Dayan and Palestinian Raymonda Tawil, by Anthony David; Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast; and the fascinating and timely Let There Be Water, by Seth M. Siegel. Fiction works have included The Jewish Husband, by Lia Levi; Judas, by Israeli novelist Amos Oz; and A Bride For One Night: Talmud Tales, by Knesset Member and scholar Ruth Calderon.

For further information, or to obtain the location of any meeting, please contact bookgroup@betmish.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Bet Mishpachah is a volunteer organization that depends on our members and friends to get things done.  In addition to our volunteer Board of Directors, our various committees need active members and occasional help to plan and program a wide variety of activities throughout the year.

Hospitality Committee 

Help our Director of Administration plan and order food, desserts and drinks for our weekly Oneg Shabbats following Friday night services, our Kiddush lunches after Saturday morning services on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, and receptions for festival and special events.  Email adminstrationdirector@betmish.org to volunteer or for additional information. 

Membership Committee 

Help our Membership Director plan how to grow our membership and ensure that we're fully supporting and keeping in touch with current and new members.  Help plan and support our annual New Member Shabbat and Volunteer Awards Shabbat programs.  Represent Bet Mishpachah at events in which we have an information table, such as the Pride Festival and the 17th Street Festival.  Email membershipdirector@betmish.org to volunteer or for additional information.   

Education Committee 

Help our Rabbi to plan a wide variety of adult education classes that are offered throughout the year.  Plan and organize our annual spring Shabbaton, with a congregational dinner and invited guest teacher.  Email education@betmish.org to volunteer or for additional information.

Bikur Cholim (Visiting the Sick) Committee 

Our members truly appreciate calls from other members as well as the Rabbi when they're not well, whether it's a short term or chronic illness.  Volunteer to be part of this essential group that offers a concerned word and perhaps a lift to a doctor's appointment or the grocery store when it means the most.  Contact bikurcholim@betmish.org to volunteer or for additional information.

Bereavement Support Committee 

One of our most valued functions is helping each other out in times of loss.  Bet Mishpachah has a comprehensive Bereavement Support program that helps members plan funerals and provides shiva services and a meal of consolation.  Members always appreciate everyone from our Bet Mish family who shows up to offer our support and comfort at funerals and shiva.  Perhaps most important is, along with our rabbi, making phone calls to the bereaved after the initial rituals are over.  Contact bereavement@betmish.org to volunteer or for additional information.

Development Committee 

Help plan how our congregation can raise the funds we need through dues and additional donations, and help apply for grants to support our programs.  The fun includes planning fundraising events like the gala dinner-dance held in November 2017 to celebrate publication of our new siddur and other fundraising events, as well as encouraging members to leave a legacy to help keep our community going strong into the future.  Contact congregationalaffairsdirector@betmish.org to volunteer or for additional information.

Social Events Committee

This committee organizes cultural and social events for members; from theater to museums, to dining and entertainment, this committee provides cultural and social event opportunities to members and their guests.  Contact social-events@betmish.org  to sponsor an event, volunteer or for additional information.

High Holy Day Logistics Committee

The High Holy Days are just around the corner! Bet Mishpachah is looking for volunteers to help with staffing the welcome/tickets table, ushering, planning the onegs and break-the-bast, set-up, and generally helping make the High Holy Days a welcoming and meaningful experience.  Contact  adminstrationdirector@betmish.org to volunteer or for additional information.

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