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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 takes the lead on activities including the N St. Village (It’s Not Just About Food) Drive at the High Holy Days, collecting donations for the Queen Esther Fund at Purim to go to a worthy Jewish or LGBTQ+ organization, distributing food items to needy families at Passover (Project Hope), Labor on the Bima at Shabbat services around Labor Day, and more. For further information on how you can join this active group and carry on the Congregation’s mission of tikun olam (repair of the world), contact our Social Justice chairs.

Recent activities of the Social Justice Committee:

June 2018

The committee circulated a letter to the congregation indicating the following developments concerning immigrants and asylum seekers:

1.  National Capital Synagogue Coalition for Refugees and Immigrants. Bet Mishpachah has become one of the first Washington-area congregations formally to join the National Capital Synagogue Coalition for Refugees and Immigrants.

2. HIAS, the congregation’s 2018 Queen Esther Fund recipient, has confirmed Bet Mishpachah’s status as a “Welcome Campaign Congregation.”

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.

Check Bet Mishpachah’s weekly email, “This Week and Beyond” for other upcoming events.

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 ad hoc help to plan and program a wide variety of activities throughout the year, including:  

Hospitality Committee 

Help our Director of Administration plan and order food, desserts and drinks for our weekly Oneg Shabbat receptions after Friday night services (and sometimes before, too) and our delicious Kiddush lunches after Saturday morning services on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.  Email administrationdirector@betmish.org to help out. 

Membership Committee 

Join our Membership Director in planning how to grow our membership further and how to ensure that we're fully supporting and keeping in touch with current and new members.  Help plan and present our annual New Member Shabbat and Volunteer Awards Shabbat programs and come up with new ideas for expanding our community. 

Education Committee 

Our Education Committee works with our rabbi to plan a wide variety of adult education classes that are offered throughout the year and also plans our annual spring Shabbaton, with an invited guest teacher.  To volunteer email education@betmish.org 

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 to let us know if someone who needs our help. 

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. 

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. 

High Holy Day Volunteers Needed!

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-Fast, set-up, and generally helping make the High Holy Days a welcoming and meaningful experience. If you'd like to help, please email HHDlogistics@betmish.org.  

 

Bikur Cholim – Visiting the Sick

Bikur Cholim - We Care About You

We want to provide the support and comfort our members need during a difficult time. If you become ill or hospitalized, or suffer a loss, or know of a member who has, please let us know. You can email bikur-cholim@betmish.org.

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