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Life Cycle and Member Services

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Life Cycle Events

Bet Mishpachah offers a full range of life cycle events, with rabbinical as well as communal support. We want to celebrate with you in your times of joy and console you when you are bereaved.

As part of our commitment to innovative liturgy, feminist theology, and LGBTQ+ ritual, we are also open to developing new ceremonies to meet our community’s needs. So if you are interested in marking a coming out, a gender transition, a healing from trauma, or some other important milestone, please let us know.

A great way to celebrate or remember 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

Welcoming Children

Events include baby naming ceremonies, b’rit mila (circumcision), b’rit bat (covenant ceremony for a daughter), and pidyon ha-ben/bat(redemption of the first born).  For information and to make arrangements for one of these events, contact the rabbi or the Religious Affairs Director .

Bar and Bat Mitzva Ceremonies for Both Teenagers and Adults

For information, contact the rabbi or the Religious Affairs Director.

Rabbi Emeritus Bob Saks signs a ketuba (wedding contract) for a newlywed couple



Counseling and learning are available for persons considering conversion. Bet Mishpachah welcomes Jews by choice and their family and friends.  For further information, please contact the rabbi.

Weddings and Kiddushin Ceremonies

Bet Mishpachah has long offered Jewish weddings (or Kiddushin). The first Kiddushin at Bet Mish was in 1988. Same-sex weddings became legally recognized in the District of Columbia in 2010, in Maryland in 2013, in Virginia in 2014 and federally in 2015. 

Rabbi Jake happily officiates at Jewish wedding ceremonies.  Regardless of gender, religion, or location, Rabbi Jake loves joining two loving companions in marriage.  For more information and assistance, contact him.


                        Wedding of two Bet Mish members in July 2011


Bikur Cholim

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 at  Bet Mishpachah has also developed a Checklist for Caregivers.

Bereavement Support

The congregation and the rabbi are available for assistance and comfort.  Members can inform the congregation of a death and access support services by sending an email to

Shiva services can be conducted in the homes of members (or via Zoom while social distancing is required). The congregation has developed its own liturgy for Shiva services conducted in houses of mourning.  Rabbi Singer-Belein and lay leaders are available to officiate at services.

The Bet Mishpachah Bereavement Brochure provides information about the full spectrum of services available through the synagogue and local service providers.

Bet Mishpachah is a member congregation of the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington, and congregants can arrange for funerals at participating funeral homes at negotiated discounted prices.  Click here for more information.

Bet Mishpachah Cemetery

Bet Michpachah's Cemetery Dedication


Bet Mischpachah owns a section of the historic Elesavetgrad Cemetery in the Congress Heights section of Washington, DC. It is adjacent to the Ohev Shalom, Adas Israel, and Washington Hebrew Cemeteries.  The address is 3233 15th Place SE, Washington, DC 20020-2903.  The cemetery is Metro accessible via the Congress Heights Metrorail station on the Green Line.

Members and their immediate family may acquire sites for $2,000 per site.  The purchase price includes perpetual care but does not include opening and closing costs.  Gravestones are required and are not included in the purchase price.   Pre need purchases may be paid in full or in installments.  Time of death purchases must be paid in full within 45 days of interment.  

Interfaith couples are permitted; however the certificate of ownership will be registered in the name of the Jewish spouse.  Non-Jewish religious symbols are not permitted on gravestones.  No other faith services may be conducted graveside.

Inurnments of cremated remains are permitted.  Grave liners are not required.

For further information or to purchase a site, contact Allan Armus at 703-525-4261.

Thu, May 19 2022 18 Iyyar 5782