Interfaith

The Jewish community of Greater Washington welcomes interfaith couples and families. The calendar listings below contain activities and programs targeted toward interfaith families and couples. We encourage you to browse the postings and explore organizations and events that may be relevant to you.

To find programs targeted to your other interests, search the full calendar of events by clicking on “View All Events” below, then sort by your interests.

If you need assistance or more information , please contact Jconnect at jconnect@shalomdc.org or through the Contact Us page.

Sarah TasmanOur community welcomes Rabbi Sarah Tasman, Director of Interfaithfamily DC

In July 2015, Rabbi Sarah Tasman joined InterfaithFamily as the Director of IFF/DC, serving the Greater Washington (DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia) area. Most recently she served as Senior Jewish Educator at The University of Maryland Hillel, led events at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, and has taught yoga for the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington at Adas Israel. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Sarah led an independent, young-adult community in New Haven, Connecticut, where she received awards for her innovative Rosh Chodesh programing and successful HavdalahYoga series. During rabbinical school, Sarah served as rabbi of Or HaTzafon in Fairbanks, AK, and spent many years as a mikveh guide and educator at Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Mikveh & Education Center where she created new mother-daughter educational workshops. Rabbi Sarah brings warmth, a rich knowledge of tradition, and accessibility to meet couples, families and students wherever they are in order create a meaningful experience. She was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in 2012. She also holds a Masters in Jewish Education from The Shoolman School of Education at Hebrew College and a certificate of Non-Profit Management from the Rabbinic Management Institute at American Jewish University.

 

New discussion groups forming:
A Discussion Group on Interfaith Relationships with Parents of Young Adults
Facilitated by Marion L. Usher, Ph.D. creator of “Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners”

  • Is your young adult involved in a serious interfaith relationship?
  • Can you talk to him/her in an informed manner?
  • Does your young adult fly off the handle when you bring up the topic?

Come and learn helpful strategies for managing this complicated situation.

For further information Marion L. Usher 202-236-9495

 

Upcoming Events

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Sun
Feb
  26
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Interfaith Families Project (IFFP) (Interfaith Families Project)
11135 Newport Mill Rd, Kensington MD 20895
Interfaith Couples Workshop   Workshops in Growing as a Jewish/Christian Couple: Are you in an interfaith marriage and want tools and support for living with two faiths? Are you in an interfaith relationship and trying to determine whether marriage will work? Do you have questions about how to raise your children? Deal with extended family? Celebrate both Christian and Jewish holidays? The series will be led by Rabbi Rain Zohav & Rev. Julia Jarvis, Spiritual Leaders of IFFP with Father Michael...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, Interfaith, Maryland, Adult Education, Counseling/Support, Fitness & Wellness, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; $300 per series for non-member couples
 
 
Sun
Feb
  26
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS Development Department)
2850 Quebec St NW, Washington DC 20008
CESJDS CESJDS Community Social Justice Event
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, DC, Advocacy
Event Cost:  
 
 
Thu
Mar
  2
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
4420 Willard Ave, Chevy Chase MD 20814
At Challah Tots, you will enjoy a storytime, craft and braiding challah to take home to bake for Shabbat! Whole Foods Markets provides the dough, and PJ Library and our partners will provide the activities and the braiding help (if you'd like). It's fun, easy and free! Please RSVP so that we have enough dough available. This Challah Tots is cosponsored by the Bender JCCGW and Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County. Note: the dough is prepared by Whole Foods, which is not a kosher facili...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Maryland, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Fri
Mar
  3
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Children are always welcome at all of our services, but the first Friday night of each month is especially designed for families. Tot Shabbat introduces Judaism to children not yet old enough to read. Our Family Services last about one hour, followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, and feature a different religious school grade as well as our fabulous TSY Choir. Our monthly birthday blessing occurs as part of the service, and camp-style music, led by Cantor Lisa on guitar, engages and uplifts the con...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Fri
Mar
  3
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Family Engagement at the EDCJCC)
1529 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20036
Family Shabbat Clusters are groups of 3-4 families who get together monthly for an informal potluck Shabbat dinner, a Shabbat afternoon playdate, or a Shabbat lunch. This a great, casual way to get to know more Jewish families with children in the DC metro area. Families sign up and share information about different ways they would like to celebrate Shabbat. We at the EDCJCC will pair you up with families who have similar interests, geographical location, and ages of children. Then, once a mont...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $36 for Kick-off Dinner and Cluster Registration
 
 
Sun
Mar
  5
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Interfaith Families Project (IFFP) (Interfaith Families Project)
11135 Newport Mill Rd, Kensington MD 20895
Interfaith Couples Workshop   Workshops in Growing as a Jewish/Christian Couple: Are you in an interfaith marriage and want tools and support for living with two faiths? Are you in an interfaith relationship and trying to determine whether marriage will work? Do you have questions about how to raise your children? Deal with extended family? Celebrate both Christian and Jewish holidays? The series will be led by Rabbi Rain Zohav & Rev. Julia Jarvis, Spiritual Leaders of IFFP with Father Michael...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, Interfaith, Maryland, Adult Education, Counseling/Support, Fitness & Wellness, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; $300 per series for non-member couples
 
 
Tue
Mar
  7
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS Development Department)
2850 Quebec St NW, Washington DC 20008
CESJDS CESJDS Community Social Justice Event
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, DC, Advocacy
Event Cost:  
 
 
Wed
Mar
  8
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
1336 U St NW, Washington DC 20009
Join Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to get in the Purim spirit with Entrypoint DC of the Edlavitch JCC of Washington DC, GatherDC, Moishe House DC, Sixth & I, Washington Hebrew Congregation’s 2239 and Young Professionals @ Adas Israel. Cost: $10 in advance. $15 at the door. Proceeds will go to one of the following charities: Bread for the City DC Central Kitchen HAIS N Street Village Patricia Handy Place At the event, cast your vote for the organization yo...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Interfaith, DC, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 in advance; $15 at the door
 
 
Wed
Mar
  8
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Interfaith Families Project (IFFP) (Interfaith Families Project)
310 Tulip Avenue, Takoma Park MD 20912
Interfaith Couples Workshop   Workshops in Growing as a Jewish/Christian Couple: Are you in an interfaith marriage and want tools and support for living with two faiths? Are you in an interfaith relationship and trying to determine whether marriage will work? Do you have questions about how to raise your children? Deal with extended family? Celebrate both Christian and Jewish holidays? The series will be led by Rabbi Rain Zohav & Rev. Julia Jarvis, Spiritual Leaders of IFFP with Father Michael...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, Interfaith, Maryland, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Counseling/Support, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; $300 per series for non-member couples
 
 
Sun
Mar
  12
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
see description for details, Washington DC 20009
Locations: Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Potomac, MD) @ 1:30 p.m. Congregation Olam Tikvah (Fairfax, VA) @ 1:30 p.m. Washington Hebrew Congregation (Washington, DC) @ 10:30 a.m. Offered with partners in three locations, this authentic Purim experience is accessible for all families who would like to celebrate Purim in a “softer” way. We will minimize the noise and other sensory input, but maximize the fun! There will be crafts, an interactive reading of the Purim story (megillah), quiet areas to ...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Non-denominational, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 per family, plus bring a canned good to donate
 
 
Sun
Mar
  19
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Kids' Time trial classes 3rd Sunday of the Month 9:15 AM- 10:45 AM Join babies and toddlers up to PreK for a joy and spirit filled time together. singing - dancing - stories - art - Hebrew Interested in being in the class full time email Rabbi Rachel Ackerman at rabbiackerman@templeshalom.net
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sun
Mar
  19
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Interfaith Families Project (IFFP) (Interfaith Families Project)
11135 Newport Mill Rd, Kensington MD 20895
Interfaith Couples Workshop   Workshops in Growing as a Jewish/Christian Couple: Are you in an interfaith marriage and want tools and support for living with two faiths? Are you in an interfaith relationship and trying to determine whether marriage will work? Do you have questions about how to raise your children? Deal with extended family? Celebrate both Christian and Jewish holidays? The series will be led by Rabbi Rain Zohav & Rev. Julia Jarvis, Spiritual Leaders of IFFP with Father Michael...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, Interfaith, Maryland, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Counseling/Support, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; $300 per series for non-member couples
 
 
Sun
Mar
  26
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Interfaith Families Project (IFFP) (Interfaith Families Project)
11135 Newport Mill Rd, Kensington MD 20895
Interfaith Couples Workshop   Workshops in Growing as a Jewish/Christian Couple: Are you in an interfaith marriage and want tools and support for living with two faiths? Are you in an interfaith relationship and trying to determine whether marriage will work? Do you have questions about how to raise your children? Deal with extended family? Celebrate both Christian and Jewish holidays? The series will be led by Rabbi Rain Zohav & Rev. Julia Jarvis, Spiritual Leaders of IFFP with Father Michael...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, Interfaith, Maryland, Adult Education, Counseling/Support, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; $300 per series for non-member couples
 
 
Fri
Mar
  31
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Children are always welcome at all of our services, but the first Friday night of each month is especially designed for families. Tot Shabbat introduces Judaism to children not yet old enough to read. Our Family Services last about one hour, followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, and feature a different religious school grade as well as our fabulous TSY Choir. Our monthly birthday blessing occurs as part of the service, and camp-style music, led by Cantor Lisa on guitar, engages and uplifts the con...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Mon
Apr
  24
6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
 
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Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Special Needs, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Conservative, Havurot/Minyanim, Humanist, Non-denominational, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, Fundraising/Philanthropy, History/Education, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; TBA
 
 
Wed
Apr
  26
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Food Experience)
3514 International Dr NW, Undisclosed Location DC 20008
Invitation only Israeli Culinary Event
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, Teens, Early Childhood Educators, DC, Culinary
Event Cost:  Free; free
 
 
Sun
Apr
  30
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
Join us to learn about Social, Recreational, Vocational and Employment, Housing and Financial Resources in our community.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, Maryland, Advocacy, Fair/Expo, Parenting
Event Cost:  
 
 
Fri
May
  5
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Children are always welcome at all of our services, but the first Friday night of each month is especially designed for families. Tot Shabbat introduces Judaism to children not yet old enough to read. Our Family Services last about one hour, followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, and feature a different religious school grade as well as our fabulous TSY Choir. Our monthly birthday blessing occurs as part of the service, and camp-style music, led by Cantor Lisa on guitar, engages and uplifts the con...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sun
May
  14
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Kids' Time trial classes 3rd Sunday of the Month 9:15 AM- 10:45 AM Join babies and toddlers up to PreK for a joy and spirit filled time together. singing - dancing - stories - art - Hebrew Interested in being in the class full time email Rabbi Rachel Ackerman at rabbiackerman@templeshalom.net
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Wed
May
  17
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
A special event honoring Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Social Events
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
May
  21
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us for an in-depth exploration of the daily lives and challenges of Arab citizens of Israel. Sponsored by the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab issues and the Edlavitch DCJCC. Lead support provided by the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  
 
 
Fri
Jun
  2
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Children are always welcome at all of our services, but the first Friday night of each month is especially designed for families. Tot Shabbat introduces Judaism to children not yet old enough to read. Our Family Services last about one hour, followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, and feature a different religious school grade as well as our fabulous TSY Choir. Our monthly birthday blessing occurs as part of the service, and camp-style music, led by Cantor Lisa on guitar, engages and uplifts the con...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sun
Nov
  5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
Ignite new passions, nourish your spiritual growth and explore Jewish identity at ROUTES, a choose-your-own Jewish learning adventure. Make Learning Yours with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington at this 7th annual day of inspired thought. ROUTES: A Day of Jewish Learning was established seven years ago, and has been staged in four locations. It is a unique program offering 70 sessions in seven hours, where attendees engage with some of the country’s most inspiring Jewish minds. For ma...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Adult Education, Leadership Development, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education, Leadership Development, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $36