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.

Interfaith Discussion Groups

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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Tue
Apr
  24
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Being part of an interfaith couple can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone. For 20 years our four-session workshop has been a model to guide couples in openly discussing issues they face as partners from two different backgrounds. We offer you a safe environment to work on creating your religious lives together. You can make Jewish choices while still respecting your partner’s religion. Be part of our ever-expanding interfaith community.
Listed In:  Couples, Interfaith, DC, Counseling/Support
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek (Congregation B'nai Tzedek Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center)
10621 South Glen Rd. , Potomac MD 20854
Congregation B'nai Tzedek's Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center (GECC) Baby Play Group. Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, beginning September 13. FREE! A fun, clean environment for babies with their loving adults to play in and hang out. Make new friends in our special baby classroom. For toddlers, explore age appropriate toys, informal play time for children and caregivers, meet current GECC families and get to know our amazing community. Please register at GECCDirector@bnaitzedek....
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Embassy Of Israel
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20015
One show only! “Director Alison Chernick profiles the violin virtuoso, through his performance, of course, but she also reveals a personality as expressive as his musicianship. ” – Pat Padua, The Washington Post From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Apr
  26
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Apr
  27
5:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Apr
  27
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
We heard students chant, “Vote them out!” Now in Montgomery County, we have a chance to vote candidates into local and state offices. Learn about the issues at stake and talk with candidates in the primary election on April 27 at a speed-dating style dinner and informally at the oneg. Guests for dinner are County Executive Candidates: Robin Ficker, Roger Berliner, Bill Frick, Rose Krasnow, George Leventhal and County Council Candidates: Danielle Meitiv, Seth Grimes, Jill Ortman-Fouse, Shruti Bh...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Politics
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20.18 adults, $2.18 students, Free new voters

 
 
Sun
Apr
  29
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd, North Bethesda MD 20852
Good Deeds Day is an annual, international celebration of Doing Good! Join more than half a million volunteers around the world for this day of service, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can make a positive impact on the lives of others and change the world. Roll up your sleeves and make an impact through a variety of hands-on volunteer projects.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Teens, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Apr
  29
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
 
Temple Emanuel
10101 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington MD 20895
Please join us to celebrate the 10th Anniversary Temple Emanuel’s Global Mitzvah Project. Come hear the musical repertoire of Mariachi El Rey performing Latin rhythms such as bolero, corridos, huapangos, sones, racheras, cumbias and more. A minimum donation of $15 per adult or $50 per family will be billed or collected at the door. RSVP to Teresa Kasper at 301-942-2000 or rsvp@templeemanuelmd.org. Reception follows the concert. Proceeds from the concert support high priority projects in educa...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Advocacy, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $15 per person

 
 
Wed
May
  2
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek (Congregation B'nai Tzedek Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center)
10621 South Glen Rd. , Potomac MD 20854
Congregation B'nai Tzedek's Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center (GECC) Baby Play Group. Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, beginning September 13. FREE! A fun, clean environment for babies with their loving adults to play in and hang out. Make new friends in our special baby classroom. For toddlers, explore age appropriate toys, informal play time for children and caregivers, meet current GECC families and get to know our amazing community. Please register at GECCDirector@bnaitzedek....
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sat
May
  5
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Join interfaith families and CEH members for a stimulating discussion around issues of social justice. During the first half hour we will mingle and enjoy tasty food (kosher vegetarian) and beverage concoctions. At 7:30, a discussion leader will guide a group conversation on several topics, including: >What has been your experience with race and/or ethnicity? >Does a person’s religious beliefs affect his/her concern over personal or social injustices? >What do you think our national immigratio...
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
May
  6
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Washington Jewish Film Festival)
1529 Q St NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us for an in-depth exploration of the daily lives and challenges of Arab Citizens of Israel. The program will feature the screening of the deeply moving documentary In Her Footsteps, short films produced by Israeli high schools students as part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s triangular school partnership program, and an in-depth discussion about Bedouin society within Israel with filmmaker Rana Abu-Fraiha and Safa Abu-Rabia, Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Anthro...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
May
  6
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
10300 Stratford Ave,  Fairfax VA 22030
The group will start at the Fairfax United Methodist Church and will continue by visiting St Leo the Great Catholic Church, Daniels Run Peace Church (also hosting the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia), Ezher Mosque, MCC NOVA Church, Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax Presbyterian Church, Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia, Fairfax Baptist Church, and end with the Christ Lutheran Church. At each stop, the group will spend 5 minutes learning about that faith tradition. Plea...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Fair/Expo, Fitness & Wellness, History/Education
Event Cost:  Free; free

 
 
Wed
May
  9
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek (Congregation B'nai Tzedek Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center)
10621 South Glen Rd. , Potomac MD 20854
Congregation B'nai Tzedek's Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center (GECC) Baby Play Group. Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, beginning September 13. FREE! A fun, clean environment for babies with their loving adults to play in and hang out. Make new friends in our special baby classroom. For toddlers, explore age appropriate toys, informal play time for children and caregivers, meet current GECC families and get to know our amazing community. Please register at GECCDirector@bnaitzedek....
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Wed
May
  9
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Address provided upon positive RSVP, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Join Federation staff to learn about Israel YOUR Way 2019, an immersive Israeli journey designed to energize, inspire and nurture your mind, body and spirit.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Israel, Travel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
May
  13
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
3998 Spring of Freedom St NW, Washington DC 20008
Bring your family for a Lag B’Omer celebration in Rock Creek Park. You will learn about this lesser-known festival and enjoy the campfire, family activities, roasting marshmallows for s’mores and singing songs. All couples and families are welcome! Please tell all your friends and neighbors. Register by May 7 and get a special thank you gift at the event! This event is a collaboration of the Edlavitch DCJCC; PJ Library; Love & Religion: An Interfaith Couples Workshop for Jews and their Par...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Mon
May
  14
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
B'nai Israel Congregational Annual Meeting
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Special Needs, Women & Girls, Teens, Early Childhood Educators, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Advocacy, Board/Executive Commitee, Committee Meetings, Governance/Board, History/Education, Israel, Networking, Politics, Professional Development, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
May
  16
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek (Congregation B'nai Tzedek Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center)
10621 South Glen Rd. , Potomac MD 20854
Congregation B'nai Tzedek's Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center (GECC) Baby Play Group. Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, beginning September 13. FREE! A fun, clean environment for babies with their loving adults to play in and hang out. Make new friends in our special baby classroom. For toddlers, explore age appropriate toys, informal play time for children and caregivers, meet current GECC families and get to know our amazing community. Please register at GECCDirector@bnaitzedek....
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Wed
May
  16
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Many believe our love relationship with god is a model for our relationships with others. But what if we are confused about God or doubt god’s love? Perhaps by looking at the many concepts of god in Judaism through the millennia, we can better understand what it means to love.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $11.50

 
 
Thu
May
  17
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
Constitution Avenue & Seventh Street, NW Special Events Entrance , Washington DC 20002
In the summer of 1960, just miles from the U.S. Capitol, a newly-formed organization of Howard University students sat down on Glen Echo Amusement Park's historic, whites-only carousel. They were joined by a largely Jewish community of civil servants, labor organizers, and young families. Together, this unprecedented coalition took on the park owners, Jim Crow, the American Nazi Party, and the Supreme Court. Three years before the March on Washington, before anyone had heard the phrase "Freedom ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
May
  23
8:15 AM - 9:25 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
The metaphors in the Book of Psalms are tangled, but the emotional states they express are as immediate now as when they were written. These 150 religious poems form the backbone of the liturgy. We will read, discuss and savor these texts and compare the versions that have come down through the centuries. Readings in English. Amy Schwartz is opinion editor of Moment Magazine and president of the Jewish Study Center.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; JSC, Adas members $25, others $35

 
 
Wed
May
  23
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek (Congregation B'nai Tzedek Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center)
10621 South Glen Rd. , Potomac MD 20854
Congregation B'nai Tzedek's Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center (GECC) Baby Play Group. Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, beginning September 13. FREE! A fun, clean environment for babies with their loving adults to play in and hang out. Make new friends in our special baby classroom. For toddlers, explore age appropriate toys, informal play time for children and caregivers, meet current GECC families and get to know our amazing community. Please register at GECCDirector@bnaitzedek....
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Thu
May
  24
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
May
  25
5:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
May
  30
8:15 AM - 9:25 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
The metaphors in the Book of Psalms are tangled, but the emotional states they express are as immediate now as when they were written. These 150 religious poems form the backbone of the liturgy. We will read, discuss and savor these texts and compare the versions that have come down through the centuries. Readings in English. Amy Schwartz is opinion editor of Moment Magazine and president of the Jewish Study Center.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; JSC, Adas members $25, others $35

 
 
Thu
May
  31
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Tikkun Olam Women's Foundation of Greater Washington
600 I Street, NW, Washington  DC 20001
Revealing #Metoo as #Wetoo in Jewish Communal Life, originally hosted in New York by the New York Jewish Women’s Foundation, will provide the basis for our event. We will use their script as a guide and create our own town hall for the Greater Washington region, inviting speakers to talk about their own experiences and knowledge of the issues, as well as readers to dramatize some of the stories that were collected by the Gam Ami project on Facebook (anonymous #metoo stories from the Jewish commu...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Women & Girls, DC, Non-denominational, Advocacy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Jun
  6
8:15 PM - 9:22 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
Buddhism is a complex spiritual tradition with more than two and a half millennia of history. Its influence reaches millions of Buddhists and countless more nonBuddhists in the modern world and has deeply shaped the cultures of Asia. In this session, we will continue to explore the outline of Buddhist history, philosophy, and practice to better understand this complex and diverse tradition. Note: This class is rescheduled from the winter semester. Matt Regan is the secretary of the Internati...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; JSC, Adas members $15, others $20

 
 
Thu
Jun
  14
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Charles E. Smith Life Communities
TBD, TBD MD 20852
Join us for an engaging and educational evening featuring Lisa Genova, neuroscientist and author several best selling books including, Still Alice, a novel about a Harvard professor who suffers early onset Alzheimer's. The book was adapted into a film in 2014 and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Julianne Moore's highly acclaimed performance as Alice Howland. Genova has written fiction about characters dealing with neurological disorders. Gallery Books published her next three novels, ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Fitness & Wellness, History/Education, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; tbd

 
 
Thu
Jun
  28
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Jun
  29
5:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Jul
  26
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost: