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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Aug 17 - Aug 19
Multiple times available
 
Capital Camps & Retreat Center (Capital Camps )
12750 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro PA 17268
Celebrate the end of summer at Capital Camps. Before the chaos of the school year sets in, join with other camp families to swim, play and celebrate Shabbat. Enjoy quality time together, make new friends and new memories. Your family can choose to live in a cabin or an air-conditioned lodge room – all accommodations have private bathrooms. Our food service is kosher under kosher supervision, and chefs create delicious and nutritious options for everyone. Our air-conditioned dining hall is the ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Special Needs, Teens, Early Childhood Educators, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Aug
  21
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
see description for details, Washington DC 20009
It's time for the 5th annual Sweet Summer Series, with frozen treats, crafts, socializing and PJ Library storytime coming to a neighborhood near you! We are partnering with many local organizations to make this happen, and the list will grow. Check back often, or like us on Facebook for updates. All events are one hour long. * Thurs, May 17, 5:30 pm: Tutti-Frutti (N Bethesda) w/ Bender JCCGW * Sun, June 10, 6:00 pm: Ben and Jerry's (Fairfax) w/ Gesher JDS and JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Culinary, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; free to attend, pay for your own ice cream

 
 
Thu
Aug
  30
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
Aug
  31
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
Sep
  6
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC: Goldman Art Gallery)
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville MD 20852
Inspired by the movement launched in New York City, photographer Melissa McGowan captures the many faces of our JCC community. From babies to senior adults, this exhibit illustrates the diversity of our community while exploring the common threads that connect us all. Join us for a special reception where you will experience the stories behind the faces you pass in the halls. Join us for the opening reception with the Photographer and Humans. Show on display in the Gallery from September 7 – O...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Sep
  7
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda MD 20817
Join us for a fun, casual evening at our family "Back to Shul Night". Burgers and dogs will be sizzlin' on the barbecue, tangy ices will add the perfect chill, and a beautiful outdoor musical service will serenade us amidst nature and among friends and family. BJC's new online religious school curriculum will be announced - the only one of its kind in the Bethesda/Chevy Chase/Rockville area. Its interactive learning engages kids in ways designed for the digital generation. With no weekday co...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Sep
  9
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Family Engagement at the EDCJCC)
23rd & S St NW, Washington  DC 20008
Provide a meaningful way for your young children to connect with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah at Day of Awe-some. Join us in a local Dupont Circle Park to hear the shofar, taste apples and honey, participate in tashlich – the tradition of symbolically casting away our sins into a body of water – and start off a new year through songs, crafts, and stories in an atmosphere that welcomes everyone and caters to kids.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Non-denominational, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20

 
 
Sun
Sep
  23
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Considering synagogue membership? Come check us out. No commitment necessary. Stay for our Congregational Picnic at 12:30pm.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Sep
  23
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Join us for our Fall Congregational Picnic! Lunch will be served. Kosher/meat and vegetarian options.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Sep
  27
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps (Avodah)
TBD, TBD DC 20011
You're invited to celebrate Sukkot with the Avodah Corps Member in their home in NW DC! Event details will be posted soon.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, DC, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Sep
  27
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
Sep
  28
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:  

 
 
Sun
Sep
  30
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Washington Jewish Music Festival)
1625 P St NW, Washington DC 20036
Bring your whole family to the park for a Sukkot celebration featuring games, fun activities, and musical performances by Josh & the Jamtones! Sponsored in Memory of Elona Shaffert by the Shaffert/Brenner Family.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, DC, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Oct
  7
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Foundation for Jewish Studies (Foundation for Jewish Studies)
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Understanding Judaism Through the Lens of Islam with Professor David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud, The Jewish Theological Seminary In many respects, Islam is Judaism's closest "relative." It is a religion of law, based upon both Judaism and other inherited near eastern traditions. Professor David Kraemer, a prolific author and commentator who oversees the most extensive collection of rare and contemporary Judaica in the Western Hemisphere, will reveal s...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Oct
  10
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Split Between Christianity and Judaism John Barclay Burns “Jesus’ blood be on us and our children”. With these grim words, written around 85 CE, the author of the Gospel According to Matthew starkly emphasizes the gulf that had arisen between Judaism and the sect of Christian Jews just 50 years after Jesus’ death. How and why did this schism happen? Jesus and his first followers made up a small apocalyptic/messianic sect of Judaism. They spoke Aramaic, like other Jews of their time. Torah...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $10 general admission; students $5

 
 
Sun
Oct
  14
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
TBD, TBD DC 20002
Federation Interfaith Family Challenge Event
Listed In:  Interfaith, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  25
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
Oct
  26
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:  

 
 
Tue
Nov
  13
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Charles E. Smith Life Communities
6121 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join us for our fall faith leaders networking luncheon seminar. Topic: TBD. There is no cost to attend this event
Listed In:  Interfaith, Maryland, Professional Development, Leadership Development, Networking, Professional Development
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Nov
  27
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Foundation for Jewish Studies (Foundation for Jewish Studies)
14330 Travilah Road , Rockville MD 20850
The Foundation for Jewish Studies presents "How Jews and Christians Read Text Differently... and Why It Matters" with Professor Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences Although Jews and Christians share common books – the Jewish Tanakh and the Christian Old Testament – we read our shared stories in distinct ways. The variations in translation, punctuation, definitions, theology, emphasis, and even can...
Listed In:  Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Nov
  29
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
Nov
  30
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
Dec
  27
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
Dec
  28
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:  

 
 
Mon
Mar
  18
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
In preparation the for Israel YOUR Way 2019 departure, registered participants are invited to join Federation staff for an energizing and informative evening to meet travel companions, review logistics and get answers to any questions or concerns.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Israel, Travel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mar 24 - Mar 26
Multiple times available
 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington MD 20001
The AIPAC Policy Conference is the largest gathering of pro-Israel activists. Over 18,000 people from all 50 states and all backgrounds come together for a three day educational, inspirational and empowering experience. On the third day we lobby our Members of Congress to support the partnership between the U.S. and Israel and to ensure that the friendship between the United States and Israel remains unbreakable.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Leadership Development, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Fair/Expo, History/Education, Israel, Leadership Development, Networking, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $399 for AIPAC Club and $499 for Delegates

 
 
Mar 29 - Apr 1
Multiple times available
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Is it your first time in Israel? Has it been a while since your last visit? Spend a few extra days experiencing the land and culture with this Israel Your Way Pre-Trip experience.
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Israel, Travel, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Mar
  31
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
The Bender JCC presents the 2019 Annual Women's Seder
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Women & Girls, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events, JWRP
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Mar
  31
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series. Immerse yourself in an Israel journey designed to energize, inspire and nurture your mind, body and spirit. Explore Israel’s culture, society, innovation and majesty through the lens that reflects your passions. Options include: - Tapestry for the Senses: Arts, Food, & Culture - Advancing Israel: Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Israel in Motion: Outdoor Adventure & Eco-Action - Beyond the Headlines: Politics &...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Apr
  1
12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series. Immerse yourself in an Israel journey designed to energize, inspire and nurture your mind, body and spirit. Explore Israel’s culture, society, innovation and majesty through the lens that reflects your passions. Options include: - Tapestry for the Senses: Arts, Food, & Culture - Advancing Israel: Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Israel in Motion: Outdoor Adventure & Eco-Action - Beyond the Headlines: Politics &...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Israel
Event Cost: