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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Thu
Apr
  18
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Cooking with Chef Evan: Vegetarian Chili* Are you looking for a tasty dish to share during Passover? Looking for something you can take to a potluck that's Passover friendly, vegetarian friendly, and is easy to make? Make some fresh veggie chili that you can take home and eat with everyone's favorite bread of affliction, matzah! You're strongly encouraged to bring an apron for this one. Contact: Nathan Smuckler, nsmuckler@templerodefshalom.org, 703.676.3840 Cost: $10.00 RSVP: Regular Regis...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Reform, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Mon
Apr
  22
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
7101 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Come celebrate Yom - Kadur - Haaretz (Earth Day) with the Bender JCC and PJ Library! Join us for a fun-filled morning of Yom - Kadur - Haaretz themed PJ Library® story time and crafts. Light snacks will also be provided. Please register all adults and children attending the event. We will be meeting at the indoor playground right outside of Sears. For more information, please e-mail Jennifer Radosh at jradosh@benderjccgw.org.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Apr
  24
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Rodef 2100: Not-a-Second-Night-Seder Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm Temple Rodef Shalom | 2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church, VA, 22180 Rodef 2100, our TRS Jewish young professionals group, invites you to our joyous celebration. This will be a fun, alternative Seder to celebrate Passover. This will not be your average, boring, “when do we get to the food” seder- we promise to liven things up. We hope you’ll join us for joyful singing, compelling out-of-the-ordinary discussion topics, an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, GLBT, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18; $24 late

 
 
Thu
Apr
  25
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
11355 Woodglen Drive, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library for preschool-friendly challah making, activities, and a PJ Library story time in preparation for Shabbat. Whole Foods will provide the dough, you bring your creativity to make the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat! We request you download Whole Foods Market’s App in order to continue enjoying this free program. Whole Foods Market 11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville, MD 20852: (Partnered with PJ Library) •January 31 | 10 – 11 AM •February 28 | 4 – 5 ...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sat
Apr
  27
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Yachad-Jewish Housing & Community Development Corporation
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC 20005
Perform a double mitzvah while having a glorious experience hearing beautiful music. The Georgetown Chorale will perform Ernest Bloch’s magnificent "Sacred Service" ("Avodath Hakodesh"). Cantor Asa Fradkin, the soloist, called it, “A thrilling piece of music, absolutely an emotional roller coaster.” The concert supports Yachad, the non-profit Jewish housing and community development organization that works across faith groups to make home of lower income residents healthy and safe.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Apr
  28
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Temple Emanuel
10101 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington MD 20895
Please join Temple Emanuel Religious School for a Kindergarten Open House. The morning will feature one of our innovative ethical wisdom camps, which are a fun way for K-2nd graders to explore Jewish values. Prospective kindergarten students will visit a classroom and participate in hands-on activities designed to teach them the value of tzedek (justice). While their children are engaged in class, parents will have an opportunity to meet with Rabbi Mark and discuss religious education at Temple...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Apr
  30
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program
1215 U Street, NW, Washington DC 20009
Attendees will have the privilege of hearing from two Holocaust survivors. Judge Thomas Buergenthal grew up in the Jewish Ghetto of Kielce (Poland) and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. His memoir, A Lucky Child, describes these experiences and has been published in many countries. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, he served as a judge on both the International Court of Justice and the Inter-American ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
May
  2
6:30 PM - 7:50 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Voices of the Holocaust. Cellist Molly Jones shares her Doctoral recital from University of Maryland that traces Jewish composers lost to the Shoa. Hazzan Fradkin will also lend his voice to the program in this deep and resonant evening devoted to remembrance.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; free

 
 
Fri
May
  3
6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Join us for a delicious and vibrant potluck dinner on the first Friday of every month following the Kabbalat Shabbat service. This is one of our most popular events, especially with families with young children. Services start at 6:15pm. Dinner starts at approximately 7:30pm. Potluck Guidelines Food should be vegetarian (dairy or pareve ), made using hekshered ingredients, and brought in a disposable pan/container. Food cannot be heated in our kitchen. Not a home cook? Pick up something heksh...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
May
  4
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah
11825 Seven Locks Road, Potomac MD 20854
Shoah Shabbat: Holocaust Commemoration Program Join us for morning services followed by special Holocaust programming, lunch followed by informative Panel Discussion. Keynote speaker, Greek Holocaust survivor & author, Yolanda Willis, will share what it was like living in Greece during the persecution of Jews during the Holocaust. We will have a special program honoring our survivors, followed by Greek inspired lunch. Panel discussion after lunch 2:30-4pm: 'Young Jews facing anti-semitism in U...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Orthodox, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25 for adults but free for survivors

 
 
Sun
May
  5
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah
11825 Seven Locks Road, Potomac MD 20854
Honoring the Righteous: Poland Hero's Journey, documentary film Talk & short film documenting a child of Holocaust survivors - Nira, traveling to Poland to find the family of the hero who saved her mom and grandmother, by hiding them for 2 years during the Holocaust. She and her family and friends witnessed Grzegorz Czyzyk’s posthumous honor at a Righteous Among the Nations ceremony. Finding the family and honoring the hero’s memory were lifelong dreams of Nira’s mom. Nira recounts the inspirin...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Orthodox, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
May
  6
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
9811 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg MD 20878
The playground at the RIO Washingtonian Center | 9811 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 Come stretch out with J Play and PJ Library! Pam Kaufman, Bender JCC’s resident toddler yoga teacher, will lead caregivers and tots in some fun, easy-to-do yoga – no prior experience required. Enjoy light snacks and stories for the kiddos. If the tots have any energy left (and they always do), feel free to swing around on the playground, too! Please register yourself and your child(ren) in advance....
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
May
  10
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Join us at 6:15 p.m. for evenings of melodic worship with a little groove thrown in by our own congregational band! Services followed by kiddush and nosh. This event is especially fun for families with young children.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
May
  11
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
The Adat Shalom Torah School offers joyful, progressive, and experiential education programs for K-7th graders. One parent said: “My 5th grader has been going since kindergarten and loves the school, the community, and the spirit.” Learn more and meet the Director of Education and Rabbis. For information, email Marcie.wilson@adatshalom.net. Visit www.adatshalom.net for a full calendar of events. Our doors are open, we welcome you!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
May
  15
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library at Barnes & Noble for Storytime, Snacks, and Arts & Crafts. Please register yourself and your child(ren) in advance.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
May
  17
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD MD
Join us at the Bender JCC to welcome Shabbat with a BANG! All families with children under 5 are invited to Shabbat Shabbang! No JCC Membership required. This is a program designed to create a community of new and old friends (older siblings welcome!). We will share in a seasonally-inspired gourmet meat meal, and then participate in a creative and enriching craft and entertainment program that will be fun for both children and parents. Purchase your discounted tickets before May 10. Parents:...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
May
  19
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Temple Rodef Shalom Blood Drive by Inova Blood Services Sponsored by Women of TRS May 19 Sun 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM in the Social Hall Your blood donation is urgently needed to help save the life of a neighbor. It's a mitzvah. Donating blood at Temple Rodef Shalom is fun and delicious because of the wonderful TRS members you meet and the generous donated snacks. Donors, age 16 and above are needed. Please make your life-saving appointment now and allow an hour for your donation.. CONTACT: Nancy...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Women & Girls, Early Childhood Educators, Northern Virginia, Reform, Fitness & Wellness, Volunteer
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Wed
May
  22
5:30 PM - 7:30 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, dinner, roasting marshmallows for s’mores and singing songs. Details to follow. This event is a collaboration of the Edlavitch DCJCC; PJ Library; Love & Religion: An Interfaith Couples Workshop for Jews and their Partners; and Federation’s Jewish Food Experience.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Non-denominational, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
May
  23
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC Family Engagement)
11580 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda MD 20852
Put on your sandals and let the sand tickle your toes at the Pike and Rose Beach! Enjoy light snacks, arts and crafts, and PJ Library stories for the kiddos.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
May
  30
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender Early Childhood Center)
11355 Woodglen Drive, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC and PJ Library for preschool-friendly challah making, activities, and a PJ Library story time in preparation for Shabbat. Whole Foods will provide the dough, you bring your creativity to make the perfect challah to take home and bake for Shabbat! We request you download Whole Foods Market’s App in order to continue enjoying this free program. Whole Foods Market 11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville, MD 20852: (Partnered with PJ Library) •January 31 | 10 – 11 AM •February 28 | 4 – 5 ...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Jun
  2
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Mid Atlantic Chapter)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC 2004
All food and beverages will be provided through Foremost Catering, under the supervision of either the Va'ad of Washington or OU.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Arts & Culture, Fundraising/Philanthropy, History/Education, Israel, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $275

 
 
Fri
Jun
  7
6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Join us for a delicious and vibrant potluck dinner on the first Friday of every month following the Kabbalat Shabbat service. This is one of our most popular events, especially with families with young children. Services start at 6:15pm. Dinner starts at approximately 7:30pm. Potluck Guidelines Food should be vegetarian (dairy or pareve ), made using hekshered ingredients, and brought in a disposable pan/container. Food cannot be heated in our kitchen. Not a home cook? Pick up something heksh...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Jun
  11
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Gesher Jewish Day School
4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax VA 22030
8th grade graduation
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Community-Wide/Festivals, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Jun
  20
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Cooking with Chef Evan: Challah* Challah is an indispensable part of the Shabbat meal. Learn the secrets to crafting your very own challah with Chef Evan. We'll cover everything from making the dough, the different techniques for braiding, and the bake. You'll go home with dough ready for you to add some flair! Will you make traditional challah or will you spice it up? Throw some dough with Rodef 2100! Things will get floury - you're strongly encouraged to bring an apron for this one. Contact...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, GLBT, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Reform, Culinary, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Nov 6 - Nov 10
Multiple times available
 
6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC for our Fall Arts Festival featuring The Lessans Family Literary Series, Cinema J and the Goldman Art Gallery.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo
Event Cost:  

 
 
Nov 6 - Nov 10
Multiple times available
 
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC: Gildenhorn/Speisman Center for the Arts)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Coming soon
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, Havurot/Minyanim, Humanist, Non-denominational, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo, History/Education, Israel, Networking, Social Events, Volunteer, JWRP
Event Cost:  

 
 
Dec 5 - Dec 8
Multiple times available
 
Israel American Council - Washington DC
3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood FL 33019
This fall, the Annual IAC National Conference will bring together more than 3,000 leaders, influencers and activists from the U.S., Israel, and around the world. The IAC National Conference – one of the largest and most high-profile gatherings in the Jewish world – will feature change makers across a range of fields, from business and philanthropy, to technology and education, to politics and social change. Together, we will explore five essential and interrelated topics for the Jewish people: ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Arts & Culture, Fair/Expo, Israel, Networking, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mar 11 - Mar 15
Multiple times available
 
6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Join the Bender JCC for our Spring Arts Festival featuring yhe Lessans Family Literary Series, Cinema J, and the Goldman Art Gallery.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Fair/Expo
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Apr
  26
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St, NW, Washington DC 20016
Washington Hebrew Congregation's Mitzvah Day on April 7, 2019, represents the culmination of our yearlong focus on community service and our long-standing commitment to helping the homeless, sick, hungry, and underprivileged in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community. On Mitzvah Day, our volunteers, young and old working together, lend their time, energy, and compassion to social service agencies working to improve the lives of people in need. In keeping with Judaism's teachings of tikkun o...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Teens, DC, Maryland, Reform, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Apr
  26
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington invites you to join us on Sunday, April 26, 2020, join us for the annual Sara & Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day, along with hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the globe for a day of giving back. Good Deeds Day is made possible by Drs. Ellen & Stuart Lessans, in loving memory of Sara & Samuel J. Lessans.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Teens, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Community-Wide/Festivals, Volunteer
Event Cost: