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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Wed
Feb
  20
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (Jewish Community Relations Council of GW)
11 Bladen Street, Annapolis MD 21401
Join the JCRC of Greater Washington at our annual Maryland Jewish Advocacy Day in Annapolis. Meet with legislators to share our 2019 legislative priorities. Buses transportation is available from both the Bender JCC and Leisure World. Registration is required.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Advocacy, Politics
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20

 
 
Wed
Feb
  20
8:15 PM - 9:25 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St., NW, Washington DC 20008
The 150 religious poems that make up the Book of Psalms are deeply familiar and deeply strange. Entwined in both Jewish and Christian tradition, they form the backbone of the liturgy and yet speak to us in a modern, sometimes perplexing voice. We’ll read, compare translations and trace the powerful imagery in these works. Readings in English. Amy Schwartz is president of the Jewish Study Center and opinion and book editor of Moment Magazine
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; 4 sessions: JSC, Adas members $55, non-members

 
 
Thu
Feb
  21
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue
13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville MD 20853
Jewish Mysticism The 10-week course will be taught by Rabbi Uri Topolosky 60% discounts available before 12/1! Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a "closed book." This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life's eternal universal questions.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; Regular tuition is $250 + $45 for the book

 
 
Sat
Feb
  23
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Adat Reyim
6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield VA 22152
Introducing Shabbat Family Jam -- a new full-bodied, joyful, family Shabbat experience at Congregation Adat Reyim. Together, we will enjoy a unique Shabbat learning and worship experience full of gratitude, Ruach and Jewish experiences to treasure together! Bring family and friends! Stay to enjoy a nosh afterwards - Kosher oneg noshes and treats are provided. Perfect for 1-8 year olds and their loving adults.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Feb
  23
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Interfaith Families Project (IFFP) (Interfaith Families Project)
1901 E. Jefferson Street, Rockville MD 20852
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
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 Rev. J...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, Interfaith, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Counseling/Support, History/Education, Parenting, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $300 per series for non-member couples

 
 
Sat
Feb
  23
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue (Ohev Sholom-The National Synagogue)
1600 Jonquil Street NW, Washington DC 20012
Featuring Comedian Leah Forster and a Pop Up Restaurant from Pow Pow (Vegan, DC Kosher Certified). Doors open at 7:30PM Show at 8:30PM
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, DC, Non-denominational, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Wed
Feb
  27
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
3830 Seminary Rd, Alexandria VA 22304
An Interfaith Program with Rabbi Emeritus Brett Isserow Wednesday, February 27, 10:30am–noon Even though Rabbi Isserow has officially retired from Beth El, we are pleased to have him continue to lead our series of interfaith programs. While we will explore beliefs and practices of other religions and faiths, these interviews also endeavor to give us an insight into the inspiration and motivation that helped shape lives. Contact Shelly closer to program date for presenter details. Fee $5 all pa...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 all participants

 
 
Wed
Feb
  27
8:15 PM - 9:25 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St., NW, Washington DC 20008
The 150 religious poems that make up the Book of Psalms are deeply familiar and deeply strange. Entwined in both Jewish and Christian tradition, they form the backbone of the liturgy and yet speak to us in a modern, sometimes perplexing voice. We’ll read, compare translations and trace the powerful imagery in these works. Readings in English. Amy Schwartz is president of the Jewish Study Center and opinion and book editor of Moment Magazine
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; 4 sessions: JSC, Adas members $55, non-members

 
 
Thu
Feb
  28
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue
13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville MD 20853
Jewish Mysticism The 10-week course will be taught by Rabbi Uri Topolosky 60% discounts available before 12/1! Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a "closed book." This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life's eternal universal questions.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; Regular tuition is $250 + $45 for the book

 
 
Thu
Feb
  28
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

 
 
Fri
Mar
  1
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:  

 
 
Mar 2 - Mar 3
Multiple times available
 
Shaare Tefila Congregation
16620 Georgia Avenue, Olney MD 20832
Purim Masquerade Party featuring professional DJ Karl Hunt, playing top hits from the 1950s-today. A night of friendship, food, drinks and dancing, and possibly more fun if you come in: Casual Cocktail Attire, Festive Mask or Theatrical makeup! (but NOT required). Select either of two ticket packets, as best for you: Package A [Includes entry fee, music, dancing, a great many hors-d'oeuvres, beverages (soda, coffee & tea), PLUS an all-you-can eat delicious dessert bar, $25 per person]. OR s...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; Package A-$25 per person; Package B-$36 per person

 
 
Wed
Mar
  6
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
10360 North Street, Fairfax VA 22030
Moms, dads, grandparents and anyone who loves books — you are invited to bring your children to enjoy PJ Library® story time and arts and crafts. This month we are learning about the Jewish holiday of Purim. Dress for messy fun (costumes optional). See you there! Contact jennifer.deangelis@jccnv.org for more info or with questions! The program is FREE and EVERYONE is welcome to join the fun. You can RSVP with jennifer.deangelis@jccnv.org or directly with the library for this event by picking ...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Mar
  6
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
Our yet-to-be-revealed celebrity moderator and learned panelists address the eternal conundrum: Which is better, the latke or the hamentasch? Join us for in-depth, hands-on, mouth-watering research! - Diane Bolz, Arts Editor, Moment magazine - David Fallick, Yiddishist - Elissa Silverman, at-large member D.C. Council, and others (to be announced.) Refreshments included!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; JSC, Adas members $10, others $12.

 
 
Thu
Mar
  7
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue
13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville MD 20853
Jewish Mysticism The 10-week course will be taught by Rabbi Uri Topolosky 60% discounts available before 12/1! Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a "closed book." This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life's eternal universal questions.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; Regular tuition is $250 + $45 for the book

 
 
Fri
Mar
  8
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:  

 
 
Sun
Mar
  10
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
 
Shaare Tefila Congregation
16620 Georgia Avenue, Olney MD 20832
Gan Katan is Shaare Tefila's Pre-Religious School program for kids ages 2-5 with their parents or grandparents. Led by Mara Lansky, Jewish Educator extraordinaire, enjoy playtime, story time & crafts all connected to Jewish values. FREE of charge, but RSVPs needed for planning by Thursday before the event date. Respond to Babette Cohn, bcohn@shaaretefila.org or to Cilla Grosberg, drgmrs@aol.com.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Conservative, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Mar
  10
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
4715 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20011
Join us to celebrate Purim with an interactive learning project. We will be Doing Good to help children at the Covenant House Youth Shelter Daycare, a program for single mothers that offers a free on-site day care so that they can complete their education and hold a job. Program cosponsored by PJ Library, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital and Federation's Doing Good.
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Volunteer
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Mar
  17
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Family Engagement at the EDCJCC)
6045 16th St NW, Washington DC 20011
When was the last time you dressed up like a queen or king? Now is your chance – the EDCJCC’s Purim Carnival is the perfect time for children and adults to dress up and celebrate this festive annual holiday! Join us for carnival games, arts & crafts, hamantaschen (yummy Purim treats), songs and a community service project! Don’t forget your costume! Little ones are welcome at this Carnival but it’s geared towards ages 3-6. This program is also supported by the Ruth Immerman Weinstein Endowmen...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25 per family

 
 
Sun
Mar
  17
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
3935 Macomb St NW, Washington DC 20016
We will minimize the noise and other sensory input, but maximize the fun! Join us for crafts, an interactive reading of the Purim story (megillah), a mitzvah (good deed) project and treats to take home. Costumes encouraged but not required. Please pre-register as space is limited. Best for ages 4-7. FAQs about Sensory-Friendly Purim: http://bit.ly/SensoryPurimFAQ
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, DC, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, 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

 
 
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:  

 
 
Sat
Mar
  23
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Adat Reyim
6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield VA 22152
Introducing Shabbat Family Jam -- a new full-bodied, joyful, family Shabbat experience at Congregation Adat Reyim. Together, we will enjoy a unique Shabbat learning and worship experience full of gratitude, Ruach and Jewish experiences to treasure together! Bring family and friends! Stay to enjoy a nosh afterwards - Kosher oneg noshes and treats are provided. Perfect for 1-8 year olds and their loving adults.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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

 
 
Tue
Mar
  26
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St, NW, Washington DC 20016
With great joy and meaning, we invite you to a very special event welcoming three Israeli couples into the covenant of marriage. None of these couples can be married in their homeland under the auspices of the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate for three very different reasons: • One is a heterosexual couple in which the male is not recognized as Jewish because his mother, who converted, is deaf, and this conversion was not recognized in Israel. • The second is a progressive Jewish couple who rejects t...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Conservative, Reform, Advocacy, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; $18 suggested donation

 
 
Tue
Mar
  26
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1534 16th St NW, Washington DC 20036
Come explore the rich fabric of Judaism! Using traditional texts and modern examples, we will cover the fundamentals of Jewish life, including Shabbat and holidays, prayer, lifecycle rituals, ethics, and beliefs. This class is ideal for learners with questions—whether you've never studied Judaism before in your life, you're looking for a Hebrew School refresher, or you're somewhere in between! This Session Dates: 8 Tuesdays, March 26 to May 21 Time: 7:30-9:15 pm **This class will be taking ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Couples, Interfaith, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $200 General Registration, $150 Birthright Alumni

 
 
Wed
Mar
  27
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
American Jewish Committee
TBA, Washington DC 20005
Annual Black Jewish Unity Seder
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Interfaith, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Mar
  28
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

 
 
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: