Project Description

Bet Mishpachah is a congregation for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews and all who wish to participate in an inclusive, egalitarian, and mutually supportive community. We hold services every Friday night at 8 pm and the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 10 am at the DC Jewish Community Center, 16th & Q Streets NW. Bet Mishpachah was the generous host to the World Congress Board Meeting in April of 2016.

People of Bet Mishpachah

Barbara “Goldy” Goldberg
Barbara “Goldy” GoldbergVice President of the World Congress
Goldy is passionate about the World Congress providing a voice and networking source for both LGBTQI Jewish organizations and individuals worldwide. An active member of the Washington DC LBGT synagogue, Bet Mishpachah, Goldy served on the Board of Directors in various positions and currently serves on their Rabbinic Liaison and Education committees. Dedicated to her share תיקון עולם (repair of the world), Goldy conducted a study on the business case for diversity for one of the largest school districts in the United States. Her recommendations were included in district-wide diversity initiatives.
Rabbi Laurie Green
Rabbi Laurie GreenRabbi at Bet Mishpachah
In addition to her pulpit and pastoral experience, Rabbi Laurie Green also brings 18 years of experience as a Jewish educator. Prior to assuming her duties at Bet Mishpachah in July 2013, Rabbi Green served as Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo and Rabbi and Director of Education at Aspen Jewish Congregation. She was a founding board member of the National Union of Jewish LGBT Students, and worked in professional politics before attending rabbinical school. Rabbi Green also has extensive experience in community organizing, interfaith relations, and social justice, having worked and trained with Jewish Funds for Justice, the Religious Action Center, and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, among others. She received her pastoral care training at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Rabbi Green received her B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and her M.A. in Hebrew Literature and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College in 2007. Rabbi Green’s rabbinic thesis “Pious Prostitutes” explored the midrashim of three Biblical women, Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth, as a lens through which to explore sexuality, gender, power, and interfaith relationships, as they have changed throughout Jewish history and into our day. Rabbi Green has published on feminist midrash, Jewish education, and other topics. She joins the Bet Mishpachah community with her wife, Mira, and their son, Gus.