The Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington (IFFP) is an independent community of interfaith families and others. We are committed to sharing, learning about, and celebrating our Jewish and Christian traditions.


Now in our third decade, we have grown to over 100 families from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. It’s a place where both Jewish and Christian partners can feel like equal members of the community; where both can celebrate and learn about both faiths and where we “teach not preach.” 

IFFP Welcomes YOU!  Please click to view our community inclusion statement.


Upcoming IFFP Events

Nativity Play @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Holiday Party @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Candle Light Christmas Eve Service @ Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Gathering: Celebrating Epiphany @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 10:40 am
Sunday School: 9 @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Jan 5 @ 10:50 am – 12:05 pm
Adult Group @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Jan 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Track 1: Jewish Leader and Rev. Julia discuss interfaith family issues (GYM)


Gathering: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration led by Racial Justice Group @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 10:40 am
Sunday School: 10 @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Jan 12 @ 10:50 am – 12:05 pm
Adult Group @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Jan 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Adult Group: New Jewish Leader discusses a topic related to racial justice.

IFFP Canaan Valley Ski Trip @ Canaan Valley Ski Resort
Jan 17 – Jan 20 all-day


Let’s go skiing! We are planning the 6th annual IFFP ski trip for January 17-20 at Canaan Valley, WV. Canaan Valley has Canaan Valley and Timberline downhill ski resorts, White Grass Cross Country ski resort, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, and more. Please let us know (boekeloo@umd.edu) if you plan to go by January 4 so that we have an estimate of numbers to make plans for gatherings.

We are recommending that folks try to get a house in the Timberline resort area through Bestofcanaan.com. These homes are nice with fireplaces and kitchens and are big enough for a couple of families to share. Ideally, we would get homes close to each other in this development. If not, everyone is a skier, the homes offer cozy hangouts for reading and relaxing. The Canaan Valley Resort is also nice for those who don’t want to cook, and who want easy access to an indoor pool, ice-skating rink, game rooms (and a bar lounge for those so inclined) –Kids can have the run of the place. These options and those below are close enough to each other to allow for breakfast and dinner gatherings of the IFFP group.

Get your lodging as soon as you can as this will be a busy time at the resorts.  The following are the options:

1) Private home rentals:  http://bookings.bestofcanaan.com/

2) Canaan Valley Resort:  www.canaanresort.com; near downhill and cross country skiing, two resort restaurants, ice skating, indoor pool

3) Land of Canaan: http://www.landofcanaan.com/vacation-rentals.html; convenient to resorts, good value, townhomes with fireplaces and well-appointed kitchens

4) Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge and Cabins:  https://wvstateparks.com/park/blackwater-falls-state-park/; authentic fully equipped cabins with fireplaces and beautiful old lodge, indoor pool, restaurant, beautiful view of Blackwater Falls


But there are many more options:

Best Of Canaan Realty 877- 484-8680, 304-866-8680.

Black Bear Resort 800-553-2327 or 304-866-4391

Canaan Realty 800-448-0074 or 304-866-4400

Canaan Valley Cabins 304-379-7548

Canaan Valley Resort State Park 800-622-4121 or 304-866-4121


Fazenda/North Point 703- 318-7998

Golden Anchor Cabins 304-704-8764


Land of Canaan 304-866-4788

Landis Realty 304-866-2110

Mountaintop Rentals 800-624-4341 or 304-866-4301

North Lake Cabin 304 546-4953

Timberline Four Seasons Realty 866-438-7259 or 304-866-2127

Village Inn Motel 304-866-4166

VRBO/Canaan * Airbnb

Windwood Resort 304- 866-7456 or 888-359-4667

White Grass TrailSide/GarageMahal 2 bedroom full kitchen laundry decks



Join us on Sunday!

Join us on Sunday!

Make sure to join us at IFFP on Sunday. We have so many wonderful things happening, including our Nativity Play, Holiday Party & Potluck, and Craft Fair! Be at Charles E Smith Jewish Day School at 10:00 am to join us!

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More from the IFFP blog

The Last Night of Hanukah Before Christmas at IFFP

The Last Night of Hanukah Before Christmas at IFFP

by IFFP member Susan Priester, 2014 “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house”, The Menorah’s still dripping and the dreidels are out. The stockings are draped near the candles with care, The smell of fried latkes in our clothes, in our hair. All...

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The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

By IFFP Member Jimmy Mrose The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21-35) "Then Peter approaching asked Jesus, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but...

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On Being Both

Be sure to read On Being Both, a wonderful blog about interfaith life by IFFP member Sue Katz Miller, a journalist whose work has appeared in Newsweek, New Scientist, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor.

IFFP is committed to a balance between Jewish and Christian traditions. We rent space but are not affiliated with, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. All Participants at IFFP Gatherings must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or guardian. Contact Us: (301) 770-6337 or Email info@iffp.net. Copyright 1996-2019. All Rights Reserved.