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 second 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.”
Upcoming IFFP Events
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Volunteer at Wider Circle’s Center for Community, 9159 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910, at the corner of Warren Street and Brookville Road. Wider circle redistributes furniture and home goods to individuals and families transitioning out of homeless situations or living without life’s necessities. Also consider donating items you no longer need. http://awidercircle.org/donorform.php
Tu B’shvat is a Jewish holiday also known as the New Year for Trees.
On January 27th, IFFP will celebrate this holiday with a special seder led by Cantor Bret Goldstein. Please enjoy these videos with your children to help them enjoy the seder rituals.
- Tu B’shvat Tale: Honi Comes Full Circle for the Jewish Birthday of the Trees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRfV7XrGfBo
- What is Tu B’shevat? The Jewish Tree Holiday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRHLw9jr9lY
Did you know that:
- Trees create an ecosystem to provide habitat and food for birds and other animals.
- Trees absorb carbon dioxide and harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide. Trees release oxygen. One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people.
- Canada’s boreal forest, our planet’s largest intact old-growth forest, is being destroyed. Logging, oil, gas, and mining companies are clearing over one million acres each year and threatening hundreds of Indigenous communities, iconic caribou, and billions of migratory birds.
o 300 billion tons of carbon are stored in the boreal region’s soils, plants, and wetlands. That’s equal to over three decades’ of fossil fuel emissions.
o Many of these ancient trees are being turned into toilet paper, paper towels, and facial tissues.
How can we help?
- Buy more sustainable paper products. For suggestions, see: https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/walletcard_1.pdf
- For a small $10 donation, the Arbor Day Foundation will plant 10 trees in our Nation’s forests: https://shop.arborday.org/memberships-trees-to-forest.aspx
- Petition the Canadian Government to protect the boreal forest from unsustainable logging: https://act.nrdc.org/letter/boreal-forest-180731?source=EMOBORPET&tkd=1518252&utm_source=alert&utm_medium=text1&utm_campaign=email&t=3&akid=3508%2E1518252%2ERi0yra
Discussion of the principle of bal tashchit, not wasting, led Bret Goldstein, Teacher at Berwyn Heights Elementary School in Prince George’s County.
Board and community meeting
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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 email@example.com. Copyright 1996-2019. All Rights Reserved.