Welcome!

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.”

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

 

Upcoming IFFP Events

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Jan
20
Sun
MLK Day Volunteer Event @ A Wider Circle
Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

Jan
27
Sun
Gathering: Tu B’Shevat Seder @ Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am

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.

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?

 

Sunday School 13 @ Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Jan 27 @ 10:50 am – 12:05 pm
Adult Group @ Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Jan 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Discussion of the principle of bal tashchit, not wasting, led Bret Goldstein, Teacher at Berwyn Heights Elementary School in Prince George’s County.

Feb
3
Sun
Gathering @ Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Sunday School 14 @ Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Feb 3 @ 10:50 am – 12:05 pm
Adult Group @ Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Feb 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Board and community meeting

Couples Workshop Session 1 @ Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Feb 3 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Feb
10
Sun
Gathering @ Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Sunday School 15 @ Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Feb 10 @ 10:50 am – 12:05 pm

IFFP News

Register Now for our Interfaith Couples Workshop Series

Register Now for our Interfaith Couples Workshop 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...

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Join us Sunday for MLK Community Service Day

Join us Sunday for MLK Community Service Day

The MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."  In honor of Dr. KIng, IFFP has signed up to volunteer as a...

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More from the IFFP blog

NOT MY PLAN: PARENTING THE UNEXPECTED

NOT MY PLAN: PARENTING THE UNEXPECTED

The most profound lesson I’ve learned from having children is that being a parent entails giving up expectations I didn’t know I had. We want the best for our children, but it’s as we—not they—define “the best.” When Dan Griffin and I were asked to lead a recent adult...

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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.