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
Track 1: Exploring Political Differences with Better Angels
January 6, 2019: Better Angels mini-workshop. As part of IFFP’s implementation of our welcoming statement, Tom Smerling, Maryland state coordinator with Better Angels will do a mini-workshop. Better Angels is a bipartisan citizen’s movement working to bridge political divides between “reds” and “blues.” The workshop will offer strategies for talking across divides, building on IFFP members long experience working across difference, and give IFFP members a chance to practice the strategies and learn more about bridging political differences. This introductory session could lead to IFFP participation in more in-depth Better Angels workshops.
Track 2: Grieving Group
Singles with Rabbi Rain and Miranda
Something we are trying to do this year is suggest that people go out after Gathering/Sunday School and have lunch to get to know each other better. Some days staff will be able to join. We suggest visiting a park or Panera, or another restaurant nearby. If you are interested, you can contact Miranda.
Track 1: Song Rise: DC-based women’s social justice a cappella group participates in Gathering and Adult Group
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
More from the IFFP blog
By Chelsea Wilkinson and Aaron Lutkowitz What was planning your interfaith wedding ceremony like? Was it hard/easy/fun? We really enjoyed writing our interfaith ceremony. Rev. Julia provided insight and example templates, Rabbi Rain suggested some things to make the...read more
(these words were inspired by a long-time friend’s son, Thomas Corocan, who works for Bend the Arc- Jewish social Justice group) I'm heartbroken that 11 Jews who names we just hear were shot during Shabbat prayer this past week in Pittsburgh. I'm heartbroken that...read more
Who married you? Were you married by clergy from more than one tradition? What was that like? We were were fortunate to be married by Rabbi Rain and Reverend Julia! Both were extremely open to celebrating both of our traditions, and had the knowledge to support us in...read more
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 1996-2018. All Rights Reserved.