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 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

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

JANUARY IFFP CANAAN VALLEY SKI TRIP!

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

 

Jan
19
Sun
Community Service Event @ A Wider Circle
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

IFFP COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENT ON SUNDAY, JAN. 19TH, 2020, FROM 12 PM – 2PM (MLK WEEKEND)

The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” To honor Dr. King, IFFP again signed up to volunteer as a community on Sunday, Jan. 19th, from noon-2 pm, at A Wider Circle’s Center for Community, located at 9159 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, MD  20910 — at the corner of Warren Street and Brookville Road.

A Wider Circle redistributes furniture, home goods, and toys to individuals and families transitioning out of homeless situations or living without life’s necessities. Volunteers will help sort donations, restock showrooms, and assist clients as they are select items to take home. Feel free to bring items to donate (scroll down):  http://awidercircle.org/get-involved/

Our slot holds 60 volunteers. Children can volunteer with adult supervision. A headcount is requested. Please email Randi Field at: scribers@verizon.net, for parking instructions and waiver forms.

 

Jan
26
Sun
Gathering: Exploring Issues Related to Immigration @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 10:40 am
Sunday School: 11 @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Jan 26 @ 10:50 am – 12:05 pm
Adult Group @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Adult Group: Speaker invited to discuss issues related to immigration.

Feb
2
Sun
Gathering @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:40 am
Sunday School: 12 @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Feb 2 @ 10:50 am – 12:05 pm
Adult Group @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Adult Group: Rev. Julia and New Jewish Leader discuss issues related to interfaith families.

Feb
9
Sun
Gathering: Tu B’Shevat Seder @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 10:40 am
Sunday School: 13 @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Feb 9 @ 10:50 am – 12:05 pm

IFFP News

Volunteer with us on Sunday

Volunteer with us on Sunday

IFFP COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENT ON SUNDAY, JAN. 19TH,  2020, FROM 12 PM - 2 PM (MLK WEEKEND)  The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a...

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More from the IFFP blog

My Interfaith Kitchen

My Interfaith Kitchen

By IFFP Board Chair Suzanne Isaacs After I met and married my husband and we decided to be an interfaith family, I struggled.  Not with balancing the two religions (although it is tricky evenly splitting the gifts for Hanukkah and Christmas so one holiday doesn’t end...

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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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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.