IFFP, or the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington, is an independent community of interfaith families and others. We are committed to sharing, learning about, and celebrating our Jewish and Christian traditions.
Founded by four “founding moms” in 1995, the Interfaith Families Project has grown into a vibrant, active community of approximately 300 adults and children, one of the largest interfaith programs in the country. The core value of IFFP is respect – for each other, for Judaism, and for Christianity.
As a community, we celebrate, explore, question, and enjoy both religious traditions equally. IFFP members neither reject our religious backgrounds nor seek a new religion that is a mixture of Christian and Jewish belief. Instead, we believe it is possible – and desirable – to honor our distinct religious traditions and to share those traditions with spouses, partners and children.
Read our community inclusion and welcome message.
Now in our third decade, we have grown to over 100 families from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. IFFP is a place where both Jewish and Christian partners can feel like equal members of the community, celebrate and learn about both faiths. At IFFP, we “teach not preach.” Read our mission statement.
Interested in learning more about interfaith families. Read the blog by IFFP Member and former Board Chair, Susan Katz Miller, On Being Both.
Learn more about how to join IFFP.
Who We Are
Our community includes those who continue to practice a faith, and those who do not. Many IFFP parents have chosen not to select one religion for their children, but rather to instill in them an appreciation and understanding of both heritages. Other IFFP parents have chosen one religion for their children but want them to gain knowledge about both of their cultural heritages. Read about IFFP in the news.
Leadership and Staff
Meet our Clergy, Staff, and Board of Directors.
IFFP benefited from many years of leadership from both Rabbi Harold White z”l and Reverend Julia Jarvis, Spiritual Director, Emerita.
Music at IFFP
Music is a part of our Gatherings and Sunday School programs. Our Members and Staff share their musical talent. Meet some of the IFFP Band and Choir.
How We Care for Our Community
Our community provides us with a sense of connection and support that is a valuable part of our experience as interfaith families. Our children form lasting relationships with children whose families are similar to their own. We adults care for each other, provoke and challenge each other, provide resources, and inspire each other, and find many opportunities to laugh together.
Programs We Offer
We gather for a variety of programs to meet the varied needs of interfaith families.
We meet two or three Sundays a month during the school year and host a few small group events during the summer. Our Sunday morning program includes a Gathering, Sunday School (in-person and virtual/distance), and an Adult Group discussion.
Throughout the year we sponsor special events such as High Holy Days services, an annual women’s retreat, couples’ workshops, and community service opportunities for members of all ages.
History of IFFP
In 2021, IFFP celebrated its 25th anniversary. Learn more about the history of our community. Watch the 25th Anniversary Tribute Video and hear from our members about why IFFP is so important in their families.