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Josef Palermo, GLOE director

Josef Palermo,
Director of GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC

Just in time for the new Jewish year, GLOE is introducing a new Jewish learning class on the 3rd Tuesday of every month through June 2018.  Each class will explore a different topic in Judaism that relates to sexual expression and identity, presented in a contemporary queer context by various rabbis and other Jewish educators.  The inaugural Torah & Sexuality class focuses on "The Touchy Subject"—exploring the biblical and rabbinical texts that discuss masturbation in all of its forms.  Led by the Edlavitch DCJCC's Director of Jewish Engagement, Darya Watnick, and local Jewish educator Becca Benoff, class participants will be doing a deep dive into text in order to fully grasp the reasoning behind common understandings in Judaism around masturbation.


I'm also proud to announce the relaunch of GLOE Youth & Family with a full slate of programming for LGBTQ-parented families as well as LGBTQ kids and teens!  There's truly something for everyone this fall with GLOE and the Edlavitch DCJCC.


To a sweet new year,

Josef Palermo Signature
Josef Palermo
Director, GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement

Upcoming Events


TORAH & SEXUALITY SERIES
Beginning with the new Jewish year, GLOE is introducing a new Jewish learning class for the LGBTQ community, occurring every 3rd Thursday of every month through June 2018 at the Edlavitch DCJCC.  Each class will explore a different topic in Judaism that relates to sexual expression and identity, presented in a contemporary queer context.

Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
THE TOUCHY SUBJECT

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Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MORE THAN JUST MALE AND FEMALE - THE SIX GENDERS IN JUDAISM


Tuesday, November 21, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WHAT THE ANCIENT RABBIS SAY ABOUT QUEER SEX AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION

GLOE Youth & Family Events

September 8 || GLOE YOUTH & FAMILY SHABBAT CLUSTER KICK-OFF

In partnership with the EDCJCC Jewish Life department’s Family Engagement programs, GLOE Youth & Family (a project of GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC) is organizing an LGBTQ family Shabbat cluster to join other family clusters at this seasonal kick-off dinner.

Family Shabbat clusters are groups of 3-4 families who get together monthly for an informal potluck Shabbat dinner, a Shabbat afternoon playdate, or a Shabbat lunch. Clusters are a great, casual way to get to know more Jewish families with children in the DC metro area. We welcome all kinds of families including interfaith families interested in exploring Shabbat in a safe, joyful, family focused environment.


September 24 || APPLES FOR EVERYONE! A FAMILY FOOD JUSTICE PROGRAM
Join the Edlavitch DCJCC in a “glean and learn” at a nearby farm! We will pick produce to donate and learn about food waste and food accessibility with Darya Watnick, Director of Jewish Engagement at the EDCJCC, and Jewish Outdoor, Food/Farming, and Environmental Education Fellow with Hazon. Since this program will be happening on the Sunday between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur we will also be honoring tashlich, the casting away of negativities, with an activity to reflect on our hopes for ourselves, our families, and our communities in the coming year. Co-presented with the Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service, and GLOE Youth & Family.