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Josef Palermo, GLOE director

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

Fall into the fall season with GLOE this November.

On November 4, join the entire DC Jewish community at a very special outdoor Havdalah event, presented by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington—GLOE is proud to join Bet Mishpachah in bringing LGBTQ inclusion and visibility to this one-of-a-kind service.

As we prepare to join our families later this month for Thanksgiving, perhaps you (or someone you know) may be thinking about building a family of your own through adoption. Join us at the Edlavitch DCJCC on November 14 for a discussion on the adoption process, and learn how to become an LGBTQ parent.

And speaking of Thanksgiving... Everything But The Turkey returns on November 20! Volunteer to help make over 20,000 servings of food for the needy.

Take a look below to learn more about these programs and other events happening this month.


Imagine Israel Adoption: Starting the Process


Saturday, November 4,
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Loft (600 F Street NW)

GLOE and the Federation's Young Leadership will be celebrating at sundown at this unique Havdalah experience!

Join us under the stars with renowned Israeli Changemaker, Rabbi Esteban Gottfried as he leads a musical Havdalah service. Known to some as the Warrior for Jewish Pluralism, Gottfried is transforming the landscape of Judaism in Israel by introducing an inclusive spiritual outlet for all Jewish Israelis. We'll enjoy musical festivities, hors d'oeuvres and drinks as we explore the balance between sustaining religious tradition and accommodating social change!

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington welcomes the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations. Building an inclusive community is a Federation priority. If you require special assistance in order to attend this event, please call the Federation at (301) 230-7200 to accommodate your needs.

The Federation’s Imagine Israel Changemakers Series brings dynamic Israeli agents of change to DC to lead community conversations focused on their impact on transformative social issues in Israel.


Tuesday, November 14,
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC 

Please join us at the Edlavitch DCJCC for an informal discussion about various paths to adopting a child. Hear from an adoption lawyer, representatives from an adoption agency and from the foster care system, and parents who have gone through it successfully. LGBTQ and straight, couples and singles, Jewish and non-Jewish—are all warmly welcomed. Come with questions!

Speakers are:

  • Jennifer Fairfax, Family Formation Law Offices (adoption attorney)
  • Varda Markovsky from The Barker Adoption Foundation
  • Kathleen Stines from DC Child and Family Services Agency (foster care)
  • Dania Palanker, adoptive parent
  • Josh White and Matt Mills, adoptive parents
  • Ruth and Mark Kressloff, adoptive parents

For additional details and/or accommodation requests, email mszubin@edcjcc.org.

Co-presented with the Edlavitch DCJCC's Parenting Center.

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Everything But The Turkey Teen Chanukah Pre-Party

Monday, November 20,
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC

Give thanks this Thanksgiving holiday by giving back! Help prepare over 20,000 servings of food for people in need in the DC metro area as part of Everything But The Turkeyan annual fall service project of the Edlavitch DCJCC. Volunteers prepare hearty Thanksgiving Day side dishes (to go along with turkeys prepared by our partners at DC Central Kitchen). The food made by volunteers will be distributed to over 90 local homeless shelters, transitional housing facilities and community kitchens, so those in need can have a special Thanksgiving meal.


Tuesday, November 28,
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC

This year, Keshet's teen programs are heading on the road and popping up in a town or city near you! Come meet other LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens for a fun, Chanukah-themed night! Keshet and GLOE are partnering to bring you a pre-Chanukah party at the Edlavitch DCJCC to meet new friends, connect with old ones, and find out about different programs and opportunities for LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens in and around the DC area! Free kosher dinner will be provided.

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November 11 || Israel's Complicated Jubilee: 1917, 1967, and 2017
A lot has changed in 50 years. How did we get here and where do we go now? From the joy of capturing the Kotel, we've come to the modern battle for egalitarian prayer at the Kotel...From Bethlehem to Hebron...

Is it possible to be a Jewish and democratic state?

Rabbi Laurie Green of DC's LGBTQ synagogue Bet Mishpachah leads a discussion on changes in Israel. We'll study ancient texts that may inform our contemporary debates and see if we can shed any light on this heat.