(Click here to sign up for GLOE eNews)

Josef Palermo, GLOE director

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

As we kick-off the new Jewish year of 5778, let us use this time around the High Holy Days to reflect on how Judaism relates to our daily lives.


With that goal in mind, GLOE continues our new Torah & Sexuality series of Jewish learning classes exploring what Judaism says about various topics related to sexual identity and expression.  Our October class is titled "More Than Just Male & Female: The Six Genders in Judaism" and we'll be diving into Jewish texts to uncover the various forms of gender identity outlined in classical Judaism.


Later this month, we'll consider Jewish perspectives on self-defense in presenting our recurring seminar with Capital MMA & Elite Fitness, teaching the queer community principles of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for protecting ourselves.


By the way, did you know that October is also LGBT History Month in the United States?  Follow our posts all month long on Facebook, where we'll be highlighting LGBTQ Jewish icons who have made history—a great way for our community to look ahead to the new year by remembering our past.

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.


In today's world, we are often discussing the fluidity of gender, preferred pronouns, and educating other about these topics. During ancient times, the Rabbis also discussed gender in its various forms, and even identified several different genders in classical Judaism.


This month, join us for a Torah study to delve into the multiple genders discussed throughout Jewish texts.


Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MORE THAN JUST MALE AND FEMALE: THE SIX GENDERS IN JUDAISM

Click to Get Tickets



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

WHAT THE ANCIENT RABBIS SAY ABOUT QUEER SEX AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION


INTRODUCTION TO GRACIE JIU-JITSU:
SELF-DEFENSE FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY

Throughout the history of Judaism, various scholars have drawn slightly different lessons about self-defense from the Torah, but they have all agreed with the core principle that self-defense is permissible in cases of necessity.


Learn practical, proven strategies and techniques for de-escalating threats, protecting yourself, and preserving your well-being with this introduction to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, presented by Jay Ferrari, head instructor of Capital MMA & Elite Fitness in Takoma.


Sunday, October 22, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Click to Get Tickets

AROUND THE COMMUNITY

October 19 || NICE JEWISH BOYS OCTOBER 2017 HAPPY HOUR

Nice Jewish Boys (NJB) has been a local, volunteer-driven community organization in Washington, D.C. serving gay, bisexual, trans, and queer Jewish men in their twenties and thirties.  Enjoy two-for-one happy hour specials and networking with the LGBTQ Jewish community at Number Nine in Logan Circle from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, October 19.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bet Mishpachah || SIDDUR PUBLICATION CELEBRATION

This fall Bet Mishpachah, with great pride and joy, will publish the updated and expanded second hard-cover edition of its uniquely progressive, inclusive and LGBTQ-affirming siddur, Shavat va-Yinafash. Bet Mishpachah cordially invites GLOE members and friends to participate in celebrating the publication of the new Siddur by:

  • Attending a gala fundraising dinner-dance on Sunday, November 12, at 7:00 PM in a private upstairs room at Maggiano’s in Friendship Heights on Wisconsin Avenue NW, and
  • Attending the Siddur dedication Shabbat service on Friday, December 1st at 8:00 PM at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center.
The deadline for the gala dinner dance reservations is November 5th and can be made by clicking here.