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BT Outreach & Engagement

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Sunday, February 1 - Tu B'shBrunch
with EntryPointDC

February 4-8 - Creating Change Conference - Denver, CO
Join GLOE as part of the national LGBTQ Jewish Movement working group

Saturday, February 21 - Film Screening: Casting Out
GLOE @ Film Fest - Collection of Queer Shorts

Wednesday, February 25 - Piano Bar Salute to Lionel Bart
GLOE @ Film Fest - Mr. Smith's in Georgetown

Thursday, February 26 - Film Screening: You Must Be Joking
GLOE @ Film Fest

Thursday, February 26 - Film Screening: Lionel Bart: Reviewing the Situation
GLOE @ Film Fest

Saturday, February 28 - Mischief: Purim Carnival (for Adults!


Winter - Community Service Projects with Casa Ruby
Projects and dates announced soon!

Sunday, March 29 - National Rainbow Seder 
with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, Congregation Adas Israel


April - GLOE's Text Study Class (multiple weeks)


Wednesday, May 6 - Shag B'Omer: Queer Hair-Cutting Party

May - GLOE @ Washington Jewish Music Festival

May 15-17 - Nehirim East Retreat
Spiritual Retreat, proudly co-sponsored by GLOE

Saturday, May 23 - GLOE session @ After Dark: Shavuot Study Night
with EntryPointDC

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Tu B'shBrunch
a Tu B'shvat Seder

Sunday, February 1, 2015 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q)
TICKETS: $20 in advance | $30 door (if not sold out)
Age: 21+

There's more to Tu B'Shvat than just trees! Join EntryPointDC and GLOE for our first Tu B'shBrunch!

Come relax, get cozy, and explore the other (restful! mystical!) meanings of this holiday over a casual, Sunday brunch seder.

Tickets Include: your brunch drinks (alcoholic and non), bagels (yes, the good ones) and other delicious goodies, and a Tu B'shBrunch Haggadah of reflections, meditations, and readings to take home with you.


In partnership with EntryPointDC

GLOE @ the Washington Jewish Film Festival!

Film Screening:
Casting Out

Shorts Program

Saturday, February 21 | 8:30 pm
Goethe Institut (814 Seventh Street NW)

(96min, Canada/Israel/Germany/USA, 2014)
A series of (mostly) queer short films that examine extremities, those that dare push beyond them, and the very nature of being an outsider. Some are cast out by birth or circumstance, others choose to cast out on their own. Here we celebrate those who break the mold, and challenge norms of all kinds – of religion, family, sexual orientation, dress code, and society’s expectations at large.

NOTE: We've been told that this one will definitely sell out, so make sure to get your tickets ASAP!

Co-presented by Sapling Pictures

GLOE recommends these other great LGBTQ nights
at the Washington Jewish Film Festival!

Piano Bar Salute to Lionel Bart
@ Mr. Smith's of Georgetown

Wednesday, February 25 | 9:00 pm
Mr. Smith's of Georgetown
3205 K Street, NW (Across from the Georgetown Waterfront Park)
FREE - No Cover Charge

Join us the night before the film screening for a sing-along, piano bar salute to Lionel Bart! We'll be at the one & only Mr. Smith's of Georgetown Piano Bar with superstar piano man Jon Adelson, who will be featuring some great hit songs from film and stage, from Lionel Bart, in a full evening of musical fun.

The rise and fall of Lionel Bart–the songwriter behind Oliver! - a life called the “stuff of Greek tragedy, but with tighter trousers and catchier tunes.” (MORE INFO)

Film Screening:
You Must Be Joking

Thursday, February 26 | 6:30 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q)

Dir. Jake Wilson (91min, USA, 2014) Narrative | Mid-Atlantic Premiere
Barb is an aimless, confrontational 27-year-old paralegal in this edgy comedy of reinvention. Sas Goldberg gives a frenetic, biting performance as a listless woman inspired by her childhood best friend, a ballet dancer, to pick up her long-shelved passion for stand-up comedy.

After the Screening
Director Jake Wilson and actress and writer Sas Goldberg in conversation.
After the talk, stay for Laughs and Cocktails with J Date.

Film Screening:

Lionel Bart: Reviewing the Situation

Thursday, February 26 | 8:30 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q)

Dir. Mick Conefrey (60min, UK, 2014) Documentary | Mid-Atlantic Premiere
The rise and fall of Lionel Bart–the songwriter behind Oliver!, the most successful English musical of all time, told with wit and panache. This breezy documentary takes us from the colorful world of Bart’s childhood to the bohemian post-war scene of London’s Soho, the West End Stage, and his friendships with Noel Coward and Judy Garland. The trajectory of Bart’s life is the “stuff of Greek tragedy, but with tighter trousers and catchier tunes.”

The night before, head to Mr. Smith's in Georgetown for a fun Lionel Bart-inspired piano bar experience!

Co-presented by Opera On Tap Dc Metro and The Documentary Center at GWU

Mischief: Purim Carnival for Adults

Saturday, February 28, 2015 | 8:30 pm - midnight
DCJCC (16th & Q St NW)
Open Bar Tickets: $20 in advance | $30 at the door
Age: 21+

Two words: Bounce House.
Four words: Bounce House, without kids.

Do you love the drag-tastic fun of Purim, but think it’s no fair that only the kids get to play all the carnival games, win all the prizes, and  run around in costumes? We do, too.
And then we added booze and music, and took out the creepy carnival clowns. 

Party with hundreds of queer Jews (and our fab friends), let out your inner Queen (Esther) on the dance floor, and other naughty fun! Plus plenty of Purim treats to eat and OPEN BAR for those in costume!


GLOE is proud to co-sponsor

Nehirim East Retreat
Concealed and Revealed: Honoring Our Depths and Claiming our Wholeness

Friday, May 15-Sunday, May 17, 2015
Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD

The GLOE community is thrilled to be a part of this great spiritual, Jewish LGBTQ retreat, here in our own backyard, with Nehirim!

Nehirim is a pluralistic, warm community of queer Jews and allies from a variety of backgrounds. We are all genders, all ages, all religious stripes, and proud to be Jewish. Our 11th East Retreat will be in a beautiful new location, a wonderful backdrop for provocative learning, joyful prayer, delicious food and great community with Retreat Directors Rabbi Julia Watts Belser and Nehirim Executive Director Rabbi Debra Kolodny.

This year’s teachers include Rabbi Laurie Green, Bet Mishpachah, Dr. Dana Beyer, Gender Rights, Maryland, Rabbi Joel Alter, JTS, Mycroft Masada Holmes, TransFaith, and Sabrina Sojourner, Teacher & Activist, and more. We can't wait to see YOU!

Important Dates
March 15: Earlybird discount deadline
May 1: Financial Aid application deadline

Presented by Nehirim; co-sponsored by Bet Mishpachah, GLOE, and the World Congress of GLBT Jews


BET MISHPACHAH: New Member and Rock 'N Scroll Erev Shabbat Services
Friday, February 6 | 8:00 pm (DCJCC)

Join us for this annual service where we recognize our new members from the previous year. This will also be a musical Rock 'N Scroll service featuring Rabbis Laurie Green and Ben Shalva. Oneg sponsored by the Bet Mish Board of Directors. MORE INFO:

NICE JEWISH BOYS: Monthly Happy Hour
Thursday, February 19, 2015| 7:00 pm
Number Nine (1435 P St, NW)
Join your favorite NJBs at our monthly Happy Hour at Number Nine (usually the 3rd Thursday of the month). We'll be around till 9pm, upstairs, to the left of the bar! See you there! Nice Jewish Boys is a network for gay, bisexual and trans Jewish men in their twenties and thirties, and their fans, in Washington, DC. MORE INFO on Facebook

NICE JEWISH GIRLS: Monthly Happy Hour
February (TBD), 2015
Join the Nice Jewish Girls - a social group for Jewish Lesbian Women in the DC area - for our monthly happy hour! MORE INFO
More info on Facebook or email

Friday, March 13, 2015
Join your favorite NJBs at a friendly Shabbat gathering with our friends at Queer for Christ. MORE INFO soon!


ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE - LGBTQ Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
February 4, 2015 | 6:30-8:30 pm
(1st Wednesday of the month, September-June)
Rockville Open House (ROH) is a supervised, safe gathering space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,  queer, questioning,or intersex (LGBTQQI) teens, and their friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 years old. ROH will be meeting on the 1st Wednesdays of the month from 7-9pm (except January and June) in the JCCGW teen lounge, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington: Youth Lounge - 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD. For more information, please visit us at or

GAMMA: Peer Support Group for Men in Mixed-Orientation Relationships
2nd & 4th Fridays of each month | 7:30-9:30 pm
Saint Thomas' Parish Episcopal Church (1772 Church St, NW, DC)
GAMMA is a confidential peer support group for men who are gay, bisexual, questioning or don't identify themselves as any of the above, but who are attracted to men; AND who are, or who were, married or otherwise involved with a woman. GAMMA has met continuously in DC since 1978, and last year began to offer meeting in Northern Virginia. GAMMA Meetings in DC are year-round at Saint Thomas' Parish Episcopal Church, a short walk from the Dupont Circle Red Line Metro station. GAMMA is a safe, confidential place to discuss and explore these issues with other like-minded men.  GAMMA is not affiliated with any religious, political, or social organizations. MORE INFO:

MAUTNER PROJECT: In-Person Support Groups
Mautner offers in-person support groups for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the DC metro area. Mautner Project is committed to improving the health of women who partner with women including lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, through direct and support service, education and advocacy. If you are interested in any of the Washington, DC-based running groups or would like information on support groups available in your area, please feel free to contact us by calling 202.332.5536, or by sending us an email: The group is free, but RSVP is required for your first session. 

Various days
The Peer Support Program of Whitman-Walker Health promotes the mental health of the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender community, people living HIV/AIDS and their loved ones through a variety of peer-based services. Support groups and individual peer counseling are free, but donations are accepted. If you are interested in individual peer counseling, a support group for LGBT and HIV/AIDS-related concerns, or simply getting more information, contact 202-797-3580 or

Director: Halley Cohen
(202) 777-3253

Founder and Past Chair:
Stuart S. Kurlander

GLOE Steering Committee
Amy Cotton, Alex Greenbaum and Joshua Siegel
Members: Marnie Abramson, Yoni Bock, Shane Cusumano, Margot Friedman, Mindy Gasthalter, Denise Gold, Michael Plostock, Michael Singer

GLOE Program Committee
Joanna Blotner, Marlene Cohen, Jonathan Gilad, Sharon Greenbaum, Kelly Horton, Cassie Maxwell, Gary Morin, Alissa Perman, Ken Troshinsky

Advisory Board
Dana Beyer, Sammy Dweck, Shira Frank, Erica Gloger, Billy Kreisberg, Bob Tracy



1529 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


Community Partner
DC Jewish LGBTQ organizations

Bet Mishpachah

Social Groups:
Nice Jewish Boys Social Group

Nice Jewish Girls Social Group

Gayyim DC: a social group for Jewish GBT men

GLOE is honored to be recognized nationally as a communal game-changer once again, and we’re especially excited to be included in the first-ever DC Edition of the Slingshot Guide, recognizing the most innovative Jewish organizations in the region.

Thank you to everyone who helps us create fabulous, inclusive Jewish community every day.

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