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BT Outreach & Engagement

Connecting GLBT Jews at the DCJCC

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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.

(Check out the GLOE's SLINGSHOT profile)



Wednesday, October 22 - You Play the Philanthropist!
Decide which DC orgs get real grants

Sunday, October 26 - GLOE @ LitFest: Performance by S. Bear Bergman: MACHATUNIM
Based on his new collection, Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter

Monday, October 27 - Chivalry Workshop with Bear Bergman


Thursday, November 6 - An Evening with Dr. Judith Plaskow
Bet Mish's Night with the Groundbreaking Jewish Feminist Theologian


Sunday, December 14 - Visit the GLOE Table at the DCJCC's Family Chanukah Party

Wednesday, December 17 - Chanukah Candle Lighting at the J! GLOE Night!

Wednesday, December 17 - GLOE Youth & Family: Schmoovie! Chanukah Event
(to follow Chanukah Candle Lighting)

Thursday, December 18 - Oh, Gaydel, Gaydel, Gaydel: Queer Chanukah Happy Hour
with GLOE, Bet Mish, Gayyim, Nice Jewish Boys, and Nice Jewish Girls

Wednesday, December 25 - GLOE's Annual Community Service Project
Part of the DCJCC's D25: Day of Service

(Learn more)

CLICK HERE for t-shirts, flags, stickers, and other fun swag!

What is family? No, really.

Performance by S. Bear Bergman:

Based on Bergman’s stunning new collection,
Blood, Marriage, Wine and Glitter 

Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 7:00 pm
: $18, Discounted $15 — Bring your bubbe for free!

S. Bear Bergman understands family—original, chosen, and a hearty blend of the two. Bergman joins us to perform stories about the lives of his grandparents, his Shabbat table, the hilarity of planning his wedding, and the survival story of Chanukah set against Trans Day of Remembrance. 

He also makes space for those complex relationships for which we must create our own names—drag mothers, step-parents emeritus, your sperm donor’s parents and other queerly-related loved ones—all redefining the notion of what family is and can be.


Part of the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

(What the heck does machatunim mean? There is no good English translation for this excellent Yiddish word. It refers generally to the extended family, who may not necessarily be blood related, but are family nonetheless, like the parents of one's in-laws, their offspring, and all the other people who we know belong, but don't necessarily have a common or easy title. After you hear it from Bear himself, you'll wonder how you ever got by without this word.)

A Re-Introduction To The Only-Mostly-Dead
Art Of Chivalry

(Now! With 200% More Feminism!)

Monday, October 27, 2014 | 7:00 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q, NW)

$16 - General Admission
$12 - Discounted (Member, Senior, Limited Income)

Everyone's heard the stories: men who get kneed in the balls for holding open a door, youngsters who sprawl on bus seats while elders stand, the myth of the handkerchief-carrying gentleman, and all the rest.

What, exactly, do people want in the world of chivalry?
How can a modern gentleperson be courteous without being sexist or a suckup?
And while we're at it - who goes through the door first, again?

And what about Jewish ideas/stereotypes around femininity and masculinity? - does that change what's expected?
And for queer couples? Butch/femme relationships?
Straight, but totally feminist couples?

We'll talk a little about the principles, and then learn a lot about the mechanics of walking in public (v. walking in private, natch), and a whole lot more.

(NOTE: This workshop is very interactive! Feel free to come as an individual, bring friends, or bring your sweetie!)

All genders and sexualities welcome! 


GLOE is a proud co-sponsor of

An Evening with Dr. Judith Plaskow
Bet Mishpachah's 40th Anniversary Kick-Off Event

Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 7:00-9:00 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q St NW)

It's hard to imagine a single person who has influenced the trajectory of the theology of Bet Mishpachah and inclusive Jewish communities (albeit from afar) more than Judith Plaskow.

In the groundbreaking Standing Again at Sinai, called the first book of Jewish feminist theology, Dr. Plaskow declared that Torah, and Jews' conception of our own history, was written in a matter that marginalized women. She advocated expanding Torah by reconstructing Jewish history to include the history of women, and thereby alter the shape of Jewish memory. She currently teaches at Manhattan College.

(Read more about Plaskow's groundbreaking impact on Jewish life.)

7:00-7:30 pm - Meet & Greet and Refreshments, with Dr. Judith Plaskow
7:30-9:00 pm - Dr. Judith Plaskow, with Q&A and book signing

RSVP via email ( or Facebook event

Co-sponsored by The IV&V Group INC, GLOE, Bet Mishpachah Education Committee, Rabbi Laurie Green, and Rabbi Bob Saks


GLOE Fundraiser
Trivia Night!

Want to support GLOE’s work for the LGBT Jewish community AND prove what a smarty pants you are?

Grab your friends for a fun night, competing in multiple rounds of trivia of all sorts – general knowledge, pop culture, history, sports, and of course, some of our special theme rounds! (Don’t have a full 8 people for a team? We’ll get you teamed up… but we can’t vouch for their trivia expertise.) We’ve got cash for the winning team, Door Prizes, a prize for the most creative team name, and plenty of other cool stuff.

Do it for the cash and prizes.
Do it for the bragging rights.
Do it to support GLOE’s unique work and help our diverse Jewish community thrive.


Give out $3,000 to your favorite DC community orgs

You Play the Philanthropist
(with someone else's money!)

Wednesday, October 22 | 7:00 pm
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Slingshot annually recognizes the most innovative projects in Jewish life in North America - and GLOE is proud to have been included among this exciting group in the past! (On Monday, October 20, they'll announce the list of innovators for their 2014-2015 Slingshot Guide!)

This fall, Slingshot will publish the first ever resource guide to the most innovative Jewish organizations in the DC area! Celebrate and support the work of these non-profits, while learning about amazing projects happening in your own backyard. They're hosting a series of events for different stakeholders in the Greater Washington Community – and at each event, participants will play the role of philanthropist, with real money at stake. You’ll have the opportunity to get familiar with all of the organizations in the Slingshot DC Edition, and allocate real grants to your favorites!

GLOE loves representing a big gay part of this fab DC community, and we love getting to do it all with you.
Some come share the love.
And someone else's cash.

You'll be making a real impact for the local organizations that help create DC Jewish life for us all.

Can't make the big Community Event on the evening of October 22?
Check out a few other options:

Monday, October 20th: Jewish Professionals, 12pm @ the Rockville JCC - RSVP Here
Tuesday, October 21st:  College Students, 7pm @ GW
Tuesday, October 21st:  College Students, 7pm @ Maryland Hillel
Wednesday, October 22nd: Jewish Professionals, 1:30pm @ Hillel International - RSVP Here


NICE JEWISH BOYS: Spooky Scary Happy Hour 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 7:00 pm 
Number Nine (1435 P St, NW)
Join your favorite NJB's at our monthly Happy Hour at Number Nine (usually the 3rd Thursday of the month). In addition to the scariest happy hour of the year, we'll be celebrating Simchat Torah, which marks the completion of the reading of the Torah. So grab a 2-1 appletini, your mini Torah, and let's march around the room 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)

JQ BALTIMORE: Rainbow Shabbat Dinner & Havdalah
October 25, 2014 | 5:00 pm
Pikesville, MD
JQ Baltimore, Jewish LGBTQ Outreach and Support, presents a Rainbow Shabbat, in honor of Noah and the ark. Join us for a vegetarian potluck dinner and havdalah service! Come meet - and eat - over the rainbow with other LGBTQ members of the Jewish community, allies, and friends! MORE INFO and RSVP:


ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE - LGBTQ Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
November, 2014 | 7:00-9:00 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

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