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BTQ Outreach & Engagement

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GLOE Program Director


4 Tuesdays, starting September 6 - FLOW: LGBTQ Partner Dance Class


Sunday, October 9 - Tashlich Picnic at Rock Creek Park

Sunday, October 23 - Sukkot & Queer Youth Homelessness
Community Service Building Project with Casa Ruby

Other Events in the Community
Events, Israel Trips, Ongoing Support Groups - In the Community


GLOE Program Director

Are you eager to use your talents for our diverse LGBTQ Jewish community?

GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement - of the Edlavitch DCJCC (EDCJCC), is seeking a full-time Program Director to build and connect GLBTQ Jewish community in the DC area.
The main priority of the Director will be to develop, manage, and administer programming that thrives in the intersection of GLBTQ and Jewish life, culture, and experiences.

It was by design that GLOE was created as part of a larger Jewish Community Center in 2006 – not as an independent organization – and GLOE is seen as a vital part of the life of the center. GLOE is the only full-time LGBTQ program at any JCC, anywhere in the world. This model program is one of the core activities of the Edlavitch DCJCC and speaks to its mission of welcoming the broadest possible Jewish community along with their friends, family, and neighbors.

And you can make it happen.


(Psst! The process is well underway, so well-qualified candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP!)

FLOW: LGBTQ Dance Class

4 Tuesdays: September 6, 13, 20, 27 | 7:00-8:00 pm
EDCJCC (16th & Q)
Instructor: Kate Molski

We’re back at it with another fabulous LGBTQ Social Dance Class series! Come as an individual, with your friends, or bring your boo - everyone will learn to lead, follow, and switch it up.

In a friendly atmosphere, we'll fuse popular styles to create unique dances with every partner, song and space. For those who took part in our previous (sold out!) class, don’t worry: we’ll be changing up the flavor, so everyone can add to their dance repertoire.  Feel at home wherever the music strikes up… and look good doing it! All levels of experience (or no experience) welcome.

GLOE Youth & Family
Tashlich Picnic at Rock Creek Park
with Rabbi Sarah Tasman, of InterfaithFamily/DC

Sunday, October 9, 2016 | 10:30 am-1:30 pm
Rock Creek Park - Picnic Site #6 (Miller Cabin)

Join GLOE Youth & Family to celebrate the New Year with other LGBTQ individuals, couples, teens, kids and families, and all our friends!

We'll gather once again in Rock Creek Park for a friendly day of community, games and tashlich. You bring a picnic lunch for yourself - and we’ll provide everything else, including (kosher) sweets, the apples and honey, plus games and lots of ruach/spirit!

Queer Youth Homelessness & Sukkot
Casa Ruby Building Project

Sunday, October 23, 2016 | 12:00-4:00 pm

This Sukkot, help make a home for homeless LGBTQ youth! The Jewish holiday of Sukkot commemorates the forty year period when the children of Israel wandered the desert, living in temporary dwellings, searching for a permanent home. In our city today, LGBTQ youth make up 40% of homeless youth – putting them at significantly higher risk of becoming homeless than their straight peers. Sukkot reminds us of that time when we also had no stable home, no solid roof overhead.

In September, Casa Ruby was funded for 30 new beds for homeless LGBTQ youth, by the city of DC. You can be part of the mitzvah of creating the warm, safe place Casa Ruby provides for these young people.
All skill levels are welcome!

With the EDCJCC’s Behrend Builders 



BET MISHPACHAH | S'lichot/Havdalah with Guest: Rabbi Julia Watts Belser
Saturday, September 24 | 8:00-9:15 pm | EDCJCC
Rabbi Julia Watts Belser is back by popular demand! Ruth Potts and Alex Carter will lead S'lichot/Havdalah services, joined by the dynamic and brilliant Rabbi Belser as a guest speaker. Belser's widely honored work brings ancient Jewish texts into conversation with disability politics, queer theory, feminist thought, and environmental ethics. Don't miss out on hearing this fantastic national thought-leader.

Tuesday, September 27 | 8:00-9:15 pm | Moishe House Capitol Hill
Yes, this is a men’s learning high tea, led by Rabbi Aaron Potek! Participants will discuss how the concept of masculinity affects the Jewish community, through our culture and scripture. Note: This is for anyone in the Jewish community who identifies as male and has an interest in this conversation! 

A WIDER BRIDGE | Israeli LGBT Rights in 2016
The Aguda - Israel LGBT Task Force
Thursday, September 29 | 7:30 pm | Adams Morgan, DC
Join A Wider Bridge for a reception recognizing the leadership of Israel's pioneer LGBT organization, the Aguda. Co-Chairs Chen Arieli and Imri Kalmann join A Wider Bridge to share the 2016 LGBT Israeli experience and discuss the important work of the Aguda - tackling the hot topics today in Israeli LGBT advocacy - from surrogacy to marriage recognition to transgender equality. Location: Home of Jamie Kirchick and Josef Palermo, address provided upon RSVP.



(Application period closed for current DC-based trips. Check website for next dates.)
Honeymoon Israel provides highly subsidized trips to Israel for couples to share fun, meaningful experiences with each other and build friendships and community with peers - including many LGBTQ couples! On Honeymoon Israel, you will experience Israel’s culture, beauty, and society over nine days in a way you could never do on your own. You and 20 other couples will spend nine days hitting the best tourist spots—as well as unique experiences you wouldn’t get on a standard vacation, like meals with local families and meetings with high-level public officials and business leaders. Honeymoon Israel is a completely inclusive program—we welcome Jewish/Jewish, interfaith, and LGBTQ couples. To participate, couples must be in their first 5 years of marriage or lifelong, committed relationship, have at least one Jewish partner, and one partner between the ages of 25 and 40.



ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE | LGBTQ Jewish & Ally Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 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. (No July or August meetings.) Location: Teen Lounge, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville).

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.

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. Whether you have come to Peer Support looking for help with LGBT and HIV-related concerns, like coming out, relationships, self-esteem, transitioning, managing chronic conditions, or something else, you’ve come to the right place. Support groups and individual peer counseling are free, but donations are accepted. To find out more, please contact the Peer Support Program Coordinator at 202.939.7646 or An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

WASHINGTON POST - Date Lab | Women Seeking Women Partners
The Washington Post's matchmaking segment, "Date Lab," is looking for women to set up and send out on dates with other women, since they looking for more queer representation, especially with women couples. Apply online (free; 10 minutes) and they'll be in touch when they find a match. The Post will send you out for dinner and drinks up to $125, and then your date will be featured in their Date Lab series.

Director: Halley Cohen
(202) 777-3253

Founder and Past Chair:
Stuart S. Kurlander

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

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

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

GLOE Intern:
Azariah Kurlantzick



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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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(GLOE's Slingshot profile)