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BT Outreach & Engagement

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


Tuesday, April 21 - Pathways to Parenthood

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

Tuesday, May 19 - GLOE session @ After Dark: Shavuot Study Night
with EntryPointDC

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GLOE's 8th Annual

National Rainbow Seder:
The Power of Your Story

with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, Adas Israel Congregation
and Cantor Jason Kaufman, Beth El Hebrew Congregation

Sunday, March 29, 2015
3:00 pm | Wine & Schmooze
4:00-7:00 pm | Seder

Join GLOE and the Human Rights Campaign for this 8th annual event to tell our stories of liberation, through an LGBTQ lens. We are thrilled to welcome a national leader, Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, of Congregation Adas Israel, as the spiritual guide of our Seder.

We will read from our own National Rainbow Seder's haggadah, specially created for the occasion, and see how our own lives can impact others, both around the world and in our own DC backyard.

Get your tickets now for this celebration of freedom!

With the DCJCC Parenting Center

Pathways to Parenthood

Tuesday, April 21 | 7:30pm
Tickets: $5

Thinking about building your family, or looking for support after struggling to conceive?

Please join us for an informal discussion about different paths to parenthood. This symposium will include experts such as a fertility doctor, an adoption expert, a mental health provider, a rabbi, a legal expert with experience facilitating egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, and more! Come prepared to ask questions - and plug in for support!

Co-sponsored by The Red Stone and the Tinina Q Cade Foundation

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, and include fabulous teachers from our own region and around the country!

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

Co-sponsored by GLOE, Bet Mishpachah, Bolton Street Synagogue, and the World Congress of GLBT Jews


NICE JEWISH BOYS & QUEER FOR CHRIST: Foreskins Optional - An NJB/Q4C Mixer
Friday, March 13, 2015 | 8:00 pm
Moishe House DC (1753 Euclid St. NW)
Mark your calendars for the DC LGBT People of Faith social event of the season: FORESKINS OPTIONAL - a mixer between Queer For Christ-DC and Nice Jewish Boys DC, hosted this year by Adams Morgan's Moishe House DC, a gathering house for young adult Jews. What to bring: Moishe is graciously providing some snacks, but asks that guests BYOB or bring some to share! MORE INFO

BET MISHPACHAH: Conversation with Penny Rosenwasser, An Activist's Call to Repair the World
Sunday, March 22 | 12-2 pm
Bet Mish welcomes back DC native, Penny Rosenwasser, author of the award-winning, Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears. Rosenwasser's interactive, story-filled presentation links personal healing with working for the liberation of Jews and of Palestinians. Inviting us to face our fears without acting on them, her book is grounded in Jewish ethical tradition and community; it's an activist's call to repair the world. RSVP to Program Director Sharon Greenbaum.

JQ BALTIMORE: 2nd Annual Queer Seder
Wednesday, March 25 | 6:45-9:30 pm
Chesapeake Squares Waxner Center (1000 Cathedral St, B'more)
Come join fellow LGBTQ Jews and allies for our welcoming seder! Whether it is you first seder or your 80th, anyone can come sit at our table. The seder will be conducted by Rabbi Gilla Ruskin and there will be music and food!Tickets are $12 each, but stipends are available to those in need (just be sure to email us at Registration closes on March 20th and seating is limited, so be sure to get them quickly! MORE INFO & TICKETS


ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE - LGBTQ Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 1, 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 6:30-8:30 pm (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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