GLOE is the Kurlander Program for 
BTQ Outreach & Engagement


Connecting GLBTQ Jews at the Edlavitch DCJCC

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Josef Palermo, GLOE director

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

This August, not one but two LGBTQ Jewish community favorites return: Mr. Nice Jewish Boy, and our self-defense workshop.

The competition may be fierce, but not nearly as fierce as the contestants themselves—the 2017 Mr. Nice Jewish Boy pageant is this Sunday, and you can help crown the winner!

Tony, Sam, Mike, and Jeremy have been campaigning for your vote via videos, their application responses, and even preparing their drag looks for debut at Town Danceboutique. Now it's up to you to decide who will be the next Mr. Nice Jewish Boy of DC. Get your tickets now to cast your ballots! A portion of all proceeds will go to support GLOE.

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.


2017 Mr. Nice Jewish Boy Pageant LGBTQ Self-Defense

Sunday, August 13,
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Edlavitch DCJCC
Fitness Center 

Join DC's Nice Jewish Boys — a social group for gay, bi, queer, and trans Jewish men — on August 13th to watch the final four contestants laugh, sing, dance (or cook) as they compete to be the next Mr. Nice Jewish Boy. Help us crown the next Mr. Nice Jewish Boy of DC! Contestants will have to win a plurality in three categories:

  • Judges Scores (33%)
  • Audience Votes (33%)
  • Video Likes (33%)

Admission is $10 and includes one (1) ballot to vote for Mr. Nice Jewish Boy 2017. Three (3) additional ballots may be purchased for $5. All proceeds will be donated to the DC LGBT Center and GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

Co-presented with Nice Jewish Boys DC & Nice Jewish Girls.


Sunday, August 20,
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Edlavitch DCJCC
Fitness Center 

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.

Recently, many in the queer and Jewish (and especially the queer Jewish) communities have expressed feeling increased threats to their personal safety — in response to an overwhelming need, GLOE is relaunching this recurring seminar in partnership with Capital MMA that offers an introduction to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu self-defense, with the next class taking place on Sunday, August 20 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the EDCJCC fitness center.

Jay Ferrari, head instructor of Capital MMA & Elite Fitness in Takoma, is conducting this recurring seminar with a fixed curriculum that covers basic techniques and strategies for protecting yourself; attendees should wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Co-presented with the Edlavitch DCJCC's Inclusion & Disabilities Programs.

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Upcoming Events at the Edlavitch DCJCC 

August 19 || Film || American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs
Most people in America do not know that the contemporary political movement to address income inequality began over 100 years ago with Eugene Victor Debs. This film traces the history of American populism, with the man who inspired progressive ideas – from FDR’s New Deal to Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. This is an objective but passionate history of the movement as championed and founded by Eugene Victor Debs, a movement that continues to have an impact on our daily lives today. Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Yale Strom and writer Elizabeth Schwartz.

August 24 || Inclusion & Disabilities || Social Bowling Power Hour at Bowlmor
Join us for our monthly night out at Bowlmor in Bethesda — work on your bowling skills and enjoy a snack with friends of various abilities.

August 30 || Community Service || Achieving Citizenship with CARECEN
Help immigrants in our community become citizens! Join the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) to assist individuals taking the naturalization exam with English language skills that are crucial to passing the interview process. No formal training is needed and no Spanish language skills are required. A training and script will be provided. CARECEN’s mission is to foster the comprehensive development of the Latino population in the Washington metropolitan region by providing direct services, while promoting grassroots empowerment, civic engagement, and human rights advocacy.


August 12 || Community Forum: LGBTQ and Faith — hosted by Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum
The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum offers a platform for challenging perceptions and broadening perspectives about everyday issues of common concern. Leaders of the faith-based and LGBTQ communities come together to tackle a subject that is seldom discussed in our houses of worship. Moderated by Victoria Lewis of The George Washington University's Peace Studies and Religion program, this panel discussion will feature openly gay Pastor Darren Phelps of Bethel Christian Church in Southeast DC, Nabeel Kirmani from Muslims for Progressive Values, and GLOE's Josef Palermo in conversation about issues related to LGBTQ inclusion in religious life.