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Josef Palermo, GLOE director

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

Sexual harassment is not a Jewish value — but there's certainly some Jewish teaching about it.  Join us on Wednesday for a special event in our Torah & Sexuality series of programs relating ancient texts to modern sex.  Openly gay Rabbi Gil Steinlauf and Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes (who created the #IWill campaign to inspire constructive collective action on sexual abuse) will lead a discussion about how we see gender and power relations in our tradition and our communal life, and how that relates to sexual abuse and harassment.

On Thursday, the entire LGBTQ Jewish community (and our friends) will come together for the annual Queer Chanukah Happy Hour at Cobalt, and later this month, GLOE Youth & Family will present an afternoon of LGBTQ family fun for all ages to celebrate Chanukah and the traditional game of dreidel.

Take a look below to learn more about these programs and other events happening this month.


#UsToo with Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes and Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

Wednesday, December 6,
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC

Since the allegations against Harvey Weinstein have come to light, there has been a flood of further allegations against sexual perpetrators in all quarters of our society. It is time we acknowledge this problem openly as a community, and seek strength, insight and answers together. Join Rabbi Gil Steinlauf and Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes of The Brookings Institution for one of the first conversations convened by a Jewish communal institution on the current sexual harassment/assault issues proving to be cultural flashpoints around the world — together, we'll explore Jewish insights on this problem, acknowledge the challenges, and discuss ways of taking collective action to stop sexual abuse and protect potential victims in our community.

This will be a special event presented by GLOE as part of its ongoing Torah & Sexuality series of Jewish learning programs relating ancient texts to modern sex, exploring different topics in Judaism that relate to sexual relations, expression, and identity, presented in a contemporary context by various rabbis and other Jewish educators.

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Proudly co-presented by JOFA, JWI, JSSA, the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA), and the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW).

Gaydel, Gaydel, Gaydel GLOE I Had a Little Dreidel

Thursday, December 7,
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Find out how flaming the Festival of Lights can be when you celebrate Chanukah with other LGBTQ Jews (and our friends) at Cobalt. Come early at 6pm and enjoy $3 rail liquor drink specials until 9pm.

Join GLOE, Bet Mishpachah, Nice Jewish Boys, and Nice Jewish Girls for this traditional annual gathering of the entire LGBTQ Jewish community.


Sunday, December 17,
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC 

LGBTQ families and kids of all ages are invited to make friends while decorating their own dreidels, and learning how to play this beloved Chanukah game! Enjoy Chanukah treats, sing traditional songs, and listen to stories as we’re reminded of the joy this holiday season brings.

Co-presented with Rainbow Families, the DC area’s largest network of LGBTQ-parented families.

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Upcoming Events at the Edlavitch DCJCC 

Now through December 31 || Theater J || The Last Night of Ballyhoo
The year is 1939 and Atlanta’s posh German Jews are preparing for Ballyhoo, their annual lavish country club ball. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is an achingly beautiful, comedic, and enthralling romance by the writer of Driving Miss Daisy.

December 9
|| Inclusion || FIT Dance Party 
A unique class designed to release endorphins through high-intensity movements! Hosted by a live DJ, this 45-minute class will be followed by a dance party with light snacks and mocktails. In partnership with SWAT Fitness.

December 11
|| Film || Keep The Change
A touching romantic comedy about a love story that starts in a support group for people on the autism spectrum.

December 25
|| Community Service || #D25: Day of Service
Join over 1,000 volunteers for the EDCJCC’s largest volunteer event of the year to serve meals, sing carols, visit home-bound seniors, throw holiday parties, play bingo, or deliver holiday cheer to those in need. Volunteer opportunities for families and individuals of all ages!