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Josef Palermo, GLOE director

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

Happy secular New Year!  May 2018 bring you even closer to the LGBTQ Jewish community — and GLOE is here to help.

On January 16, our Torah & Sexuality series of Jewish learning programs relating ancient texts to modern sex returns, with each class 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.  Join JoHanna Potts as she teaches us what Judaism has to offer our LGBTQ relationships.

Then later this month on January 30, celebrate the "Jewish New Year of the Trees" at our Tu B'Shvat event featuring an Israeli wine tasting and food pairing for a happy hour.  We're finalizing details with our partners EntryPointDC, the Israeli House of Washington, and the Embassy of Israel so stay tuned, and save the date!


Torah & Sexuality

Tuesday, January 16,
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC

This class will look at the traditions of niddah, Jewish laws regarding the separation of menstruating women, and explore how to create meaningful boundaries for all couples, not just heteronormative relationships. Instructed by JoHanna Potts, Education Director and co-founder of The Jewish Studio.

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Each class is $10; if cost is a barrier to your participation, please email at gloe@edcjcc.org.  This class is also fully inclusive of all, regardless of gender expression, sexual identity, or ability. For accommodation requests, please email gloe@edcjcc.org.


Sips & Seven Species: A Tu B'Shvat Wine and Food Pairing

Tuesday, January 30,
6:30 PM
– 8:30 PM
Location TBD

Join GLOE, EntryPointDC, the Israeli House of Washington, and the Embassy of Israel on Tu B’Shvat for this extended happy hour event featuring live music in addition to an Israeli wine tasting and pairing with foods made from the traditional Seven Species of staple ingredients consumed by the Jewish people in the land of Israel during biblical times.

Upcoming Events at the Edlavitch DCJCC 

January 9 || Classes || Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners
Being part of an interfaith couple can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone. For over 20 years our four-session workshop has been a model to guide couples in openly discussing issues they face as partners from two different backgrounds.

January 13
|| 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.

January 11 to February 4
|| Theater J || Everything is Illuminated
Based on the best-selling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, this stunning and hilarious stage adaptation tells the story of a young man — also named Jonathan Safran Foer — who sets out to find the woman who might or might not have saved his grandfather.


January 15 || Nice Jewish Boys: January Happy Hour - "Too Chai, Can't Come Down"
As the calendar turns to 2018, the guys of NJB can't help but revel in how lucky the number is! Join NJB for the first happy hour of 2018 as we raise a glass to life! Join DC's Nice Jewish Boys upstairs at Number 9 and enjoy 2-for-1 drink specials.