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at a glance


May 26-June 2 - See Israel with Pride
Federation LGBTQ Mission


June 6-12 - GLOE @ PRIDE! Full Pride Schedule

Tuesdays in June  - Flow: LGBTQ Partner Dance Class
June 7, 14, 21, 28

June 21 - Film Screening: THOSE PEOPLE


Sunday, July 17 - Food for Thought: On Food Justice
Volunteer Projects around DC

Wednesday, July 20 - Queering the Mikveh: Waters of Radical Inclusion


Sunday, August 28 - Faygelehs & Bagelehs
Annual End-of Summer/Fall Kick-Off Gathering

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


Jewish Federations of Greater Washington and North America invite you to
LGBTQ Pride Mission Trip to Israel

May 26-June 2, 2016

Join members of Greater Washington's LGBTQ community as we travel alongside our peers from across North America for this historic mission to Israel! Take pride in advancement. Take pride in Israel and the Israeli LGBTQ community on this unforgettable trip. (Trip subsidies are available for young adults in their 20s and 30s!)

Contact for additional information. * Hotel rooms have been reserved for those wishing to extend their stay for Tel Aviv Pride on June 3, 2016


Flow: LGBTQ Dance Class

4 Tuesdays: June 7-28, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Instructors: Alissa Perman and Kate Molski

Come with a partner, as an individual, or with a friend - 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. You know you want to look good when you spin (or get spun by) your boo around the dance floor at the next wedding, or just around town! Sign up by June 1st for the discount price!
No experience necessary.





Give Me a Sign! Poster-Making Party

Monday, June 6, 2016 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Stop by the DCJCC to create fun, inspiring, and supportive signs (whether you plan to march or not!) for our Jewish community contingent to hold up proudly in the Capital Pride Parade. We'll schmooze over snacks, serious amounts of glitter, and crucial poster strategies.

The Big Jewish Pride Happy Hour

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 | 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: Trade - 1410 14th St, NW (near 14th & P)
[Facebook Event]

Celebrate the queer High Holidays (aka Pride week)!

DC’s enchanting LGBTQ Jewish groups (Bet Mishpachah, Gayyim, GLOE, Nice Jewish Boys, and Nice Jewish Girls) invite the whole community for the queerest, Jewish-est happy hour of the year, at Trade.

National Pride Shabbat

Friday, June 10, 2016
6:30 pm | Schmooze & Cocktails
7:15 pm | Shabbat Service
8:30 pm | Dinner*
Location: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
[Facebook Event]

Join us for a joint Shabbat service to celebrate Erev Pride with the whole Jewish community – LGBTQ and our friends, alike! We'll schmooze over wine and refreshments, before leaders from GLOE, Sixth & I, and Bet Mishpachah affirm the gorgeous diversity of our community at a special service devised specially for Pride, followed by a fab Pride Shabbat dinner - complete with unicorns, and rainbow cake!

*DINNER NOTE: To attend the post-service dinner, you must pre-register. Space is limited.

Presented by GLOE, Bet Mishpachah, and Sixth & I

The Jewish Community
Marches Together

GLOE at the Capital Pride Parade 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016
4:00 pm - line-up time
4:30 pm - parade steps off 
Meeting Spot: TBA by Capital Pride (near 22nd & P St, NW)

The Jewish community marches together at the 41st Annual Capital Pride Parade! Help us represent the love, equality, and fabulousness that the Jewish community stands for, to all of DC. GLOE invites all individuals and Jewish groups to join our contingent of DC's LGBTQ Jews, our friends, families, and allies for this fun event.

Capital Pride Festival

Sunday, June 12, 2016 | 12:00-7:00 pm
Location: 7th & Penn, NW (Metro: Archives)

Visit the GLOE booth at the Capital Pride Festival for fun swag, all the news, and to connect with our fab LGBTQ Jewish community! [Festival Map]


Film Screening: THOSE PEOPLE

Tuesday, June 21 | 7:30 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q)

Set in New York’s Upper East Side, an elegantly stylish coming-of-age story about a young Jewish painter caught in a complicated love triangle. Charlie is young, good looking and talented, but torn between his unrequited love for the decadent and selfish Sebastian, and his growing interest in Tim, a charming and unaffected Lebanese pianist. Unapologetically sexy and embracing the louche world of its rich Manhattan backdrop, the immensely charismatic cast captures the invigorating excitement of the best coming-of-age tales.

Co-presented with WJFF-Year Round

Food for Thought: On Food Justice

Sunday, July 17, 2016
Volunteer Projects around DC
MORE INFO: Coming Soon!

GLOE is joining with the DCJCC's Social Justice program to take action on issues of Food Justice - with related service projects all over the DC area.
At the National Rainbow Seder this year, we focused on The Hidden Hungry in our community, and this project is one way you can have a real impact.

Queering the Mikveh:
Waters of Radical Inclusion

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 7:00 pm
MORE INFO: Coming Soon!

Join Rabbi Sarah Tasman, Director of InterfaithFamily/DC, and GLOE to explore the radical mikveh experiences that modern Jews are creating to reclaim this ancient Jewish ritual bath.

Faygelehs & Bagelehs
Annual End-of Summer/Fall Kick-Off Social

Sunday, August 28, 2016 | 11:00 am
More Info:
Coming Soon!

Beat the DC summer heat with GLOE at this friendly summer social, filled with cold drinks, delightful conversation, and of course, the good bagels.

Connect with all the new faces, old friends, and all the fab LGBTQ Jews in DC. Whether you're new to town or you've been here for years, GLOE wants you to get schmoozey at the annual end-of-season gathering. All are welcome (Jews and bagel-chasers, LGBTQ folks and our friends) alike!




BET MISHPACHAH || Theater Outing to When January Feels Like Summer
Sunday, June 5 || 4:00 pm || Atlas Performing Art Center
See this Off-Broadway hit comedy with Bet Mish! Mosaic Theater's When January Feels Like Summer is a romantic urban comedy about an unlikely pair of teenagers working at two different Burger Kings who become unexpected heroes, while an immigrant accountant struggles with visibility and sex-affirmation surgery preparation, and two stifled romantics begin to stumble toward each other during one strangely warm winter. Plus, group dinner after the show. [More details and the group discount code online.] 

NICE JEWISH BOYS || NJB's Pre-Pride-Parade Cocktail Party
Saturday, June 11 || 1:00-3:00 pm || NJB member's home
Before you head to the parade route, join NJB for a pre-Pride Parade BYOB cocktail party! Thank you Jake Arem for hosting us once again this year. From this BYOB cocktail party, we will head down to march in the Capital Pride Parade!

THE RAC || Pre-Pride-Parade Rally & Sign Making
Saturday, June 11, 2016 || 3:00 pm || 2027 Mass Ave, NW
Join the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (The RAC) for a pre-Pride-Parade rally! We will meet at the RAC for a short prayer rally, sign-making, and refreshments - before marching together with the Jewish community. We'd love for you to join us! Questions? Email Tracy Wolf or call (202) 387-2800.

NICE JEWISH BOYS || Pride Potluck Shabbat Dinner
Friday, June 17 || NJB member's home
You'll definitely be in need for a day of rest as Pride Month continues with an NJB Pride Potluck Dinner at the fabulous home of Elijah Bair and Chuck Chesson! More details to come! Nice Jewish Boys is a network for gay, bisexual and trans Jewish men in their twenties and thirties, and their fans, in DC. 


See Israel with Pride: LGBTQ Trip to Israel || Jewish Federation of North America
May 26-June 2, 2016
Join members of Greater Washington's LGBTQ community as we travel alongside our peers from across North America for this historic mission to Israel! Contact for additional information.
(See above for more details.)

See Israel in a Whole New Way! || JCC Association
May 28-June 9, 2016
Visit Israel with the LGBTQ Community! Create memories to last for a lifetime on a 12-day trip to Israel, custom-designed for members and friends of the LGBTQ communities from around North America. The itinerary will be packed with activities, offering opportunities for engagement & connection, exploration & history, community, fun, and so much more! Registration closes on April 1, 2016.

DC Trip Dates: Various
Application period for next DC trip: July 15-Aug 31
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. 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—the Western Wall, Jerusalem’s Old City, the beaches of Tel Aviv—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 Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, June 1, 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. Location: Teen Lounge, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville). MORE INFO: 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 groups are 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

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. MORE INFO

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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