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BT Outreach & Engagement

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Saturday, February 21 - Film Screening: Casting Out
GLOE @ Film Fest - Collection of Queer Shorts

Wednesday, February 25 - Piano Bar Salute to Lionel Bart
GLOE @ Film Fest - Mr. Smith's in Georgetown

Thursday, February 26 - Film Screening: You Must Be Joking
GLOE @ Film Fest

Thursday, February 26 - Film Screening: Lionel Bart: Reviewing the Situation
GLOE @ Film Fest

Saturday, February 28 - Mischief: Purim Carnival (for Adults!


Winter - Community Service Projects with Casa Ruby
Projects and dates announced soon!

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


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 @ the Washington Jewish Film Festival!

Film Screening:
Casting Out

Shorts Program

Saturday, February 21 | 8:30 pm
Goethe Institut (814 Seventh Street NW)

(96min, Canada/Israel/Germany/USA, 2014)
A series of (mostly) queer short films that examine extremities, those that dare push beyond them, and the very nature of being an outsider. Some are cast out by birth or circumstance, others choose to cast out on their own. Here we celebrate those who break the mold, and challenge norms of all kinds – of religion, family, sexual orientation, dress code, and society’s expectations at large.

NOTE: We've been told that this one will definitely sell out, so make sure to get your tickets ASAP!

Co-presented by Sapling Pictures

GLOE also recommends these other great LGBTQ nights
at the Washington Jewish Film Festival!

Piano Bar Salute to Lionel Bart
@ Mr. Smith's of Georgetown

Wednesday, February 25 | 9:00 pm
Mr. Smith's of Georgetown
3205 K Street, NW (Across from the Georgetown Waterfront Park)
FREE - No Cover Charge

Join us the night before the film screening for a sing-along, piano bar salute to Lionel Bart! We'll be at the one & only Mr. Smith's of Georgetown Piano Bar with superstar piano man Jon Adelson, who will be featuring some great hit songs from film and stage, from Lionel Bart, in a full evening of musical fun.

The rise and fall of Lionel Bart–the songwriter behind Oliver! - a life called the “stuff of Greek tragedy, but with tighter trousers and catchier tunes.” (MORE INFO)

Film Screening:
You Must Be Joking

Thursday, February 26 | 6:30 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q)

Dir. Jake Wilson (91min, USA, 2014) Narrative | Mid-Atlantic Premiere
Barb is an aimless, confrontational 27-year-old paralegal in this edgy comedy of reinvention. Sas Goldberg gives a frenetic, biting performance as a listless woman inspired by her childhood best friend, a ballet dancer, to pick up her long-shelved passion for stand-up comedy.

After the Screening
Director Jake Wilson and actress and writer Sas Goldberg in conversation.
After the talk, stay for Laughs and Cocktails with J Date.

Film Screening:

Lionel Bart: Reviewing the Situation

Thursday, February 26 | 8:30 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q)

Dir. Mick Conefrey (60min, UK, 2014) Documentary | Mid-Atlantic Premiere
The rise and fall of Lionel Bart–the songwriter behind Oliver!, the most successful English musical of all time, told with wit and panache. This breezy documentary takes us from the colorful world of Bart’s childhood to the bohemian post-war scene of London’s Soho, the West End Stage, and his friendships with Noel Coward and Judy Garland. The trajectory of Bart’s life is the “stuff of Greek tragedy, but with tighter trousers and catchier tunes.”

The night before, head to Mr. Smith's in Georgetown for a fun Lionel Bart-inspired piano bar experience!

Co-presented by Opera On Tap Dc Metro and The Documentary Center at GWU

Mischief: Purim Carnival for Adults

Saturday, February 28, 2015 | 8:30 pm - midnight
DCJCC (16th & Q St NW)
Open Bar Tickets: $20 in advance | $30 at the door
Age: 21+

Two words: Bounce House.
Four words: Bounce House, without kids.

Do you love the drag-tastic fun of Purim, but think it’s no fair that only the kids get to play all the carnival games, win all the prizes, and run around in costumes? We do, too.
And then we added music and refreshments, and took out the carnival clowns. 

Party with hundreds of queer Jews (and our fab friends), let out your inner Queen (Esther) on the dance floor, and other naughty fun! Plus plenty of Purim treats to eat and OPEN BAR for those in costume!

Want the whole megilla? Join our friends at Bet Mish, before the Carnival!
Pre-Purim Megilla Reading and Shpiel - Saturday, February 28th - 7:00 pm - Join Bet Mish's most frivolous service of the year starting with havdala, and continuing with a entertaining Megillah reading and interactive shpiel. (LEARN MORE)

GLOE's 8th Annual

National Rainbow Seder
with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

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! 

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.

This year’s teachers include Rabbi Laurie Green, Bet Mishpachah, Dr. Dana Beyer, Gender Rights, Maryland, Rabbi Joel Alter, JTS, Mycroft Masada Holmes, TransFaith, and Sabrina Sojourner, Teacher & Activist, and more. We can't wait to see YOU!

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

Presented by Nehirim; co-sponsored by Bet Mishpachah, GLOE, and the World Congress of GLBT Jews


NICE JEWISH GIRLS: DC Roller Girls - Roller Derby
Saturday, February 21, 2015 | 4:00 pm
Join the Nice Jewish Girls - a social group for Jewish Lesbian Women in the DC area - for Roller Derby, which is having a renaissance across the country! D.C. has four teams and if you haven't been before, or this year, make a date of it. Join NJG to watch four teams play in two bouts. Doors open at 4 pm. Each bout lasts about two hours. No need to stay the whole time but if you'd like to watch jammers, blockers and fun skating action, join us. MORE INFO on Facebook or email

BET MISHPACHAH: Shabbat Services and Meet the Leaders of Israel Gay Youth
Friday, February 27 | 8:00 pm (DCJCC)

Join A Wider Bridge and Bet Mishpachah for Kabbalat Shabbat and a vibrant discussion with the leaders of Israel Gay Youth (IGY), Mandy Michaeli, Co-Executive Director, and Zachary Cohen, Creative Director, bettering the lives of LGBT youth, teens, and young adults – particularly beyond the gay Mecca of Tel Aviv. Hear how it’s done in Israel! MORE INFO: or on Facebook

March 2, 2015 | 7:00 pm-close
Commissary (1443 P St, NW)
Join JFE for a Pre-Purim-Palooza! Your $18 ticket includes entry to the event and bottomless appetizers, including Israeli Buffet of falafel, hummus, tzatziki, pita, olives, and more, plus three flavors of hamantaschen. Plus, enjoy our a la carte Purim themed food and drink specials including kreplach, brisket sliders, latkes and more. 10% of proceeds from this event will benefit the Jewish Food Experience. Tickets available online

JQ BALTIMORE: The Wild Purim Rumpus
Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 8:00 pm
Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224) 
Come celebrate The Wild Purim Rumpus: a night of masquerade and mischief at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. With Red Ball Theatre (puppetry), music by Schmuck and Tribe Friends Muchos (a.k.a. Trace Friends Muchos) and more. Hosted by Goddess Perlman of “Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad” - Presented with Charm City Tribe and Repair the World Baltimore. MORE INFO

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


ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE - LGBTQ Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
February 4, 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 7-9pm (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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(GLOE's Slingshot profile)