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at a glance


Sunday, November 6 - Israel Story Live

Monday, November 14 - LGBTQ & Allies Reception at the GA

Tuesday, November 15 - Adoption: Starting the Process



Sunday, December 18 - GLOE Youth & Family Chanukah Event
(More info coming soon!)

Thursday, December 22 - Oh, Gaydel, Gaydel, Gaydel: Big Queer Chanukah Happy Hour
with Bet Mish, Gayyim, GLOE, Nice Jewish Boys, & Nice Jewish Girls

Late December - Fabulous GLOE event with The Kinsey Sicks
(More info coming soon!)

Sunday, December 25 - GLOE Project @ D25 Day of Service



January 18-22 - Creating Change Conference (Philadelphia, PA)
GLOE is proud to represent our community as part of the working group of the national Queer Jewish Movement

Friday, January 27 - GLOE Youth & Family Shabbat Schmooze


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


Israel Story Live

Radio Show & Podcast Taping

Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 7:00-9:00 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC - The Goldman Theater

Real life stories. Multimedia. Music. And it's live.
It's the Israeli This American Life.

The only thing better than listening to a story is seeing it performed live: here’s your chance to watch the creative team behind Israel Story (the English-language version of Sippur Yisraeli, the Israeli radio show and podcast inspired by NPR's This American Life) bring their unique blend of narrative storytelling, humor, and cultural insights to life on stage. Each episode presents several stories on a theme and gives an intimate glimpse at life in Israel and the many faces and backgrounds of the people who live there - including an incredible trans Israeli story!
Grab the GLOE tickets for a $10 discount!

GLOE is proud to present Israel Story Live with the Edlavitch DCJCC's Jewish Life


LGBTQ & Allies Reception
2016 JFNA General Assembly

Monday, November 14, 2016 | 6:30-9:00 PM
The Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave NW)

GLOE is proud to join our friends at Keshet, with JFNA, A Wider Bridge, and Kenes, to once again host the LGBTQ & Allies Reception at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federation of North America. Celebrate LGBTQ Jewish life happening throughout North America!

Adoption: Starting the Process

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 7:30 PM
EDCJCC (16th & Q NW)

Please join us for an informal discussion on the variety of paths to adopting a child.

Hear from an adoption lawyer, an adoption agency representative, and parents who have gone through the process successfully. LGBTQ and straight, couples and singles, Jewish and non-Jewish - all warmly welcomed!
Come with questions!

With the Edlavitch DCJCC's Parenting Center



BET MISHPACHAH | Rabbi Green's Fall Pop-Up Class
Thursday, November 3 | 7:00 PM | Edlavitch DCJCC
Come learn about "The Woman Who the Bible Says Certified the Torah-and Why You Haven't Heard of Her" - Huldah. The Bible loves her. The Talmud hates her. Her name was Huldah...and you’ve never heard of her. So why was one of the most important prophets in Jewish tradition largely erased from known Jewish history? We’ll study the Biblical and Talmudic texts, as well as some contemporary writing (fiction and non-fiction) about Hulda, a fascinating prophet and a powerful woman who likely really existed. (Classes are free for members. Non-members are requested to make a donation of $10.)

EDCJCC & BET MISHPACHAH | Saturday Salon: A Monthly Shabbat Lunch & Learn
2nd Saturday Each Month | Year-Round
NEXT: Saturday, November 12 | 12:15-2:00 PM | Edlavitch DCJCC
Explore concepts in modern American Jewish life through relevant texts - both Jewish and others - to make your connection to these "Big Ideas" personally meaningful! Have lunch, and join our dynamic facilitator, JoHanna Potts, to discuss a different topic in every session. Find out this month's theme, learn more, and sign up online. (Your call: Sign up per session or for the whole series!)

NICE JEWISH GIRLS | Brunch & Movie (Age 50+ Gathering)
Sunday, November 13 | 1:00 PM | Cafe Deluxe (2201 M St NW)
Join NJG's 50+ Gathering for a Sunday brunch and a movie. We'll meet at Cafe Deluxe, followed by a film at the West End around the corner. RSVP by October 25 to get in on the reservation. | Nice Jewish Girls is a social group welcoming lesbian, bisexual, queer, and trans Jewish women in the DC area.

Thursday, November 17 | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St, NW
Meet Israeli LGBTQ Change Maker Gal Uchovsky on November 17 for Federation’s inaugural Meet the Change Makers community event with JCRC. Recognized as “the most influential LGBT person in Israel,” Uchovsky will share his expert perspective on the prosperous LGBTQ movement in Israel, media’s influence on Israeli culture and his vision for the future of Israel.

Shabbat with Raffi Freedman-Gurspan
Friday, November 18 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Edlavitch DCJCC
For this year's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Shabbat, Bet Mishpachah is honored to welcome guest speaker Raffi Freedman-Gurspan. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan is a Senior Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement where she serves as the White House’s primary liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT community). She is also an Outreach and Recruitment Director in the Presidential Personnel Office. She is the first appointee in the Obama White House who is openly transgender. Don't miss what promises to be a special evening for the Congregation. 

NICE JEWISH BOYS | Monthly Happy Hour
November TBA | 7:00 PM | Number Nine (1435 P St NW)
Join NJB for our monthly happy hour! 2-1 happy hour till 9:00, and meet us upstairs! | Nice Jewish Boys is a network for gay, bisexual, queer, and trans Jewish men in their 20s and 30s, and their fans, in DC.


(Application period closed for current DC-based trips. Check website for next dates.)
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 - including many LGBTQ couples! 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—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 & Ally Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 | 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. (No July or August meetings.) Location: Teen Lounge, at the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville).

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.

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. Whether you have come to Peer Support looking for help with LGBT and HIV-related concerns, like coming out, relationships, self-esteem, transitioning, managing chronic conditions, or something else, you’ve come to the right place. Support groups and individual peer counseling are free, but donations are accepted. To find out more, please contact the Peer Support Program Coordinator at 202.939.7646 or An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

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.

Director: Josef Palermo
(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


Edlavitch DCJCC

1529 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


DC Jewish GLBTQ Community Partners


Bet Mishpachah

Social Groups:

Nice Jewish Boys 
Nice Jewish Girls
Gayyim DC: GBT Jewish 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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