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BT Outreach & Engagement

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Sun, April 6 - GLOE's National Rainbow Seder

Wed, April 9 - Wandering the Rainbow Desert: Lessons of the Jewish Organization Equality Index

Tue, April 29 - DCJCC Spring Showcase
honoring Stuart S. Kurlander


Sun, May 4 - A Family Guide to Jewish Same-Sex Weddings
with Keshet Parent & Family Connection



Fri, June 6 - Erev Pride Shabbat

Sat, June 7 - March with the Jewish community in the Capital Pride Parade

Sun, June 8 - Visit GLOE at the Capital Pride Festival

Tues, June 11 - GLOE @ MusicFest (TBA soon!)



GLOE's 7th Annual!

National Rainbow Seder

Sunday, April 6, 2014
4:00 pm | Wine & Schmooze
5:00-8:00 pm | Seder

Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Join GLOE and the Human Rights Campaign for this 7th annual event that that is expanding worldwide, as we tell our stories of liberation through this year’s lens of international LGBT rights. We are thrilled to welcome a national leader of Jewish justice, Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, as the spiritual guide of our Seder.

We’ll read our own Haggadah, specially created for the occasion, and see how we can impact lives both around the world and in our own DC backyard.

We’ll indulge in a full delicious (kosher for Passover) meal as we perform the festive rituals with the Jewish LGBT community and our friends and allies. ALL are welcome!

Get your tickets now for this celebration of freedom!

Presented in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign's Religion & Faith Program

Wandering the Rainbow Desert:
Lessons of the Jewish Organization Equality Index

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 7:00-8:30 pm
DCJCC - Community Hall
FREE - RSVP Requested)

Refreshments and schmoozing to follow

Lisa Eisen | Schusterman Foundation
Susie Gelman | Morningstar Foundation
Stuart Kurlander | GLOE and Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Adam Tenner, Metro TeenAIDS, moderator 

As we approach Passover's messages of freedom, liberation, and equality, we reflect on those same issue in today's Jewish community, in light of the Jewish Organization Equality Index (JOEI) - a project of the Human Rights Campaign in collaboration with the Jewish community.

The JOEI was a first-of-its-kind project to examine US Jewish organizations on their policies, practices and programs as they are pertinent to the LGBT community.

So how close are we, as a full Jewish community, to embracing kavod habriyot - the value of human dignity - for LGBT people in our organizations? Panelists will discuss some of the origins and outcomes of the Index, what we found out simply through the process of carrying out this project, and a range of next steps.

Co-sponsored by AVODAH, GLOE, and Keshet


honoring GLOE founder, Stuart S. Kurlander

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
National Geographic (1145 17th St NW)

It's an evening to celebrate the Washington DCJCC's contributions to the community - especially that of GLOE's visionary founder, Stuart S. Kurlander, receiving the Lee G. Rubenstein Outstanding Leadership Award!

Featuring Broadway star, Kate Baldwin, the success of this event, the J's largest of the year, provides the essential funds to support all of the meaningful programs and services of the Washington DCJCC - including GLOE.

For more information, contact the DCJCC's Development office at 202-777-3262 or


A Family Guide to Jewish Same-Sex Weddings

Sunday, May 4, 2014 | 10:30 am
Location: Kol Shalom (9110 Darnestown Rd, Rockville)

Parents and family of LGBT Jews can be very excited and supportive of their child’s engagement… but not so sure about what that means for the Jewish traditions and rituals involved in the day.

GLOE and Keshet Parent & Family Connection are bringing together a fantastic panel of LGBT Jewish couples - including GLOE's own Josh Siegel and Seth Schermer! - along with parents and rabbis for a conversation full of their experiences, ideas, and tips.

While many family members may have put on or participated in Jewish weddings before, there are a lot of variables that can pop up with Jewish LGBT couples – either with planning the ceremony, concerning comments from more conservative wedding guests, and inclusive practices to create a love-filled atmosphere. All are welcome.


Co-sponsored by Keshet Parent & Family Connection and GLOE


BET MISHPACHAH: Rabbi Green's Spring Class: "Passover Palooza: The History, Politics and Theology of the Haggadah"
4 Wednesdays, (3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9) | 7:00-8:30 pm | DCJCC
Join Rabbi Green for her Spring Class series about Passover. The seder has always been political, even from its earliest days in the Roman Empire.  Come discover all the reasons behind all the reasons why we do what we do.  Whether you've never been to a seder, or have a strong Jewish background, you're invited to join us as we prepare for Passover from an LGBT perspective. LEARN MORE

NICE JEWISH BOYS: Monthly Happy Hour
Thursday, April 10 | 7:00-9:00 pm
Join Nice Jewish Boys for their monthly happy hour! NJB is a network for gay, bisexual and trans Jewish men in their twenties and thirties, and their fans, in DC. More info at

NICE JEWISH GIRLS: disappear fear concert
Saturday, April 12 | Jammin' Java (Vienna, VA)
Join NJG and our friends to see disappear fear, an indie pop/rock/folk/alt band known for honest and passionate lyrics that has shared the stage with the Indigo Girls, Bruce Springstein, Rachel Sage, Dar Williams and Mama's Black Sheep. Our organizer Erica is close with the band's leader/song-writer/guitarist SONiA and know she'd love to meet all of us...being a NICE JEWISH GIRL from Baltimore herself! (We're in Section F, so choose Sections E, F, G if you'd like to be with NJG!) TICKETS & INFO or see NJG on Facebook.


JCC: LGBTQ Community Trip to Israel, over Tel Aviv Pride
June 8-20, 2014
Registration is now OPEN!
Tel Aviv is known as the gay capital of the Middle East, and for the first time, you can join your JCC friends to visit Israel in June 2014 through a LGBTQ JCC Association Boarding Pass trip. Visit classic tourist sites such as Jerusalem, Masada and the Dead Sea, and the Galilee, the group will also meet with founders of a religious gay group in Jerusalem and dine with the people who established Cafe Albi, a self-declared home for the LGBTQ community of Tel Aviv. Plus much more, including Tel Aviv Pride! Open to all! Presented by JCC Association Boarding Pass, with the JCC of Austin  Find out more: easy registration and INFO.

HEBRO: The Israel Trip, featuring Tel Aviv Pride
June 6-15, 2014
Hebro journeys to Israel for 10 days, highlighting Tel Aviv Pride. Including Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Galilee, Golan, Tel Aviv, Pride. A trip for Hebros and those who love us. Sponsored by A Wider Bridge. MORE INFO at or on Facebook.

Summer, 2014
Registration NOW OPEN
This summer, URJ Kesher and Taglit-Birthright Israel are offering a special trip designed for LGBTQ participants and their friends (both 18-22 and 22-26). Like all URJ Kesher experiences, this is a 10-day trip and entirely free. Unlike other trips, the LGBTQ program is an inspirational journey where participants explore Israel from a progressive Jewish perspective and within a welcoming environment. Celebrate an egalitarian Shabbat, trace the story of our People, and grapple with (your) collective search for meaning and connection. Registration occurs on February 19th. Learn more and sign up for updates now at

KULANU TORONTO: Gay Pride 2014 Tour to Israel
June 5-16, 2014
Gay Tel Aviv - The city that never sleeps! Travel to Israel for a jam-packed week of parties, marches and all around pride celebrations. This specialized tour package departs Toronto on June 5th, 2014 for 12 days and 10 nights and is only available for a limted time. Info and itinerary: or online.


ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE - LGBTQ Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 2| 7:00-9:00 pm
Monthly Meeting (usually 1st Wednesday each month, 7:00-9:00 pm)
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 September, 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

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

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Washington, DC 20036