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at a glance


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


4 Tuesdays, starting September 6 - FLOW: LGBTQ Partner Dance Class

Thursday, September 8 - High Holigays: An LGBTQ Lens for the New Year's Liturgy


Sunday, October 9 - Tashlich Picnic at Rock Creek Park

Sunday, October 23 - Sukkot & Queer Youth Homelessness
Community Service Building Project

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


Faygelehs & Bagelehs! Mimosa Brunch
Summer Campy Fun & Games Edition

Sunday, August 28, 2016 | 11:00 am-1:30 pm
EDCJCC (16th & Q)

Come get brunchy at GLOE's annual end-of-summer social event! Celebrate the last bit of summer with us at this friendly social, filled with music, summer backyard games (yes, like cornhole), cold drinks (including mimosas!), a great free t-shirt, delightful conversation, and of course, the good bagels and all the schmears.

GLOE wants you to get schmoozey, kick back, and find out about some great events coming up. Take the time to reconnect with the fabulous faygelehs, new faces, and the whole Jewish LGBTQ community.

Thanks to GLOE's wonderful partners: Bet Mishpachah, Nice Jewish Girls, Nice Jewish Boys, and Gayyim!
Earlybird price ends on 8/24!

FLOW: LGBTQ Dance Class

4 Tuesdays: September 6, 13, 20, 27 | 7:00-8:00 pm
EDCJCC (16th & Q)
Instructor: Kate Molski

We’re back at it with another fabulous LGBTQ Social Dance Class series! Come as an individual, with your friends, or bring your boo - 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. For those who took part in our previous (sold out!) class, don’t worry: we’ll be changing up the flavor, so everyone can add to their dance repertoire.  Feel at home wherever the music strikes up… and look good doing it! All levels of experience (or no experience) welcome.
Earlybird price ends on 8/31!

High Holigays:
An LGBTQ Lens for the New Year's Liturgy

with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, of Adas Israel Congregation

Thursday, September 8, 2016 | 7:00-8:30 pm
EDCJCC (16th & Q)

All those sins? Shame? Starting over? Do they mean the same thing for LGBTQ folks?

Discover the services of the Jewish New Year in a whole new way, and see the holidays through an LGBTQ lens. The brilliant Rabbi Gil Steinlauf will lead us through an exploration of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur texts, with new insights, stories, and perspectives that don’t usually make it to the pulpit. (All backgrounds welcome; no previous knowledge of Hebrew or Jewish texts needed.)

Presented by GLOE, in partnership with the Adas Israel Congregation LGBTQ Torah Study Series

GLOE Youth & Family
Tashlich Picnic at Rock Creek Park
with Rabbi Sarah Tasman, of InterfaithFamily/DC

Sunday, October 9, 2016 | 10:30 am-1:30 pm
Rock Creek Park - Picnic Site #6 (Miller Cabin)

Join GLOE Youth & Family to celebrate the New Year with other LGBTQ individuals, couples, teens, kids and families, and all our friends!

We'll gather once again in Rock Creek Park for a friendly day of community, games and tashlich. You bring a picnic lunch for yourself - and we’ll provide everything else, including (kosher) sweets, the apples and honey, plus games and lots of ruach/spirit!

Sukkot & Queer Youth Homelessness:
Community Service Building Project

Sunday, October 23, 2016 | 12:00-3:00 pm

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot commemorates the forty year period when the children of Israel wandered the desert, living in temporary dwellings, searching for a permanent home. In our city today, LGBTQ youth make up 40% of homeless youth – putting them at significantly higher risk of becoming homeless than their straight peers. Sukkot reminds us of that time when we also had no stable home, no solid roof overhead.

We’re coming together to help the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ community, with a construction project in DC. All skill levels are welcome!

In cooperation with the EDCJCC’s Behrend Builders 




BET MISHPACHAH | Job Announcement: Synagogue Administrator, Part-Time
Monday, August 15 - Application Deadline
Work at Bet Mish! Congregation Bet Mishpachah, DC’s Egalitarian Synagogue, embraces a diversity of sexual and gender identities - and we're looking for a wonderful new member of our team! The incumbent serves as a part-time administrator for the congregation, handling a mix of admin duties, as well as supporting Bet Mish programming and social media. MORE INFO

NICE JEWISH BOYS | Fall Kickball Sign-Up
Sign Up: Now | Season Starts: Thursday, September 22
The Matzo Balls are BACK! Registration for the Fall Thursday Season of Stonewall Kickball is NOW OPEN! The next season starts on September 22 and runs for 6 weeks, on Thursdays, plus two weeks for playoffs. The team ALWAYS fills up, so do not wait to register. If you sign up before August 11 you get a $10 discount. So click the link and see you on the field!

NICE JEWISH GIRLS | Theater: The Last Schwartz
Sunday, September 18 | 3:00 pm | Theater J (16th & Q)
Nothing is funnier than family dysfunction. Join NJG for this fun theater outing at Theater J, with discount group tickets.



NOW-Aug 31: Application period for next DC trips
(DC Trip Dates: March 2-12, 2017; Sept 7-17, 2017)
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—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, September 7, 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. (No July or August meetings.) 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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