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BT Outreach & Engagement

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August 28 thru October 5 - YENTL at Theater J
Exploring Yentl as trans, with new music and lyrics by Jill Sobule

Monday, September 22 - Singer-Songwriter Jill Sobule in Concert

Sunday, September 28 - GLOE Youth & Family: Tashlich Picnic in Rock Creek Park

Sunday, September 28 - GLOE Night @ Yentl, with postshow TalkBack
TalkBack - “Why Was I Born a Woman?”: Gender Identity and Judaism


Tuesday, October 14 - Temporary Dwellings: The Sukkah and Queer Youth Homelessness

Sunday, October 26 - GLOE @ LitFest: Performance by S. Bear Bergman: MACHATUNIM
Based on his new collection, Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter

Monday, October 27 - GLOE @ LitFest: Chivalry Workshop with Bear!


Sunday, November 2 - Trivia Night! A Fundraiser for GLOE

Thursday, November 6 - An Evening with Dr. Judith Plaskow
Bet Mish's Night with the Groundbreaking Jewish Feminist Theologian


Sunday, December 14 - Visit the GLOE Table at the DCJCC's Family Chanukah Party

Wednesday, December 17 - Chanukah Candle Lighting at the J! GLOE Night!

Wednesday, December 17 - GLOE Youth & Family: Schmoovie! Chanukah Event
(to follow Chanukah Candle Lighting)

Thursday, December 18 - Oh, Gaydel, Gaydel, Gaydel: Queer Chanukah Happy Hour
with GLOE, Bet Mish, Gayyim, Nice Jewish Boys, and Nice Jewish Girls

Wednesday, December 25 - GLOE's Annual Community Service Project
Part of the DCJCC's D25: Day of Service



August 28-October 5, 2014
DCJCC – Goldman Theater

Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy”

Adapted for the stage by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer
With new music and lyrics composed by Jill Sobule, additional music by Robin Eaton
Directed by Theater J Associate Artistic Director Shirley Serotsky


Full of gender bending and queered sexuality, and invigorated with a bracing pop/klezmer/rock score from indie singer-songwriter Jill Sobule (“I Kissed a Girl”), Yentl asks up-to-the-minute questions about who we are and what that’s worth. As a girl in 19th Century Eastern Europe, Yentl is forbidden to pursue her dream of studying Talmud. Unwilling to accept her fate, she disguises herself as a man. But when she falls in love, Yentl must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect her identity.

As NPR says, this "new staging of Yentl tells a transgender story. Unlike Streisand's version, which could be seen as a feminist film, this new version of Yentl is more about a transgender person's coming-of-age. "If you read the [Isaac Bashevis Singer] book, and there was no word for it back then, but I think Yentl was transgender," Jill Sobule says. "I mean, it's several times in the book where the father says to her, 'You have the soul of a man and the body of a woman.' "

YENTL - Ways to Save:
♦ Pay-What-You-Can Previews: August 28 & September 1
♦ 35 and under tickets: $25/weekend, $15/weeknight show
♦ Use coupon code ‘GLOE10’ for $10 off tickets to any Yentl performance

For tickets, visit or call 800.494.8497


Singer-Songwriter Jill Sobule in Concert!

Monday, September 22, 2014 | 7:30 pm
The composer of the new music and lyrics for Yentl, the incredible Jill Sobule, joins us for a special concert!
(Scroll down for more on this show)


YENTL, with Post-Show Discussion:
“Why Was I Born a Woman?”: Gender Identity and Judaism

Sunday, September 28, 2014
3:00 pm | Performance
5:30 pm | TalkBack

Join us at this GLOE matinee of Yentl, and stay for a provocative TalkBack after this special performance, with Professor Gwynn Kessler of Swarthmore College (Associate Professor, Department of Religion; Coordinator, Gender and Sexuality Studies), discussing the complex intersections of gender and Jewish life.

You love gorgeous songs?, sung by smart, funny people? We do, too.

Singer-Songwriter Jill Sobule in Concert!

Monday, September 22, 2014 | 7:30 pm
DCJCC - Goldman Theater (16th & Q)

Indie, folkie singer-songwriter Jill Sobule belongs to a rare breed of artists. Her critically-acclaimed albums combine deeply personal and fanciful storytelling with socially conscious and seriously funny lyrics, to cover topics ranging from the political to the romantic. (Yes, there's lots on love.)

Sobule's fun 1995 hit, “I Kissed a Girl” was the first Top 40 hit to deal overtly with a gay topic, and her song "Supermodel" was famously featured on the Clueless soundtrack. She describes her latest album, Dottie’s Charms, "as both a creative experiment and an act of defiance." And it's drawing throngs of new and old fans to every appearance.

Sobule recently composed original music for the gender-bending play by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yentl, currently being staged at Theater J (August 28–October 5). Invigorating the story with a bracing klezmer/pop/rock score, Sobule's score in Yentl asks up-to-the-minute questions about gender and sexuality. (More on YENTL)

Dottie’s Charms, was called “one of the most accomplished suites of songwriting so far this year,” by, and in the words of New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles, “Jill Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant… grown-up music for an adolescent age.”


GLOE Youth & Family

Tashlich Picnic at Rock Creek Park

Sunday, September 28, 2014
10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Rock Creek Park - Beach Dr.
Picnic Site #6 (Miller's Cabin, Just north of Military Rd. NW)

Tickets: FREE - RSVP Requested
All ages

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

We'll gather in Rock Creek Park for a casual afternoon of community, games and tashlich. Tashlich, which means "casting off" in Hebrew, is the High Holiday tradition of tossing bread crumbs into a flowing body of water, casting off the negatives of the past year and giving us a chance to reflect on our hopes for ourselves and families in the coming year. In addition to plenty of games, we're thrilled to have a new rabbi leading us in fun holiday-related activities. After the activity (for those who would like to participate), she'll lead us in casting our crumbs into Rock Creek, and together, we'll envision a sweet new year!

Please bring a picnic lunch and blanket for yourself (if you'd like), and we’ll provide everything else, including (kosher) dessert and challah, games and lots of ruach/spirit!


GLOE Youth & Family

Temporary Dwellings: 
The Sukkah and Queer Youth Homelessness

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 7:00 pm
FREE - (
RSVP Here - Space is limited)

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. Our sukkah reminds us of that time when we also had no stable home, no solid roof overhead.

We’ll hear from speakers who will share with us personal stories, what is going on with this queer youth homeless epidemic, and what we can do to help ensure that today’s wandering children can find safe shelter.


GLOE Fundraiser
Trivia Night!

Sunday, November 2, 2014 | 6:00 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q)
(Sign-up coming soon!)

Want to support GLOE’s work for the LGBT Jewish community AND prove what a smarty pants you are?

Grab your friends for a fun night, competing in multiple rounds of trivia of all sorts – general knowledge, pop culture, history, sports, and of course, some of our special theme rounds! (Don’t have a full 8 people for a team? We’ll get you teamed up… but we can’t vouch for their trivia expertise.) We’ve got cash for the winning team, Door Prizes, a prize for the most creative team name, and plenty of other cool stuff.

Do it for the cash and prizes.
Do it for the bragging rights.
Do it to support GLOE’s unique work and help our diverse Jewish community thrive.

SAVE THE DATE! Registration opening soon!


'14-'15 Community Outreach Intern - Starting Sept 1
Up until the founding of JQ Baltimore in 2012, there were no *local* community resources for Jewish LGBTQ individuals and their families. JQ Baltimore serves the community through education, support and advocacy, and is volunteer run. The intern will have vital marketing and programmatic responsibilities. 15 hours/week, with a stipend of $5000 for 12 months commitment (or $3750 for 9 months). MORE INFO

NEHIRIM: Camp Nehirim: for GBT Jewish men and friends

August 20-24, 2014 | Easton Mountain Retreat Center (Greenwich, NY)
It’s the gayest Jewish summer camp ever! Now in its fifth year, the Nehirim Summer Camp is five days of swimming, hiking, frisbee, river tubing, campfires, hot tubbing, cookouts, delicious food, inspiring workshops, and that special Nehirim ruach (spirit) of community and spirituality. Imagine the best of Jewish summer camp… but everyone’s queer or gay!

NICE JEWISH BOYS: Monthly Happy Hour
Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 7:00 pm
Number Nine (1435 P St, NW)
Congress is out of town for the summer. I'll drink to that!  Join your favorite NJB's at our monthly Happy Hour at Number Nine. As always, enjoy 2-for-1 drinks til 9PM. We meet upstairs, to the left of the bar near the DJ booth. See you there! Nice Jewish Boys is a network for gay, bisexual and trans Jewish men in their twenties and thirties, and their fans, in Washington, DC. MORE INFO

NICE JEWISH GIRLS: Monthly Happy Hour
September (TBD), 2014 | 6:30-9:00 pm
Join the Nice Jewish Girls - a social group for Jewish Lesbian Women in the DC area - for our monthly happy hour! If you're new to the group (or not!), this is a great time to meet other NJGs, hang out and schmooze in a relaxed environment. Please feel free to bring friends! MORE INFO

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Bull Run Special Events Center, Centreville, VA
Celebrate Pride at Northern Virginia's first Pride Festival! MORE INFO

NEHIRIM: Student Leadership Conference
October 12, 2014 | Brown University/RISD Hillel (Providence, RI)
The second annual Nehirim Student Leadership Conference is a natural progression from the Nehirim Student Retreat, serving over 100 students in just the past two years. This smaller or more intimate program will offer students the chance to learn, participate in working groups, and network with other campus liaisons. The one-day workshop welcomes aspiring and proven campus leaders whose goal and passion is to cultivate a diverse network of LGBTQ Jews at their college or university.


ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE - LGBTQ Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
September, 2014 | 7:00-9:00 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

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