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BT Outreach & Engagement

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Tuesday, November 24 - GLOE @ Everything But the Turkey
Thanksgiving Community Service


Sunday, December 6 - Faygelehs & Bagelehs: Chanukah Mimosa Brunch

Thursday, December 10 - Oh, Gaydel, Gaydel, Gaydel: Queer Chanukah Happy Hour

Friday, December 25 - GLOE @ D25: Day of Service Project


January 20-24 - Creating Change: National LGBTQ Jewish Working Group
2016 National LGBTQ Task Force Conference, in Chicago

Sunday, January 31 -  Tu B'shBrunch
A Boozey Tu B'Shvat Seder Brunch


Sunday, February 7 - GLOE Youth & Family: Schmoovie!   



May 26-June 2, 2016 - See Israel with Pride
Federation LGBTQ Mission

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GLOE Youth & Family Chanukah

I Had a Little Dreidel

Sunday, November 15, 2015 | 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Location: DCJCC (1529 16th St NW)
Cost: $10 per family

You know the song, now make it real! Join other LGBTQ families to make dreidels (or menorahs) out of real clay, ready to be taken home the same day.

Children and their parents/adult family and friends are invited to sing the tunes as you create. We'll be reminded of the miracle of lights, the fun games, and the joy this holiday season brings to LGBTQ families and all our friends!



GLOE @ Everything But the Turkey

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
6:30-8:30 pm (Check-in: 6:00-6:30 pm)
DCJCC (16th & Q)

Give thanks this Thanksgiving holiday by giving back! Register to volunteer on Tuesday, November 24, to prepare over 20,000 servings of food for people in need in the DC metro area. We'll make Everything!... But The Turkey - and GLOE has tables just for us, so you can connect with other LGBTQ Jews (and our friends!). Plus, you'll get a special EBTT apron to take home with you.

Volunteers prepare hearty Thanksgiving Day side dishes (to go along with turkeys prepared by our partners at DC Central Kitchen). The food we make will be distributed to over 90 local homeless shelters, transitional housing facilities and community kitchens in DC.

Thanks to the generosity of GLOE's EBTT sponsors, your registration is FREE - but you must use [the special GLOE link] on this page to see the GLOE ticket option on the registration page. (If you register directly through the EBTT site, the GLOE tables won't be visible to you.)

Space is extremely limited so register now, and thank you for helping those in need to have a special Thanksgiving meal!

Thank you to the sponsors of GLOE @ EBTT: Josh Siegel & Seth Schermer, and Yoni Bock & Ron Kaplan


Faygelehs & Bagelehs
Chanukah Mimosa Brunch

Sunday, December 6, 2015
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q)

Come get brunchy at Chanukah! Connect with all the new faces, old friends, and all the fab LGBTQ Jews in DC. Whether you're new to town or you've been here for years, GLOE wants you to get schmoozey this holiday season, along with all our friends at Nice Jewish Girls, Gayyim, and Bet Mishpachah.

We've got plenty of mimosas to warm up on a chilly morning, plus all the bagels (yes, the good ones), shmears, lox, latkes, and other delicious goodies. Take the time to reconnect with the fabulous faygelehs and the whole Jewish LGBTQ community at this friendly holiday brunch! 


Oh, Gaydel, Gaydel, Gaydel!
Queer Chanukah Happy Hour

Thursday, December 10, 2015 | 7:00-10:00 pm
Phase 1 (525 8th St, SE) | M: Eastern Market

Flame on!, during this Festival of Lights when you celebrate Chanukah with all the LGBTQ Jews - and our friends! Hundreds show up to schmooze at this annual event every year.

Join Bet Mishpachah, Gayyim, GLOE, Nice Jewish Boys, and Nice Jewish Girls, at Phase 1 for great music, drink specials, a fab Gaydel signature cocktail, plus delish sufganiyot (doughnuts). Don't miss the festivities!
Cash bar. 21+

Jewish Federation of North America invites you to

LGBTQ Pride Trip to Israel

May 26-June 2, 2016

Join members of Greater Washington's LGBTQ community as we travel alongside our peers from across North America for this historic mission to Israel!

Marvel at Jerusalem's Old City one day and be dazzled by Tel Aviv's beaches the next. Meet with the president of Israel and LGBTQ politicians, business leaders and innovators and learn what is being done to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community. Visit incredible sites where Federations are changing lives every day. Have a private concert with an Israeli music star and experience Israeli culture, cuisine and character. Take pride in advancement. Take pride in Israel and the Israeli LGBTQ community on this unforgettable trip.

Contact for additional information. * Hotel rooms have been reserved for those wishing to extend their stay for Tel Aviv Pride on June 3, 2016.

Leadership: Stuart Kurlander: National Chair | Ron Kaplan: Greater Washington Community Co-Chair | Billy Kreisberg: Greater Washington Community Co-Chair
The Jewish Federation: Make It Yours


Trans Day of Remembrance Shabbat Service, with guest speaker, Ruby Corado || Bet Mishpachah
Friday, November 20 || 8:00 pm || Location: DCJCC
Join Bet Mishpachah in welcoming Ruby Corado, founder of Casa Ruby and incredible community leader, at this special Shabbat Service for Transgender Day of Remembrance. [LEARN MORE]

Rainbow Brunch || Moishe House Bethesda
Sunday, November 22 || 12 - 2 pm
Moishe House Bethesda (6500 Wisconsin Ave) || M: Bethesda
Moishe House - with Nice Jewish Girls and Nice Jewish Boys - is thrilled to invite any and all young professional (ages 21-31) LGBTQIA members of the Jewish community and allies to brunch (a gay staple, let’s be honest) at our home! We will have pancakes, mimosas, and all around good vibes. Come hang out with us on Sunday morning to network, meet queer Jews and allies, and eat free brunch. Bring friends! Absolutely everyone is welcome! Please bring a non-meat side dish, and RSVP at [LEARN MORE]

Information Session: See Israel with Pride LGBTQ Mission Trip
Sunday, November 22, 2015 || 7:30 pm
Join us to learn more about the See Israel with Pride LGBTQ Mission to Israel. Dessert and wine will be served. Location: The home of Ron Kaplan and Yoni Block (address to be provided upon positive response). RSVP by contacting Judd Holzman at or 301-230-7221. [MORE INFO]

Chanukah Party || Bet Mishpachah
Friday, December 11 || 6:30 pm || DCJCC
Join us in the new library (formally the first floor children's classroom) for latkes and sufganiyot as we celebrate the festival of lights! Followed by Shabbat Services (8:00 pm), featuring Rabbi Ben Shalva on guitar. [LEARN MORE]

NJG's Annual X-Mas Eve Dinner || Nice Jewish Girls
Thursday, December 24 || 6:00 pm
Sala Thai (1301 U St, NW)  || M: U St
We will once again be holding our Annual Christmas Eve dinner, this year at Sala Thai.
Our dinner reservation is for 30 people and it usually fills up quickly!, so save your place at the table sooner rather than later or there may not be room. RSVP is required for the dinner. Please email Heather Alpern to RSVP. [MORE INFO]


See Israel with Pride: LGBTQ Trip to Israel || Jewish Federation of North America
May 26-June 2, 2016 [LEARN MORE]
Join members of Greater Washington's LGBTQ community as we travel alongside our peers from across North America for this historic mission to Israel!
(See above for more details.)

See Israel in a Whole New Way! || JCC Association
May 28-June 9, 2016 [LEARN MORE]
Visit Israel with the LGBTQ Community! Create memories to last for a lifetime on a 12-day trip to Israel, custom-designed for members and friends of the LGBTQ communities from around North America. The itinerary will be packed with activities, offering opportunities for engagement & connection, exploration & history, community, fun, and so much more! Registration closes on April 1, 2016.


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

ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE - LGBTQ Jewish Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, November 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 6:30-8:30 pm (except September) 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, 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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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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