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BT Outreach & Engagement

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Monday, May 11 - Big, Broadway Sing-Along
GLOE @ Washington Jewish Music Festival

May 15-17 - Nehirim East Retreat
Spiritual Retreat, proudly co-sponsored by GLOE

Monday, May 18 - Celebrating 30 Years of Charles Busch
Theater J Annual Benefit

Tuesday, May 19 - GLOE @ After Dark: Shavuot Study Night
with EntryPointDC


June 8-14 -  GLOE @ Capital Pride!


Sunday, August 30 - End-of-Summer Pool Party!
GLOE's 10th Annual

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GLOE @ Music Fest!

The Big Broadway Sing-Along

Monday, May 11, 7:30 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q)
Tickets: $20 / $15 Discounted

After a year away from your gorgeous (and/or enthusiastic) pipes, the Big, Broadway Sing-Along is back!

Sing along to your favorite show tunes from Jewish Broadway (aka Broadway) — from Rodgers & Hammerstein and the Gershwins, to Kander & Ebb, Schwartz, Sondheim and more. Our team of professional performers will lead the singing at our baby grand in the Goldman Theater.

Plus, we’ll provide the lyrics, so you can belt like Barbra!

Part of the Washington Jewish Music Festival - Check out the full line-up at!

GLOE is proud to co-sponsor

Nehirim East Retreat
Concealed and Revealed: Honoring Our Depths and Claiming our Wholeness

Friday, May 15-Sunday, May 17, 2015
Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD

The GLOE community is thrilled to be a part of this great spiritual, Jewish LGBTQ retreat, here in our own backyard, with Nehirim!

Nehirim is a pluralistic, warm community of queer Jews and allies from a variety of backgrounds. We are all genders, all ages, all religious stripes, and proud to be Jewish. Our 11th East Retreat will be in a beautiful new location, a wonderful backdrop for provocative learning, joyful prayer, delicious food and great community with Retreat Directors Rabbi Julia Watts Belser and Nehirim Executive Director Rabbi Debra Kolodny, and include fabulous teachers from our own region and around the country!

Important Upcoming Dates
May 1: Financial Aid application deadline
May 8: Apply by May 8 to avoid late fees!

Co-sponsored by GLOE, Bet Mishpachah, Bolton Street Synagogue, and the World Congress of GLBT Jews

Theater J Annual Benefit

An Evening with Charles Busch

Monday, May 18, 2015 | 6:30/8:30 pm

Join us for a special evening with Tony-nominated playwright of the smash Broadway comedy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; screenwriter, director, actor, novelist and drag legend Charles Busch. With special guests Robert Aubry Davis (Master of Ceremonies) and Rick Hammerly (Director).

"Sidesplitting! Charles Busch, the playwright and sometime drag performer, has the gift of comic gab like few other entertainers. Innately funny, endearing and acutely intelligent..."  - The New York Times

6:30 pm | DINNER – For patrons at the $275 level or above
8:00 pm | SHOWTIME
Followed by dessert reception, book signing and celebration with Charles Busch


Represent: A (Smartphone) Photography Workshop
GLOE @ After Dark: Shavuot Study Night
with EntryPointDC

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | 6:30-10:00 pm
Full schedule of sessions at the EPDC site

Join GLOE at our workshop at After Dark, a Shavuot experience with EntryPointDC for young professionals, featuring delicious desserts, three different sessions of engaging conversations, and great people!

GLOE Workshop
How do we make sure we’re seen as part of the story? This workshop will show us how to better express ourselves, take a great shot, and capture our own Jewish stories in photos.

Too often, LGBTQ Jews and so many others - like those in interfaith relationships, Jews of color, Jews by choice, working class Jews – are left out of the narratives of our traditions.

Using prompts related to the themes of Shavuot, we’ll practice the photography tips, tricks, and techniques that help you take a great shot, and make sure we’re all part of our community’s picture.

*AGE: EntryPointDC is the DCJCC's program aimed at those in their 20s and 30s. As always, no one will be carded; no one will be turned away.



Give Me a Sign! Poster-Making Party
Monday, June 8, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: DCJCC (16th & Q)
Are you a creative type, or just want to help out with Pride prep? Stop by the DCJCC to create fun, inspiring, and supportive signs for our Jewish community contingent to hold up proudly in the Capital Pride Parade. We’ve got plenty of poster ideas, or come and share your own. Grab a slice of pizza, and then shake that glitter!

The Big Queer Jewish Pride Happy Hour
Wednesday, June 10 | 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: Revealed soon!
Celebrate Pride with your favorite LGBTQ Jews, and connect with all the new faces. The LGBTQ Jewish DC groups (Bet Mish, Gayyim, GLOE, Nice Jewish Boys, and Nice Jewish Girls) are coming together once again for the sparkliest Jewish happy hour of the year!

National Pride Shabbat (and Schmooze)
Friday, June 12
6:30 pm Cocktail Hour Schmooze; 7:15 pm Service; 8:15 pm Dinner

Location: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
All are invited to celebrate loud and proud with GLOE, Bet Mishpachah, Sixth & I and the entire Jewish community at our annual erev Pride Shabbat service, which drew hundreds last year.
We’ll schmooze over wine and refreshments, then come together – LGBTQ and friends, alike – for a spiritual Shabbat service that celebrates the beautiful diversity of our shared community.
Followed by a Shabbat dinner at 8:15 pm. The Schmooze and Service are FREE; dinner tickets must be purchased in advance.]

The Jewish Community Marches Together!

Capital Pride Parade
Saturday, June 13 | 3:30 pm line-up; 4:30 pm parade begins
Location: Dupont Circle
Stand with us! Be one of the hundreds of Jewish individuals and organizations to join GLOE, marching with our friends and allies at the fabulous and festive annual Capital Pride Parade. We show DC what a welcoming and embracing Jewish community looks like.


Capital Pride Festival
Sunday, June 14 | 12:00-7:00 pm
Location: Pennsylvania Ave, near US Capitol
Celebrate with GLOE and our LGBT Jewish friends as we reach out to the Jewish community! Find the GLOE booth for snarky swag, ways to connect, and all the latest.


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

BET MISHPACHAH: Shavuot Service
Saturday, May 23 | 7:30 PM | DCJCC
Rabbi Green will lead us in a special Shavuot Yom-Tov service and interactive study session.  In between our study and discussion, Havadala and Yom-Tov service, we'll be enjoying some luscious cheesecake, a tradition for the holiday.  Join us for an evening of fascinating study, exploration, inspiration, and celebration.

CityJews PopUp: Shabbat
Friday, May 29 | 6:00-8:00 p.m. | Wonder Bread Factory (641 S St NW, Washington)
CityJews PopUp: Shabbat is a way for Jewish and interfaith couples and families to connect and share the rituals of Shabbat together. Join us for a Shabbat experience with food, music, kids' activities and topical conversation. (Best for children 8 and under.) Pre-reg required by May 21. MORE INFO/TICKETS

ADAS ISRAEL: Pride Weekend
June 12, 6:30 pm - Shabbat Service "We Are Commanded to Love"
June 13, 9:30 am - Shabbat Morning Service with special speaker; Kiddush, with LGBT Justice panel; followed by the Pride March in the afternoon
June 14, 12 pm - Pride Festival
Mark DC Pride with an exciting Shabbat experience, as Adas Israel welcome celebrated Conservative movement thought-leader, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, joining Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, and members of the Adas Israel clergy & community. Join us for a weekend of dialogue, prayer, and action. Be a part of that forward momentum, and demonstrate Pride in our own community’s achievements in fostering these essential human values; equality, justice, and inclusion for all. MORE INFO:

Friday, June 19, 2015 | Bloomingdale, NW DC 
Join your favorite NJBs at our Pride Month Shabbat Potluck! 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 on Facebook

Sunday, June 28, 2015 | Afternoon 
(Location: TBA, in DC and metro-accessible)
Save the date for the annual Nice Jewish Girls picnic! MORE INFO to come on Facebook or email

Hebro Israel & Tel Aviv Pride Trip
June 5-14, 2015
A 10-day Israel adventure concluding with Tel Aviv Pride! This tour will include all the highlights of Israel with a dynamic group from across the USA and abroad. We have one more room to fill! Contact us if interested in filling it up, or visit
CONFERENCE: 40 Years of Pride
June 9-11, 2015 | Tel Aviv
The 40 Years of Pride conference, organized by The Aguda and A Wider Bridge, is the first ever global LGBTQ leadership summit to be held in Tel Aviv. The event, marking 40 years of LGBTQ pride, progress, and community-building in Israel, spans from June 9-11 and culminates with the ever-fabulous weekend of Tel Aviv Pride, a celebration attracting 150,000 people from across the world. For additional information, the list of speakers, and to register, please visit:

REHOBOTH: Beach Shabbat
Friday, July 10, 2015 | 6:00 pm | Bethany Beach, Rehoboth
Are you ready for an amazing night at the beach? The folks who brought 6000 people to Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars are starting a new tradition at the beach - Beach Shabbat!, creating positive Jewish experiences that are open and welcoming to all. Temple Bat Yam from Ocean City and Seaside Jewish Community from Rehoboth will join in, and the service will be led by Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen and Cantor Robbie Solomon from Baltimore Hebrew, for a fun and spiritual Shabbat on the beach. FREE - More Info:


ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE - LGBTQ Jewish Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, May 6, 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 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

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 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


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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