GLOE is the Kurlander Program for 
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BTQ Outreach & Engagement

 

Connecting GLBTQ Jews at the Edlavitch DCJCC

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Josef Palermo, GLOE director

Josef Palermo,
Director of GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC

"You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself." Leviticus 19:18


Recently, during Chicago's Pride weekend, members of the LGBTQ Jewish community were denied their annual participation in the Dyke March for wanting to show their pride in being both queer and Jewish by holding rainbow flags with the Star of David.  Pride celebrations around the world are intended to be inclusive of all LGBTQ people, demonstrating a solidarity in the shared communal struggles for visibility, inclusion, and tolerance.  GLOE stands against the exclusionary and anti-Semitic actions of the Dyke March Chicago organizers.  We seek to find commonality among intersectional identities and to participate in balanced and respectful dialogue that engages a broad community in meaningful conversation.


In response to this alarming incident—and the concerns of manyGLOE is convening a community gathering on Thursday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m.  This informal meetup seeks to take conversations happening online and move them into a safe space with friends and allies.  Through both small group discussions and a facilitated community conversation, we will share and process our thoughts with each other while considering Jewish teaching related to uniting through shared struggles and overcoming collective adversity.


Next month, GLOE continues our commitment to promoting purposeful dialogue by hosting a program around Tisha B'Av, which calls for solemn reflection on the loss of a communal place or belonging.  Drawing on the theme of forced exile described in Jewish text, GLOE will be hosting a panel discussion on August 2 (the day after Tisha B'Av) to examine the current climate of persecution targeting LGBTQ communities around the world.  This program will be presented with Adas Israel Congregation and HIAS, the world's oldest refugee assistance agency, and introduced by Rabbi Gil Steinlauf of Adas Israel.


I hope you'll join us and contribute your own voice to these important conversations.



Sincerely,
 
Josef Palermo
Director, GLOE - Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement


In its role representing Jewish visibility in DC's queer community,
GLOE seeks to find commonality among intersectional identities and to participate in balanced, respectful dialogue that engages a broad community in meaningful conversation.


 

OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE:
A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ABOUT THE CHICAGO DYKE MARCH

July 6, 6:30 pm
Edlavitch DCJCC


In response to members of the LGBTQ Jewish community recently being denied their annual participation in the Dyke March for wanting to show their pride in being both queer and Jewish by holding rainbow flags with the Star of David, GLOE is convening a community gathering on Thursday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Edlavitch DCJCC's Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall.


Led by JoHanna Potts and Vinny Prell, this informal meetup seeks to take conversations happening online and move them into a safe space with friends and allies. Through both small group discussions and a facilitated community conversation, we will share and process our thoughts with each other while considering Jewish teaching related to uniting through shared struggles and overcoming collective adversity.

 

WE REMEMBER:
GLOBAL LGBTQ COMMUNITIES IN CRISIS

August 2, 7:00 pm

Edlavitch DCJCC


Tisha B'Av is considered the saddest day on the Jewish calendar.  It is a time to reflect on the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other communal tragedies of the Jewish people.  In symbolic tribute to the ritual observance of Tisha B'Av, GLOE will mark this day by examining the current climate of persecution targeting LGBTQ communities around the world, including the recent wave of detention and torture of gay men in the Chechnya region of Russia, and the impact of the global LGBTQ refugee crisis created by factors such as systematic executions of LGBTQ people by the Islamic State and anti-gay legislation passed in places like Uganda.


Please join us, along with our panel co-presented by Adas Israel Congregation and HIASthe world's oldest refugee agency—for what we expect to be a powerful conversation with experts on various humanitarian crises affecting LGBTQ communities around the world.