Connecting GLBT Jews at the Edlavitch DCJCC

GLOE Community Service Initiative

Volunteer with GLOE to help out in the community, or at a GLOE event!

Letter from the GLOE Community Service Coordinator

Volunteer at a GLOE Event

Volunteer Out in the Community

Letter from the GLOE Community Service Coordinator

Dear Volunteer,

GLOE is delighted to engage our community in tikkun olam - the Jewish imperative to "repair the world."  GLOE has long-standing relationships with several dynamic and worthy organizations in the region, and we also work closely with the Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service and Behrend Builders here at the DCJCC. 

Here, we've created a virtual portal to connect you to GLOE and GLBT-related community service opportunities in the Washington metro area. 

We have large group community service events, as well as smaller projects for individuals or a few people. Check out the options below!

We'll happily connect you to local organizations with whome we have relationship that might fit the bill. We can also connect you with other volunteers who may have similar interests.

Just get in touch and I'll be happy to find a good project fit!
We look forward to volunteering with you.

Charlie Robinson
GLOE Community Service Coordinator

Josef Palermo
GLOE Director

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Volunteer at a GLOE event, and attend for FREE!

We are always looking for volunteers to help out with our own programs and events at GLOE.

Volunteers help with a specific job and get to attend the event for FREE!

We know money can be tight for some, and others just like to help out, so we welcome your assistance at almost all GLOE events. However, volunteer spots fill up, so let us know as soon as possible if you'd like to commit to one of the volunteer slots at an upcoming event.

Contact if you'd like to volunteer for an upcoming event.


Volunteer Out in the Community!

It is one of our Jewish values to improve the health, safety, and welfare of the community. Whether you want to help revitalize a community health clinic, prepare meals for people with HIV/AIDS, visit LGBTQ people with cancer or something else, we have lots of ways you can help!

As always, all are welcome at any GLOE event!

Larger GLOE Group Events

Want to help out on a larger project that needs a lot of hands to accomplish? We regularly have group events to help out in our community! It's fun and social, and you're doing a mitzvah, too!

Most projects:

  • last for a few hours and are completed that day.
  • involve between 10 and 40 volunteers.
  • welcome all skill levels, and we give you whatever basic training you might need (i.e. how to use a paintbrush, etc).

Check out our full listing of upcoming community service events on the GLOE
homepage - and then SIGN UP!

(All upcoming service projects will be listed there, among the other GLOE programs.)

Do you work with a local organization that could use our help? Let us know!

Individual/Small Group Volunteers

Do you just want a worthwhile organization to help without the whole big group? We have relationships with a number of places in the DC metro area who would love your assistance.

Pick an organization from the list below (or just want to help!) and contact Community Service Coordinator, Charlie Robinson at We'll do the rest!


Our current metro DC organizations include:

  • Fairfax Open House
    Fairfax Open House is a monthly supervised, safe gathering space for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, questioning or intersex (LGBTQQI) Jewish teens, and their friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 yrs old in the Northern Virginia area. FOH meets the second Monday each month at the JCC in Northern Virginia. (website) [FOH is currently on hold]

  • Food & Friends
    Food & Friends fosters a community caring for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling. (website)

  • Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
    JFGH provides individuals with developmental disabilities and/or chronic mental disorders with the opportunity to live independently within the community with dignity, personal choice, and respect. Volunteers visit with individuals at comfortable homes in the area, staffed with trained direct-care providers and offers a range of activities for its residents. (website)

  • Martha's Table
    Martha's Table finds solutions to poverty in the short term with food and clothing programs and in the long term by breaking the cycle of poverty with education and family strengthening programs. Projects include providing meals to the homeless and home-bound seniors, and communal holiday meals. (website)

  • Mautner Project-National Lesbian Health Organization
    The Mautner Project improves the health of lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women, and their families, through advocacy, education, research, and direct service. Volunteer projects include meal delivery, visiting home-bound people, and other projects. (website)

  • Rockville Open House
    Rockville Open House (ROH) is a supervised, safe gathering space for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, questioning,or intersex (LGBTQQI) Jewish teens, and their friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 yrs old. ROH meets the first Thursday each month at the JCC in Rockville. (website)

In the mean time, contact Charlie to volunteer at one of the organizations above with some friends.

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DirectorJosef Palermo
(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


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