Connecting GLBT Jews at the DCJCC

 

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Can I come to a GLOE event? I'm not ____________ . (answer)
  • You're a *Jewish* LGBTQ organization... does that mean it's all religious programs? (answer)
  • So what kinds of programs does GLOE do? (answer)
  • I know an LGBTQ Jewish person whom you just have to bring to GLOE! (answer)
  • Is it mostly younger/older people? (answer)
  • I don't have a lot of money, but I'd still like to be involved. Is there a way? (answer)
  • I have a lot of money and I'd like to give it to GLOE. How can I do that? (answer)
  • Is GLOE the same thing as Bet Mishpachah/Nice Jewish Girls/Nice Jewish Boys/Gayyim? (answer)
  • Other questions? (answer)



Can I come to a GLOE event? I'm not ____________ .

YES! Everyone is welcome at all GLOE events, programs and projects!
People ask us all the time if they can come because of some particular identity they either have or don't have. You can come if you are Jewish or not, any sexuality (yes, including straight), any genders, religious or secular, any age, and any other category you can think of. All are welcome, and no one is ever made to feel they are not ______ enough to be here.


You're a *Jewish* LGBTQ organization... does that mean you do all religious programs?

Nope. GLOE does a mix of programming because we all like and connect to different things. Some programs are religious or spiritually related, and some are not.

We have some people who come to lots of things, but never a religious program, and others who come to only religious programs. It's up to you; no judgments.


So what kinds of programs does GLOE do?

GLOE hosts nationally- and internationally-recognized artists, speakers, writers, politicians, singers, comedians, filmmakers, activists, rabbis, saints and trouble-makers.

We often do major arts and literary programs, and events around social justice or political issues. We have our own Community Service Initiative and GLOE Youth & Family programs. We also do religious or spiritually-connected programs around many holidays or areas of study. (Check out our Past Programs list to see for yourself.)

And of course, we've got social events - because some of us just want to schmooze, or are still looking for that nice Jewish girl/boy/person to bring home to bubbie.


I know an LGBTQ Jewish person whom you just have to bring to GLOE! Can I tell you?

Please do! We are always open to important/interesting/innovative program ideas.

But first, PLEASE check our Past Programs list. We've been very lucky to bring in lots of great people, and often, recommended people have already been here.

If your person or idea has not already been done, email gloe@washingtondcjcc.org, with "GLOE Program Idea" in the subject line. Be aware that we schedule events many months ahead of time and if your person is going to be in town next week, that's probably not enough notice.


Is it mostly younger/older people?

Most events are mixed. Of course some events will skew one way or the other, but even at those, the crowd is still mixed in ages. If you have a question about a specific event, please don't hesitate to contact GLOE Director, Halley Cohen, at gloe@washingtondcjcc.org or 202-777-3253.

We try very hard to program to a range of interests, and our numbers tell us that, yes, throughout the year we're pretty even over multiple age brackets.


I don't have a lot of money, but I'd still like to be involved. Is there a way?

Yes! Every year, the majority of our programs are either FREE or under $10. Further, many other programs need volunteers to help run them, and volunteers get to attend the event for free in exchange for helping with some aspect of running it.

If you'd like to volunteer for an event, please contact GLOE Director, Halley Cohen, at gloe@washingtondcjcc.org or 202-777-3253.


I have a lot of money and I'd like to give it to GLOE. How can I do that?

Thank you! More than half of GLOE's annual budget comes from individual contributions from those wonderful people who want to support Jewish LGBTQ programs. We are grateful for donations in all amounts.

You can donate online at washingtondcjcc.org/gloedonation or contact GLOE Director, Halley Cohen, to make other arrangements - gloe@washingtondcjcc.org or 202-777-3253.


Is GLOE the same thing as Bet Mishpachah/Nice Jewish Girls/Nice Jewish Boys/Gayyim?

Nope. We love all our other DC Jewish LGBT groups, and partner with them often, but we're all different and independent from one another.

  • GLOE is a full-time program of the DCJCC, which creates original programming and events for our Jewish LGBTQ community. We host nationally- and internationally-recognized artists, speakers, writers, politicians, singers, comedians, filmmakers, activists, rabbis, saints and trouble-makers. GLOE is the only full-time LGBTQ program at any JCC, anywhere.
  • Bet Mishpachah is a full egalitarian SYNAGOGUE (which happens to meet at the DCJCC), and has a wide range of congregational activities.
  • The SOCIAL GROUPS are Nice Jewish Girls, Nice Jewish Boys, and Gayyim, which host listservs/email lists to organize things like happy hours, potlucks, and outings to cultural events in the city.

I encourage you to check out all the groups to find out more. Then, come hang out with us when we're doing something you like.

 


Was your question not answered here?

Please contact GLOE Director, Halley Cohen, at gloe@washingtondcjcc.org or 202-777-3253.

 

 

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Director: Halley Cohen
(202) 777-3253
gloe@washingtondcjcc.org

Founder and Past Chair:
Stuart S. Kurlander

GLOE Steering Committee
Co-Chairs:
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

DCJCC
1529 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036