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2014

A Family Guide to Jewish Same-Sex Weddings
May 4, 2014
Parents and family of LGBT Jews can be very excited and supportive of their child’s engagement… but not so sure about what that means for the Jewish traditions and rituals involved in the wedding day. At Kol Shalom in Rockville, GLOE joined with Keshet Parent & Family Connection to bring together a fantastic panel of LGBT Jewish couples (including GLOE's own Josh Siegel and Seth Schermer, and Yoni Bock and Ron Kaplan!). These couples, along with parents and rabbis, shared a conversation full of their experiences with creating the ceremony, meaningful ritual ideas, and tips on special projects to give to Jewish mothers!
With Keshet Parent & Family Connection, and co-sponsored by Temple Beth Ami, American University Hillel, Maryland Hillel, Hillel at the George Washington University, Har Shalom, B'nai Israel, Bet Mishpachah, Nice Jewish Girls, Adat Shalom, Kol Shalom, JCC of Greater Washington

DCJCC SPRING SHOWCASE
Honoring GLOE founder, Stuart S. Kurlander
April 29, 2014
It was an evening to celebrate the Washington DCJCC's contributions to the community - especially that of GLOE's visionary founder, Stuart S. Kurlander, receiving the Lee G. Rubenstein Outstanding Leadership Award. Featuring Broadway star, Kate Baldwin, the success of this event, the J's largest of the year, provides the essential funds to support all of the meaningful programs and services of the Washington DCJCC - including GLOE.

Wandering the Rainbow Desert: Lessons of the Jewish Organization Equality Index
April 9, 2014
How close are we, as a full Jewish community, to embracing kavod habriyot - the value of human dignity - for LGBT people in our organizations? Our power-packed panel, responsible for the Jewish Organization Equality Index (JOEI), helped us reflect on the approaching Passover holiday's messages of freedom, liberation, and equality, as they play out in today's Jewish community, in light of the JOEI - a project of the Human Rights Campaign in collaboration with the Jewish community. The JOEI was a first-of-its-kind project to examine US Jewish organizations on their policies, practices and programs as they are pertinent to the LGBT community. Our panelists discussed some of the origins and outcomes of the Index, what we found out simply through the process of carrying out this project, and a range of next steps.
PANELISTS: Adina Dubin Barkinskiy, Morningstar Foundation | Lisa Eisen, Schusterman Foundation | Stuart Kurlander, GLOE and Jewish Federation of Greater Washington | Adam Tenner, Metro TeenAIDS, moderator
Co-sponsored by AVODAH, GLOE, the Human Rights Campaign Fund, and Keshet

National Rainbow Seder
April 6, 2014
GLOE and the Human Rights Campaign came together again for this 7th annual event that told our stories of liberation through this year’s lens of international LGBT courage. We were thrilled to welcome a national leader of Jewish justice, Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, of Bend the Arc, as the spiritual guide of our Seder.
Presented in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign's Religion & Faith Program

Masquerade & Mischief: Purim Drag Ball!
March 15, 2014
A gorgeous array of costumes, new faces, and naughtiness rocked GLOE's 7th annual, drag-tastic Purim Party. The festivities continued with fabulous performances from Ms. Hilda Seaview, DJ Zack Rosen, and our scandalous Purim schpiel-ers.

GLOE @ WJFF: CUPCAKES
March 4 & 9, 2014 - WJFF Closing Night
GLOE was thrilled to be part of the Closing Night screening, reception, and awards, for the DC regional premiere of Cupcakes. Beloved Israeli auteur Eytan Fox (Yossi and Jagger, Walk on Water, The Bubble) returned with a sweet, bubbly and downright delicious concoction. When a group of tightknit friends accidentally(!) enter a Eurovision-style musical contest, their endearing tune – originally written to console a heartbroken buddy – is picked to represent Israel. Thrust into a world of glamour and high expectations, the friends struggle to navigate around the sharp elbows of the pop music business, along the way getting into plenty of hilarious hijinks.
Part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival

GLOE @ WJFF: THE APPLE
March 8, 2014
Classic 1980s kitsch, this wildly entertaining dystopic vision of a futuristic “1994," The Apple rivals Rocky Horror and Hedwig and the Angry Inch in the cult musical genre. Menahem Golan’s trippy reinterpretation of the Book of Genesis centers on two budding rockers who fall under the control of the wickedly evil record producer Boogalow. Featuring outlandish choreography from So You Think You Can Dance’s Nigel Lythgoe and so-bad-they’re-good songs from Israeli songwriters Coby and Iris Recht.
Part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival
In partnership with EntryPointDC
Co-Presented by The Black Cat and Sonic Transducers

GLOE @ Theater J: YELLOW FACE
followed by a special post-show TalkBack, "Straight Acting: "Passing" in America"

February 22, 2014
The politics of what it means to "pass" as another race or culture are hilariously explored in Yellow Face - a witty, engaging cultural satire about political correctness and racial identity. When a Caucasian actor is cast as the Asian pimp in Broadway’s Miss Saigon, David Henry Hwang leads a public outcry protesting the cultural insensitivity. But when Hwang, the Tony Award-winning playwright of M. Butterfly, himself unwittingly casts a white actor to play the Asian protagonist of his new play, a mélange of hilarious hypocrisy ensues.

TalkBack
: With current events involving Facebook's adding of new gender options, recent attacks in DC against trans* women, and Arizona's proposed law that businesses can refuse to serve LGBTQ people, issues of "passing" are everywhere. Our expert panel shared stories and insights into the power of passing - and choosing not to pass - when we're talking about gender and sexuality, especially as they intersect with race. Questions included: Why do so many gay personals ads want guys who are “straight acting” …and what does that even mean? If you’re trans*, why is it such a big deal to pass as your real, lived gender? What responsibilities do each of us have to representing our intersecting identities? What sensitivities did the production bump up against in casting across race and gender lines, given the multiple roles the performers play? Our audience Q&A delightfully ended with more questions than answers.
Presented with Theater J

National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change
January 29-February 2, 2014
GLOE was proud to travel to Houston for the Creating Change Conference, to again be part of the national Jewish LGBTQ Movement working group, representing the work of the DCJCC in building queer community from within Jewish communal organizations, as well as working broadly creating change with LGBTQ Jews and our allies around the country.

Big Broadway Sing-Along: LOVE & BETRAYAL
January 16, 2014
A sold-out crowd of jazz-handed singers, fell in love with the Big Broadway Sing-Along,which featured our favorite show tunes about romance, heartbreak and all the mishigas (craziness) in between! Again, we sang our way through Jewish Broadway (aka Broadway) —everything from the starry-eyed old classics through contemporary, snarky favorites. Fabulous Musical Director Joshua Morgan returned with professional performers, Austin Colby and Shayna Blass, to lead the singing LIVE at our baby grand. And we all got an incredible surprise when two audience members, called up on the spur of the moment, performed "Do You Love Me?" from Fiddler like total pros.
Presented with the DCJCC's Music Program

LGBT Community Shabbat: Dinner & Services
January 10, 2014
GLOE and Bet Mishpachah gathered the community for our first LGBT Shabbat Dinner and Services, in partnership with Gayyim, Nice Jewish Boys, and Nice Jewish Girls. Schmoozing with old friends and new faces over Shabbat dinner, and followed by musical Shabbat services, the night featured members of each group! After services, we enjoyed some delicious sweets at the friendly oneg/social. Together, a hundred of us warmed up in the friendly glow of Shabbat.


2013

GLOE @ D25 Day of Service
Health Kits for the Community
December 25, 2013
GLOE gathered a huge group for D25, to serve two great local organizations that have a major impact here in the DC area. Caring for the health of the community is deep Jewish value, and this December 25th, GLOE volunteers teamed up to do just that with HIPS and Metro TeenAIDS! With such an astronomical rate of infection here in DC, we want to help them in their work that serves the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS and other STI populations in our city. In a fun and festive atmosphere, we assembled thousands of health kits for HIPS and Metro TeenAIDS, including Safer Sex Kits, Single Use Kits, and Wound Care Kits. As part of D25 at the DCJCC, volunteers joined over 1,000 D25 volunteers across the DC area, serving over 60 social service agencies, with projects that impacted over 10,000 lives!
Presented in partnership with HIPS, Metro TeenAIDS, and the J's Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service

Oh, Gaydel, Gaydel, Gaydel: Queer Thanksgivukah Happy Hour
December 4, 2013
Over 200 friendly LGBT Jews (and our friends) packed the Duplex Diner (at 18th & U) for all the festivities, for a very flaming Festival of Lights. Why? Because latke-tots are delicious, and for Chanukah, what could be better than the fabulous special blue cocktail, the Mazel-tini?
Presented in partnership with Bet Mishpachah, Gayyim, Nice Jewish Boys, and Nice Jewish Girls

Chanukah Candle Lighting @ the J
Night 6 with GLOE and Film!
December 2, 2013
Kids and adults stopped by for GLOE & Film's fun night at the DCJCC's Candle Lighting for Chanukah! In the lobby, we gathered around the menorah to sing together, enjoyed some chocolate gelt, and thought about the importance of family - all families - at the holidays, by reading the story, And Tango Makes Three.

Film Screening: Brave Miss World
November 19, 2013
Linor Abargil, an Israeli beauty queen, was raped two months before being crowned Miss World. Twelve years later, she’s ready to talk about it – and to encourage others to speak out. Now a globe-trotting victims’ advocate, Linor encourages people to stand against sexual violence by putting an end to their silence. Yet when she attends a celebrity rape trial that hits too close to home, she suffers a breakdown. In searching for something to ease her pain, Linor turns to Orthodox Judaism. GLOE co-sponsored this event to help bring conversations around acquaintance rape and intimate-partner violence to the LGBT community, where they too often get covered up or ignored, though the violence itself is all too common. The event was followed by a moving conversation and Q&A with Jessica Wells, featured in the film, facilitated by GLOE's Joanna Blotner.
Presented in partnership with WJFF Year-Round, with the Embassy of Israel and Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse

All Fired Up for Chanukah!
November 13, 2013
GLOE Youth & Family hosted this fun annual event celebrate Chanukah, and for LGBT families to schmooze! At All Fired Up, kids (and adults!) painted holiday items - like menorahs, dreidels, and Star of David boxes – or other fun winter items. Over Chanukah sweets of sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) and fruit, families shared their artistic talents and made new friends.

Birthright NEXT Shabbat Dinner
LGBT Shabbat: Rethinking Rituals
November 8, 2013
GLOE was proud to co-sponsor the second in the series of free Shabbat dinners for Birthright Israel alumni in their 20s and 30s, from the J's EntryPointDC and Birthright NEXT, with the LGBT Shabbat! Allies and LGBT individuals, alike, were invited to see how thinking about gender and sexuality has been expanding Jewish traditions, relationships and rituals. GLOE director Halley Cohen lead the activities, taking the lessons of LGBT Jewish life to help us rethink how you see your own traditions and relationships to holidays, lifecycle events, and marking significant moments in our lives. Around the Jewish value of "al tifrosh min hatsibur" (do not separate yourself from the community) and solidarity, we discussed what resonates with us in current traditions and rituals, and how create that connection that let's us all feel visible, valued, and find meaning. Seeing new and different ways of adding to or amending the usual Chanukah rituals, gives us tools to claim our own place in Jewish life – whatever that may be!
In partnership with EntryPoint DC and NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation

Yehoshua Gurtler: "Gender and LGBT Rights in Israeli Law and Practice"
October 22, 2013
GLOE was proud to partner with the Embassy of Israel and Lambda Law at GW, to present Yehoshua Gurtler, of Israel's leading law firm, Herzog, Fox & Neeman, and founder of Shoval, Israel's Orthodox Jewish LGBT advocacy group. Gurtler gave a behind-the-scenes update of Israeli legal issues, the current complexities in gender and LGBT law and practice, and what's coming next, to a great crowd at George Washington University Law School.
In partnership with the Embassy of Israel, Lambda Law at George Washington University Law School, JLSA, and Allied in Pride

GLOE @ LitFest
Dan Savage - American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics
October 12, 2013
“America’s most in-your-face sex columnist and gay rights activist” (Publishers Weekly), Savage is best known for his honest social commentary, his globally-syndicated column “Savage Love,” and the It Gets Better Project, a viral video campaign launched in response to a wave of LGBT youth suicides, which has now reached millions. Savage packed the house at Foundry United Methodist Church, across the street from the J, with 700 rapt listeners, as he shared insights on topics ranging from marriage and sex ed to the "gay agenda" and faith communities. Sporting an "I heart Nice Jewish Queers" t-shirt from GLOE, Savage answered questions and signed books for a very enthusiastic crowd long into the night.
Program Co-Sponsors: ACLU of the Nation's Capital, Congregation Bet Mishpachah, Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC
Promotional Partners: The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at American University, Hamsa-University of Maryland's Jewish LGBTQ Group

Tashlich Picnic in Rock Creek Park
with Rabbi Laurie Green
September 8, 2013
GLOE Youth & Family celebrated the New Year with other LGBT individuals, couples, teens, kids and families! We gathered in Rock Creek Park for a casual afternoon of community, games and tashlich. Tashlich, which means "casting off" in Hebrew, is the High Holiday tradition of tossing bread crumbs into a flowing body of water, casting off the negatives of the past year and giving us a chance to reflect on our hopes for ourselves and families in the coming year. Rabbi Laurie Green, Bet Mishpachah's new spiritual leader, led us in fun games and a great story of the kapparot chickens going on strike (complete with rubber chicken!) before leading us in the tashlich ritual to envision a sweet new year.

GLOE Pool Party: '60s Beach Bash!
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
August 25, 2013
A huge GLOE crowd gathered at the home of Stuart Kurlander and David Martin for the 8th year of this friendly summer social! This weekend was also the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, and we wanted to honor all the major civil rights accomplishments... so we partied 1960s-style, where it began! We connected to this civil rights milestone - both by looking back and also looking forward to issues of concern for our Jewish and LGBTQ communities. We took a dip in the pool, played some games, and enjoyed great refreshments while chatting with new and old friends.

GAME NIGHT at the Board Room
August 1, 2013
Simon says, play games and support Community Engagement! GLOE (and the rest of the DCJCC's Engagement Division of Community Service and EntryPointDC) played around with a great crowd at the Board Room Game Bar in Dupont Circle. This fundraiser raised support for the work we do in the community, as well as connected lots of people through Cards Against Humanity, Settlers of Cataan, and a mega Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament. It was the most fun we've ever had kicking a couple bucks into the Community Chest!
In partnership with the J's EntryPointDC and Community Service

Mr. Nice Jewish Boy Pageant
June 27, 2013
GLOE was proud to support all the shayna punims (pretty faces) in the first annual Mr. Nice Jewish Boy Pageant. Hosted by Nice Jewish Boys, the pageant gathered a huge crowd at Cobalt to benefit SMYAL, whose mission is to support and empower LGBTQ youth in the DC metropolitan region.
Co-sponsored with Nice Jewish Boys

Film Screening: YOSSI
June 18, 2013
Eytan Fox returns to the check in on the lead of his tragic romance, Yossi & Jagger, with an all-star Israeli cast of Ohad Knoller, Lior Ashkenazi, Oz Zehavi, and Orly Silbersatz Banai in tow. Ten years have passed and Yossi is living a lonely existence in Tel Aviv, seeking retreat in his work as a doctor. On a long overdue holiday, he chances on a group of young, lively soldiers, and he finally wakes up from his decade-long slumber.
In partnership with WJFF Year-Round and The Center for Israel Studies at American University

GLOE @ the Capital Pride Festival
Sunday, June 9 
The GLOE booth was swamped with thousands of faces from across the LGBT Jewish community and our friends. Connecting with new and old friends through fun conversations, "Kiss Me, I'm kosher" lip balms, and great t-shirts, we had a fantastic time sharing what our community is all about.
GLOE's 2013 Pride Week festivities were supported by a generous grant from the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, which support innovative programs that change the world.

Film Screening: Love Free or Die
Sunday, June 9 | 3:00 pm
Love Free or Die is a documentary about a man - Bishop Gene Robinson - whose two defining passions much of the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner Mark. It is about church and state, love and marriage, faith and identity — and one man's struggle to dispel the notion that God's love has limits.
In partnership with WJFF Year-Round and ITVS Community Cinema Cafe
GLOE's 2013 Pride Week festivities were supported by a generous grant from the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, which support innovative programs that change the world.

Capital Pride Parade
Saturday, June 8
100 people from across the spectrum of the Jewish community marched with GLOE at the fabulous 38th Annual Capital Pride Parade! Our contingent of DC LGBTQ Jews and our friends included not just people from GLOE, but also included the Moishe Kavod House, Bet Mishpachah, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Nice Jewish Boys, Nice Jewish Girls, Gayyim, and more. We felt so much love from the crowd, who also loved our new t-shirts: "I Heart Nice Jewish Girls," "I Heart Nice Jewish Boys," and "I Heart Nice Jewish Queers" - in all the colors of the rainbow! We represented the equality and social justice that the Jewish community stands for.
GLOE's 2013 Pride Week festivities were supported by a generous grant from the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, which support innovative programs that change the world.

Erev Pride - Shabbat and Oneg
Friday, June 7 | 8:00 pm
A gorgeous mix of ages and backgrounds celebrated loud and proud with the Bet Mishpachah and GLOE communities at Bet Mish’s annual Erev Pride Shabbat Service. The coming of Shabbat is always joyful, and during Pride Week, it was especially festive. A festive oneg (refreshments and social) followed the service.
GLOE's 2013 Pride Week festivities were supported by a generous grant from the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, which support innovative programs that change the world.

Poster-making and Prep for the Parade
June 6 & 7, 2013
Our volunteers were full of glitter and posterboard, making signs for Saturday's Pride Parade, as well as helping sort supplies for the weekend's festivities. We couldn't do it without them!
GLOE's 2013 Pride Week festivities were supported by a generous grant from the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, which support innovative programs that change the world.

Pride @ Wilson High School
June 5, 2013
GLOE was proud to represent our friendly Jewish community at Wilson High School's Pride, meeting with hundreds of students at this first-ever event at the school, in order to create a safe and more welcoming space for LGBTQ and all students.
Participating groups included: SMYAL, Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs, Metro Police Department LGBT Liason Unit, Whitman Walker Clinic, The DC Center, DC Front Runners, DC Gay Men's Chorus, DC Department of Parks and Recreation, GLOE, LAYC, DC Public Schools, Metro TeenAIDS, Light of Reform Mosque, Trevor Project, Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center, DC Department of Health, Dignity Washington, DC Office of Human Rights, and the Latino GLBT History Project.
GLOE's 2013 Pride Week festivities were supported by a generous grant from the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, which support innovative programs that change the world.

Pride Shabbat & Schmooze
May 31, 2013
Over 150 people joined GLOE and Sixth & I to welcome in the first Shabbat of Pride with a celebration of our shared commitment to justice and community. In the beautiful space of the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, we schmoozed at the happy hour, then enjoyed a festive and spiritual Shabbat service together, led by Rabbi David Dunn Bauer and Sixth & I's Rabbi Shira Stutman.
Presented by GLOE and Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
GLOE's 2013 Pride Week festivities were supported by a generous grant from the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, which support innovative programs that change the world.

Big Queer Jewish Pride Happy Hour
May 29, 2013
The LGBT Jewish DC groups (Nice Jewish Girls, Nice Jewish Boys, Gayyim, Bet Mishpachah and GLOE) celebrated Pride Kick-Off Day by gathering a huge crowd at MOVA Lounge for the queerest, Jewish-est happy hour of the year!
In partnership with Nice Jewish Girls, Nice Jewish Boys, Gayyim, Bet Mishpachah
GLOE's 2013 Pride Week festivities were supported by a generous grant from the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, which support innovative programs that change the world.

Demolition at the DC Center
May 26, 2013
GLOE volunteers look great with sledgehammers and crowbars! A sold-out GLOE group teamed up with the J's Behrend Builders at the new, permanent home for The DC Center for the LGBT Community. The DC Center was awarded a great ground-floor space at the Reeves Center, twice the size of their current home, but it was nowhere close to "move in ready." The first step is demolition, and that's where we stepped in to clear out the old and make space for a brand new center to help serve our LGBT community.
In partnership with the DCJCC's Behrend Builders and MCCCS, and The DC Center

The Big Broadway Sing-Along!
May 8, 2013
An enthusiastic crowd packed the theater to sing along to our favorite show tunes from Jewish Broadway (aka Broadway) — everyone from Rodgers and Hammerstein and the Gershwins, to Kander and Ebb, Schwartz, and of course, Sondheim. Led by fantastic Musical Director Joshua Morgan, professional performers led the singing live at our baby grand piano. Joshua was joined by the phenomenal Will Gartshore and Bayla Whitten, bringing with them a slew of major awards, incredible talents, and general fabulousness. After the show, everyone demanded we do it again, especially after learning that GLOE has a very talented audience who automatically started into complex harmonies and rhythms... sometimes with more success than others.
The event was preceeded by a reception, courtesy of the Washington Jewish Week.
Part of the Washington Jewish Music Festival

6th Annual National Rainbow Seder
"Lo Dayenu (It is Not Enough)"
March 31, 2013
This year we said, Lo Dayeinu (It is Not Enough) with our biggest crowd ever. In this time of so many wonderful strides for the LGBT community, we wanted to celebrate recent accomplishments as well as rejoicing in all the ways that our community is still working toward equality, safety, and justice in our world! Joining us from San Francisco was the inspiring LGBTQ Jewish leader, Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, who led us through our own Haggadah, specially created by GLOE for the occasion.
Co-sponsored by the Human Right Campaign's Religion & Faith Program

LGBT Shabbat Cluster
Spring 2013
GLOE joined EntryPointDC, the J's program for those in their 20s and 30s, for their Spring Shabbat Clusters. Shabbat Clusters gather once a month for informal potluck dinners in each other’s homes all over the DC Metro area, to enjoy Shabbat and make new friends.
In partnership with EntryPointDC

Body-Centered, All-Gender Meditation
March 2, 2013
Part of the National Day of Unplugging, GLOE took a break from technology to connect to something bigger in this meditation. Unplugging is about mindfulness, and really, fully being in one’s own body. Because society wants our gender expression to fit into neat and tidy boxes, we can all feel disconnected from ourselves and our bodies, compartmentalized. In this meditation, we focused on bringing these parts together – in whatever that integration may look like! – and being mindful of the beauty in each body’s uniqueness.
Part of the DCJCC's National Day of Unplugging

6th Annual Masquerade & Mischief Purim Party
February 23, 2013
GLOE's annual drag-tastic Purim bash welcomed a couple hundred revelers to Camp Shushan for our Jewish Summer Camp-themed celebrations. Miss Hilda Seaview delighted the crowd with her fab performance and her deliberations in the Drag/Costume Parade and Contest. The hilarious schpiel mixed video and live drag numbers by a gorgeous cast from the GLOE community. We've never been sparklier.

Super Sunday!
February 3, 2013
GLOE volunteers at the DCJCC joined hundreds of others in greater Washington in making calls to help fundraise for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, in thanks for its support of our Jewish LGBT community at GLOE.

Screening of Let My People Go!
Part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival
January 10 & 12, 2013
Huge crowds gathered at the Embassy of France and the DCJCC for the DC Premiere of this hilarious fusion of gay romantic comedy, Jewish family drama and French bedroom farce. This film followed the travails and daydreams of the lovelorn Reuben, a French-Jewish mailman living in fairytale Finland with his gorgeous Nordic boyfriend. Just before Passover, a lovers’ quarrel exiles Reuben back to Paris and his zany family—including Almodovar goddess Carmen Maura (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Volver) as his ditzy mom, and Truffaut regular Jean-François Stévenin as his lothario father.
Co-sponsored by WJFF and The Embassy of France
Co-presented by Moishe House DC

Screening of Life in Stills
Part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival
January 7 & 13, 2013
A full house watched the DC Premiere of this moving film. The winner of the 2012 Ophir (Israeli Oscar) for Best Documentary focuses on 96-year-old Miriam Weissenstein, the outspoken proprietor of The Photo House, a Tel Aviv institution that holds over one million photos documenting defining moments in Israel’s history. When a new development threatens the shop, Miriam teams up with her grandson – a young gay man who just began working there – to save the store, and the two embark on an exploration of Israel’s past, its modernization, and their own family history.
Co-sponsored by WJFF
Co-presented by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change
January 23-27, 2013
GLOE was proud to travel to Atlanta for the Creating Change Conference, to again be part of the national Jewish LGBTQ Movement working group, representing the work of the DCJCC in building queer community from within Jewish communal organizations, as well as working broadly creating change with LGBTQ Jews and our allies around the country.

The Only One They Can Call: The Aguda's Groundbreaking LGBT Violence Prevention Center
January 9, 2013
Incredible new work is happening at the Aguda, the Israeli National LGBT Task Force, and a GLOE crowd heard from new Aguda leaders, Chairperson Shai Doitsh, and Executive Director Natalie Sade. They discussed their work with Palestinian gay refugees, Israeli LGBT Violence Prevention, and their role as only LGBT hotline in the Middle East.
Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel


2012

D25 Annual Day of Service: GLOE Community Project at Mary's Center
December 25, 2012
GLOE's annual December 25th community service project gathered at Mary's Center in Adams Morgan, with a full, sold-out group, as part of the larger D25 volunteering activities of the DCJCC. Healthcare is a major issue in our community. We know that many GLBT people do not get proper or complete healthcare - including for lack of access, not being out to or feeling welcome by medical professionals, or uninformed doctors who do not know the right questions to ask or the up-to-date information to give. Our D25 project this year helped to revitalize multiple spaces in Mary's Center - an organization that serves others who sometimes fall through the cracks in the healthcare system. It provides health care, family literacy and social services to 24,000 individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems.
In partnership with Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service

Chanukah Candlelighting @ the J - GLOE Night!
December 10, 2012
GLOE and the entire DCJCC community came together to light candles and sing in the lobby to celebrate Chanukah. After reciting the blessings, we read the story of Little Sweet Potato to the crowd of kids (and adults) about why - just like in the story of Chanukah - there's no reason to be mean to someone just because they are different, and that differences are beautiful.

Oh, Gaydel, Gaydel, Gaydel! Queer Chanukah Happy Hour
December 5, 2012
Almost 200 LGBT Jews (and our friends!) packed into MOVA Lounge to celebrate Chanukah, and find out how flaming the Festival of Lights can be, and chat with new faces.
Co-sponsored by Bet Mishpachah, Gayyim, GLOE, Nice Jewish Boys, and Nice Jewish Girls

Eshel Speaker & Leadership Training
December 2-3, 2013
GLOE is thrilled to co-sponsor the sold-out Eshel Speaker & Leadership Training, an exciting two-day experience, to help empower LGBT Orthodox/traditional Jews. In order to build understanding and support for LGBT Orthodox Jews, professional trainers instructed participants in effectively sharing our stories to create a more inclusive and supportive Orthodox/traditional Jewish communities.
Co-sponsored by Eshel

All Fired Up for Chanukah!
November 28, 2012
LGBT families joined GLOE Youth & Family to paint holiday items, and enjoy sufganiyot and plenty of gelt.
In partnership with the J's Early Childhood, Youth & Family Programs

Election Night Results Party!
November 6, 2012
An enthusiastic crowd joined GLOE and the whole DCJCC community to watch election results, argue about poll predictions, and stress-eat all the food and drinks as we waited for announcements. In addition to the Americana quizzes and blue-red map puzzle, people posed with the life-size candidate cut-outs. One of the multiple screens updated us on approaching victories on the DREAM Act and Marriage Equality ballot initiatives in Maryland. We also collected many food donations for Everything But the Turkey, our annual Community Service event that organizes 500 volunteers to prepare 15,000 servings of food for people in need in the metropolitan area, around Thanksgiving.
In partnership with EntryPointDC

Phonebanking for Equality!
October 16, 23, 30 and November 4, 2012
We expressed our Jewish values of equality and inclusion by partnering with Jews United for Justice to support the Maryland ballot initiatives of Marriage Equality (Question 6) and the DREAM Act (Question 4). Volunteers made thousands of calls to Maryland voters in this Dream for Equality campaign, over four different phonebanking sessions, encouraged by the polling knowledge that when people know the details of the issues, they vote for equality.
Co-sponsored by Jews United for Justice

Queer Shabbaton DC
October 26-28, 2012
The Queer Shabbaton DC returned to DC, gathering a great group for a weekend-long “urban retreat” of community, culture, and spirituality for LGBTQ Jews, partners and allies.
Co-sponsored by Nehirim and Bet Mishpachah

Joy Ladin's Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders
in conversation with Susan Weidman Schneider, Editor-in-Chief, Lilith Magazine
with an introduction by Dr. Dana Beyer, Gender Rights Maryland
October 14, 2012
Joy Ladin made headlines around the world when she returned to Yeshiva University to teach literature as a woman after having received tenure as a man. These two insightful speakers, Ladin and Weidman Schneider, discussed Ladin's transition as she changed genders and, in the process, created a new self. With humor and unsparing honesty, Ladin, the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution, brought us inside her struggles with God, the pain of her children in losing the father they love, and after forty years, learning to walk and talk as a woman.
Co-sponsored by Lilith Magazine and Moment Magazine
Part of the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

Film Screening: The Invisible Men (Gvarim Bilti Nir'im)
October 14, 2012
Israeli director Yariv Mozer joined us for the screening of his film, followed by a fantastic discussion with a packed house! The Invisible Men tells the untold story of persecuted gay Palestinians - Louie, Abdu and Faris - who have run away from their families and are now hiding illegally in Tel Aviv. Their only chance for survival was to seek asylum outside Israel and Palestine and leave their homelands forever behind.
Sponsored by The Embassy of Israel, with A Wider Bridge, Bet Mishpachah, and GLOE and WJFF Year-Round at the DCJCC

GLOE Youth & Family: Tashlich Picnic at Rock Creek Park
with Rabbi Sarah Meytin
September 23, 2012
GLOE Youth & Family gathered a crowd to celebrate the New Year on a gorgeous day in the park. Through the tashlich ritual, LGBT individuals and couples, parents, grandparents, and kids reflected on our hopes for ourselves and families in the coming year. Rabbi Sarah Meytin, openly queer Reform rabbi and founder of Rockville Open House, lead us in activities (and bubbles!), after picnic lunches and plenty of games.
In partnership with the J's Early Childhood, Youth & Family Programs

GLOE @ TheaterJ: Body Awareness
Heteroflexibles, Lesbians-Until-Graduation, and Angelina Jolie: Do We Really Still Care About Sexuality Labels?
September 12, 2012
Our GLOE Night audience stayed for a post-show chat on Body Awareness and its complex issues of the ways we look at gender and sexuality, of relationship politics and step-families, and the whole “art vs. porn” debate.
In partnership with Theater J

GLOE @ TheaterJ: Body Awareness
The Gaze and the Gays: A Happy Hour Salon
September 7, 2012
GLOE hosted a packed post-matinee salon to discuss Body Awareness over wine and light refreshments. In this moderated discussion, we touched on everything from blended families, to the “f” word (feminism) in pop culture, to artists' intentions and whether it matters who is doing the looking in images of women’s bodies.
In partnership with Theater J

7th Annual GLOE Pool Party: Tel Aviv Beach Bash
August 26, 2012
A record crowd gathered for this friendly end-of-summer social. People from across the community, including many new faces, came to the home of GLOE founder Stuart Kurlander and David Martin to take a dip in the pool, play games, and enjoy endless refreshments.

Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality
OutWrite LGBT Book Festival Opening Event
August 3, 2012
GLOE and the DC Center kicked off the 2012 OutWrite Book Festival at the DC Center, celebrating the release of this new book, featuring readings by contributing authors, Regie Cabico, Joseph Ross, Gregg Shapiro, and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub. The first anthology of its kind, with poets representing the United States, Singapore, Korea, Australia, the United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Japan, and other countries, Collective Brightness gathered more than 100 established and emerging contemporary LGBTIQ poets writing from and about various faiths, religions and spiritual traditions.
Co-sponsored with the DC Center for the LGBT Community
GLOE is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the 2012 OutWrite LGBT Book Festival

GLOE Youth & Family's LGBT Life Planning Series
LGBT Family Building: adoption, insemination and beyond
July 29, 2012
The Series gathers experts to help navigate the unique issues and laws that LGBT people encounter at various stages of life, with information specific to the DC-MD-VA area. In this interactive session, our family building experts discussed the unique planning needs of the LGBT community interested in have (or having more) children, including variety of options available to LGBT families. Panelists shared possibilities with fostering, surrogacy and insemination, adoption, fertility issues, and all the myriad legal topics; as well as support for LGBT people interested in parenting.
In partnership with the DCJCC's Early Childhood, Youth & Family Program

Social Justice Author Event
Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue: A History of New Jewish Agenda with Ezra Berkley Nepon
June 25, 2012
A group interested in Jewish social justice packed the library to hear Ezra Berkley Nepon discuss this people's history of Progressive Jewish activism in the 1980s. New Jewish Agenda was a national, multi-issue organization that practiced participatory grassroots democracy with over 45 local chapters and 5,000 members, organizing for peace and justice on local and global issues. We were thrilled to have former NJA leaders Rabbi Gerry Serotta and Reena Bernards joining the discussion, and those in the room adding their own thoughts about connections between Jewish faith traditions and social justice organizing.
Co-sponsored by Jews United for Justice
In partnership with the J's Dialogues and Public Affairs series

Night OUT at the Nationals with GLOE
June 19, 2012
Our group joined the 4,000 LGBT attendees at Nationals Park at this fun, 8th annual sporting/social event - the largest LGBT event in professional sports - as our first-place Nationals took on Tampa Bay. Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) threw out the First Pitch; Benjamin Jealous, NAACP President, delivered the official Line-Up Cards; Sgt. Brett Parson, of the Metropolitan Police Department and former head of the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, opened the game with "Play Ball!;" while the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sang the National Anthem.

Capital Pride Festival 2012
June 10, 2012
GLOE volunteers reached out at the Festival and spoke with over 1500 people interested in our queer Jewish community... and all the fun GLOE items, like new "Kiss me, I'm kosher" lip balms, and "I (Heart) Nice Jewish Girls/Boys" stickers and fridge magnets!

March with GLOE at the Capital Pride Parade 2012
June 9, 2012
An enthusiastic group of almost 50 LGBT Jews and friends marched in this 37th annual event, decked out in GLOE rainbow t-shirts, singing songs, wishing people a "Shabbat shalom!," and tossing candy and GLOE swag to the crowd of 100,000 people who gathered along the Dupont and Logan Circle parade route.

Big Queer Jewish Pride Happy Hour
June 6, 2012
The LGBT Jewish DC groups (Nice Jewish Girls, Nice Jewish Boys, Gayyim, Bet Mishpachah and GLOE) gathered for the queerest, Jewish-est happy hour of the year at Number Nine!

Pride Film Screening: Melting Away
June 4, 2012
This moving drama follows a family drawn into crisis on a rainy night, after parents discover their child has been secretly wearing women’s clothes and kick "him" out of the house. Years later, instead of the son they remember, they find a beautiful woman who supports herself by performing in Tel Aviv’s queer cabarets. This is the first feature film in the history of Israeli cinema dealing with the parents' perspective on having a transgender child, conceived after the brutal attack and murders at the Tel Aviv LGBT Youth Center in 2009, and news of parents refusing to visit their injured kids at the hospital. Following the film, Sharon Bracket, board chair at Gender Rights Maryland and founder of Trans Parents Day; as well as university trans activist, Sarah McBride, joined us for a discussion around families dealing with having a transgender member, and the hopeful and challenging interactions that surround coming out as trans.
Presented by GLOE and WJFF Year-Round
Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel

Schmekel
part of the Washington Jewish Music Festival
May 20, 2012
Schmekel, Brooklyn's only 100% trans Jewish, schtick-rock sensation, rocked Chief Ike's Mambo Room as part of the Washington Jewish Music Festival. They brought their bar-mitzvah buffet of punk, klezmer, jazz, rock and polka influences, while their lyrics combined bawdy humor and critical awareness, encouraging audiences to laugh at dirty jokes while deconstructing systems of oppression. They even got audience members up dancing a queercore punk hora...
Co-sponsored by DC Trans Coalition and Jews United for Justice

GLOE Youth & Family's LGBT Life Planning Series
LGBT Financial Planning: for individuals, families, and everyone else
April 29, 2012
The Series gathers experts to help navigate the unique issues and laws that LGBT people encounter at various stages of life, with information specific to the DC-MD-VA area. In this interactive session, our financial and estate planning experts gave us a head start in thinking about how we can, with just a bit of forethought, have our ducks in a row for ourselves and/or our partners. We discussed budgeting, investing, saving for retirement, estate planning and wills/trusts, charitable giving, and tax issues. Attendees got to ask plenty of questions to make sure all our planning needs are met.
In partnership with the DCJCC's Early Childhood, Youth & Family Program

GLOE Community Service: Building and Painting at HIPS
April 15, 2012
GLOE volunteers and Behrend Builders came together for this hands-on service work at HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive), to help fix up the space, building shelving, organizing program materials, and brightening up the facility with a new coat of paint - in order to support the organization in their work for the health and safety of the community. HIPS provides a full spectrum of programs to address basic and immediate needs of their clients - many who otherwise would fall through the cracks - plus long-term goal setting and life skills development.
In partnership with the J's MCCCS Behrend Builders

GLOE Community Service: Safer-Sex Kit Assembly for HIPS
April 4, 2012
One of our strongest Jewish values is the health and safety of the community, and our group of volunteers sold out this safer-sex kit assembly for HIPS, which helps over 2,000 women, men and transgender sex workers each year, helping to bring down the rate of HIV/AIDS and violence in our community. People socialized and helped to make DC healthier at the same time.
In partnership with the J's MCCCS Behrend Builders

5th Annual National Rainbow Seder
"Heroes of Freedom"
April 1, 2012
A record crowd filled the Human Rights Campaign for this national event that is part-ritual, part-celebration, part-feast and part-conversation! Led by Congregation Bet Mishpachah's Rabbi Toby Manewith, this year we focused on Heroes of Freedom, the leaders of freedom and equality movements throughout history.
Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign – Religion and Faith Program, and Congregation Bet Mishpachah

Nurturing Your Soul
Meditation, Visualization and Healing in the Jewish Tradition with Rabbi Elie Spitz
March 6, 2012
What is the soul? What do the Jewish sages say about breath, and what is its relationship to our inner life? Attendees of this popular event, explored these questions and experienced the power of visualization to integrate our inner life and evoke wisdom. Rabbi Elie Spitz, joining us from Southern California, led us through meditation exercizes to guide us toward greater inner quiet and healing.
In partnership with the J's Jewish Living and Learning Program

GLOE's 5th Annual Masquerade & Mischief Purim Party
March 3, 2012
Record-breaking crowds in full costume and drag packed GLOE's party, with lots of music and dancing, drinks, and food. We had the kick-off performance of the DC Cowboys Farewell Tour, and this year's hilarious Purim schpiel, It's Always Sunny in
Shushan-delphia
.

GLOE Youth & Family's LGBT Life Planning Series
Fair Housing and Real Estate After the Bubble
February 26, 2012
The Series gathers experts to help navigate the unique issues and laws that LGBT people encounter at various stages of life, with information specific to the DC-MD-VA area. In this interactive session, our real estate and lending experts - Sammy Dweck, Tammy Britt and Catherine Wallenmeyer - discussed Fair Housing laws and how protections apply differentlyin DC, MD and VA. They explained issues in shared property ownership and title issues, and resources for the LGBT community. Panelists also gave an update on the current DC-area property market, advice on how to pick an agent and lender, and other key topics.
In partnership with the DCJCC's Early Childhood, Youth & Family Program

GLOE's (Non-Valentine's/Post-Speed Dating) Happy Hour
February 21, 2012
LGBT Jews (and our friends) gathered for a casual happy hour in the neighborhood at Cobalt/30 Degrees.

2012 National Union of Jewish LGBT Students (NUJLS) Annual Conference: "Advocating Our Identities"
February 17-19, 2012
GLOE was proud to be a co-sponsor of the NUJLS conference, hosted this year by American University Hillel, in Washington, DC, focusing on advocacy, organizing and identity. College students from campuses all over the country engaged in meaningful Shabbat experiences, education, identity building and a weekend of fun.

GLOE Night at Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for President
February 14, 2012
GLOE joined the Kinsey Sicks in their groundbreaking campaign to become the first Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet to win the Republican nomination for President! After the show, the Kinseys stuck around for a TalkBack with the audience, joined by LGBT activist Candace Gingrich-Jones.
In partnership with Theater J

You Had Me at Shalom: LGBT Jewish Speed Dating
February 4, 2012
A beautiful crowd of LGBT Jewish speed daters came to the Hotel Palomar to meet and schmooze over pastries and drinks, getting hand-matched in advance by our crack team of romance mavens. Drag yenta emcee Silvia Sparklestein kept everyone in line and in good moods, and the success of the silent auction helped support GLOE's work in our community.
Official Schmooze Sponsor: Mixology DC: matchmaking with a twist
Official Hotel Sponsor: Palomar DC, a Kimpton Hotel
Official Media Sponsor: Metro Weekly

Learn to Play Mah Jongg
January 18-February 8, 2012
Players learned rules, strategies and etiquette of mah jongg, an ancient Chinese game and Jewish cultural favorite!
In partnership with the DCJCC's Jewish Living and Learning

National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change
January 25-29, 2012
GLOE was proud to travel to Baltimore for the Creating Change Conference, to be part of the national Jewish LGBTQ Movement working group, representing the work of the DCJCC in building queer community from within Jewish communal organizations, as well as working broadly creating change with LGBTQ Jews and our allies around the country.


 
2011

D25 Day of Service: GLOE Volunteers at Mary's Center
December 25, 2011
Dozens of GLOE volunteers and our friends helped revitalize Mary's Center in Adams Morgan, which provides health care, family literacy and social services to 24,000 individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems. We painted reception areas and the mental health group room to make it fresh, colorful and welcoming!
In partnership with the DCJCC's Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service (MCCCS)

GLOE's Chanukah Candlelighting in the Lobby
December 20, 2011
Over fifty people packed into the DCJCC lobby to celebrate the first night of Chanukah with GLOE! Along with lighting candles, singing, and eating sufganiyot, we also discussed 8 Ways to Make Your Chanukah More Meaningful, including creating your own prayer. GLOE set up a community mural so that everyone, throughout Chanukah, could add her/his/hir own prayer or wish for the season.

Screening of "I Shot My Love" with "Esther and Me"
Part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival
December 7, 2011
Filmgoers braved a stormy night to enjoy the DC premieres of Tomer Heymann's "I Shot My Love," preceded by Lisa Geduldig's "Esther and Me," which won the Festival's Audience Favorite Award for Short Film. Before the documentaries, GLOE-ers schmoozed over Israeli wines, and then stayed after the screening for an interview with Geduldig by GLOE Director, Halley Cohen.
Presented in Partnership with the DCJCC's Washington Jewish Film Festival
Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel and One in Ten/Reel Affirmations

GLOE Youth & Family: All Fired Up for Chanukah!
December 5, 2011
LGBT families gathered at All Fired Up in Cleveland Park to celebrate Chanukah! Children (and adults!) painted menorahs, dreidels and more, while enjoying sufganiyot and making new friends. This third annual happening was its biggest ever!
Presented in partnership with the DCJCC's Early Childhood, Youth & Family Program

Screening of "Mom and Dad, I Have Something to Tell You" with Israeli TV star, Assi Azar
November 17, 2011
An engaged audience filled the screening room at the RAC for this new documentary and discussion with gay celebrity and Israeli TV star, Assi Azar. "Mom and Dad, I Have Something to Tell You" (2011), led by Azar, was a first-ever documentary focusing on the experience of parents when learning that their child is gay. The film followed a series of families with honesty, optimism, heartbreak, and the ultimate revelation that nothing is stronger than a parent's love for her or his child.
Co-sponsored by The Embassy of Israel, One in Ten, The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, The Washington Jewish Film Festival, and the American Jewish Committee

Tania Katan's What's in Your Genes? An Hilarious Look at Health, Survival and Telling Our Stories
November 15, 2011
Humorist, author and activist Tania Katan performed an excerpt from her award-winning memoir My One-Night Stand With Cancer, navigating absurd medical staff, disgruntled lovers, and the intricacies of being Jewish and LGBT in this story of survival - plus how to maintain a sense of humor through it all. The performance was followed by a low-key creative workshop, which gave us tools to see our own DNA as a creative map to explore personal stories, seeing how we can all creatively rewrite our own genetic code.
Presented in partnership with the J's Sport and Fitness Center
Co-sponsored by Capital Breast Care Center, Genetic Alliance, and Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization

Minority Report: Diversity, Identity, Ethnicity and Gender in LGBTQ Israel
Special Briefing by the Aguda, the National Israeli LGBTQ Task Force
November 10, 2011
This lively special DC briefing from leaders of the Aguda, the National Israeli LGBTQ task force - with Chairman Michael Hamel and Foreign Relations Director Anat Avissar - addressed the J14 social justice movement in Israel, how it involves the LGBTQ community, and how the Aguda has been involved since the begininng. They also discussed the Aguda's impact on government and policy, and their experiences serving the LGBTQ population in Israel.
In partnership with the DCJCC's Dialogues & Public Affairs Series
Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel; the American Jewish Committee; One in Ten; and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington

Mautner Project Happy Hour (partner program)
November 9, 2011
GLOE was proud to partner with Bet Mishpachah, Gayyim, Nice Jewish Boys and Nice Jewish Girls to support the Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization, at Dirty Martini.

Jay Michaelson's God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality
October 23, 2011
One of The Forward’s “fifty most influential Jewish leaders in America,” Jay Michaelson discussed the contentious  “God vs. gay” divide to a packed GLOE audience. He argued that religious communities should favor gay rights because of religion, not in spite of it. As both a gay rights activist and religion scholar, he explored the moral principles that favor acceptance of GLBT people, contending that these values outweigh the ambiguous verses so often cited by conservatives.
 In partnership with the J's Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival
Co-sponsored by: Bet Mishpachah, Human Rights Campaign-Religion and Faith Programs, Nehirim, Punk Torah, Tikkun Magazine, Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture

Global LGBT Asylum in Israel
October 4, 2011
GLOE was joined by experts from the Organization for Refuge Asylum & Migration (ORAM), Executive Director Neil Grungras and Director of Advocacy Rachel Levitan, who discussed widespread gender- and sexuality-based persecution found throughout much of the Middle East, and ways Israel has been a beacon for many LGBT refugees. We explored the current situation’s many challenges and opportunities for those seeking asylum in Israel, and how they can be resettled through legal representation and advocacy work. 
In partnership with the J's Dialogues and Public Affairs series

GLOE Youth & Family Kick-Off Event: Tashlich Gathering in Rock Creek Park
October 2, 2011
LGBTQ adults, kids and families enjoyed an afternoon in the park, building community and celebrating the new year. We were joined by wonderful JTS senior rabbinical student, Aaron Weininger, the first openly gay man admitted to The Rabbinical School. Leading us through the tashlich ritual, Weininger discussed messages of change and teshuvah (returning) to live as the most authentic versions of ourselves and our families, and the beautiful effects of LGBTQ families in Jewish life.
In partnership with the J's Early Childhood, Youth & Family Programs

Gleaning with GLOE: Harvesting for the Hungry at Kayam Farm
September 25, 2011
Volunteers visited Kayam Farm to learn about the mitzvot surrounding gleaning, the agricultural values on feeding the hungry and poor, including leaving a corner of one's field for such a purpose. We worked on the farm, including gathering produce, which was later dropped off at DC Central Kitchen to help provide fresh food for DC's hungry.

The G-D Project - filming
September 21, 2011
DC's Jewish people of all denominations and experiences shared their thoughts on G-d, Jewish life and spirituality for The G-D Project, an international documentary.
Sponsored by GLOE, in partnership with the J's EntryPointDC and Jewish Living and Learning. Co-sponsored by Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, and in promotional partnership with Bet Mishpachah.

6th Annual GLOE Pool Party: Tel Aviv Beach Bash!
August 28, 2011
Hurricane Irene forced a last-minute cancelation of this event.

Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry
OutWrite LGBT Book Fair
August 6, 2011
Poetry lovers packed the DC Center for the reading by contributors to this great new collection.
GLOE was a proud Silver Sponsor of the OutWrite LGBT Book Fair
Program co-sponsored by the DC Center

GLEE Dance Class
August, 2011
Dance fans learned exciting choreographies inspired by the TV show Glee.
In partnership with the J's EntryPointDC and Literary, Music & Dance Programs

Night OUT at the Mystics
July 26, 2011
GLOE filled a sold-out block of tickets to cheer on the Washington Mystics at this fun WNBA event, with Team DC.

Community Service Kick-Off at Unity Health
July 24, 2011
A great group of GLOE volunteers helped brighten up one of the city's busiest clinics, which serves 1200 people each month.

In partnership with the J's Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service's Behrend Builders

Dan Fishback: On a Queer Day, You Can See Forever
June 22, 2011
Dan Fishback entertained this festival audience in this original show, with his indie, singer-songwriter music and hilarious stories on queer romance, Jewish identity, and the politics of being young and weird.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Music Festival

Capital Pride Festival 2011
June 12, 2011
GLOE joined with Nice Jewish Girls, Nice Jewish Boys and Gayyim to reach out to festival-goers with information, "Kiss me, I'm kosher!" chapsticks, and fun stickers (I Love Nice Jewish Boys, I Love Nice Jewish Girls, Queerish, and 100% Kosher Beef)! 

Capital Pride Parade 2011
June 11, 2011
GLOE marched with a strong contingent of supporters in the 36th annual event.

Jewish LGBTQ Pride Happy Hour
June 7, 2011
All the LGBTQ Jews in town for Pride met at Cobalt for this casual, weekday gathering!
Co-sponsored by Bet Mishpachah, Gayyim, Nice Jewish Boys and Nice Jewish Girls

Screening of Mom, I Didn't Kill Your Daughter
Celebrating Israel @63 and Harvey Milk Day
May 22, 2011
An audience packed the library for this
poignant documentary about an Israeli transgender couple that struggles to become what they were meant to be in a world that doesn’t understand them.
Presented in partnership with WJFF Year-Round

4th Annual National Rainbow Seder: Global GLBT Concerns
April 10, 2011
Almost 100 GLBT Jews and allies came together for this Seder, held once again at the Human Rights Campaign, and led this year by Rabbi Toby Manewith, of Bet Mishpachah. We gathered to hear the Passover story, celebrate our victories in the struggle for equality around the world, and better understand what we can do to bring about a more equitable world for people everywhere.

Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign

4th Annual Masquerade & Mischief Purim Party
March 19, 2011
A record crowd danced the night away in full costume, and enjoyed the performances by the DC Cowboys, a naughty Purim schpiel and the tunes of DJ jame foks!
Co-sponsored by Nice Jewish Girls and Bet Mishpachah

SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Training
March 15, 2011
Coming out of our participation in the It Gets Better project and Strength Through Community, GLOE hosted two sessions with trainer Eric Weaver to instruct religiously-affiliated community members, from places like local congregations, university Hillels and area organizations, to be aware of the signs of someone considering suicide and how to help.

Co-sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Strength Through Community-a project of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah

A Night of Outrageous Comedy with Julie Goldman
February 17, 2011
Star of LOGO's Big Gay Sketch Show, Julie Goldman had the huge audience in hysterics all night, including serenades, ideas for butch underwear, and our Jewish mothers.

GLOE Partner Salsa Dance class
February-March, 2011
LGBTQ dancers learned all the essential salsa skills to show off on the dance floor.

Hide/Seek at the National Portrait Gallery - Private Tour with NPG Curator David C. Ward
February 6, 2011
A sold-out group from GLOE explored this groundbreaking exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery with co-curator David C. Ward. Hide/Seek was the first major museum exhibition to focus on sexual difference in the making of modern American portraiture, and our tour highlighted many of the Jewish artists featured among the works.
In partnership with the J's Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery


 
2010

GLOE Night at the Kinsey Sicks Oy Vey in a Manger
December 29, 2010
GLOE filled the theater for a hilarious and raunchy night with America's favorite Dragapella Beauty-Shop Quartet, and then mixed with the girls after the show at the reception.
Presented in partnership with the J's Theater J

D24 Day of Service with the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
December 24, 2010
GLOE once again joined the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, a non-sectarian, non-profit organization which provides support and services for adults with disabilities in the DC metro area, for some quality time at the Home, with music, socializing and playing games.
Presented in partnership with the J's Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service (MCCCS)

Theater J Round Table Discussion - It Gets Better, But How?: Preventing Bullying Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
December 21, 2010
After a performance by the Kinsey Sicks, a discussion was held on preventing bullying related to sexual orientation and gender identity, by community leaders: Candace Gingrich-Jones, Andrew Barnett, Justin Tanis, and Bill Briggs.

Hide/SPEAK: An Evening with David C. Ward of the National Portrait Gallery
December 20, 2010
NPG Curator David Ward, in conversation with panelists Tyler Green, Victoria Reis and Dafna Steinberg, spoke to a sold-out theater on the controversial decision of the Smithsonian to remove artist David Wojanrowicz's 1987 video work A Fire in my Belly. The work appeared in the groundbreaking LGBT exhibition Hide/Seek. (See the panel video here.)
In partnership with the J's Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, and Transformer Gallery
Presented as part of the J’s Rapid Responsa series and Transformer Gallery's Framework talk series

Screening of Eytan Fox's Mary Lou
December 4, 2010
Movie-goers enjoyed the North American premiere of this new Eytan Fox miniseries, which features Meir, who moves to Tel Aviv, searching for his mother, and creates a new life for himself, including his drag persona, Mary Lou.
Presented in partnership with the J's Washington Jewish Film Festival

GLOE's "It Gets Better" video filming
November 29 and December 2, 2010
Participants shared messages of support, understanding and hope for Jewish LGBTQ youth in this video for the It Gets Better project and Strength Through Community project.

Shoshana Bean in Concert
November 22, 2010
Our audience was enchanted by this delightful Broadway star and headliner's concert in the theater.
Presented in partnership with the J's EntryPointDC

Keep Your Wives Away From Them
Jewish Literary Festival
October 20, 2010
Editor and contributor Miryam Kabakov and contributors Goldie Goldbloom and Elaine Chapnik discussed the issues of queer and Orthodox identities in this collection.
Presented in partnership with the J's The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

Queer Simchat Torah
September 30, 2010
GLOE joined DC Minyan with our own Hakafah to celebrate the holiday, followed by a party.
Co-sponsored by DC Minyan

Come OUT and Decorate the Sukkah
September 19, 2010
LGBT families came together for this annual decorating of the 16th Street J sukkah.
Presented in partnership with the J's Early Childhood, Youth and Family Programs

5th Annual GLOE Pool Party
August 29, 2010
Participants enjoyed this annual tradition of staying cool in the Washington summer heat.

Leon Wieseltier interviews Avi Soffer, Past Chair of The Agudah–The National Association of GLBT in Israel
August 17, 2010
GLOE gathered in the theater to hear Soffer discuss the accomplishments and challenges the Israeli GLBT community faces.

Would You Like Some GLOE with that Wine?: A summertime wine tasting class
July 14, 2010
Partcipants learned about summer white and red wines in the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery surrounded by Robert Giard's photographs of the pioneering LGBT Jews.
Co-sponsored with the J's Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery


6th Annual Night OUT at the Nationals
June 22, 2010
GLOE and Team DC teamed up once again for a night of baseball fun with the Kansas City Royals at this annual event.
Co-sponsored with Team DC


Particular Voices of Today: Readings by New GLBT Poets
June 14, 2010
Queer Jewish poets from New York, Boston and Washington, DC shared their work in the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery while surrounded by Robert Giard’s photographs of the pioneering GLBT Jews who came before them. 
Co-sponsored with the J's Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery

Capital Pride 2010 Festival
June 13, 2010
GLOE and Nice Jewish Girls, Nice Jewish Boys, and Gayyim united to reach out to the LGBTQ DC Jewish community.


Capital Pride 2010 March
June 12, 2010
GLOE marched in the Capital Pride March for this annual GLOE tradition.
Co-sponsored with Congregation Bet Mishpachah

GLOE Pride Shabbat Lunch
June 12, 2010
GLOE hosted a Pride Shabbat Lunch with Rabbi Steve Greenberg before the march.
Co-sponsored with DC Minyan


Seth Rudetsky's Deconstructing Broadway
June 7, 2010
Sirius/XM Radio star and Broadway pianist Seth Rudetsky explored his own private audio/video collection in his one-man show.  With perfect comic timing, Rudetsky deconstructed what’s vocally amazing and what’s a vocal travesty (Patti LuPone versus Madonna in Evita).
Presented in partnership with the J's Washington Jewish Music Festival, EntryPointDC and Theater J


Screening of Eyes Wide Open
May 3, 2010
Aaron, a respectable butcher in Jerusalem's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, is married to Rivka and is a dedicated father of four children. One day he hires Ezri, a handsome twenty-two year old student, as an apprentice and soon develops feelings for him. A panel discussion with Rabbi Jeffrey Greenberg, Shira Frank and Jonathan Gilad followed.   

The MANgina Monologues Starring Riki Wilchins
April 17, 2010
Just what America needed but didn't know it wanted: a lesbian Jewish comic with a sex-change and an attitude.  Comedienne Riki Wilchins entertained participants with stand-up comedy followed by a Q+A.

3rd Annual National Rainbow Seder
March 21, 2010
GLOE hosted its annual Seder with the Human Rights Campaign. Rabbi Stephen Julius Stein lead the Seder.
Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Campaign and the DC Center

3rd Annual Masquerade & Mischief Purim Party
February 27, 2010
This annual tradition featured the fabulous Queen Esther herself, the DC Cowboys, a lesbian Jewish comic with a sex change and an attitude (Riki Wilchins), savory hors d'oeuvres and voluptous Vashtinis.
Co-sponsored with Nice Jewish Boys, Nice Jewish Girls, Gayyim and Congregation Bet Mishpachah


Mambo Y Màs: Queer Latin Dance
February 25-April 2, 2010
Partcipants learned to step, shimmy, and swing their hips to the hottest mambo and cha-cha beats in town.

Queer Shabbaton DC
February 5-7, 2010
GLOE hosted the first Nehirim Queer Shabbaton DC (an “urban retreat” of community, culture, and spirituality for GLBT Jews, partners, & allies) during one of the biggest snowstorms in DC history.
Co-sponsored with Nehirim 


A Conversation with Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter Dustin Lance Lance Black
January 25, 2010
GLOE hosted MILK Sceenwriter Dustin Lance Black for an evening of discussion and inspiration.
Presented in partnership with J-on-Demand/EntryPointDC

 

 
2009


December 25th Day of Service (D25) with Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
December 25, 2009
GLOE once again joined the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, a non-sectarian, non-profit organization which provides support and services for adults with disabilities in the DC metro area, for some quality time at the Home, singing, socializing and playing games.
Presented in partnership with the J's Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service (MCCCS)

Judy Gold is MOMMY QUEEREST!
December 22, 2009
The star of the critically acclaimed 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, comedian Judy Gold joined GLOE for another evening with her edgy, multi-media comic memoir.
Presented in partnership with Theater J and Co-sponsored with Congregation Bet Mishpachah

Take 5: Queer Shorts, Good Stories
December 15, 2009
GLOE screened five short films (Meeskeit, V'ahavta, Sidney Turtlebaum, Hello My Name is Herman and A Trip to Prague) followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and producers.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival  
 

All Fired Up for Chanukah
December 6, 2009
LGBT families gathered once again to decorate menorahs, dreidels and other items to use for celebrating Chanukah.
Presented in partnership with Early Childhood, Youth and Family


Storahtelling
November 6-7, 2009
Complete with traditional Hebrew chanting, dramatized English translation and audience interaction, the Storahtellers (a unique troupe of Jewish educators and artists who create and perform original interactive performances to dramatize the Torah portion for a week) joined GLOE for a Friday evening and Shabbat morning performance.
Co-sponsored with Congregation Bet Mishpachah and Jewish Foundation for Group Homes


Stitch 'n' Kvetch Knitting Class
November 4-18, 2009
Participants learned how to knit, purl, cast-on, cast-off, color rotation, as well as tips for picking out needles and yarns.

From Jay to Joy: A Poet's Journey Between Genders
October 25, 2009
Author Joy Ladin read poems from her book Transmigration and led an engaging discussion about her journey between genders.
Presented in partnership with the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival 

Reel Affirmations Film Festival 19
October 18, 2009
GLOE screened the film City of Borders as part of Reel Affirmations Film Festival, the annual DC-area LGBTQ film festival.
Co-sponsored with Reel Affirmations Film Festival


National Equality March
October 11, 2009
GLOE marched in the National Equality March, decked out with t-shirts, signs, rainbow flags, and chants to fight for equal rights for LGBTQ people.
Co-sponsored with Keshet and Nehirim

Queer Simchat Torah
October 10, 2009
GLOE hosted a party full of food, drink, and dancing to celebrate Simchat Torah with queer Jews of all ages who were in town for the National Equality March the next day.
Co-sponsored with Keshet and Nehirim

GLOE Shmini Atzeret/Shabbat Dinner
October 9, 2009
GLOE kicked off the Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah weekend with a shabbat dinner, welcoming LGBTQ Jews from all over the country who were in town for the National Equality March.

Come OUT and Decorate the Sukkah
October 4, 2009
LGBT families came out and came together to play games and decorate the 16th Street J's sukkah with a healthy dose of donuts and apple cider.
Presented in partnership with Early Childhood, Youth & Families

LGBTQ Ballroom Dancing
September 23-October 15, 2009
GLOE learned to step, shimmy, and sway in the sixth LGBTQ ballroom dance class.

What Happened in 5769--Stays in 5769
September 22, 2009
Rabbi Jesse Gallop helped GLOE explore theological and personal perspectives on forgiveness as a Jewish value in time for the new year.
Presented in partnership with the Leo & Anna Smilow Center for Jewish Living and Learning

Breaking Down a Stonewall: 40 Years of LGBT Jewish Activism
September 10, 2009
Featuring Anne Kronenberg (Harvey Milk's 1977 Campaign Manager), Frank Kameny, Dana Beyer and Robert Raben.  In this moderated discussion GLOE delved into the intersections between Jewish cultural heritage and activist work for and by the LGBT community.
Co-sponsored with Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

 
Fourth Annual GLOE Pool Party
August 23, 2009
Attendees cooled off from the summer heat with this annual tradition.

5th Annual Night OUT at the Nationals
July 20, 2009
GLOE and Team DC teamed up for a night of baseball fun at this annual event.
Co-sponsored with Team DC

LGBTQ Club Latin Dance
July 9-30, 2009
GLOE learned to salsa and merengue the night away in the first-ever Club Latin class at the Washington DCJCC, and then showed off their new moves at Havana Village in Adams Morgan.

GLOE Mah Jongg Class
June 17-July 1, 2009
GLOE learned how to play Mah Jongg with instructor Trish Kent in a sold-out three-week series.
Presented in partnership with Jewish Living & Learning

Capital Pride 2009 Festival
June 14, 2009
GLOE and Nice Jewish Girls, Nice Jewish Boys, and Gayyim united to reach out to the LGBTQ DC Jewish community.

Capital Pride 2009 March
June 13, 2009
GLOE marched in the Capital Pride March for the second time while dancing Hava Nagila and singing "Who let the Jews out?" in the streets.

The Kinsey Sicks Concert
June 6, 2009
The Kinsey Sicks, the hilarious dragapella quartet, performed at the Washington DCJCC.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Music Festival

Ivri Lider Concert with GLOE Meet & Greet Reception
June 2, 2009
Ivri Lider performed at the 9:30 Club in DC and GLOE met with him beforehand for some intimate conversation and discussion.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Music Festival

LGBTQ Ballroom Dancing
May 7-June 4, 2009
GLOE learned how to swing, cha-cha, and foxtrot in the fifth sold-out LGBTQ ballroom dance class.

GLOE Book Talk with Author Lev Raphael
April 22, 2009
Author Lev Raphael spoke about his new book My Germany with GLOE at the Goethe-Institut Washington.
Co-sponsored with the Goethe-Institut Washington, the Metro DC GLBT Community Center, and the American Jewish Committee

2nd Annual Stonewall Seder
April 1, 2009
GLOE held its second annual LGBT Seder at the HRC Equality Center.  Rabbi Susan Talve lead the Seder.
Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Campaign and the DC Center
 

LGBT Mah Jongg Class
March 11-25, 2009
GLOE learned how to play Mah Jongg with instructor Trish Kent in a sold-out three-week series.
Presented in partnership with Jewish Living & Learning

Return of Masquerade & Mischief Purim Party
March 7, 2009
GLOE put on its third annual Purim party, with a drag Purim Schpiel and a performance by the DC Kings, complete with music, drinks, costume contest, dancing silhouettes and balloon arches.

LGBTQ Ballroom Dancing
February 5-March 5, 2009
Participants learned how to swing, cha-cha, and Viennese waltz in the fourth sold-out LGBTQ ballroom dance class.

You Had Me at Shalom - Same-sex Jewish Speed Dating!
January 31, 2009
GLOE got together for a sold-out, smash-hit evening of same-sex Jewish speed-dating, the first event of its kind in the DC area, with music, food, eight speedy first dates, and our very own match-making Yenta.

 

 
2008

December 25th Day of Service (D25) with Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
December 25, 2008
GLOE joined the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, a non-sectarian, non-profit organization which provides support and services for adults with disabilities in the DC metro area, for some quality time at the Home, singing, socializing and playing games.
Presented in partnership with the Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service (MCCCS)

Screening of Stefan Braun
December 18, 2008
GLOE screened the Israeli documentary Stefan Braun, an intimate portrait of Tel Aviv's top furrier in the 1950s and 1960s and the underground gay society to which he belonged.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival

Mom, I Didn't Kill Your Daughter Screening and Panel
December 8, 2008
GLOE screened the Israeli film Mom, I Didn't Kill Your Daughter, a poignant documentary about two transgender teenagers in Israel, as part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. A panel discussion and reception followed the screening.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival

All Fired Up for Chanukah
December 7, 2008
LGBT families decorated pottery just in time for Chanukah.
Presented in partnership with Early Childhood, Youth and Family

Kosher Wine Tasting Class
November 19, 2008
GLOE learned all about assessing the body, hips and legs of a variety of kosher wines in the relaxing atmosphere of the 16th Street J's Ann Loeb Bronfman gallery.

Shabbat Dinner with the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
November 14, 2008
GLOE enjoyed a shabbat dinner with the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, a non-sectarian, non-profit organization which provides support and services for adults with disabilities in the DC metro area.
Co-sponsored with Jewish Foundation for Group Homes

Election '08: Agenda? What Agenda?
October 26, 2008
GLOE participated in a political discussion with Robert Zimmerman (Democratic National Committeeman and CNN contributor) and Jimmy LaSalvia (Director of Programs & Policy for the Log Cabin Republicans) with Dan Raviv (national correspondant for CBS News) moderating the discussion.
Co-sponsored with the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

LGBTQ Ballroom Dancing
October 23-November 21, 2008
Participants learned how to cha-cha and foxtrot in the third sold-out LGBTQ ballroom dance class. For the first time, both beginner and intermediate classes were offered.

Reel Affirmations Film Festival
October 19, 2008
GLOE screened two films, HaSodot (The Secrets) and Antarctica, as part of Reel Affirmations Film Festival, the annual DC-area LGBTQ film festival.
Co-sponsored with Reel Affirmations Film Festival

Interfaith LGBT Couple Class
October 16-23, 2008
Dr. Marion Usher, renowned interfaith couples instructor, conducted a class for LGBT interfaith couples.

Come OUT and Decorate the Sukkah
October 12, 2008
LGBT families came out and came together to decorate the 16th Street J's sukkah with a healthy dose of ice cream sundaes.
Presented in partnership with Early Childhood, Youth & Families

GLOE Night with Sandra Bernhard
September 25, 2008
Award-winning Sandra Bernhard revived her first Broadway hit, Without You I'm Nothing, her landmark one-woman show, for GLOE. A reception with Sandra followed the show.
Presented in partnership with Theater J

My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy
September 21, 2008
Andrea Askowitz came for a brunch discussion of her book, My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy.
Presented in partnership with the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival
Co-sponsored with Rainbow Families, DC

Kick-Off of Monthly Volunteering at Food & Friends
September 15, 2008
GLOE volunteers helped out in the kitchen of Food & Friends to prepare food for people living with AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses for the first of our monthly volunteering.

Third Annual GLOE Pool Party
August 24, 2008
Attendees cooled off from the summer heat with this annual tradition.

LGBTQ Ballroom Dancing
July 10-31, 2009
Participants learned classic Ballroom & Latin dances in this sold-out LGBTQ ballroom dance class.

4th Annual Night OUT at the Nationals
June 23, 2008
GLOE and Team DC teamed up for a night of baseball fun at this fourth annual event.
Co-sponsored with Team DC

Capital Pride 2008 Festival
June 15, 2008
GLOE and Nice Jewish Girls, Nice Jewish Boys and Gayyim united to outreach to the LGBTQ DC Jewish community.

Capital Pride 2008 Parade
June 14, 2008
GLOE made its debut appearance at the Capital Pride Parade while dancing Hava Nagila in the streets.

The Voice of a Sage: Rachael Sage & the Sequins with Opener Mara Levi
June 4, 2008
Award-winning East Village pianist, singer, songwriter and poet, Rachael Sage took the stage by storm at DC9 with local sensation Mara Levi.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Music Festival

GLOE Night with David in Shadow and Light
May 15, 2008
GLOE and Theater J joined together for a playdate for this world premiere musical with a meet and greet with the actors after the show.
Presented in partnership with Theater J

LGBTQ Ballroom Dancing
May 1—29, 2008
Participants learned how to foxtrot, rumba and cha-cha in this debut sold-out LGBTQ ballroom dance class.

Stonewall Seder
March 30, 2008
The DC LGBTQ Jewish community experienced its first Stonewall Seder together in the nation's capital. Rabbi Joel Alter led the Seder.
Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Campaign and the DC Center

Masquerade & Mischief Purim Party
March 22, 2008
Friends, neighbors and complete strangers joined together for a night of mystery, masks and mischief with a drag Purim schpiel and a special performance by the DC Kings.
Co-sponsored with Bet Mishpachah, Nice Jewish Girls, Nice Jewish Boys and Gayyim

GLOE Night with Judy Gold in 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother
February 21, 2008
Emmy-award winning Judy Gold and GLOE enjoyed an evening together. A talkback with Judy and reception followed the performance.
Presented in partnership with Theater J

Super Sunday
January 27, 2008
GLOE participants placed phone calls to raise money for the Jewish community and made sandwiches for a local food pantry.
Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

 

 
2007

D25 - December 25th Day of Service
December 25, 2007
Volunteers from GLOE spent the afternoon at Father McKenna House, a drop in shelter for men, serving lunch and visiting with residents.
Presented in partnership with the Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service

Screening of Jerusalem is Proud to Present
December 9, 2007
This film was the Winner of the Outstanding Documentary Feature Award at Outfest 2007.  GLOE participants engaged in a discussion with Sa'ar Netanel, Member of the Jerusaelm City Council, before the screening of the film.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival 
Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel

World AIDS Day Service
November 30, 2007
GLOE and Bet Mishpachah joined together at a special service honoring the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day along with two blocks of the AIDS quilt.
Co-sponsored with Bet Mishpachah

Daniel Mendelsohn's The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
October 14, 2007
Author Daniel Mendelsohn spoke about his narrative, a deeply personal account of a search for one family among his larger family that was killed by the Nazis. A reception with Mr. Mendelsohn followed the event.
Presented in partnership with the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival
Co-sponsored with the PEN/Faulkner Foundation


Andre Aciman's Call Me By Your Name
October 9, 2007
Author Andre Aciman engaged in a conversation of his novel about a romance that blossoms between 17-year-old Elio and 24-year old Oliver at his parents' house on the Italian Riviera. A dinner reception with the author preceded the event.
Presented in partnership with the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

Pre-Literary Festival Book Club Gathering
October 2, 2007
Participants joined together for an intimate discussion of Andre Aciman's novel Call Me By Your Name and met other GLOE book lovers a week before hearing the author speak at the Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival.

Sipping in the Sukkah
September 30, 2007
A kosher wine tasting accompanied snacking and schmoozing in the sukkah.

Screening of The Bubble
September 24, 2007
This film by Eytan Fox examines three young Israelis, two guys and a girl, that share an apartment in Tel Aviv's hippest neighborhood. Trying to put aside political conflicts and focusing on their lives and loves, these progressive 20-somethings are often accused of living in a sort of escapist bubble.
Presented in partnership with the Screening Room

Trembling on the Road House Party
September 20, 2007
Trembling on the Road is a dramatic document of dialogues, protests, reactions and events from the worldwide tour of Trembling Before G-d, the documentary film built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian reconciling their passionate love of Judaism with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. Trembling on the Road documents how the film profoundly touched and transformed the lives of individuals, their families, communities, rabbis and teachers.

2nd Annual GLOE Pool Party
August 12, 2007
Attendees cooled off from the summer heat with this annual tradition.

3rd Annual Night OUT at the Nationals
July 16, 2007
GLOE and Team DC teamed up for a night of baseball fun at this third annual event.
Co-sponsored with Team DC

Brown Bag Lunch with Tomer Heymann
June 18, 2007
Director Tomer Heymann and GLOE participants engaged in a lively discussion about his film Paper Dolls.

My First Big Gay Jewish Wedding
June 16, 2007
GLOE honored Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson with the first GLOE Leadership Award for his work advancing the argument that same-sex couples can celebrate their unions under the chuppah. Rabbi Toby Manewith, Rabbi Bob Saks and Rabbi Jeffrey Wohlberg joined for a lively discussion. Wedding-style reception with live music followed the award and discussion.

Capital Pride 2007 Festival
June 10, 2007
GLOE hosted a booth and outreached to the Jewish LGBTQ community at the 32nd annual Capital Pride Festival.

Gold 'n' Pride with Ari Gold
June 7, 2007
Award-winning recording artist, songwriter, producer and gay icon with an unlikely orthodox background, Gold is the first man in his genre to sing love songs explicity to another man.
Presented in Partnership with the Washington Jewish Music Festival

GLOE Playdate with Sherry Glaser in Family Secrets
March 22, 2007
Jewish lesbian Sherry Glaser performed on stage her one-woman show Family Secrets. A talkback and post-performance reception followed the show.
Presented in Partnership with Theater J

Preschool Purim Party
March 4, 2007
A spirited Purim celebration took place with games and prizes, arts and crafts, Purim treats and a Purim puppet show.
Presented in partnership with Early Childhood and Family
Co-sponsored with Bet Mishpachah

GLOE's Masquerade & Mischief Purim Party
March 3, 2007
A night of celebrating, socializing, dancing, and eating hamantaschen took place at this first annual event with a special costume and drag parade.
Co-sponsored with Bet Mishpachah, Nice Jewish Girls, Nice Jewish Boys and Nice Jewish Men

Book Talk with Marla Brettschneider, The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives
January 28, 2007
Author Marla Brettchneider discussed her book, The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives, and the topic of LGBT adoption with GLOE attendees.

 

 
2006

December 25th Day of Service
December 25, 2006
Volunteers from GLOE spent the afternoon volunteering at a local DC social service agency.
Presented in partnership with the Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service

Screening of Paper Dolls
December 10, 2006

First place winner at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival, this documentary follows five Filipino transsexual migrant workers, each in a different stage of gender transition and often referred to by their feminine names, who have emigrated to Israel to work as health care providers for elderly, Orthodox Jewish men. The workers run a drag group called "Paper Dolls" in Tel Aviv nightclubs until the immigration police deports them, and they are forced to leave the country.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival

Screening of Lover Other: The Story of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore
December 6, 2006
During WWII, Jewish stepsisters Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore gained notoriety and made headlines time and again - not simply because of their unapologetic, quasi-incestuous lesbian involvement with one another, but thanks to their subversive anti-Nazi operations. Documentarist Barbara Hammer recounts the lives of Cahun and Moore with this documentary film.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival

Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner
December 5, 2006
A feature documentary film about the Pulitzer and Tony-Award winning playwright, Tony Kushner. The film tells the story about the evolution of an artist raised in the Deep South in Lake Charles, Louisiana, that would become an outspoken activist, a compassionate spokesperson for outsiders, and one of today’s most entertaining and important playwrights.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival

Screening of Florentine
December 3, 2006
Florentine is the first Israeli TV show that has gay people as main characters. The show is about post-army 20+ people living in Florentine in Tel Aviv. A discussion with Director Eytan Fox followed the screening.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival

Screening of Walk on Water
December 2, 2006
Eyal, an Israeli Mossad agent, is given the mission to track down and kill the very old Alfred Himmelman, an ex-Nazi officer, who might still be alive. Pretending to be a tourist guide, he befriends his grandson Axel, in Israel to visit his sister Pia. The two men set out on a tour of the country during which, Axel challenges Eyal's values.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival

The Washington Jewish Film Festival Decade Award
December 2, 2006
Award was presented to Israeli out director Eytan Fox. A GLOE reception followed the award ceremony.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival

GLOE Shabbat Dinner with Director Eytan Fox
December 1, 2006
GLOE hosted a Shabbat dinner with GLOE participants and Director Eytan Fox.

Screening of Yossi and Jagger
November 30, 2006
A sociological study of two men in the Israeli army who are lovers. The others in the unit react to their situation, suspecting, but not always understanding.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival

A Passion for Fashion
October 18, 2006
GLOE participants and Gesher City came together to schmooze, to drink and to watch the series finale of Project Runway.
Presented in partnership with Gesher City DC

Dual Identity: Reflections on Gay Jewish Life
September 17, 2006
How do you connect two strong and sometimes conflicting identities? How do you explore these identities through writing? Authors Michael Lowenthal (The Same Embrace, Avoidance and Charity Girl), Leslea Newman (Heather Has Two Mommies and A Letter to Harvey Milk) and Lev Raphael (Dancing on Tisha B'Av) discussed the intersections of Jewish and gay or lesbian identity during brunch.
Presented in partnership with the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

1st Annual GLOE Pool Party
August 27, 2006
Attendees cooled off from the summer heat for this first time annual tradition with friends, fun and food.

2nd Annual Night OUT at the Nationals
August 8, 2006
GLOE and Team DC teamed up for a night of baseball fun at this second annual event.
Co-sponsored with Team DC

Variations on a Theme with Marilyn Lerner and Adrienne Cooper
May 21, 2006
World-renowned pianist Marilyn Lerner and vocalist Adrienne Cooper explored their partnership on both a musical and a personal level, while openly exploring their identities as gay Jewish musicians. GLOE participants joined these artists for an enlightening musical brunch and discussion.
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Music Festival

Capote-Breaking the Mold: Truman Capote's Place within the Shifting Views of Homosexuality in the 1960s
May 7, 2006
GLOE joined Theater J for its Artistic Director's Roundtable discussion with Hans Johnson (president of Progressive Victory), Sonya Michel (Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Maryland) and James McCourt (best selling author of Queer Street).
Presented as part of the GLOE Inaugural Weekend

Faith-Based Politics: How It Impacts the Jewish Gay Community
May 7, 2006
Congressman Barney Frank joined Rabbi Steve Greenberg, Dan Furmansky (Executive Director of Equality Maryland) and guests for lunch and a lively panel discussion.
Presented as part of the GLOE Inaugural Weekend

GLOE Playdate with Bal Masque
May 7, 2006
GLOE and Theater J joined together for the world premiere of two-time Pulitzer finalist and 2003 Tony Award winning playwright Richard Greenberg's Bal Masque. Being both gay and Jewish, Greenberg brings a particular point of view to the shifting cultural and sexual norms of 1960s America. Havdallah and a reception followed the show.
Presented as part of the GLOE Inaugural Weekend

DC Minyan Shabbat Service
May 6, 2006
GLOE joined DC Minyan for a Shabbat morning service with Rabbi Steve Greenberg delivering the Dvar Torah. Kiddush luncheon and study session led by Rabbi Greenberg followed.
Presented as part of the GLOE Inaugural Weekend

Kabbalat Shabbat
May 5, 2006
GLOE hosted a Kabbalat Shabbat followed by a GLOE Shabbat dinner, Bet Mishpachah's Shabbat service and a GLOE Oneg. Rabbi Greenberg led the Kabbalat Shabbat creating a unique spiritual welcome for Shabbat and delievered the sermon during the Shabbat service.
Presented as part of the GLOE Inaugural Weekend

GLOE Date with Betty Rules
January 12, 2006
GLOE and Theater J teamed up for a musical date with Betty. After the show, theatergoes enjoyed wine, dessert and conversation with peformers Alyson Palmer, Amy Ziff and Elizabeth Ziff.
Co-sponsored with Theater J

 

 
2005

Screening of Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School
December 11, 2005
This film tells the story of Shulamit Izen, a ninth grader who sets out to organize a gay-straight alliance at her Jewish school. What begins as one student's mission engages an entire community in an open discussion concerning a culture of tolerance and inclusion.
Co-sponsored with Bet Mishpachah and Reel Affirmations
Presented in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival

 

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

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