Josef Palermo, director of GLOE

Darya Watnick - Jewish Engagement Manager at the EDCJCC

Josef Palermo
Director, GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement

Darya Watnick
Director, Jewish Engagement & Family Programs

Since this is the season to come together with our families, GLOE Youth & Family wants to help build families; we're co-presenting an adoption (and fostering) workshop on November 14. It is fully welcoming to LGBTQ singles as well as couples, with two gay dads joining our panel to discuss their experience.

We've recently grown our own "family" in partnership with Rainbow Families, the largest network of LGBTQ-parented families and prospective parents in the DC area, and we look forward to joining them on November 26 when we host Mrs. Kasha Davis of RuPaul's Drag Race fame for a drag story hour in a campy, kid-friendly homage to the Jewish tradition of storytelling to impart communal values like inclusion and kavod (respect).

At the end of this month, on November 28, we're throwing a pre-Chanukah party for LGBTQ and ally teens with Keshet. Join us for fun festivities, free kosher dinner, and to find out about different programs and opportunities for LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens in and around the DC area! We'll continue commemorating the Miracle of Lights with our LGBTQ family Chanukah celebration on December 17 - kids of all ages are invited to decorate dreidels, snack on sufganiyot (traditional jelly doughnuts), and come together with other LGBTQ families in the spirit of the season.

gaybies.jpg Drag Story Hour with Mrs. Kasha Davis of RuPaul's Drag Race


Tuesday, November 14,
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Edlavitch DCJCC

Please join us at the Edlavitch DCJCC for an informal discussion about various paths to adopting a child. Hear from an adoption lawyer, representatives from an adoption agency and from the foster care system, and parents who have gone through it successfully. LGBTQ and straight, couples and singles, Jewish and non-Jewish—are all warmly welcomed. Come with questions!

Speakers are:

  • Jennifer Fairfax, Family Formation Law Offices (adoption attorney)
  • Varda Markovsky from The Barker Adoption Foundation
  • Kathleen Stines from DC Child and Family Services Agency (foster care)
  • Dania Palanker, adoptive parent
  • Josh White and Matt Mills, adoptive parents
  • Ruth and Mark Kressloff, adoptive parents

For additional details and/or accommodation requests, email

Co-presented with the Edlavitch DCJCC's Parenting Center.

Sunday, November 26,
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Edlavitch DCJCC

No tea, no shade! Join Mrs. Kasha Davis of RuPaul's Drag Race for a decidedly different kind of “reading” – this time in the form of children’s book Derek the Knitting Dinosaur by Mary Blackwood, a tale about a little green dinosaur with a fondness for knitting, who is an embarrassment to his brothers until he uses his talents to help them out.

This drag story hour will feature Mrs. Kasha Davis (whose alter ego, Ed Popil, is a real-life LGBTQ parent) reading children’s stories that focus on diversity, inclusion, love, and acceptance, followed by a dance party and craft activity for participants to take home. The story hour will provide kids with encouragement to embrace differences within themselves and others, and simultaneously serve as support for parents and family members.

Tickets are free with pre-registration; attendees are encouraged to bring a children’s book to donate for inclusion in Comfort Cases® that are given to children entering foster care.

Co-sponsored with Rainbow Families and Comfort Cases.

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Keshet Teens GLOE I Had a Little Dreidel


Tuesday, November 28,
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Edlavitch DCJCC

This year, Keshet's teen programs are heading on the road and popping up in a town or city near you! Come meet other LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens for a fun, Chanukah-themed party at the Edlavitch DCJCC to meet new friends, connect with old ones, and find out about different programs and opportunities for LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens in and around the DC area! Free kosher dinner will be provided.

Co-sponsored by Keshet.


Sunday, December 17,
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Edlavitch DCJCC

LGBTQ families and kids of all ages are invited to make friends while decorating their own dreidels, and learning how to play this beloved Chanukah game! Enjoy Chanukah treats, sing traditional songs, and listen to stories as we’re reminded of the miracle of lights and the joy this holiday season brings.

Co-sponsored by Rainbow Families.

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Upcoming Events at the Edlavitch DCJCC 

November 19 || Community Service || Everything But The Turkey
Register now - spots going fast! Join other local families in this annual Thanksgiving-themed service project presented by PJ Library, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and the Edlavitch DCJCC's Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service.

December 3 || Family Engagement || Make Room for Latkes!
This Chanukah we’re making room for latkes AND dosas! Come meet Pamela Ehrenberg, author of The Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas, and enjoy hands-on activities, crafts, cooking, singing, food, a mitzvah (good deed) project and take-home goodies. It’s a perfect morning for Jewish and interfaith families with children ages 3 and older.

December 10 || Family Engagement || Chanukah Celebration
Grab your socks and your yarmulke, it’s time to bounce for Chanukah! This year’s rockin’ Chanukah party will feature a moon bounce, games, crafts, treats and plenty of fun for the whole family. As a friend of GLOE Youth & Family, get a discount on tickets by registering with the "Member" rate.

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Other LGBT Events and Resources in the Local Community

GLOE's Community Listings - DC area 

JQ Baltimore: Jewish LGBTQ Outreach and Support - JQ Baltimore is a grassroots organization striving to make the Baltimore area a welcoming and inclusive model Jewish Community for LGBTQ youth, families and allies.

Support for Family Members of LGBTQ Jewish Kids

Keshet Parent & Family Connection - We are parents and family members of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) Jews who are coming together to transform the Jewish community through peer support, public events, and advocating for institutional change. We come from all streams of the Jewish world, have children of all genders and sexual orientations, and are driven by personal journeys of struggle and celebration. Request one-on-one peer support from one of our trained mentors.

Eshel/JQ Baltimore LGBT Orthodox Support Group - A small private gathering for people who identify as LGBT and are Orthodox, Ortho-curious, or formerly Orthodox.  It is also for parents of LGBT people who live within Orthodox communities and struggle with their child's sexual orientation or gender identity.  Meetings are the first Monday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m.  Details on the location will be given after RSVPing to

Eshel Orthodox Parents Retreat (May 5-7, 2017) - Join the fifth annual Eshel Orthodox Parents Retreat at the Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp in Copake, NY.  Connect with other parents in a warm, intimate atmopshere by attending informative workshops with experienced faculty.  Get inspired and feel part of something, rather than apart from something.  The retreat offers parents community, immediate understanding, the freedom to speak that comes with that understanding, the chance to learn, and the opportunity to model healthy acceptance.

LGBT Family Books

Flamingo Rampant Book Club - Empowering, celebratory LGBTQ2S-themed kids' picture books for 4-8 year olds, delivered right to your home or school every other month. Created by LGBTQ Jewish writer/storyteller/activist/icon S. Bear Bergman. "These books celebrate the great and wide variety of LGBTQ2S kids, families, and communities. That means when our books feature lesbian mums or gay dads, they get storylines: travels, adventures and mysteries to solve, rather than entire books pointing out that we exist."

10 Books Every LGBT Parent Should Read - From Mombian: "Books about LGBT parenting are few and far between, but here are ten that I recommend for all LGBT parents and prospective parents. I chose works that each showcase a variety of voices, rather than single-person memoirs, so each one would resonate as widely as possible. I also chose books that focus on the emotional side of parenting rather than medical and legal how-to works, since the latter tend to be specific to particular segments of the LGBT community."

Multiple lists of LGBT-related books, many with Jewish content, curated by a friend of GLOE. Lists include:
   -Jewish LGBT/Queer/Gay & Lesbian Books (Books on being both)
   -My Favorite Gay Teen Books
   -Children's Books with LGBT Families in Spanish & French
   -Children's Books with Diverse Families (Including LGBT Families)
   -Children's Books with LGBT Themes & Celebrating Difference
   -Children's Books with LGBT Families & Characters

New U.S. Young Adult (YA) LGBT books published in 2012, curated by Malinda Lo: "By 'LGBT YA novels' I mean young adult novels with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning main characters. That means many books that include secondary or supporting LGBTQ characters are not going to appear on this list. While supporting LGBT characters can indeed be significant, I chose to focus on MAIN characters, as I do believe there is a difference between being the star of the story and being the sidekick."   [January-March, 2012]  [April-June, 2012]

10 Outstanding LGBT Teen Reads (from the last 10 years) - From Lambda Literary's Alex Sanchez: "When I wrote my first novel, Rainbow Boys, I was writing the book I wished had been available when I was a teen—a book that would’ve told me: “It’s okay to be who you are.” I never imagined that with its 2001 my book would set off an ever-growing parade of LGBT-themed books for and about teenagers."
Categories: Girls Who Like Girls, Boys Who Like Boys, Trans Interest, Middle School/Pre-Teen, Bi Interest

For Jewish LGBTQ Teens and their Teen Allies

ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE: - LGBTQA Jewish Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
(1st Wednesday each month, September-June | 7:00-9:00 pm)

Rockville Open House (ROH) is a supervised, safe gathering space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning,or intersex (LGBTQQI) Jewish teens, and their friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 yrs old. Teens do NOT have to be Jewish to attend. ROH is open once a month, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Youth Lounge - 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD. For more information, please visit or

FAIRFAX OPEN HOUSE: Monthly Meeting (Currently on hold)
Fairfax Open House is a monthly support group for LGBT Jewish teens that meets the second Monday a month at the JCC in Northern Virginia. For more information friend us on Facebook, Twitter or check us out on the web at