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Saturday, February 13 - GLOE @ Theater J: The Sisters Rosensweig
with special Galentine's Day TalkBack

February 24-March 6 - WJFF Spotlight: LGBTQ Jewish Films 
at the Washington Jewish Film Festival



February 24-March 6 - WJFF Spotlight: LGBTQ Jewish Films 
at the Washington Jewish Film Festival

Thursday, March 10 - PURIM CLASS: "Hello, It's Me..."
Purim's Lessons on Inner vs. Outer Identities

Saturday, March 19 - Mischief: Queer Drag Purim Carnival (for Adults!)



Sunday, April 10 - World Congress of LGBTQ Jews

Sunday, April 17 - National Rainbow Seder       



Wednesday, May 18 - CLASS: Pathways to Parenting

May 26-June 2 - See Israel with Pride
Federation LGBTQ Mission

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GLOE @ Theater J
The Sisters Rosensweig
On Galentine's Day! celebrating our fabulous-(but-not-romantic) relationships

Saturday, February 13, 2016
3:00 pm | Show
5:30 pm | Post-show Talk-Back, celebrating the unique friendships between gay men and straight women

Gay men and straight women have long had a special bond. These unique relationships often turn into some of our strongest, and longest, friendships. We support one another, tell each other the truth, and love one another for exactly who we are. The Sisters Rosensweig is a classic and hilarious play by Wendy Wasserstein, about three Jewish-American women, pushing to define their own lives. Along with romance, the play also explores the way our friendships impact our world - including the bond between gay men and straight women.

This Galentine's Day, we're leaving our sweeties at home, and celebrating our fabulous-(but-not-romantic) friendships - those powerful relationships which give us so much... and last longer than the romances! After the show, stay for a fun Talk-Back, with cast members, relationship experts, and more. 


$20  - with code: GLOE (This code is good at any show all season!)

The Sisters Rosensweig runs at Theater J from January 13-February 21, 2016.

Washington Jewish Film Festival

LGBTQ Spotlight

Festival Dates: February 24-March 6

GLOE is thrilled to be a part of this year’s WJFF Spotlight, focusing on fantastic, diverse Jewish films that explore the LGBTQ experience, life, and culture - including films with bi and intersex subjects, voices which often go unheard in our community.  In addition to great surrounding events with filmmakers and special guests, film highlights include Feelings are Facts, The Good Son, Compared to What?, and Sunday Bloody Sunday. Don’t miss Congressman Barney Frank at the DCJCC on March 2!

Watch this space for special GLOE events at WJFF!


CLASS – “Hello, It’s Me…”
Purim’s Lessons on Inner vs. Outer Identities

Thursday, March 10, 2016 | 7:00 pm
[Registration opens soon!]

Are you the same person to your friends, your boss, your family?

Does that match the image you have of yourself?
How do you defy expectations?

Purim has a lot to say about making sense of who you are to the world. Join other curious minds in a class that will take a closer look at the Book of Esther (and some other fun texts), Jewish stories, and use your own life experiences to think about what Purim teaches us about expressing yourself.

Do we stay “closeted” (like Mordechai advised Esther) – about our life’s passions in work, relationships, Jewish identity – to make things easier or stay safe? When are you “passing” (being taken for someone you’re not/”not”), and how do you deal with expectations and pressures of those around you?

Register for a night of Jewish learning, challenging new perspectives, and reflecting on being YOU in relationship to your communities.

(All are welcome; no previous Jewish background or learning needed.)


Queer Drag Purim Carnival (for Adults!)

Saturday, March 19, 2016 | 8:30 – 11:30 pm

Registration opens soon!

Do you love the drag-tastic fun of Purim, but think it’s no fair that only the kids get to play all the carnival games, win all the prizes, and run around in costumes? We do, too.

And then we added music and refreshments, a bounce house, and took out the creepy carnival clowns.

Party with hundreds of queer Jews (and our fab friends), let out your inner Queen (Esther) on the dance floor, and other naughty fun! Plus plenty of Purim treats to eat and OPEN BAR for those in costume! (Age: 21+)

Open Bar Tickets

$20 in advance, $30 at the door
FREE for volunteers (limited slots available)

Jewish Federations of Greater Washington and North America invite you to

LGBTQ Pride Mission Trip to Israel

May 26-June 2, 2016

Join members of Greater Washington's LGBTQ community as we travel alongside our peers from across North America for this historic mission to Israel!

Marvel at Jerusalem's Old City one day and be dazzled by Tel Aviv's beaches the next. Meet with the president of Israel and LGBTQ politicians, business leaders and innovators and learn what is being done to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community. Visit incredible sites where Federations are changing lives every day. Have a private concert with an Israeli music star and experience Israeli culture, cuisine and character. Take pride in advancement. Take pride in Israel and the Israeli LGBTQ community on this unforgettable trip. (Trip subsidies are available for young adults in their 20s and 30s!)

Contact for additional information. * Hotel rooms have been reserved for those wishing to extend their stay for Tel Aviv Pride on June 3, 2016.

Leadership: Stuart Kurlander: National Chair | Ron Kaplan: Greater Washington Community Co-Chair | Billy Kreisberg: Greater Washington Community Co-Chair
The Jewish Federation: Make It Yours


BET MISHPACHAH || Rock 'n Scroll & New Member Shabbat
Friday, February 5 || 8:00 pm || DCJCC
Join Bet Mish, an egalitarian synagogue embracing diversity, for a special Shabbat! Larry Neff and Rabbi Ben Shava lead this Rock 'n Scroll musical service, honoring new members.

NICE JEWISH BOYS || Foreskins Optional - a mixer between Queer For Christ and Nice Jewish Boys
Sunday, February 20 || 7:30 pm || Moishe House-Columbia Heights

Mark your calendars for the DC LGBT People Of Faith social event of the season: FORESKINS OPTIONAL, hosted this year by Moishe House Columbia Heights, a pluralistic international organization that provides meaningful Jewish experiences to young adults including Shabbatot and an array of other social and content-based programming. What to bring: Moishe is graciously providing some snacks, but asks that guests BYOB or bring some to share! Location: Moishe House: 1453 Harvard St NW, WDC 20009 [RSVP & INFO


See Israel with Pride: LGBTQ Trip to Israel || Jewish Federation of North America
May 26-June 2, 2016 [LEARN MORE]
Join members of Greater Washington's LGBTQ community as we travel alongside our peers from across North America for this historic mission to Israel! Contact for additional information.
(See above for more details.)

See Israel in a Whole New Way! || JCC Association
May 28-June 9, 2016 [LEARN MORE]
Visit Israel with the LGBTQ Community! Create memories to last for a lifetime on a 12-day trip to Israel, custom-designed for members and friends of the LGBTQ communities from around North America. The itinerary will be packed with activities, offering opportunities for engagement & connection, exploration & history, community, fun, and so much more! Registration closes on April 1, 2016.


ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE - LGBTQ Jewish Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | 6:30-8:30 pm
(1st Wednesday of the month, September-June)
Rockville Open House (ROH) is a supervised, safe gathering space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,  queer, questioning,or intersex (LGBTQQI) teens, and their friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 years old. ROH will be meeting on the 1st Wednesdays of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm (except September) in the JCCGW teen lounge, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington: Youth Lounge - 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD. For more information, please visit us at or

GAMMA: Peer Support Group for Men in Mixed-Orientation Relationships
2nd & 4th Fridays of each month | 7:30-9:30 pm
Saint Thomas' Parish Episcopal Church (1772 Church St, NW, DC)
GAMMA is a confidential peer support group for men who are gay, bisexual, questioning or don't identify themselves as any of the above, but who are attracted to men; AND who are, or who were, married or otherwise involved with a woman. GAMMA has met continuously in DC since 1978, and last year began to offer meeting in Northern Virginia. GAMMA Meetings in DC are year-round at Saint Thomas' Parish Episcopal Church, a short walk from the Dupont Circle Red Line Metro station. GAMMA is a safe, confidential place to discuss and explore these issues with other like-minded men.  GAMMA is not affiliated with any religious, political, or social organizations. MORE INFO:

MAUTNER PROJECT: In-Person Support Groups
Mautner offers in-person support groups for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the DC metro area. Mautner Project is committed to improving the health of women who partner with women including lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, through direct and support service, education and advocacy. If you are interested in any of the Washington, DC-based running groups or would like information on support groups available in your area, please feel free to contact us by calling 202.332.5536, or by sending us an email: The group is free, but RSVP is required for your first session. 

Various days
The Peer Support Program of Whitman-Walker Health promotes the mental health of the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender community, people living HIV/AIDS and their loved ones through a variety of peer-based services. Support groups and individual peer counseling are free, but donations are accepted. If you are interested in individual peer counseling, a support group for LGBT and HIV/AIDS-related concerns, or simply getting more information, contact 202-797-3580 or

WASHINGTON POST - Date Lab: Women Seeking Women Partners
The Washington Post's matchmaking segment, "Date Lab," is looking for women to set up and send out on dates with other women, since they looking for more queer representation, especially with women couples. Apply online (free; 10 minutes) and they'll be in touch when they find a match. The Post will send you out for dinner and drinks up to $125, and then your date will be featured in their Date Lab series. MORE INFO

Director: Halley Cohen
(202) 777-3253

Founder and Past Chair:
Stuart S. Kurlander

GLOE Steering Committee
Amy Cotton, Alex Greenbaum, Joshua Siegel, and Michael Singer
Members: Marnie Abramson, Yoni Bock, Shane Cusumano, Margot Friedman, Mindy Gasthalter, Denise Gold, and Michael Plostock

GLOE Program Committee
Joanna Blotner, Marlene Cohen, Jonathan Gilad, Sharon Greenbaum, Kelly Horton, Azariah Kurlantzick, Cassie Maxwell, Gary Morin, Alissa Perman, Ken Troshinsky

Advisory Board
Dana Beyer, Sammy Dweck, Shira Frank, Erica Gloger, Billy Kreisberg, Bob Tracy

GLOE Intern:
Azariah Kurlantzick



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Community Partner
DC Jewish LGBTQ organizations

Bet Mishpachah

Social Groups:
Nice Jewish Boys Social Group

Nice Jewish Girls Social Group

Gayyim DC: a social group for Jewish GBT men

GLOE is honored to be recognized nationally as a communal game-changer once again, and we’re especially excited to be included in the first-ever DC Edition of the Slingshot Guide, recognizing the most innovative Jewish organizations in the region.

Thank you to everyone who helps us create fabulous, inclusive Jewish community every day.

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