GLOE is the Kurlander Program for 
GL
BTQ Outreach & Engagement

 

Connecting GLBTQ Jews at the Edlavitch DCJCC

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Josef Palermo, GLOE director

Josef Palermo,
Director of GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC

Since its founding over ten years ago, GLOE has been at the forefront of recontextualizing Judaism for a contemporary LGBTQ community.  From our signature Purim party that blurs the lines between genders, to the annual National Rainbow Seder celebrating LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish life, GLOE aims to bring modern relevance to ancient traditions.


This year, in symbolic tribute to the ritual observance of Tisha B'Av, a day to reflect on the forced exile of Jewish people throughout history, GLOE will present We Remember: LGBTQ Communities in Crisis to examine the current climate of persecution targeting LGBTQ communities around the world, including the recent wave of detention and torture of gay men in the Chechnya region of Russia, and the impact of global LGBTQ refugee issues.


Rabbi Gil Steinlauf of Adas Israel Congregation will open the program with Jewish teachings on Tisha B’Av and its relation to today's oppressed LGBTQ communities, and James Kirchick, a journalist and visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution, will moderate a conversation with the following participants:


  • Jeremy Kadden, Senior International Policy Advocate at the Human Rights Campaign
  • Rachel Levitan, Associate Vice President for Program Planning and Management at HIAS
  • Jesse Bernstein, Senior Advisor in the State Department Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
  • Beni DeDieu Luzau, member of the LGBTI Caucus of the Refugee Congress, who fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004 to avoid imprisonment for his advocacy work on LGBTI issues and HIV/AIDS awareness


It has long been a tradition in Judaism to bear witness to injustice, so please join us on Wednesday, along with our panel co-presented by Adas Israel Congregation and HIAS—the world's oldest refugee agency—in recognition of Tisha B'Av and our LGBTQ mishpacha around the world.



Sincerely,
 
Josef Palermo
Director, GLOE - Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement

In its role representing both Jewish visibility in DC's LGBTQ community, and LGBTQ visibility in DC's Jewish community,
GLOE seeks to find commonality among intersectional identities and to participate in balanced, respectful dialogue that engages a broad audience in meaningful conversation.

WE REMEMBER:
GLOBAL LGBTQ COMMUNITIES IN CRISIS

August 2, 7:00 pm

Edlavitch DCJCC


Tisha B'Av is considered the saddest day on the Jewish calendar.  It is a time to reflect on the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other communal tragedies of the Jewish people.  In symbolic tribute to the ritual observance of Tisha B'Av, GLOE will mark this day by examining the current climate of persecution targeting LGBTQ communities around the world, including the recent wave of detention and torture of gay men in the Chechnya region of Russia, and the impact of the global LGBTQ refugee crisis created by factors such as systematic executions of LGBTQ people by the Islamic State and anti-gay legislation passed in places like Uganda.


Please join us, along with our panel co-presented by Adas Israel Congregation and HIASthe world's oldest refugee agency—for what we expect to be a powerful conversation with experts on various humanitarian crises affecting LGBTQ communities around the world.