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BT Outreach & Engagement

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Sunday, October 4 - Sukkot & Queer Youth Homelessness: Casa Ruby Building Project

Thursday, October 8 - Hoppy Harvest: A Fall Social

Thursday, October 22 - Take Off the Masc
The masculinity paradox in international LGBTQ culture, from DC to Tel Aviv

Sunday, October 25 - GLOE @ LitFest: S. Bear Bergman's
Flamingo Rampant Storytelling Dinner Party


Sunday, November 15 - GLOE Youth & Family Chanukah: I Had a Little Dreidel

Sunday, November 22 - GLOE @ Everything But the Turkey: Thanksgiving Community Service


Friday, December 25 - GLOE @ D25: Day of Service Project

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Sukkot & Queer Youth Homelessness

Casa Ruby Building Project

Sunday, October 4, 2015 | 12:00-3:00 pm
Location: Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center


This Sukkot, don't just tell LGBTQ youth that it gets better — make it better! The Jewish holiday of Sukkot commemorates the forty year period when the children of Israel wandered the desert, living in temporary dwellings, searching for a permanent home. In our city today, LGBTQ youth make up 40% of homeless youth – putting them at significantly higher risk of becoming homeless than their straight peers. Sukkot reminds us of that time when we also had no stable home, no solid roof overhead.

We’re coming together to help Casa Ruby with a construction project. Casa Ruby is the only bilingual, multicultural, LGBTQ organization providing life-saving services and programs to the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ community in DC – through their Community Center and their newly acquired home for homeless LGBTQ youth. From painting to building and organizing, all skill levels are welcome!

Presented by the DCJCC’s GLOE, EntryPointDC, and Behrend Builders

Hoppy Harvest

An LGBTQ Jewish Fall Social

Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: Bardo Brewpub Beer Garden

TICKETS: $15 til 10/5  |  $20 at the door

We're celebrating the new year, the fall harvest... and what better way to do all that than connecting in an outdoor beer garden, with new friends and some this season's best brews?

Get together with all the fab LGBTQ Jews in town (and our friends!) at the fantastic Bardo, with its relaxed brewpub atmosphere, incredible list of their own craft beers and rare brews from near and far, cornhole games, and more.

Your ticket gets you a delicious dinner, the first 100 drinks of the night on GLOE, and all the fabulous fall schmoozing you can handle - all for fifteen bucks.

GLOE is a proud co-sponsor of

Take Off the Masc

Thursday, October 22, 2105 | 7:00 pm
Ulysses Room (52 O Street, NW)
TICKETS: FREE, but space is limited at this art studio loft space, so reserve now!

Join us for an evening deconstructing the masculinity paradox in international LGBTQ culture, from DC to Tel Aviv.

Featuring DC Performance Artist Jason Barnes and Tel Aviv LGBT Event Producer Anat Nir, this will be an incredible - and provocative - night.

  • The Spicy, Sexy & Queer: Israeli Identity Politics of Arisa | by Tel Aviv LGBT event producer Anat Nir | Dana v’ Anat
    The Israelis behind Tel Aviv’s hottest gay parties have been taking on the status quo with edgy and provocative viral videos that challenge Israeli identity on issues of gender, sex, religion, race, violence and much more. Tel Aviv cultural figure and feminist leader Anat Nir joins A Wider Bridge for a presentation on the controversial work of Arisa and its charismatic and lovable icon, Uriel Yekutiel.
  • Widdershins | By DC Performance Artist Jason Barnes | Pussy Noir
    Thinking about masculinity and femininity in men, most people — especially gays — see behavior as a choice. Wouldn’t it be interesting if femme men could just wash it off, so they may join the ranks of gay society? “Widdershins” is a cleansing ritual/performance inspired by a practice of modern pagans to get rid of the old path and clear anew. To the music of Depeche Mode, Pussy Noir will take ancient practices into a modern queer context to comment on global Femiphobia.

Check out the videos, learn more, and reserve tickets online.

In partnership with A Wider Bridge and Transformer Arts

GLOE @LitFest:

S. Bear Bergman's

Flamingo Rampant Storytelling Dinner Party!

Sunday, October 25, 2015 | 4:00-5:30 pm
Tickets: $5/person (includes dinner!)

Bring the kids for fun new stories and activities with S. Bear Bergman, from Flamingo Rampant! The series of books is racially-diverse, feminist, and LGBTQ-positive, and are full of zip and fizz and encourage in kids a more expansive imagination landscape. 

Spend your Sunday night gobbling up dinner over books where ALL kids can see themselves as part of the story!

(Best for ages: 4-8, but all are welcome)

Part of the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

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Volunteer for any program at the literary festival, and get a FREE festival event ticket to hear huge names like Michael Pollan, Alan Dershowitz, Etgar Keret, Leslea Newman, and more!
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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! 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. * 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

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.


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

ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE - LGBTQ Jewish Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 | 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

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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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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