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BTQ Outreach & Engagement


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Zehorit Sorek

Daniel Jonas

Daniel Jonas


Refusing to Choose: LGBTQ and Orthodox in Israel
co-presented with A Wider Bridge

Thursday, January 12 | 7:009:00 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC, Ina & Jack Kay Community Hall (16th & Q Streets NW)


Israel's LGBT community is far from monolithic. Beyond secular Tel Aviv, where LGBTQ life is vibrant and accepted, are many other communities that continue to struggle with LGBTQ acceptance. Within Israel’s Jewish Orthodox Communities, many LGBTQ members are still marginalized, and even excommunicated from their congregations, families and friends. In recent years, religious LGBTQ Israelis have come together to "refuse to choose" between their LGBTQ and religious identities. Together, they're building a future where they can be their full authentic selves - queer, Israeli, and observant Jews.

Daniel Jonas of Havruta (Gay Men's Religious Israeli Organization) and Zehorit Sorek of Bat Kol (LBT Women's Religious Israeli Organization) join A Wider Bridge and GLOE to share their work changing attitudes, fighting homophobia, ending conversion therapy, and cultivating flourishing LGBT religious communities in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and across the State of Israel.

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Kosher dietary laws observed.

Limited spots available! Register in advance at!

For questions, please contact Jordan Schwartz

National LGBTQ Inauguration Shabbat

National LGBTQ Inauguration Shabbat

National LGBTQ Inauguration Shabbat


National LGBTQ Inauguration Shabbat:
"Strengthening Each Other"
co-hosted by Bet Mishpachah & Keshet 

Friday, January 20 | 7:0010:00 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC, Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater (16th & Q Streets NW)

Bet Mishpachah (DC's LGBTQ congregation), Keshet (a national grassroots organization working for the full equality and inclusion of LGBT Jews in Jewish life), and GLOE are inviting DC residents and visitors to the National LGBTQ Inauguration Shabbat: "Strengthening One Another" on Friday, January 20.  The program targets allies of the LGBTQ and Jewish communities who will be in the nation's capital for activities scheduled for Inauguration weekend, such as the "Women’s March on Washington" taking place January 21.

The evening will feature a 7:00 PM panel discussion on the rise of anti-Semitic rhetoric and its connection to homophobia/transphobia, followed by an 8:00 PM progressive egalitarian Shabbat prayer service, concluding with a 9:00 PM social reception.

This special event will be a gathering place for those seeking to connect with other progressive Jews to reaffirm their values and strengthen their commitment to Tikkun Olam — the spiritual and communal repair of our broken world.  Program organizers seek to unite the Jewish community in solidarity with other communities who face bigotry and intolerance.  They also aim to provide participants an opportunity to find comfort in others who share many of the same goals of building tolerance and inclusivity.



NICE JEWISH BOYS | January 2017 Happy Hour: "Make Happy Hour, Happier Hour?"
Thursday, January 26 | 5:00–8:00 PM | Number Nine (1435 P St NW)
Shake off your blues with some reds and whites (Get it?? They are wine puns. Ok, moving on...). It's a new year with a new President (cough), but the boys of NJB are standing strong and hosting the nicest, Jewiest, gayest happy hour in town! Bring a friend, or 10, and join us upstairs at Number 9 for 2-1 drank specials till 9:00pm. See you there!! | Nice Jewish Boys is a social group welcoming gay, bisexual, queer, and trans Jewish men (and their friends) in the DC area.


(Application period closed for current DC-based trips. Check website for next dates.)
Honeymoon Israel provides highly subsidized trips to Israel for couples to share fun, meaningful experiences with each other and build friendships and community with peers - including many LGBTQ couples! On Honeymoon Israel, you will experience Israel’s culture, beauty, and society over nine days in a way you could never do on your own. You and 20 other couples will spend nine days hitting the best tourist spots—as well as unique experiences you wouldn’t get on a standard vacation, like meals with local families and meetings with high-level public officials and business leaders. Honeymoon Israel is a completely inclusive program—we welcome Jewish/Jewish, interfaith, and LGBTQ couples. To participate, couples must be in their first 5 years of marriage or lifelong, committed relationship, have at least one Jewish partner, and one partner between the ages of 25 and 40.


ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE | LGBTQ Jewish & Ally Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
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. (No July or August meetings.) Location: Teen Lounge, at the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville).

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.

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. Whether you have come to Peer Support looking for help with LGBT and HIV-related concerns, like coming out, relationships, self-esteem, transitioning, managing chronic conditions, or something else, you’ve come to the right place. Support groups and individual peer counseling are free, but donations are accepted. To find out more, please contact the Peer Support Program Coordinator at 202.939.7646 or An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

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.

Director: Josef Palermo
(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


Edlavitch DCJCC

1529 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


DC Jewish GLBTQ Community Partners


Bet Mishpachah

Social Groups:

Nice Jewish Boys 
Nice Jewish Girls
Gayyim DC: GBT Jewish 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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