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BT Outreach & Engagement

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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.

(Check out the GLOE's SLINGSHOT profile)



Now - December 21 - The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide | Theater J

Friday, December 5 -  LGBTQ Shabbatluck
with Moishe House, Bet Mishpachah, Nice Jewish Boys, and Queers for Christ

Wednesday, December 17 - Chanukah Candle Lighting at the J! GLOE Night!

Wednesday, December 17 - GLOE Youth & Family: Schmoovie! Chanukah Event
(to follow Chanukah Candle Lighting)

Thursday, December 18 - Oh, Gaydel, Gaydel, Gaydel: Queer Chanukah Happy Hour
with GLOE, Bet Mish, Gayyim, Nice Jewish Boys, and Nice Jewish Girls

Thursday, December 25 - GLOE's Annual D25 Community Service Project
Part of the DCJCC's D25: Day of Service 


January - Community Service Projects with Casa Ruby
Projects and dates announced soon!


Sunday, February 1 - Tu B'shBrunch
with EntryPointDC

February 4-8 - Creating Change Conference - Denver, CO
Join GLOE as part of the national LGBTQ Jewish Movement working group

February - GLOE @ Washington Jewish Film Fest!
Film and dates announced soon!

Saturday, February 28 - Mischief: Purim Carnival (for Adults!


Sunday, March 29 - National Rainbow Seder  


April - GLOE's Text Study Class (multiple weeks)


Wednesday, May 6 - Shag B'Omer: Queer Hair-Cutting Party

May - GLOE @ Washington Jewish Music Festival

Saturday, May 23 - GLOE session @ After Dark: Shavuot Study Night
with EntryPointDC

(Learn more)

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The new (gay, Jewish, brilliant) Tony Kushner play at Theater J, getting rave reviews

GLOE @ Theater J
The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide

to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures

By Tony Kushner
Theater J – Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater
Playing: Now - December 21, 2014
DC Premiere!

When retired longshoreman and lifelong Communist Gus summons his three adult children to their Brooklyn home to explain why he’s selling the family brownstone and ending his life, things don’t go exactly as planned.

The children bring their own dramas; Pill and his husband are stumbling as an old flame resurfaces; Empty and her wife are squabbling as they await the birth of their child; and Vic is confronting long-buried truths. A deeply emotional battle over what makes life worth living from Tony, Obie, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner in a newly updated epic making its DC premiere.

"Rich, deep, beautiful...alternately heartbreaking and hilarious" -The New Yorker

It's so good, it's the cover of MetroWeekly. (Read the new interview with Kushner here.)

(Check out images from this gorgeous production)

The Intelligent Homosexual's Ways to Save:
♦ Pay-What-You-Can Previews: December 17
35 and under tickets: $25/weekend, $15/weeknight show
Use coupon code ‘GLOE10’ for $10 off tickets to ANY Intelligent performance

MORE INFO & TICKETS: or 800.494.8497

LGBTQ Community Shabbat


Friday, December 5, 2014
DCJCC (16th & Q St NW, entrance on Q St) | Library
6:30-8:00 pm | Shabbat Potluck
(followed by Rock n' Scroll Shabbat Services with Bet Mish)

FREE, but space is limited!

Join Moishe House, Bet Mishpachah, Nice Jewish Boys, Queer for Christ, and GLOE at this community Shabbat potluck!

We'll provide the wine, challah, and dessert! You bring your favorite vegetarian dish. (Click through for more food details.)

Mix, mingle, and get to know DC's LGBTQ and ally Jews, Christians, and our friends at this dinner for the community. For those interested, Congregation Bet Mishpachah will be holding their musical Rock 'n Scroll Shabbat services across the hall, after dinner.


GLOE Youth & Family: Chanukah

Chanukah Candle Lighting at the DCJCC

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
5:30-6:00 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q St NW) | Lobby

Celebrate Chanukah with us on GLOE Night, as the entire DCJCC community comes together in the lobby to light candles and sing! After reciting the blessings, we'll read a story that celebrates how differences are beautiful - just like in the story of Chanukah.

(Following candle lighting, join other LGBT families at our holiday Schmoovie event!)

YOU'RE INVITED: The DCJCC will be lighting candles every night of Chanukah, each lead by a different department of the J! (Lobby, 5:30 pm)

GLOE Youth & Family: Chanukah


Wednesday, December 17, 2014
6:00-8:00 pm (after candle lighting at 5:30)
(16th & Q St NW)
FREE / $5 with pizza

Join other LGBT families for this special holiday schmooze and a movie! After lighting the Chanukah candles in the DCJCC lobby, we’ll make a whole night of it, celebrating the season.

No need to find a babysitter – let the kids (and adults!) cozy up in front of the entertainment with our Youth & Family staff. We'll be screening Frozen - yes, singing along is definitely allowed! - while you meet and connect with other LGBT parents and families. Grab a few slices of pizza (pre-order when you register, please), enjoy some Chanukah treats and sweets, and celebrate this warm season with new friends.
All ages.
All are welcome.

(Want to learn more about GLOE Youth & Family? Click here.

Chanukah 2014!

Oh, Gaydel, Gaydel, Gaydel!
Queer Chanukah Happy Hour

Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 6:00-9:00 pm
LOCATION: Den of Thieves
(14th & U St, NW)
FREE  |  (RSVP on Facebook)

Flame on!, during this Festival of Lights when you celebrate Chanukah with other LGBT Jews - and our friends! (Over 250 people showed up to this annual event last year!)

Join Bet Mishpachah, Gayyim, GLOE, Nice Jewish Boys, and Nice Jewish Girls at Den of Thieves for all the festivities. There will be great music, drink specials, a fab Gaydel signature cocktail, free appetizers to nosh plus delish sufganiyot/doughnuts.

GLOE @ D25

December 25th Day of Service:
Healthcare Kits for the Community

Thursday, December 25, 2014  
DCJCC | 11:00 am-2:00 pm

GLOE is proud to be part of the December 25th Day of Service, with a project dedicated to the issues in our LGBT community.

The DCJCC’s D25 projects impact over 10,000 lives around the DC area in a single day. Register now to be part of the GLOE project, to meet new people for a fun project AND ensure that the LGBT community receives the support it deserves.


Mischief: Purim Carnival for Adults

Saturday, February 28, 2015 | 8:30 pm - midnight
DCJCC (16th & Q St NW)
Open Bar Tickets: $20 in advance, $30 at the door
Age: 21+

Two words: Bounce House.
Four words: Bounce House, without kids.

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 booze and music, 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!


GLOE Fundraiser
Trivia Night!

Want to support GLOE’s work for the LGBT Jewish community AND prove what a smarty pants you are?

Grab your friends for a fun night, competing in multiple rounds of trivia of all sorts – general knowledge, pop culture, history, sports, and of course, some of our special theme rounds! (Don’t have a full 8 people for a team? We’ll get you teamed up… but we can’t vouch for their trivia expertise.) We’ve got cash for the winning team, Door Prizes, a prize for the most creative team name, and plenty of other cool stuff.

Do it for the cash and prizes.
Do it for the bragging rights.
Do it to support GLOE’s unique work and help our diverse Jewish community thrive.


NICE JEWISH BOYS: Monthly Happy Hour 
Thursday, November, 2014 | 7:00 pm 
Number Nine (1435 P St, NW)
Join your favorite NJBs at our monthly Happy Hour at Number Nine (usually the 3rd Thursday of the month). Grab a drink with all the fun NJBs till 9pm, upstairs, to the left of the bar! See you there! Nice Jewish Boys is a network for gay, bisexual and trans Jewish men in their twenties and thirties, and their fans, in Washington, DC. (MORE INFO)


ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE - LGBTQ Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
November, 2014 | 7:00-9:00 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 7-9pm (except January and June) 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

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 and Joshua Siegel
Members: Marnie Abramson, Yoni Bock, Shane Cusumano, Margot Friedman, Mindy Gasthalter, Denise Gold, Michael Plostock, Michael Singer

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

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

1529 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036