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

Leadership often takes courage, as we'll hear this month from Ofer Erez, the first openly transgender IDF officer, at a wine reception we're hosting with Israeli House Washington. Leadership also takes knowledge, so later this month, we'll be presenting our final Hineni seminar with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf on developing LGBTQ Jewish leaders through text study and discussion. (Want more Jewish learning in the month of May? We're proud to be partnering with LGBTQ synagogue Bet Mishpachah for a Shabbaton over May 11 & 12.)

Additionally, we'll welcome back yearly GLOE-sponsored programs like our Pathways to Parenthood symposium exploring options for LGBTQ family-building, as well as the 3rd annual Rated LGBTQ queer cinema series as part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival.

Take a look below to learn more about these programs and other events happening this May with GLOE.



Sunday, May 6,
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC

GLOE invites you to a Sunday evening wine reception to hear from Ofer Erez, the first openly transgender IDF officer who is now the executive director of Jerusalem Open House, the city's first and only LGBTQ community resource center. Join us for Israeli wine tastings and snacks as we learn about Ofer's experiences as a trailblazing leader of Israel's LGBTQ community.

Presented with Israeli House Washington.


Friday, May 11, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Saturday, May 12, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Edlavitch DCJCC

Rabbi Benjamin Shalva will be leading the Spring Shabbaton following LGBTQ synagogue Bet Mishpachah's Friday evening service on May 11, and following the Kiddush lunch after the Saturday morning service on May 12. His topic will be Inner Light: Kabbalah & Meditation for the Busy Mind. Together, we will sample a variety of Kabbalistic meditation practices and discover solace and sanctuary in our own bodies, hearts and minds. No background or prior experience necessary—all beginners welcome!

Presented with Bet Mishpachah.

Wednesday, May 16,
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC

Thinking about growing your family, or looking for support after struggling to conceive? Please join us for an informal discussion at the Edlavitch DCJCC Parenting Center about different paths to family building. This symposium will include experts such as a fertility doctor, an adoption expert, a legal expert with experience facilitating egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, a representative from the foster care system, and more! Before and after the panel, there will be a resource fair with additional experts and resources and time for informal connecting and community building. LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish—all are warmly welcomed. Come prepared to ask questions and plug in for support.

Presented with the EDCJCC Parenting Center.


Tuesday, May 22,
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Adas Israel Congregation 

In this seminar, we will explore the trends affecting Jewish communities, organizations, and synagogues. We will discern how our unique perspectives as LGBTQ Jews can best address the challenges of our Jewish community. Together, we will explore how we can lead the Jewish people to reconnect with this essential and powerful truth of being human, and being Jewish.

This program is open to all people, LGBTQ and allies—Jewish and non-Jewish. No previous knowledge of Judaism or Jewish texts is required.

Presented with Adas Israel Congregation.


Sunday, April 22,
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC

For the third year in a row, GLOE is proud to partner with the 28th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival to present the Rated LGBTQ queer cinema series from May 2–13, as part of the festival line-up. These specially curated films tell stories in a range of themes relevant to LGBTQ Jewish audiences (and our friends).
Presented with the Washington Jewish Film Festival.