GLOE is the Kurlander Program for 
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

This spring, get "lit" with GLOE—we are co-presenting back-to-back literary events starting with Caitlyn Jenner's talk about her new memoir at Sixth & I, followed by the 2017 Spring Shabbaton with Bet Mishpachah, featuring author Maggie Anton and her recent book on Talmudic teachings toward sex.

Next month, two annual GLOE programs return: the Pathways to Parenthood symposium providing resources to LGBTQ folks looking to become parents, and the "Rated LGBTQ" series of queer movies as part of the 27th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival.


Caitlyn Jenner Spring 2017 Shabbaton

Thursday, April 27,
7:00 PM

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

In conversation with Buzz Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Friday Night Lights, Caitlyn Jenner will discuss her new memoir, The Secrets of My Life, sharing details of her childhood as Bruce Jenner and meteoric rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete.  The book also mentions her marriages and her relationships with her children, as well as her transition and experiences as the world’s most famous transgender woman.

Immediately following the event, join GLOE and Rabbi Suzy Stone of Sixth & I for a short discussion for anyone who wants to share thoughts sparked by Jenner’s talk in a smaller setting.

This program does not include a book signing.  Books will be pre-signed by the author and included with ticket purchase.

Co-presented with Sixth & I.


Friday, April 28 through
Saturday, April 29
Edlavitch DCJCC 

Any Talmud student knows that our sages debate all sorts of subjects in great detail.  So it should come as no surprise that they also discuss every aspect of sexual relations—how, when, where, with whom—often in startlingly explicit fashion.  With this in mind, Bet Mishpachah's 2017 Spring Shabbaton will feature guest scholar Maggie Anton, who will reveal how the ancient Rabbis are progressive in many respects—and more bawdy than one might think.

    On Friday, April 28, there will be a congregational dinner, evening Shabbat services, and a presentation on "Sex Between Men in Medieval Times (aka 'Playing the Game') was Neither a Crime nor Abnormal."  On Saturday, April 29, there will be morning Shabbat services, a Kiddush lunch, and a presentation on "What the Talmud Actually Teaches About Sexual Relations."

      Co-presented with Bet Mishpachah.

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      Pathways to Parenthood Rated LGBTQ

      Wednesday, May 17,
      6:30 to 9:30 PM

      Edlavitch DCJCC

      The Edlavitch DCJCC’s Parenting Center and GLOE present this annual program providing informational resources to members of the LGBTQ community looking to become parents through adoption, surrogacy, and other means.  Prior to the symposium, stop by the EDCJCC lobby beginning at 4 pm to be screened for Jewish genetic diseases with JScreen.

      This event will include experts such as a fertility doctor, an adoption expert, a mental health provider, a rabbi, a legal expert with experience facilitating egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, and more!

      Before and after the panel, there will be time for informal connecting and community buildingplus additional experts and resources available to explore one-on-one.


      Co-presented with the Edlavitch DCJCC's
      Parenting Center.

      Wednesday, May 17 through
      Sunday, May 28
      Washington Jewish Film Festival

      Returning for its second year, GLOE and the 27th Washington Jewish Film Festival present Rated LGBTQ, bringing the best in contemporary queer cinema to the nation’s capital.  Featuring comedies, insightful documentaries, and international dramas, the lineup will run as part of the 27th WJFF from May 17–28.

      Series highlights include: The Freedom to Marry, a look at the marriage equality movement alongside Evan Wolfson and Mary Bonauto; Israeli drama In Between, centered on the life of three Arab-Israeli women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv; and a 45th anniversary presentation of the classic film Cabaret.

      Buy tickets and check out the full lineup at


          Co-presented with the 27th annual
          Washington Jewish Film Festival.

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          AROUND the CENTER
          Upcoming Events at the EDCJCC

          April 23 || Behrend Builders || April 2017 Open Build
          Join Behrend Builders to repair a low-income family home in Northeast DC that was recently damaged in a fire, displacing the elderly DC couple who have lived there for decades.  Volunteers will prepare the home for gutting of areas affected by the fire.  No previous construction experience is necessary.

          April 24 || Jewish Life & Learning || Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners
          Being part of an interfaith couple can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone.  For 20 years, our four-session workshop has been a model to guide couples in openly discussing issues they face as partners from two different backgrounds.

          May 4 || Community Service || Hunger Action at the EDCJCC
          Join us at the EDCJCC to mix, chop, and prepare food for homeless shelters and other agencies serving those in need in the DC area.   No cooking skills are necessary!  The food prepared during Hunger Action is distributed to over 88 social service agencies by DC Central Kitchen, our program partner.

          AROUND the COMMUNITY

          June 9 || 2017 Capital Pride Shabbat
          Join over 300 people for a joint Shabbat service to celebrate Erev Pride with the whole Jewish community—LGBTQ and friends alike. Enjoy wine and refreshments before leaders from GLOE, the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, and Bet Mishpachah affirm the diversity of our community at a unique service devised specially for Capital Pride, including personal Jewish reflections on gender in our communities, followed by a Shabbat dinner.

          June 10 || GLOE at the 2017 Capital Pride Festival
          March with the Jewish community at the 42nd Annual Capital Pride Parade! Hundreds of marchers and dozens of Jewish organizations will come together to represent the love, equality, and values that the Jewish community stands for.

          June 11 || Marching Forward: GLOE at the 2017 Capital Pride Parade
          Visit the GLOE booth at Capital Pride for fun swag, news on upcoming events, and to connect with with DC's LGBTQ Jewish community.

          The Edlavitch DCJCC embraces inclusion in all its programs and activities.  We welcome and encourage the participation of all people, regardless of their background, sexual orientation, abilities, or religion, including interfaith couples and families.