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BT Outreach & Engagement

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Sunday, September 20 - Tashlich Picnic at Rock Creek Park

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Jews & Gender:
A Class on Trans Issues, The Androgynos, and That Whole Gender Spectrum

Thursday, July 30, 2015
7:30-9:00 pm | DCJCC

Everybody has a gender.
And the Torah’s got plenty of opinions about it.

Trans issues bring up some of the coolest parts of Jewish learning. For thousands of years, the Jewish tradition has been making space for all the in-between-ness… even if it seems like society has only recently caught up! Rabbi Laurie Green (Bet Mishpachah) will take us through traditional and not-so-traditional Jewish sources and opinions related to trans, genderqueer, and non-binary individuals. Come explore a new-old frontier in Jewish tradition!

No previous knowledge (of Torah, trans issues, etc.) required.

Presented by Jewish Living and GLOE.


August 11-13, 2015
Salzburg, Austria

GLOE's 10th Annual
End-of-Summer Pool Party

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Due to forces beyond our control (See: Cracked Pool, cross reference with: Bacterial Thing), this Sunday's pool party is canceled.

Watch this space for another big group event coming up in a few weeks! (See: Bonfire, cross reference with: Beverages)

GLOE Youth & Family
Tashlich Picnic at Rock Creek Park

Sunday, September 20, 2015
10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Rock Creek Park - NEW SITE: #24

Join GLOE Youth & Family to celebrate the New Year with other LGBTQ individuals, couples, teens, kids and families!

We'll gather in Rock Creek Park for a casual afternoon of community, games and the tashlich ritual. Tashlich, which means "casting off" in Hebrew, is the High Holiday tradition of tossing bread crumbs into a flowing body of water, casting off the negatives of the past year and giving us a chance to reflect on our hopes for ourselves and families in the coming year.

If you'd like, bring a picnic lunch and blanket for yourself, and we’ll provide everything else, including (kosher) dessert and challah, games and lots of ruach/spirit - and together we'll envision a sweet new year!

Presented with the DCJCC's Family Engagement


REHOBOTH: Beach Shabbat
Friday, July 10, 2015 | 6:00 pm | Bethany Beach, Rehoboth
Are you ready for an amazing night at the beach? The folks who brought 6000 people to Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars are starting a new tradition at the beach - Beach Shabbat!, creating positive Jewish experiences that are open and welcoming to all. Temple Bat Yam from Ocean City and Seaside Jewish Community from Rehoboth will join in, and the service will be led by Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen and Cantor Robbie Solomon from Baltimore Hebrew, for a fun and spiritual Shabbat on the beach. FREE - More Info:


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, May 6, 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 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

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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Washington, DC 20036


Community Partner
DC Jewish LGBTQ organizations

Bet Mishpachah

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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