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at a glance


Wednesday, May 18 - CLASS: Pathways to Parenthood

May TBA - Hunger Action, with GLOE

May 26-June 2 - See Israel with Pride
Federation LGBTQ Mission


June 6-12 - GLOE @ PRIDE!
Full Pride Schedule

Saturday, June 11 - After Dark: Shavuot Learn-athon
GLOE Panel on Jewish Masculinities


Sunday, July 17 - Food for Thought: On Food Justice
Volunteer Projects around DC


Sunday, August 28 - Faygelehs & Bagelehs
Annual End-of Summer/Fall Kick-Off Gathering

Other Events in the Community
Events, Israel Trips, Ongoing Support Groups - In the Community


CLASS: Pathways to Parenthood

Wednesday, May 18 | 7:00-9:00 pm

Thinking about growing your family or looking for support after struggling to conceive?

Join us for an informal discussion about different paths to family building. This symposium 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 with experts and one another. 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!

Co-presented by the DCJCC's Parenting Center, in partnership with The Red Stone , Shady Grove Fertility, and the Tinina Q Cade Foundation.

Hunger Action, with GLOE

May TBA || 7:00-9:00 pm

Join GLOE at the DCJCC to mix, chop, and prepare food for homeless shelters and other agencies serving those in need in the DC area. At the National Rainbow Seder this year, we focused on The Hidden Hungry in our community, and this project is one way to do something about it! The food prepared during Hunger Action is distributed to over 88 social service agencies by DC Central Kitchen, our program partner.

No cooking skills are necessary! Individuals of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.

Jewish Federations of Greater Washington and North America invite you to
LGBTQ Pride Mission Trip to Israel

May 26-June 2, 2016

Join members of Greater Washington's LGBTQ community as we travel alongside our peers from across North America for this historic mission to Israel! Take pride in advancement. Take pride in Israel and the Israeli LGBTQ community on this unforgettable trip. (Trip subsidies are available for young adults in their 20s and 30s!)

Contact for additional information. * Hotel rooms have been reserved for those wishing to extend their stay for Tel Aviv Pride on June 3, 2016


Flow: LGBTQ Dance Class

4 Tuesdays: June 4-28, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Instructors: Alissa Perman and Kate Molski

Come with a partner, as an individual, or with a friend - everyone will learn to lead, follow, and switch it up. In a friendly atmosphere, we'll fuse popular styles to create unique dances with every partner, song and space.

You know you want to look good when you spin your boo around the dance floor at the next family wedding, or just around town!
No experience necessary.



  Full line-up coming soon!





KESHET || LGBTQ and Ally Teen Shabbaton - West Coast
Application Deadline: April 28
May 13-15 || Camp Mountain Chai (Angelus Oaks, CA)
Join us for a weekend of fun, community, and learning for and by Jewish LGBTQ and ally teens! Meet new friends, learn about LGBTQ organizing and identities, and celebrate a lakeside Shabbat with a warm, vibrant community of LGBTQ and ally teens and adults. Limited scholarship for registration and travel costs is available. We encourage participants to register early. (For LGBTQ and ally teens, grades 8-12, in the Western United States, Western Canada and the Southwest.)

A WIDER BRIDGE || Washington Reception for KALA
KALA! The Ethiopian Israeli LGBT Organization
Thursday, April 28th || 6:30 pm || Capitol Hill (address provided with RSVP)
Israeli LGBT leaders Liel, Yaniv and Sarah will join A Wider Bridge in April to share their personal stories and the critical need for KALA - working at the intersection of Ethiopian-Israeli social change and LGBT community activism. The emergence of KALA reflects an exciting development in Israel, in which LGBT activism and visibility reflects the country's full spectrum of ethnic diversity. Wine and kosher-for-Passover hors d'oeuvres will be served. Questions? Contact

NICE JEWISH GIRLS || Post-Passover Chametz-fest
Saturday, April 30, 7-9pm | Bertucci's (2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Foggy Bottom)
Join NJG for our annual post-Passover chametz-fest as we dive back into a pizza-palooza of deliciousness. Meet us at Bertucci's in Foggy Bottom, in the bar area in a reserved section. (Metro: 2 blocks from Foggy Bottom, 4 blocks from Farragut West or Farragut North) Questions: Contact NJG Director, AJ at 202.595.4250 or RSVP to AJ or on Facebook.

RAINBOW FAMILIES DC || LGBTQ Family Conference 2016
Saturday, April 30 || Georgetown Day School
Held every two years, the Rainbow Families DC Family Conference provides an opportunity for LGBTQ parents, family members and their children, as well as prospective parents, to gather for a day of learning, networking, and fellowship. The 2016 Family Conference will bring together hundreds for a full day of workshops, discussion groups, social events, and a resource fair featuring information and tools for LGBTQ families and prospective parents. Join us for the best in LGBTQ families that DC has to offer.

ESHEL || Eshel Parent Retreat 2016
A Retreat for Orthodox Parents of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Children
May 13-15, 2016 || Berkshire Hills Retreat Center, Copake, NY
A wonderful Shabbat retreat and safe space for Orthodox (and traditional) Jewish parents of LGBTQ children. The speaker, Rabbi Chaim Rapoport, is author of the respected work, Judaism and Homosexuality: An Authentic Orthodox View . Whether you are accepting of your LGBT child, struggling with their identity, or somewhere in between, this is the place for you to get the support you need.

NICE JEWISH BOYS || Monthly Happy Hour
Thursday, May (TBA) || 7:00 pm || Number Nine (1435 P St NW)
Join NJB for our May Happy Hour! As always, enjoy 2 for 1 drinks until 9:00 pm at Number Nine. We will be upstairs by the DJ booth. 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 DC.


See Israel with Pride: LGBTQ Trip to Israel || Jewish Federation of North America
May 26-June 2, 2016
Join members of Greater Washington's LGBTQ community as we travel alongside our peers from across North America for this historic mission to Israel! Contact for additional information.
(See above for more details.)

See Israel in a Whole New Way! || JCC Association
May 28-June 9, 2016
Visit Israel with the LGBTQ Community! Create memories to last for a lifetime on a 12-day trip to Israel, custom-designed for members and friends of the LGBTQ communities from around North America. The itinerary will be packed with activities, offering opportunities for engagement & connection, exploration & history, community, fun, and so much more! Registration closes on April 1, 2016.

DC Trip Dates: Various
Application period for next DC trip: July 15-Aug 31
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. 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—the Western Wall, Jerusalem’s Old City, the beaches of Tel Aviv—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 Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 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 September) in the JCCGW teen lounge, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington: Youth Lounge - 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD. MORE INFO: 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 groups are 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

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

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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DC Jewish LGBTQ organizations

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Social Groups:
Nice Jewish Boys Social Group

Nice Jewish Girls Social Group

Gayyim DC: a social group for Jewish GBT men

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