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at a glance


Wednesday, July 20 - Queering the Mikveh: Waters of Radical Inclusion


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


September - GLOE's Fall Dance Class

September - High Holigays: New Year's Liturgy text study


Sunday, October 9 - Tashlich Picnic at Rock Creek Park

Sunday, October 23 - Sukkot & Queer Youth Homelessness
Community Service Building Project

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



Food for Thought: On Food Justice
GLOE @ Martha's Table

Sunday, July 17, 2016
10:00 am-1:00 pm
Other volunteer projects around DC run throughout the day

GLOE is joining with the DCJCC's Social Justice program to take action on issues of Food Justice - with related service projects all over 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 you can have a real impact.

Choose the Martha's Table project to join the GLOE team. Volunteers will be preparing healthy meals for their nightly, hot meal distribution on McKenna's Wagon, serving at-risk children, youth, and families in our area.

Queering the Mikveh:
Waters of Radical Inclusion

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 7:00 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q)


This ain't your bubbe's mikveh. Learn how the mikveh (ritual immersion) has been radically reclaimed to include contemporary life events – like gender affirmation, pre-wedding immersion for people of all genders, and healing after trauma. After, we'll create new rituals centering around LGBTQ community life. Join Rabbi Sarah Tasman, Director of InterfaithFamily/DC, and Halley Cohen, Director of GLOE, to explore the "new rules" around reclaiming this powerful ancient ritual.

Faygelehs & Bagelehs
Annual End-of Summer Social

Sunday, August 28, 2016 | 11:00 am
DCJCC (16th & Q)

Beat the DC summer heat with GLOE at this friendly social, filled with music, cold drinks (including mimosas!), delightful conversation, and of course, the good bagels.

GLOE wants you to get schmoozey, kick back, and find out about some great events coming up. Take the time to reconnect with the fabulous faygelehs and the whole Jewish LGBTQ community.

GLOE Youth & Family
Tashlich Picnic at Rock Creek Park

Sunday, October 9, 2016 | 10:30 am-1:30 pm
Rock Creek Park - Picnic Site #6 (Miller Cabin)

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

We'll gather once again in Rock Creek Park for a friendly day of community, games and tashlich. You bring a picnic lunch for yourself - and we’ll provide everything else, including (kosher) sweets, the apples and honey, plus games and lots of ruach/spirit!



BET MISHPACHAH | High Holiday Choir 
Monday, July 11 | 6:30 pm
Bet Mishpachah's Choir Tachshitim is looking to add more voices for this upcoming High Holy Days season. If you love to sing and can commit to a weekly rehearsal prior to High Holy Days, please come join us! Please email Brian Parks at for location information. 

BET MISHPACHAH | Havdalah in the Park
Saturday, August 20 | 8:00 pm | Meridian Hill Park (meeting point: Joan of Arc Statue, top of the cascade)
Join Bet Mish to celebrate the summer night with music, drumming, and a potluck summer picnic. We'll mark the end of Shabbat with the traditional braided candle, wine, and fragrant spices that help us transition to the new week. Eryca Kasse, Vinny Prell, Jutta Brettschneider will lead us in singing, drumming, and havdalah. Please bring your musical instruments, percussion, and a vegetarian/dairy dish to share. MORE INFO or contact Eryca Kasse.

NICE JEWISH GIRLS | Theater: The Last Schwartz
Sunday, September 18 | 3:00 pm | Theater J (16th & Q)
Nothing is funnier than family dysfunction. Join NJG for this fun theater outing at Theater J, with discount group tickets.


July 15-Aug 31: Application period for next DC trips
(DC Trip Dates: March 2-12, 2017; Sept 7-17, 2017)
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—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, September 7, 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. (No July or August meetings.) Location: Teen Lounge, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville). 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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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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