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

Click here to see photos from last weekend's PRIDE OF PURIM party co-hosted by queer nightlife community The Coven — and get ready for the next signature program from GLOE: The 10th annual National Rainbow Seder, presented with HRC on Sunday, April 2, from 5 to 9 PM inside the HRC's Equality Center ballroom.

This year's seder will celebrate strides made toward LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish life, set against the backdrop of retelling the Passover story with an LGBTQ haggadah.  In remembering how our Jewish ancestors sought liberation, we'll reflect on the ways our queer Jewish community has won (and continues to work toward achieving) its own equality.

In keeping the spirit of Passover with its themes of pursuing communal safety, we'll also consider Jewish perspectives on self-defense in continuing our monthly seminar with Capital MMA & Elite Fitness, teaching the local LGBTQ community principles of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for protecting ourselves.

All this and more, below.


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Monday, March 27,
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Edlavitch DCJCC
Fitness Center 

This event has been postponed;
stay tuned for a new date/time!

Throughout the history of Judaism, various scholars have drawn slightly different lessons about self-defense from the Torah, but they have all agreed with the core principle that self-defense is permissible in cases of necessity.

Recently, many in the queer and Jewish (and especially the queer Jewish) communities have expressed feeling increased threats to their personal safety — in response to an overwhelming need, GLOE is launching a new monthly seminar series in partnership with Capital MMA that offers an introduction to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu self-defense, with the next class taking place on Monday, March 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the EDCJCC fitness center.

Jay Ferrari, head instructor of Capital MMA in Takoma, is conducting this recurring seminar with a fixed curriculum that covers basic techniques and strategies for protecting yourself; attendees should wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Co-presented with Capital MMA & Elite Fitness 
and The Coven.


Sunday, April 2,
5:00 – 9:00 pm

Human Rights Campaign 

Now in its tenth year, the National Rainbow Seder is one of the nation’s largest and longest-running Passover seders for the queer Jewish community and its allies, co-presented by GLOE – The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC – and the HRC’s Religion & Faith Program.

Hosted inside the Equality Center ballroom at the HRC headquarters in Washington, DC, this year’s program will feature a full Passover seder complete with an LGBTQ haggadah and kosher dinner, along with reflections on the progress made toward LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish life over the past decade – from a look back at GLOE’s role in the community throughout the years, to honoring the efforts made by Rabbi Haim Ovadia of the Rockville-based Orthodox Sephardic congregation Magen David, who has recently directed his synagogue to be fully affirming of LGBTQ Jews based on his understanding of Halakha.

Co-presented by the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion & Faith Program and The Embassy of Israel to the United States.

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Upcoming Events at the EDCJCC

March 19 || Literature || Maya Benton: Roman Vishniac Rediscovered
Drawn from the International Center of Photography’s impressive collection of work by Roman Vishniac (1897–1990), Maya Benton brings us her beautifully illustrated volume that offers an expansive look at the modernist photographer’s work.

March 22 || EntryPointDC || Shabbat Clusters Registration Deadline
Shabbat Clusters are groups of 14-25 people in their 20s and 30s who meet monthly for informal potluck Shabbat dinners in each other’s homes or at local restaurants all over the DC Metro area.

March 30 || Community Service || The Global Refugee Crisis: Out of the Headlines and into our Hearts and Haggadot
Come learn more about the staggering refugee crisis and how the United States is responding. We will explore stories of today’s refugees and find ways to weave into our upcoming Passover celebrations, the Jewish people’s retelling of our own journey from oppression to freedom. In partnership with HIAS and AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps.

April 28-29 || Jewish Learning || Talmud After Dark: Spring Shabbaton
GLOE and Bet Mishpachah, DC's LGBT synagogue, are hosting author Maggie Anton as scholar-in-residence at this year's Spring Shabbaton. Following the Shabbat morning service at 10:00 AM on Saturday April 29, Maggie will be speaking on “What the Talmud Actually Teaches about Sexual Relations.” 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. Maggie reveals how the ancient Rabbis are progressive in many respects—and more bawdy, than one might think. A Shabbaton Congregational dinner will be held at the Edlavitch DCJCC on Friday April 28 at 6:30 pm. The cost is $26 per person for members and $33 per person for non-members. There will be Kiddush luncheon following the morning service on Saturday April 29. In partnership with Bet Mishpachah.

May 17 || Parenting Center || Pathways to Parenthood
The Parenting Center at the Edlavitch DCJCC and GLOE present an informative evening for all about growing their families or looking for support after struggling to conceive. This symposium includes a panel of 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 discussion, there will be time for informal connecting with experts and one another. LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish are invited to ask questions and to plug in for support. In partnership with the Parenting Center at the Edlavitch DCJCC.


Join A Wider Bridge and LGBTQ and allied supporters of Israel for a community cocktail reception featuring alumni of AWB's LGBTQ Leadership Missions to Israel.

Featuring an open wine and spirits bar, this event hosted by Chris McCannell of the National Advisory Board for A Wider Bridge, will include remarks from Aaron Tax (director of federal governmental relations for SAGE), performance artist Jason Barnes, and Julie Tagen, chief-of-staff to U.S. Congressman Jamie Raskin.

Other notable names in attendance will be journalist and author James Kirchick, former U.S. Congressman Jim Kolbe, Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, attorney Stuart Kurlander, and Gregory Angelo, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans.

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.