October 20, 2014

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Washington-Based GLOE Named One of the Most Innovative Jewish Programs in America

Washington DCJCC’s GLBT outreach program is included in prestigious Slingshot Guide for second time


WASHINGTON — GLOE - the Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement, a program of the Washington DCJCC, is being honored as one of the year’s top Jewish community innovators in the country. Today, the program was included in the 10th annual national edition of the Slingshot Guide – and the Guide’s first-ever Washington, D.C. edition, focusing on movers and shakers in the metro area. The Guide is a resource that identifies game-changers driving the future of Jewish life and engagement through their innovative nature.

“Being nationally recognized once again as a communal innovator is a wonderful honor,” said GLOE Director Halley Cohen. “At GLOE, we promote the idea that people don’t need to choose between Jewish or LGBTQ identities — they can be both here, and that can look like a lot of different things. Through our range of diverse programming, we will continue to strive toward being a catalyst for community engagement and a replicable model for the successful building of Jewish GLBT community. We’re proud of the ways we’ve been a resource to other JCCs – and hope that soon we will no longer hold the distinction of being the sole JCC with a full-time GLBT-focused program.”

GLOE is also just one of five GLBT-focused programs or organizations included in this year’s Slingshot Guide. The Guide serves as a resource for volunteers, activists and donors looking for new organizations and projects to support. Inclusion in both the national and Washington edition of the Slingshot Guide helps organizations such as GLOE continue its work, and also encourages other organizations to devote resources to these types of programs.

The Slingshot Guide describes the Washington DCJCC’s GLOE as “a national leader in GLBT programming for Jews,” which is innovatively “creating GLBT Jewish community inside the Jewish establishment rather than alongside it.” GLOE, says the Guide, “should serve as a model for other communities looking for greater GLBT inclusion.”

As the Washington DCJCC’s program whole-heartedly focused on GLBT outreach and community development, GLOE organizes more than 40 programs each year – and is quickly growing. In June, almost 200 participants from 16 organizations marched with GLOE in the Capital Pride Parade — three times the amount of marchers that participated the previous year. For pictures from the parade, courtesy of GLOE, click here.

GLOE continues to grow its membership through distinctive events, ranging from the National Rainbow Seder to pool parties to Big Broadway Sing-Alongs, to S. Bear Bergman’s performance this coming Sunday as part of the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival.

About the Washington DCJCC

The Washington DCJCC works to preserve and strengthen Jewish identity, heritage, tradition and values through a wide variety of social, cultural, recreational and educational programs and services. The DCJCC is committed to welcoming everyone in the community; membership and all activities are open to all. The DCJCC is a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and a designated agency of the United Way. Find the DCJCC at, on Facebook on Twitter at @16thstreetj.

About GLOE

Created as a project of the Washington DCJCC in 2006, GLOE, the Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement, is the only full-time GLBT program at any Jewish community center. GLOE models how to create engaging and sustainable community for GLBT Jews -- at the DCJCC and in Jewish communities around North America. Find GLOE at, on Facebook and on Twitter at @GLOEjcc.




DirectorJosef Palermo
(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


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1529 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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