D25 Day of Service, supporting Casa Ruby
Dec 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join GLOE to paint and beautify Casa Ruby, a youth homeless shelter serving the LGBTQ and transgender community. Transgender youth have a suicide rate of 40%, and are far more likely than their peers to end up homeless without a support network. Help create a welcoming space that provides them with a home, a support network, and critically important case management.

No previous painting experience necessary!

Afterwards, volunteers are invited (but not required) to help prepare Christmas dinner for the shelter residents, as well as join in the festive meal and after-party with games.

Please note children must be 14 and over to participate, no exceptions.

We request a $20/person tax-deductible program fee to help us cover the costs of supplies, including gifts for clients, Santa suits, party decorations, arts & crafts, and games. All of the money from program fees except for a small credit card processing fee goes directly towards D25 supplies. If the program fee is in any way a barrier to volunteering please don’t hesitate to contact Sonya:

Torah & Sexuality: The Eroticism of Kabbalah & Jewish Mysticism
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Torah & Sexuality Series

Torah & Sexuality: The Eroticism of Kabbalah & Jewish Mysticism

A partnership of GLOE – GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC and Sixth & I, this series explores topics in Judaism relating to sexual expression and identity, presented in a contemporary queer context by rabbis and other Jewish educators. Classes are held on the second Tuesday of each month. Open to all, regardless of gender expression, sexual identity, or ability. For accommodation requests, contact

For centuries, the study of Kabbalah—Jewish mysticism—was off limits to almost everyone. It was thought to be far too powerful and too sexually charged to share with the masses. But why was it so secretive? What hidden powers did the ancient rabbis believe it had? And what power can learning it hold for us today?

In a class led by Rabbi Gil Steinlauf of the Hineni Fellowship, explore basic concepts from Kabbalah including teachings from the Zohar that provide spiritual insight and wisdom for living. Learn how Kabbalah can reveal the powerful and often moving erotic drama that underpins the stories and teachings of the Torah. No Hebrew background is necessary.

Each class is $18; if cost is a barrier to your participation, please email
This class is also fully inclusive of all, regardless of gender expression, sexual identity, or ability. For accommodation requests, contact
No one will be turned away from any of our classes due to lack of funds. For more information, please email

About the instructor:
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf: Co-Founder & Executive Director, Hineni Fellowship. Rabbi Gil Steinlauf came out as gay to his congregation in October of 2014, and his revelation was met with an outpouring of love and support from the synagogue members and much of the Jewish world. His story is an example that demonstrates how far certain parts of the progressive Jewish world has come in being truly welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQ Jews in their midst. Rabbi Steinlauf is the first senior rabbi of a large, historic, conservative congregation to come out as openly gay, and through his honesty, has sought to create an atmosphere of constructive dialogue on the issues facing modern culture and Judaism. He had previously been the rabbi of Temple Israel in New Jersey (since 2001). He is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and also studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, earned an MHL from the University of Judaism, and received rabbinic ordination and an MA at JTS.

Currently, Rabbi Steinlauf is the co-founder and executive director of the Hineni Fellowship, a one-year Jewish leadership development fellowship that educates, inspires, and empowers LGBTQ Jews to actively seek and attain positions of engagement, leadership and influence in the Jewish world.

The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement (GLOE) is the LGBTQ outreach program of the Edlavitch DCJCC.  GLOE has been recontextualizing Judaism for a contemporary queer community since its founding by Stuart S. Kurlander over ten years ago.

Sixth & I is a center for arts, entertainment, and ideas and a synagogue that reimagines how religion and community can enhance people’s everyday lives.

Families Serving Together MLK Day of Service
Jan 21 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the EDCJCC’s Families Serving Together for MLK Day of Service!

This MLK Day, show your children the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and celebrate Tu B’shevat (the Jewish New Year of the trees) by working together to help those facing hunger and homelessness in our community.

Come for an afternoon of making healthy snack bags, laundry kits, a Tu B’shevat-related activity, and learning during story time. Everything we make will be donated to the LaSalle Backus Education Campus, a school where over 50% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

We request a $20 per family registration fee to help offset the cost of food and supplies. This program is intended for children ages 3+ but everyone is welcome. Please note: we will be using products that contain gluten, raisins, and dairy. No nut products will be used.

The project is taking place at LaSalle Backus Education Campus, located at 501 Riggs Rd., NE, Washington, DC 20011. The school is a 10-15 minute walk from the Fort Totten Metro Station (green line). There is limited parking at the school but street parking is plentiful.

Pre-registration is required for this program, and we expect it to fill up quickly! Click on the “Tickets” button to continue to registration.

Questions? Contact Sonya Weisburd at or Darya Watnick at

This program is presented by the EDCJCC’s Community Service, GLOE Youth & Family, and Family Engagement Departments