GLOE – The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement

Connecting LGBTQ Jews at the Edlavitch DCJCC

GLOE, the first and only full-time LGBTQ engagement program at any Jewish Community Center in the world, serves DC’s queer Jewish community (and our friends/allies) through an array of unique and meaningful programs in the areas of arts and culture, community service, holidays and spirituality, social justice, and of course, social events.

GLOE also hosts events specifically geared towards LGBTQ youth and LGBTQ-parented families, providing opportunities all year long to create community through GLOE Youth & Family.

Whether your Jewish identity involves creating new LGBTQ rituals, or if it starts and ends with a bagel at brunch, you’ll fit right in at GLOE.

Upcoming Events

Pride of Purim: GLOE Masquerade Party
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 PM
at Mission Dupont

Join GLOE for a night of drag, drinks, dancing, and a celebration of Purim. Come dressed in drag or other costume for the queerest annual Purim Party that always brings a huge, fun crowd!

We’ll have lots of great food, and discounted drinks at a private bar. More details to come. We can’t wait to see you there!

Tickets: $10/person

Interested, but nervous because you don’t know anyone yet? We’ll connect you with a friendly GLOE community member in advance. Contact GLOE Program Manager Ariel Weinstein. Feel free to forward to a friend as well.

12th Annual National Rainbow Seder
Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Join GLOE and Rabbi Avi Strausberg of the Hadar Institute for this 12th annual event to celebrate Passover through an LGBTQ lens.

Now in its twelfth 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 – GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC and the Human Rights Campaign’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 a specially-commissioned Haggadah (the Jewish text containing the Passover story) retelling the traditional tale of Jewish triumphs of resistance alongside the hard-fought progress made by the LGBTQ equality movement over the past decade since the National Rainbow Seder’s inception.

We’ll enjoy a special Passover meal as we read our own Haggadah and perform its festive rituals with the Jewish LGBTQ community and our friends.

4:30 – 5:00 PM | VIP/Mensch Reception
5:00 – 5:30 PM | Community Schmooze/Cocktail Hour
5:30 – 8:00 PM | Seder, with Dinner Program

Interested in helping with event setup? Please contact GLOE Program Manager Ariel Weinstein to volunteer.