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.

The continuity of the GLOE program is made possible by the generous contributions of our community members. Their donations to GLOE ensure that we can continue to create events and opportunities to come together in celebration of our Jewish and LGBTQ identities. As we prepare to march together at Capital Pride, we ask you to join us in supporting LGBTQ community engagement by considering a contribution today.

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SAVE the Dates2019 DC Capital PRIDE: June 5 – 9

Wednesday, June 5: Big Queer Jewish Happy Hour, held in partnership with Gayyim, Nice Jewish Boys, and Nice Jewish Girls.

Friday, June 7: Celebrate Shabbat with GLOE, Bet Mishpachah, and Sixth & I at a service devised just for Pride and the LGBTQ community. The program will begin at 6:30 PM, with a reception to follow. At All Souls Unitarian Church: 1500 Harvard Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Saturday, June 8: Enjoy a bagel brunch with GatherDC, make posters with your family, and of course march with the GLOE contingent and our friends, family, and allies at the annual Capital Pride Parade.

Sunday, June 9: Be sure to stop by the GLOE booth at the Capital Pride Festival for fun swag and all the news on upcoming events for the LGBTQ Jewish community.

Upcoming Events

Behrend Builders Project
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join Behrend Builders as we continue beautifying Casa Ruby.

Woman in a red shirt painting a blue wall

In honor of Pride Month, we will spend Sunday, June 16th making Casa Ruby a more welcoming home for all who use their services or sleep at the facility. Since December 2018, Behrend Builders has brought over 200 volunteers to Casa Ruby to transform the inside and outside of the facility. During this project, we will finish painting the outside of the building and work on murals.

Please sign up in advance, since we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins. No prior experience in painting is necessary, and all materials and supplies will be provided.

Please note all volunteers must be 14 and over to participate, no exceptions. The address of the project will be provided upon registration.

We request a $20 tax-deductible program fee to help us cover the costs of supplies. If this is prohibitive to your participation please email Randy Bacon at