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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Upcoming Events

30 Somethings: Happy Hour, The Wanderers, and Talkback
Feb 26 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Hang out with the 30’s crowd for happy hour and Theater J’s production of The Wanderers, a funny new drama about love. Stay for a cast talk-back and meet-and-greet with Theater J’s Managing Director, Jojo Ruf

Presented by EntryPointDC and GLOE

Limited number of tickets available! Tickets to this event must be purchased through this link in order to be seated with the group. Tickets must be reserved by February 24th

Happy Hour:  5:30 – 7:10 PM at Dupont Italian Kitchen (1637 17th St NW)

Show: The Wanderers – 7:30 PM at Edlavitch DCJCC (1529 16th St NW). If you’re not joining us for happy hour pick up your tickets at the Theater J box office will-call inside the EDCJCC

Tickets include 1 drink ticket for use at Dupont Italian Kitchen OR Theater J, popcorn treats during the show, play ticket, and exclusive meet-and-greet with Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr.

About The Wanderers
Esther and Schmuli are Satmar Hasidic Jews embarking on an arranged marriage, despite barely knowing each other. Abe and Julia are high-profile celebrities embarking on a dangerously flirtatious correspondence, despite being married to other people. On the surface, the lives of these two couples couldn’t be more different; but the hidden connections between these seemingly disparate people draw the audience into an intriguing puzzle and a deeply sympathetic look at modern love.  From the award-winning writer of Photograph 51 and Actually comes this funny, insightful, and moving new play.

GLOE In the Dark: A Purim Masquerade
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

GLOE In The Dark: A Purim Masquerade

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




Join GLOE for a Purim celebration! Come dressed in your favorite costume for our annual LGBTQ+ Purim Party that always brings a fun crowd!

We’ll have some delicious snacks and discounted drinks. We can’t wait to see you there!

Tickets: $10/person online, $15/person at the door.*

*Participating should never be cost-prohibitive. If the cost of any GLOE program prevents you from registering, please contact Matt Adler at to discuss alternatives.


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 Matt Adler. Feel free to forward to a friend as well.

Pathways to Parenthood
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Thinking about growing your family or looking for support after struggling to conceive?

Join us for an informal discussion about different paths to family building. Our panel will include a fetility doctor, representatives from an adoption agency and the DC foster care system, a lawyer who facilitates egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, and parents who have built families in a variety of ways.

After the panel, there will be time for informal connecting and community building.

LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish — are all warmly welcomed.  Come prepared to ask questions — and plug in for support.

Co-presented by the EDCJCC’s Parenting Center & GLOE – the EDCJCC’s Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement