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

GLOE Book Club
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

November: Wednesday, November 30th at 6:30 pm  at Tatte in Dupont Circle. 

 We will read a short book: ¡Hola Papi!: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons by John Paul Brammer. Since we have only a month, you do not have to order it, and you can download to read it here in pdf and here download on .epub. It’s a short, easy, and fun read!

 If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sebastian so he can give the restaurant an accurate headcount. Make sure to join the google group to get book club updates.

Global LGBTQ Chanukah Eve Virtual Speed Dating 
Dec 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Global LGBTQ Chanukah Eve Virtual Speed Dating
Sunday, December 18th – 4:00 PM


Proudly presented by Tribe 12, Keshet, Eshel, Dayneu, and GLOE – the GLBTQ Program of the Edlavitch DCJCC!

It’s nearly Hanukkah, the festival of lights — so come spark with someone!

This event is for anyone who identifies as part of the queer and LGBTQIA+ Jewish community — all genders, sexualities, relationship types, plus all ages, locations, levels of observance and backgrounds!

How does it work? The format of the event will allow you to meet people who are appropriate matches, with rounds divided up by demographics like age, location, gender identity, sexual identity, and religious practice. Each round you’ll have an opportunity to meet a brand new group of people!

Whether you’re interested in a relationship, friendship, networking, or something in between, this fun and low-pressure riff on speed dating is for you.

This event will take place on Zoom. While it is scheduled with the timezones of the presenting organizations in mind, people from anywhere in the world are invited to attend. The event duration is one hour.

Questions about timing? Email