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.
Torah & Sexuality:
If Adam Were Eve: What does Judaism have to say about being transgender?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If Adam Were Eve
Jewish tradition has long engaged with gender diversity and the idea of gender beyond a binary concept, but what does Judaism have to say about being transgender today? In a class led by Rabbi Rachel Ackerman of LGBTQ-affirming synagogue Temple Shalom, explore texts and various interpretations of the first adam (human being) as a framework for discussing current transgender issues.
Each class is $18; if cost is a barrier to your participation, please email email@example.com.
This class is also fully inclusive of all, regardless of gender expression, sexual identity, or ability. For accommodation requests, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
No one will be turned away from any of our classes due to lack of funds. For more information, please email email@example.com.
About the instructor:
Rabbi Rachel Ackerman – Senior Rabbi, Temple Shalom
Rabbi Ackerman is originally from Westfield, NJ. She attended Brandeis University as an undergraduate, and continued her studies at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), earning her Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education of HUC-JIR in 2009, receiving ordination as a rabbi at the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR in 2011. Rabbi Ackerman has a special interest and developing expertise in issues relating to diversity, disability accessibility, and inclusion. Additionally, she is very interested in interdenominational Jewish dialogue and Jewish community efforts on issues of local global social justice.
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.
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