Our team at GLOE — The Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement at the Washington DCJCC — is thrilled to have been among the organizations selected as part of the 2014-15 Slingshot Guide, and recently highlighted in “D.C. Slingshot Guide touts 18 nonprofits.”
The first-ever D.C. Slingshot Guide celebrates a vibrant group of institutions doing high impact and creative work in our community (“D.C. Slingshot Guide touts 18 nonprofits,” WJW, Oct. 23). Working with so many of these outstanding partners during GLOE’s eight years, we knew what kind of innovative Jewish life was happening around our city. Such attention for this work is a vital step. When we can engage larger audiences in the diverse Jewish culture of D.C., we have more people to support us as we meet the community’s needs.
As the only full-time GLBT organization at any JCC in North America, we feel privileged as a locally focused group to have also been highlighted in the National Slingshot Guide for the second time, holding us up a model and a resource for others who want to create communities where being Jewish and being GLBT are not mutually exclusive. Our community helps us create fabulous change across D.C. and around the country.
The nation’s capital is home to some of the most dynamic Jewish communal bodies in the country – organizations that are truly changing the way we engage in Jewish life. We congratulate our colleagues who were included in both the local and national guides, and we look forward to D.C. continuing to flourish as a model for how Jewish organizations can create more inclusive, engaging opportunities for everyone in our community.
The Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement at the Washington DCJCC