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Ongoing Meetings

Eshel Baltimore/DC Meet Ups

Baltimore/DC LGBTQ Meetup

April 7, 2019 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Pikesville, MD • RSVP

Get together with our Baltimore/DC Eshel family. Join us in this intimate, confidential setting to meet others, like yourself, in the extended Eshel network. Baltimore/DC Eshel Support groups are co-sponsored by JPride Baltimore.

Baltimore/DC Parent Meeting

(Returning in May due to Pesach)

For traditional Jewish parents of LGBT+ people who may be struggling with their child’s sexual orientation or gender identity and/or wish to connect with other parents like themselves. Baltimore/DC Eshel Support groups are co-sponsored by JPride Baltimore. 

Teen Support Groups


Rockville Teen LGBTQ Meetup
Rockville, MD

Rockville Open House (ROH) a safe space gathering for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (Q+) teens, and their friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 years old. Learn more here.

PFLAG Monthly Meetings

PFLAG offers all kinds of resources, as well as several kinds of monthly support meetings in both Howard County and Baltimore County.

Howard County Meetings Location:

Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21044
Learn more about this chapter here.

Baltimore County Meetings Location:

The Church of The Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Avenue, Lutherville, MD 21093
Learn more about this chapter here.

Baltimore City Meetings Location:

PRIDE Center: 2530 N. Charles St, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21218
This chapter will be returning to the city in the next few months. We will update you with more information once we are informed.
Upcoming Events

Baltimore-Area Events

Learn more about the Maryland Chamber of Commerce at this networking event!

The MDLGBT Chamber of Commerce empowers and promotes LGBT+ professionals in the Maryland marketplace through education, networking and advocacy. Visit their site here.

Fashioning Identity

Sunday, April 14, 2019 • 1:00 - 2:00 pm
15 Lloyd St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Fashion Statement is the latest original exhibit from the Jewish Museum of Maryland, join exhibit curator Joanna Church as we delve into how we self-identify (or are identified by others) by what we choose to wear. This presentation offers a glimpse into the development of the exhibit. Joanna will also share stories not seen in the show as well as some of the outstanding pieces from the JMM collection that didn’t quite fit into the gallery.

Learn more here.

DC and Beyond

12th Annual National Rainbow Seder

Sunday, April 14, 2019 • 4:30 - 8:00 pm
1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 

Now in its twelfth year, the National Rainbow Seder is one of the nation’s largest and longest-running Passover seders for the queer Jewish community and its allies, co-presented by GLOE – GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC and the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion & Faith program. Hosted inside the Equality Center ballroom at the HRC headquarters in Washington, DC, this year’s program will feature a full Passover seder complete with a specially-commissioned Haggadah (the Jewish text containing the Passover story) retelling the traditional tale of Jewish triumphs of resistance alongside the hard-fought progress made by the LGBTQ equality movement over the past decade since the National Rainbow Seder’s inception.

We’ll enjoy a special Passover meal as we read our own Haggadah and perform its festive rituals with the Jewish LGBTQ community and our friends

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Hannah Arendt and Resistance:
A Guide to Jewish Radicalism

Saturday, April 29, 2019 • 7:00 pm
600 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

In honor of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Rabbi Shira and Sixth & I community member Chris Gray lead this text-based discussion of Arendt’s distinctly Jewish approach to resistance, radicalism, and activism in the face of evil.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Queens & Cocktails 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019 • 6:30 - 9:30 pm
5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044

PFLAG is hosting the fourth annual Queens & Cocktails. It will be a fun evening with our signature cocktail, heavy hors d'oeuvres, drag queens, and great company, including guests of honor. The recommended dress attire for the event is anything from fig leaf to tuxedo.

Buy tickets here.

Recommended Reading

Why not a Both-Mitzvah?

Read the story here.



June through July 2019

Dates #1 and #2- Walker Creek Ranch Petaluma, CA 
Date #3- Isabella Freedman Retreat Center
Falls Village, CT 

This summer we'll be running THREE Queer Talmud Camps, with two back-to-back Queer Talmud Camps at Walker Creek Ranch! Come for one, come for two, come for three, but definitely come 😉. AND we're excited to be spreading some Queer Talmud love to the east coast with a new camp at Isabella Freedman Retreat Center. LEARN MORE here.
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