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Ongoing Meetings

Eshel Baltimore/DC Meet Ups

Baltimore/DC LGBTQ Meetup

November 4, 2018 • 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Columbia, MD

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 JQ Baltimore.​View details here.

Baltimore/DC Parent Meeting

November 28, 2018 • 7 - 8:30 pm

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. RSVP for location and fill out the contact form for future dates.

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
Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Baltimore County Meetings Location:
The Church of The Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Avenue, Lutherville, MD 21093

View details here
Upcoming Events

Film: Red Cow

Washington Jewish Film Festival
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda MD 20814

Tsivia Barkai Yacov’s auspicious debut tackles a teen girl’s sexual awakening, set against the backdrop of an East Jerusalem settlement. Benny’s mother died giving birth to her, and she grew up alone with her caring yet patriarchal father.

He is a figure of authority and a mentor for many people in their ultra-religious community but can be overbearing at times. As Benny begins questioning her father’s utopian nationalism and strict religiosity, she’s thrown into emotional turmoil when she meets Yael, a self-confident young woman who brings out a deep-seated longing and desire in her. Reserve your tickets here.

Baltimore-Area Events

Pride Planning Interest Committee

November 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm

It's that time again! The GLCCB is ready to start planning for Baltimore Pride 2019 and we need YOU! If you're interested in volunteering for the Pride Planning Committee, please join us for this planning meeting.

Queer Family Potluck

November 17, 2018 • 11-1:30 pm

GLCCB, 2530 N. Charles St, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21218

Join the LGBTQIA community for a monthly potluck for LGBTQ headed families.

Bring: Dish to share (20-25 people)
Your Own Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Toys and books to share

Drop In Cost: $5 per family (suggested but not required). RSVP here.

DC and Beyond

Bet Mishpacha's Erev Shabbat Service

November 09, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Mizmor Shabbat musical service with Alex Carter and Bet Mishpachah’s choir, Tach’shitim. Services will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass,” a night of violent attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany on November 9-10, 1938.

Torah & Sexuality: If Adam Were Eve

November 13, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sixth & I, 600 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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. Buy tickets here.


Save the date for these national conferences!

Eshel Parent Retreat

November 16-18, 2018

Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd., Reisterstown, MD 21136

Eshel has announced that their next annual national Parent Retreat for Orthodox Parents of LGBTQ Children will take place in the Baltimore area!  View details here
Recommended Reading


Join the Eshel Pledge Campaign

Help make Orthodox day schools more welcoming of LGBTQ students.
Commit your pledge here.

Mayor's LGBTQ Community Town Hall

Baltimore City holds it first LGBTQIA Town Hall. RSVP here.
Rabbi's Corner

JQ Baltimore is pleased to highlight a message of inclusion from one of our local clergy. This message is brought to us by Rabbi Steven Schwartz, the The Rabbi Mark Loeb Senior Rabbi’s Chair of Beth El Congregation.

Freedom From Want

Freedom From Want is the title of the iconic Norman Rockwell painting that depicts an extended family sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table.  Gathered family members smile and lean forward as the matriarch, appropriately dressed in white apron and blue patterned dress, gently lowers the meal’s centerpiece, a giant turkey, to the table.  Rockwell captures in the painting the sense of family intimacy and connection that Thanksgiving is all about.  His chosen title for the picture conveys another theme of the holiday, namely the gratitude we feel for living in America, a land of freedom and plenty.

The painting is actually one in a series of four ‘freedom’ paintings that Rockwell worked on and completed in 1943.  Freedom of Worship, Freedom From Fear, and Freedom of Speech are the titles of the other three pictures.  The themes were classic American motifs, all of them driving forces in a common American identity that kept the country united during the turbulent years of the Second World War.  Rockwell’s great talent was in capturing the intimate moment that was simultaneously universal.  We see ourselves sitting around that table, or worshiping in those pews, or listening respectfully to the man speaking, or tucking those children in to bed.

Nevertheless, Rockwell’s paintings come at their topics through a traditional lens.  The characters he paints are all white, the families all traditional, grandparents and parents with their children and grandchildren.  If the values Rockwell highlights in the paintings are traditional American values, the scenes are also traditional in nature, lacking a sense of the diversity of modern American life.  How would Rockwell have painted those scenes today, in the United States of 2018?  To ask that question in another way, who will be seated around our Thanksgiving table this year?

On the surface this is a simple question, but to members of the LGBTQ community it is filled with meaning.  Can I sit at my family’s Thanksgiving table and be completely comfortable in my own skin?  Am I accepted and respected for who I truly am?  Can I give thanks this year during Thanksgiving, our holiday of gratitude, for the advancement and expansion of LGBTQ rights in our country?  I’ve always felt that Thanksgiving is the most Jewish of all American holidays, with its focus on food and gratitude, two major Jewish concerns.  May we be mindful of the identities of all those with whom we will celebrate this Thanksgiving.  May we be grateful for the freedoms we are blessed to have.  And may we be determined to do the work so those freedoms may be extended to every person.  

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