National Rainbow Seder
Honoring LGBTQ Inclusion in Jewish Life
Led by Noah Westreich
Sunday, April 2, 2017
5:00 pm | Wine & Schmooze
6:00-9:00 pm | Seder, with Dinner Program
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
This Passover, join GLOE and the inspiring Noah Westreich, of Temple Micah and queer yeshiva SVARA, for this 10th annual event to celebrate stories of liberation through an LGBTQ lens.
Now in its tenth 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 – The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC – and the HRC’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 an LGBTQ haggadah, along with reflections on the progress made toward LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish life over the past decade – from a look back at GLOE’s role in the community throughout the years, to honoring the efforts made by Rabbi Haim Ovadia of the Rockville-based Orthodox Sephardic congregation Magen David, who has recently directed his synagogue to be fully affirming of LGBTQ Jews based on his understanding of Halakha.
We’ll enjoy a special Passover meal as we read our own Haggadah, specially created for the occasion, and perform the festive rituals with the Jewish LGBTQ community and our friends – finding inspiring ways to continue making an impact on our community.
Get your tickets now for this celebration of freedom!
Presented by GLOE.
In partnership with The Human Rights Campaign's Religion & Faith Program.
This event is supported by Israeli House Washington הבית הישראלי בוושינגטון and The Embassy of Israel in the United States.
$36 - Mensch-size Ticket* Help bring more people to the table!
$24 - Regular Seder Ticket
*Mensch Tickets help us subsidize the cost of the regular tickets, making the seder more accessible to all. Thanks for helping to bring more of our community to the table!
*Ticket Assistance: Please get in touch if the cost of a ticket is prohibitive. We want you there!
Contact GLOE at email@example.com or 202-777-3253.
Frequently Asked Questions
To attend, do I have to be LGBTQ? Do I have to be Jewish? (Observant? Old? Young? Ashkenazi? Sephardic? etc.)
Nope. We welcome everyone who would like to join our LGBTQ seder and celebrate Passover's lessons of freedom! In fact,
every year, we have a beautiful mix of people. Some are LGBTQ and
Jewish, some are not. All are welcome, and (if they choose) can easily
participate in a variety of ways - singing, reading, discussing ideas,
or just generally being among the community.
What if I don't read Hebrew?
Not a problem. Most of the seder is in English, and anything in Hebrew also appears in English transliteration.
What about dinner? Is it kosher?
There is a delicious catered dinner at the National Rainbow Seder. As with all EDCJCC events, the food we serve is kosher, as well as this meal being kosher-for-Passover. It is a milchig/dairy meal. And of course, dessert! Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-777-3253
We're happy to provide ASL or other interpretation upon advance notice. The Human Rights Campaign building is wheelchair/mobility device accessible. If you need other accomodations to allow you to fully participate in the seder (or simply have questions), please let us know in advance and we'll be happy to help: email@example.com or 202-777-3253.
Is there a dress code? What should I wear?
There is no official dress code. Most people dress as they would for a family seder or holiday - dressed nicely, a little dressed up, but not overly formally. (For many people that could mean a button-down or sweater, a skirt/dress, a jacket, slacks, etc. Most people do not wear jeans.) Please wear what feels appropriate to you to celebrate the holiday.
Is it appropriate to bring kids?
Yes! The seder is not specifically a "kids" seder, but our atmosphere is fun and festive! Please note that, as a group, we will be reading our Haggadah and discussing its ideas, which includes the mention of serious and challenging topics. We trust you to use your judgment: you know your kids best. Get in touch with us with any questions.
We welcome all who would like to participate.
What about transportation?
The HRC is located at 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036. (MAP)
Public Transportation: The HRC is in Dupont Cirlce, and only a few blocks from two red line Metro Stations: Dupont Circle (South exit) and Farragut North.
Driving: There are many paid parking lots in the area.There is NO parking lot at the HRC. Street parking is often available within a few blocks, but it's a busy neighborhood, so leave yourself time for whichever option you choose.
For more information, please contact GLOE Director, Josef Palermo at 202-777-3253 or firstname.lastname@example.org.