Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

5th Annual National Rainbow Seder
Hosted at the Human Rights Campaign

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Bet Mishpachah   is proud to present HRC
with Congregation Bet Mishpachah and the Human Rights Campaign

5th Annual
National Rainbow Seder
Arms in freedomHeroes of Freedom


Sunday, April 1
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW

5:00 pm | Drinks and hors d'oeuvres
6:00 pm | Seder

Led by Rabbi Toby Manewith
Congregation Bet Mishpachah

$36 General Admission
$24 Discounted: Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income
FREE: Children (18 and under)


National Rainbow Seder

Join us for this national event that is part-ritual, part-celebration, part-feast and part-conversation! This year we will focus on Freedom's Heroes, the leaders of freedom and equality movements throughout history.

This Passover, indulge in delicious food as we read our own Haggadah, specially created for the occasion, and perform the festive rituals with the Jewish LGBT community and our friends.

This celebration of freedom always sells out!

Get your tickets early—this celebration of freedom always sells out!

ASL and other interpretation always gladly provided upon advance notice.

*Want to attend the National Rainbow Seder for FREE? Be a volunteer! Contact Halley at or 202-777-3253.

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm interested in coming, but worried because I don't know anyone. Can you help?
Yes! Let us know and we'll put you in touch with a friendly GLOE person who is attending!

What about dinner? Is it kosher?
There is a full, delicious catered dinner at the National Rainbow Seder. As with all DCJCC events, the food we serve is kosher, as well as this meal being kosher-for-Passover. It is a milchig/dairy meal that will have both fish and vegetarian options. And of course, dessert!

Since this event takes place before Passover actually starts, questions of kitniyot (and Ashkenazi versus Sephardic traditions, etc) shouldn't be a concern. However, we're always happy to answer any concerns.

Is it appropriate to bring kids?
Yes! The seder is not specifically a "kids" seder, but our atmosphere is casual and festive! As a group, we will be reading our haggadah and discussing the ideas around our theme, Heroes of Freedom Movements. We welcome all who would like to participate.

To attend, do I have to be LGBTQ? Jewish? Observant? Old? Young? Ashkenazi? Sephardic?
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 queer 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.

Other questions?
For more information, please contact Halley Cohen at 202-777-3253 or

The National Rainbow Seder will take place at the Human Rights Campaign, not at the Washington DCJCC.


GLOE is proud to have wonderful co-sponsorships for the National Rainbow Seder from the Human Rights Campaign: Religion & Faith Program and Congregation Bet Mishpachah.

GLOE is funded in part by a grant from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to support Social Action Programming.


Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
1640 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

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