Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

6th Annual National Rainbow Seder

Sunday, March 31, 2013
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

GLOE's 6th Annual

National Rainbow Seder

Lo Dayeinu (It is Not Enough)

Sunday, March 31, 2013
4:00 pm | Wine & Schmooze
5:00-8:00 pm | Seder

Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

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


Join GLOE and the Human Rights Campaign Religion & Faith Program for this 6th annual event that is part-ritual, part-celebration, part-feast and part-conversation!

This year we say, Lo Dayeinu (It is Not Enough). In this time of so many wonderful strides for the LGBT community, we want to celebrate recent accomplishments as well as rejoicing in all the ways that our community is still working toward (and achieving!) equality, safety, and justice in our world!

Rabbi David Dunn BauerJoining us from San Francisco is the inspiring LGBTQ Jewish leader, Rabbi David Dunn Bauer (bio), who will lead us through our own Haggadah, specially created by GLOE for the occasion.

We’ll indulge in a full delicious (kosher for Passover) meal as we perform the festive rituals with the Jewish LGBT community and our friends and allies.

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



*Want to attend the National Rainbow Seder for FREE? Be a volunteer!
Contact GLOE at or 202-777-3253.
Volunteer Deadline: Monday, 3/25



Presented in grateful partnership with the Human Rights Campaign's Religion & Faith Program.

ASL and other interpretation always gladly provided upon advance notice.

*Want to attend the National Rainbow Seder for FREE? Be a volunteer!
Contact GLOE at or 202-777-3253.
Volunteer deadline: Monday, 3/25


Rabbi David Dunn Bauer
San Francisco, California

Rabbi David Dunn Bauer is a unique community leader, ritual leader, pastoral counselor, scholar, artist, and writer who works comfortably with people of all faiths and ages. Prior to the rabbinate he spent twenty years working internationally directing theatre and opera, and he has been practicing yoga steadily since 1991.

In 2010 he became the first rabbinic fellow to the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and in 2011 he became the first Jew to earn the Certificate in Sexuality and Religion from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. From 2000 to 2010, he served as the rabbi and spiritual leader of congregations in Great Barrington and Amherst, Massachusetts. He earned his BA in Theatre Studies and English Literature at Yale University, studied Talmud at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and received his rabbinical ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

With Michael Cohen he created Celebrating the Body Judaic – a Body Electric retreat for Gay and Bi Jewish men – and he has taught about eros and spirituality for Jewish, Queer, and retirement communities around the United States, and at countless retreats and workshops. He is developing the Jewish Queer Sexual Ethics Project at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Pacific School of Religion. He has served for two years as the Bay Area Director of Programming for Nehirim and maintains a private practice in Queer Spiritual Counseling for people of all genders, orientations, and faiths anywhere.

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!

We're happy to answer any questions: or 202-777-3253

The Seder will have oral interpreters for deaf/hoh participants. 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. 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 - nicely, but not overly formally.
Please wear what feels appropriate to you to celebrate the holiday - whether that is a tux, yoga pants, or something in between.

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, including the mention of serious topics. We welcome all who would like to participate.

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 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.

What if I don't read Hebrew?
Not a problem. Much of the Seder is in English, and anything in Hebrew also appears in English transliteration.

What about transportation?
The HRC is located at 1640 Rhode Island Ave, 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 is no parking lot at the HRC. Street parking is often available within a few blocks, but it's a busy neighborhood. There are also many paid parking lots in the area.

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


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

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