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7th Annual National Rainbow Seder - 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

GLOE's 7th Annual

National Rainbow Seder
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Sunday, April 6, 2014
4:00 pm | Wine & Schmooze
5:00-8:00 pm | Seder

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

Rabbi Jason Kimelman-BlockTickets - includes a full dinner
$36 General Admission
$24 Discounted: Member/Student/Senior/Limited Income
FREE: Children (18 and under) and Volunteers*


Join GLOE and the Human Rights Campaign for this 7th annual event to tell our stories of liberation through this year’s lens of international LGBT courage. We are thrilled to welcome a national leader of Jewish justice, Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, as the spiritual guide of our Seder. 

National Rainbow SederWe’ll read our own Haggadah, specially created for the occasion, and see how we can impact lives both around the world and in our own DC backyard.

We’ll indulge in a full, delicious kosher meal as we perform the festive rituals with the Jewish LGBT community and our friends and allies. ALL are welcome! 

Get your tickets now for this celebration of freedom!



Presented in partnership with The Human Rights Campaign's Religion & Faith Program



Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block is Rabbi-in-Residence and Deputy Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, where he focuses on bringing a Jewish ethical voice to the halls of power in Washington DC on issues such as immigration reform, voting rights, economic justice, and LGBT equality. 

Previously, as Bend the Arc’s Senior Director of Leadership Initiatives, he directed the Selah Leadership Program, where he continues to work on training, curriculum design and strategic direction. He is the co-editor and co-author of Just: Judaism. Action. Social Change and served as the Director of the PANIM Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values. He received his rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and his B.A. in Political Science from Grinnell College. Rabbi Kimelman-Block is also a founding member of Eastern Village Cohousing, where he lives with his wife Devora and their four children.

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 gloe@washingtondcjcc.org or 202-777-3253.
Volunteer deadline: Monday, 3/31


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: gloe@washingtondcjcc.org 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. gloe@washingtondcjcc.org 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 - nicely, but not overly formally. (For many people that could mean a button-down or sweater, a skirt, a jacket, slacks, etc.) 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 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.

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. 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 halleyc@washingtondcjcc.org.


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

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