Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

9th Annual National Rainbow Seder - 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

GLOE's 9th Annual

GLOE National Rainbow Seder '16

National Rainbow Seder
The Hidden Hungry
Led by Cantor Jason Kaufman

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Cantor Jason Kaufman

3:00 pm | Wine & Schmooze
4:00-7:00 pm | Seder, with Dinner

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

This Passover, join GLOE and the inspiring Cantor Jason Kaufman, of Beth El Hebrew Congregation, for this 9th annual event to celebrate stories of liberation through an LGBTQ lens.

This year, we dedicate our four cups of wine to the theme of The Hidden Hungry. A new study has shown that approximately one-third of the LGBTQ population is food insecure. The Jewish community is also disproportionately affected by food insecurity, impacting up to 15% of Jews. These are NOT the stereotypes of either community.

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 make an impact on our community, as we say, "let all who are hungry come and eat."


Get your tickets now for this celebration of freedom!

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HRC Human Rights CampaignJewish Food Experience







Presented by GLOE.
In partnership with
The Human Rights Campaign's Religion & Faith Program.
This event is supported by a grant from The Jewish Food Experience, a program of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Thank you to our Community Partners:  Congregation Bet Mishpachah and Beth El Hebrew Congregation.


$36 - Mensch-size Ticket* Help bring more people to the table!
$24 - Regular Seder Ticket
FREE - Children (18 & under) and Volunteers*

*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!
*Free Volunteer Tickets: Want to attend the National Rainbow Seder for FREE and help our community? Be a volunteer! Limited slots available. Contact GLOE to register. Volunteer deadline: Monday, 4/11.
*Ticket Assistance: Please get in touch if the cost of a ticket is prohibitive. We want you there

Contact GLOE at 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 DCJCC 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? 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: 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 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 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.

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





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