Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

GLOE Same Sex Speed Dating
Washington DCJCC

Kosher nosh, drinks and entertainment provided!

You MUST register by January 28 to guarantee a spot!  

Questions?  See the FAQs below or contact Justin Lerner at or at (202) 777-3253 for more information.

GLOE Same Sex Speed Dating









We will do our best to match you with others who share your interests, but checking more boxes on the registration form questions increases your chances of being matched.


Q: Why do I need to register in advance?
A: Advance registration enables us to complete the date-matching before the actual event. It also helps us to honor your requests not to be matched with specific people.

Q: How much does "You Had Me at Shalom" cost?
A:Tickets are $18 for DCJCC Members (as well as students and seniors) and $27 for general admission. For that price you will receive eight dates, hors d'oeuvres and wine, Yenta's entertainment and the knowledge that you are supporting GLOE's vital work.

Q: I am a student, low income, or on disability. I really can't afford to pay $27. Can I still attend?
A: Yes, the $18 discounted member price is available if you are unable to pay the full ticket price.

Q: How many dates will I get?
A: You will have six - eight dates if you register in advance. We will do our best to accommodate latecomers, but we do not make any guarantees.

Q: How long is each date?
A: Each date is eight minutes. If you wish to continue socializing with someone after your date, you will have ample opportunity to do so during Schmooze Time halfway through the event and at the end of the evening.

Q: Do couples actually meet?
A: Yes! While this event will be our first attempt in the Washington, DC area, virtually all participants went out on not-so-quick dates and many have established friendships with people they met at a similar annual event in Boston. You could be next!

How should I dress?
A: Most people dress as they would for a first date. The general rule is to dress however you feel best. Wear what feels comfortable to you, clothing in which you feel confident and relaxed enough to express the real

Q: What is the age range of participants?
A: We predict that You Had Me at Shalom will attract a diverse range of participants, from those in their 20's to those in their 60's. 

Q: What are the dating categories?
A: The two dating categories are:
Men Seeking Men
Women Seeking Women

Q: What if I see someone with whom I'm not matched for a quick date but would like to meet?
A: There's a space on your Date Card for people who "Caught Your Eye." If you write someone's name and Quick Dates number (visible on name tags provided) on the card, we'll provide that person with your contact information. Couples have met this way as well! There will also be Schmooze Time, during which you are free to meet and greet that handsome stud, delectable grrrl, or dazzling queer you've had your eye on.

Q: Are there any requirements to attend You Had Me at Shalom?
A: The only requirements are that you be 21+, single, and identify as Jewish or Jewish in spirit. This event is intended for single GLBT Jews (and those Jews in spirit) who are interested in meeting other eligible GLBT Jews (and those Jews in spirit).

Q: I'm not religious at all and/or not particularly involved in the Jewish community. Will I feel comfortable?
A: You Had Me at Shalom brings together GLBT Jews from many backgrounds, religious affiliations, and walks of life. Past participants in Boston have identified as secular, Renewal, Reconstructionist, Orthodox, Chasidic, Conservative, Reform, atheist, traditional egalitarian, chavurah, unaffiliated, and post-denominational. Boston has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants throughout the religious spectrum. Come join us!

Q: I identify as bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, transsexual, intersex, or two-spirit. Is there a place for me?
A: Yes! We welcome single Jews (and Jews in spirit) of all gender and sexual identities to participate.

Q: I am partnered, married, in a committed relationship, not interested in dating now, or I am a straight ally. Can I attend You Had Me at Shalom?
A: Yes! We need about 20 volunteers  who fall into the above categories. Volunteers enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine all night. Straight volunteers have even met and dated after meeting at Quick Dates in Boston!  It's one of the hip, happening places for Jewish allies to be on January 31.

Thanks to Keshet (, the folks who pioneered the original Jewish queer speed-dating! 

Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
1529 Sixteenth Street
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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