Rockville Open House

Rockville Open House (ROH) a safe space gathering for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (Q+) teens, and their friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 years old.

Upcoming Meetings

ROH meetings happen every other week, on Wednesday, from 6 – 8 PM, at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington Teen Lounge.

Meeting Dates

January 16
January 30
February 13
February 27
March 13

We hope you join us for interesting conversations, new perspectives, and a supportive open environment!

Contact Us

For more information, please contact;
Gai Kaufman or call 301-348-3770

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Rockville Open House at the Bender JCC

Rockville Open House started with the mission to provide a fully supervised gathering and safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or inter-sex (LGBTQQI) Jewish teens, and their friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 years old.

With the assistance and guidance of the staff at Keshet, and with the support of the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, ROH opened in April 2010. Rockville Open House was supervised by Rabbi Sarah Meytin.

Rabbi Meytin is an openly queer Reform rabbi. She is the Assistant Director at Gan HaYeled, the preschool at Adas Israel Congregation in Cleveland Park. She was a 10th grade/ Confirmation teacher at local synagogues for seven years and is currently the coordinator of the Hebrew Home’s teen philanthropy program. She was also an appointed member of the Montgomery County Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Family Life and Human Development. She and her wife live in Silver Spring with their two children.

Rockville Open House is one of many resources available in the local community and on the internet for Q+ teens. Here are some helpful resources:

  • Bet Mishpachah (http://www.betmish.org/) is a congregation in Washington, DC for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews and all who wish to participate in an inclusive, egalitarian, and mutually supportive community.
  • Equality Maryland (http://www.equalitymaryland.org/) lobbies in Annapolis and across the state to create equal protection under the law for LGBT Marylanders and their families.
  • Gay-Straight Alliance Network (http://www.gsanetwork.org/) is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other.
  • GLOE (https://www.edcjcc.org/community/gloe/) GLBT Outreach and Engagement (GLOE) engages metropolitan Washington’s GLBT Jewish community by sponsoring original programming and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment at the Edlavitch JCC of Washington DC.
  • GLSEN (http://www.glsen.org), the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.
  • The Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation (IJSO) at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (http://huc.edu/ijso/) is preparing Jewish leadership with the capacity, compassion and skills to change congregational attitudes, policies, and, indeed, Jewish society so as to include each and every Jew, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Keshet’s (http://keshetonline.org/) mission is to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews are fully included in all parts of the Jewish community. Keshet’s resource page is extensive for both Jewish and secular resources on all LGBTQ topics. www.keshetonline.org/resources/
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) (http://www.pflag.org) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States.
  • Rainbow Youth Alliance (http://www.rainbowyouthalliancemd.org/) (Howard County, MD) provides a safe space for youth (up to age 22) who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgendered (GLBT), as well as their allies.
  • The Trevor Project (http://www.thetrevorproject.org/) is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.
  • Choosing an LGBTQ-Friendly College or University