Who We Are

As the #MeToo movement has grown and spread across industries and sectors, it has laid bare an inescapable truth: the Jewish community is subject to the same kinds of issues, inequities and power dynamics that exist in other communities.

The SafetyRespectEquity coalition works to ensure safe, respectful and equitable Jewish workplaces and communal spaces by addressing sexual harassment, sexism and gender discrimination.

We believe we are called upon by the ethical standards of our tradition to address these issues within our community, as well as to lend our voices and action to the national movement seeking a culture shift in our country.

To that end, the coalition brings together organizations, funders, individuals and experts to help create lasting, systemic change. The role of the coalition is to serve as catalyst and resource: we aim to support, coordinate and amplify change in individual organizations as well as accelerate a broader cultural shift.

We have focused our initial activities on four core areas:

Values

We are dedicated to this work long-term because we believe:

1

Organizations and their leadership must hold themselves and each other accountable for enacting the changes we need to see.

2

Our community must address the structural inequalities and power dynamics that have allowed harassment and abuse to take root.

3

We must live up to the values within Jewish tradition that call upon us to raise our voices and lead where our community and society have fallen short.

SRE Coalition Leadership

The Coalition is comprised of organizations and leaders that share our goals. We seek to include agencies of all sizes, movements and locations; people of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ages and origins; professionals and volunteers, board members and community members; religious and secular, and the diverse racial and ethnic mosaic that makes up today’s Jewish community.

The individuals listed below are part of the Coalition’s Leadership and have committed to providing resources (time, money and/or expertise) to further the goals of the Coalition. Their organizations have also adopted the Commitment to the SRE Standards. This work is in progress and not necessarily complete for most or all organizations represented below.

  • Rabbi Elka Abrahamson
  • Ilana Aisen
  • Sharon Alpert
  • Robert Bank*
  • April Baskin
  • Guila Benchimol*
  • Shira Berkovits
  • Elizabeth Berman
  • Paul Bernstein
  • Jamie Allen Black
  • Joy Brand-Richardson
  • Miriam Chilton
  • Gali Cooks
  • Karen W. Davidson
  • Barbara Dobkin*
  • Lisa Eisen*
  • Naomi Eisenberger
  • Shira Epstein
  • Barry Finestone*
  • Jeremy Fingerman
  • Liz Fisher
  • Jonathan Greenblatt
  • Rabba Sara Hurwitz
  • Andrea Jacobs
  • Meredith Jacobs
  • Martin Kaminer
  • Gabriella Kamran
  • Sheila Katz*
  • Nancy Kaufman
  • Idit Klein*
  • Mimi Kravetz
  • Rachel Levin
  • Sharon Masling
  • Yavilah McCoy
  • Darrin McKeever
  • Ruth Messinger
  • Deborah Meyer
  • Rachel Garbow Monroe
  • Jody Rabhan
  • Steve Rakitt
  • Stefanie Rhodes
  • Judith Rosenbaum
  • Rachel Jacoby Rosenfield
  • Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
  • David Schizer
  • Charlene Seidle
  • Tilly Shames
  • Jerry Silverman
  • Adam Simon
  • Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu
  • Jill Smith
  • Andres Spokoiny
  • Rabbi Mira Wasserman
  • Rabbi Elyse Wechterman
  • Jenna Weinberg
  • Lori Weinstein
  • Sharon Weiss-Greenberg
  • Rabbi Mary Zamore

*Leadership list current as of October 15, 2018. Individuals with an asterisk by their name denote the Executive Committee of the SRE Coalition.