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Overview

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 Safety Respect Equity Network 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, SRE brings together organizations, funders, individuals and experts to help create lasting, systemic change. The role of SRE 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:

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

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

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.