If you are an individual who may be currently experiencing harassment or abuse, call the RAINN National Sexual Assault hotline at 800.656.HOPE, or 800.656.4673. If you or someone you know is experiencing gender discrimination, including sexual harassment in the workplace, we encourage you to contact the National Women’s Law Center at nwlc.org and to report issues to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at eeoc.gov.
Living Your Policy: Sharing Your Policies & Training Your Team
Amee Wurzburg and Stephanie Gray from Sacred Spaces shared how to develop regular opportunities for your community to engage with your policies. They shared best practices, key considerations, and recommended action steps for your planning process, including concrete ways to communicate policies and train your staff.
Making Uncomfortable Conversations a Habit: A New Year’s Resolution
Sarah Pierson explored why conversations about sexual harassment and violence are important and how these conversations work to prevent and respond to these behaviors. Sarah addressed how individuals can have these uncomfortable conversations and the framework that can help them do so. She also covered what managers can do to have these conversations.
SRE Leadership Conversation Guide
This leadership conversation guide is meant to prompt a discussion with your senior leadership team to check-in on your organization's progress and priorities as you begin to plan some next steps.
The 2022 SRE Network Year in Review
As we look to 2023, we will continue to support our members in creating and sustaining the safe, respectful, equitable, and just world we seek. The end of the year is a time for reflection, gratitude, and planning. Here are some of our top highlights from the past year.
SRE Network Standards Self-Assessment Membership Report 2021
Our Member Assessment provides participating organizations, our network, and the field with invaluable data points about where things currently stand and where further growth is needed. Check out our 2021 Report.
When What You Do Is Who You Are: The Intersection of Jewish Organizational Culture and Identity
Dr. Belzer conducted a qualitative longitudinal study focused on the intersection of Jewish identity and occupation among Jewish communal professionals. This material also explores the dynamics of Jewish organizational culture over time from the perspectives of sector insiders.
2022 SRE Convening Code of Conduct & Norms
Safety. Respect. Equity. These are the values and principles that we are committed to as an organization and as we convene for this virtual conference. The following is an outline of the policies and norms that are inherently part of SRE and therefore, part of this convening.
What’s Next After Completing Your Membership Renewal?
Completing your annual Standards Self-Assessment to renew your SRE Network Membership is just the first step in your SRE journey for the year ahead. Review this document for some of the next steps to continue your journey.
SRE Network Resource for Board Members & Leadership
This resource is a compilation of resources for how to address allegations against and misconduct by board members.
Resources on T'shuva & Repair
These resources are a compilation from the first, second, and third sessions of the T’shuva Series which was held in September 2022.
JWA Book Talks with Danya Ruttenberg
Judith Rosenbaum, CEO of the Jewish Women's Archive, talks with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg about her book. In On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg draws on Maimonides and other Jewish texts to offer a crucial new lens on repentance, atonement, forgiveness, and repair from harm—from personal transgressions to our culture’s most painful and unresolved issues.
What Do We Mean When We Ask a Sexual Offender to “Do T’shuva?”
From 2021-2022, five scholars in the Created Equal Research Group at the Kogod Research Center asked: What do we mean when we ask a sexual offender do to t’shuva? They noticed a pattern when stories of sexual misconduct, harm, and abuse were raised in the media and in organizations and institutions and they turned to Jewish sources that can help us think about this question.
Responding to Workplace Complaints and Conducting Investigations
Best practice advice from Rahel Bayar of The Bayar Group for determining whether to conduct an internal or external investigation, as well as steps to follow when conducting an internal investigation.
Responding to Complaints Session Slides
Does your organization know what to do when you first receive a complaint or report of discrimination, harassment, or other forms of abuse? Sacred Spaces provided a basic outline of policies and practices to help guide initial steps in responding to complaints, including a framework for deciding first steps once a complaint has been received, considerations if an investigation is needed, and ways to support the parties involved.
Resource List: Developing a Reporting Structure
The following list included is a list of organizations that provide information, support, and reporting resources for those with personal experiences related to abuse, harassment, and other abuses of power.
Giving an Apology That Works
When we mess up, how do we give an effective apology? As kids, we’re often taught that the magic words “I’m sorry” are all that’s required, but as adults, we need a more robust set of tools for making things right. In this workshop, we’ll use an approach rooted in Jewish ancestral values to explore interpersonal frameworks, tools, and techniques for apology and repair.
Crafting Your Jewish Organization’s Reproductive Care Policy
Providing Jewish organizations with guidance to develop and implement benefits that support employee reproductive health, regardless of where in the United States they live.
SRE Report: We Need to Talk
A Review of Public Discourse and Survivor Experiences of Safety, Respect, and Equity in Jewish Workplaces and Communal Spaces
Responding to Disclosures of Victimization
In a session led by SRE Network Senior Advisor of Researching & Learning, Dr. Guila Benchimol, tips and more, were given to explore how to keep yourself, victim-survivors, and others safe as we hear personal disclosures of abuse. Read the Dos and Don'ts of Responding to Disclosures published in February 2022.
2021 SRE Network Standards - Refresh Guide
This guide was developed to outline the updates made to the 2021 SRE Network Standards. The guide includes a clean version of the refreshed Standards, a tracked changes version, and a summary of key changes.
The Gender Gap in Jewish Nonprofit Leadership: An Ecosystem View
Addressing five causes can make significant progress in closing the persistent and large gender gap among CEOs at Jewish nonprofit organizations.
Women in the Workplace (2021)
Women in the Workplace is the largest study on the state of women in corporate America. In 2015, LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company launched the study to give companies insights and tools to advance gender diversity in the workplace. Between 2015 and 2021, over 750 companies participated in the study, and more than a quarter of a million people were surveyed on their workplace experiences.
Awareness and Training, Featured, Policies and Procedures, Promoting Workplace Equity
Money, Gender and Power: A Guide to Funding with a Gender Lens
Created in partnership with gender justice leader Tuti B. Scott of Changemaker Strategies, and dedicated to the memory of Jewish feminist pioneer Nancy Schwartz Sternoff, Money, Power, and Gender invites Jewish communal leaders, funders, and activists of all genders to take concrete actions to advance gender equity, and commit to lifting up women and girls in the philanthropic landscape at large.
Awareness and Training, Education, Featured, Funders as Allies
Gender Equity and Leadership Initiative Report
This report shares the research and findings of the Gender Equity and Leadership Initiative, exploring how to enhance gender equity and leadership within Jewish educational institutions and the needs of professionals in the field of Jewish education. The Gender Equity and Leadership Initiative is housed at the Leadership Commons of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS.
Education, Featured, Promoting Workplace Equity
Coverage and Tools About Sexual Harassment at Nonprofits
For those working to prevent sexual harassment at a nonprofit or overcome a scandal, here is a collection of articles with advice from a variety of experts. You’ll find guidance on how to communicate with donors, respond when a leader is involved in a scandal, or better protect your fundraisers.
Awareness and Training, Education, Featured, Promoting Workplace Equity
Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment: Funders’ Practices and Challenges
Foundations committed to social justice and human rights have an important role in combating sexual harassment through their work, but they must also take all steps necessary to prevent and respond to it in their work. This report seeks to provide some food for thought in the form of foundations’ shared experiences as a basis for this kind of thought process. It is an invitation to think, discuss, and learn.
Education, Featured, Funders as Allies, Promoting Workplace Equity
The Pledge on Live the Pledge
13 action steps for men to take to turn being an ally into a verb. We are calling men in to live their allyhood as a verb by committing to, sharing, and living out the pledges that first emerged in the The Week That All Jewish Women Turned Invisible article. Live The Pledge is a new website to help allies actively engage in this comprehensive list of actions. With input from male allies and focus groups, these pledges have been expanded to bring them to life as part of our ongoing commitment to achieving greater gender equity in our Jewish communal workspaces.
Featured, Funders as Allies, Men as Allies, Promoting Workplace Equity
Checklists and Chart of Risk Factors for Employers on Harassment Prevention
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the government agency responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against or sexually harass anyone in the workplace.
Reform Pay Equity Initiative
The Reform Pay Equity Initiative will comprehensively assess the salaries of the professionals who serve Reform institutions, develop a plan to address inequities, and evaluate the impact of interventions.
Judaism, #MeToo and Ethical Leadership: Perspectives from the Created Equal Project
Judaism, #metoo and Ethical Leadership: Perspectives from the Created Equal Project explores how Jewish ideas can inform the current discourse on power, privilege and sexual assault and generates new insights and deep conversation.