SRE Network Statement on Jofa Independent Review
July 12, 2023 — SRE Network today released the following statement about the independent review of workplace conduct and culture of Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa) conducted by the firm Cozen O’Connor.
“SRE Network commends Jofa for having completed the important task of conducting a comprehensive independent review of their workplace conduct and culture and making the results of the review public.
“SRE Network appreciates that Jofa has committed to implementing the recommendations set forth in the report. We believe these steps will strengthen Jofa and community trust in the organization moving forward.
“Jofa has been reactivated as a SRE Network member and we look forward to further collaboration between our organizations to foster safe, respectful, and equitable workplaces and communal spaces moving forward.”
The Cozen report stated that investigators found there was not evidence of a broader culture, climate or pattern of sexual or gender-based harassment within Jofa. The report also found that the prior use of non-disclosure agreements was not unlawful. The report concluded that there was more that Jofa could have done in the instances examined to communicate greater care and concern for the impacted individuals. The report also found that while Jofa’s response to incidents were undertaken in good faith, it reflected flaws in board governance and clear fiduciary guidelines, that can be addressed by implementation of the report’s recommendations.
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About SRE Network:
SRE Network is a network of over 160 Jewish organizations rooted in a shared commitment to safety, respect, and equity-for all. We inspire meaningful change in workplaces and communal spaces by bringing people together to address gender- based harassment, discrimination, and inequity. Our work is focused on building community, research & learning, and strategic community investments, using an intersectional lens of gender justice.