By H. Glenn Rosenkrantz The testimonies were harrowing and sometimes graphic. For over 30 minutes they went on, and on - tales of gender harassment across the spectrum of Jewish communal life, from synagogues to large national organizations and everything in between, and perpetrated by colleagues, donors and board members alike. “It made me feel very uncomfortable to listen to this, and also very ashamed that this has been going on in the … [Read more...] about A Communal Response to Gender Harassment Begins
We Too / sexual harassment
By Loribeth Weinstein In the months of raised awareness resulting from the powerful #MeToo movement, many of us in the Jewish community have been working to determine the best response - asking ourselves how can we use this movement to take an honest look within, recognize the deep seeded and long standing inequalities and take the necessary steps to initiate change. To that end a number of us have begun working with groups who are seeking to … [Read more...] about Responding to #MeToo goes Deeper than Policy Changes
By Rabbi Aviva Richman When it comes to teaching consent, traditional trainings don’t work. Trainings that focus solely on informing people of legal policies, do very little to actually improve the situation in a workplace. What matters most is culture. Our entire public conversation about assault, harassment and what ought to be the inviolability of people's bodies is about what kind of society and leadership we have. I am exploring … [Read more...] about #Metoo Meets Torah?
By Judith Rosenbaum Two refrains have been battling it out in my mind in the recent months of #MeToo activism: the syncopated beats (thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda) of “This is not a moment; it’s a movement” and the age-old “This too shall pass.” Both, of course, are true. As a historian, I recognize the collective power that creates change, which can feel both like a spark lighting a fire and like rolling a boulder up a hill. And nothing … [Read more...] about Archiving #MeToo
By Shifra Bronznick, Barbara Dobkin and Rabbi Joanna Samuels Each day, it seems, brings new stories that prove that our workplaces are sites of violence against women, the silencing of women’s ambition, and discrimination in women’s compensation. For some of us, this is new information. For many of us, it rings true, but the extent of the problem and the graphic ugliness of the revelations are shocking. And for others of us, those who are its … [Read more...] about We Too