Written non-discrimination policies and benefits form the foundation of diversity and inclusion efforts. Do the organizations you belong to, work for and/or support have a policy in place that specifically mentions sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression? Here are some sample Statements of Inclusion you can adapt, adopt and share.
Adat Shalom: Statement of Principles
Congregation Beit Tikvah: This is Not Your Grandfather’s Shul
Kol Halev: Policy on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Members
Park Slope Jewish Center: Mission Statement
Temple Beth Am: Welcoming Statement
Temple Beth El: Welcoming Resolution
Temple Sinai, Atlanta: Statement of Inclusivity
Model Policy for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students
Rabbis for Human Rights Non Discrimination Policy:
Rabbis for Human Rights-North American is an equal opportunity employer. RHR-NA does not discriminate or permit discrimination against, or provide special treatment for, any person or group of persons on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, physical disability, or any other category protected by law, particularly those related to EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) except in the case of a bona fide occupational qualification.
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Washington, D.C.):
The Jewish Federation welcomes the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds and sexual orientations.
The Community Synagogue (Port Washington, NY):
Our diverse community welcomes Jews of all backgrounds including interfaith families, singles, seniors, couples, single-parent and same sex families and Jews-by-Choice. Within our warm and inviting surroundings, The Community Synagogue encourages meaningful participation and creates a special sense of belonging.”
Mayyim Hayyim: Living Waters Community Mikveh and Paula Brody & Family Education Center (Newton, MA):
Mayyim Hayyim strives to be inclusive of all who wish to learn and/or immerse, regardless of sexual orientation, physical/developmental ability, or background.