As members of a tradition that sees each person as created in the divine image, we respond with anguish and outrage at the spate of suicides brought on by homophobic bullying and intolerance. We hereby commit to ending homophobic bullying or harassment of any kind in our synagogues, schools, organizations, and communities. As a signatory, I pledge to speak out when I witness anyone being demeaned for their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. I commit myself to do whatever I can to ensure that each and every person in my community is treated with dignity and respect.
IT’S ABOUT TIME
“I was very excited to first learn about Keshet’s Pledge because I think it’s about time ALL Jews are included in the term ‘Jewish’! Learning that BBYO — my life and my love; an organization that really and truly has shaped who I am as a person — has formed an entire initiative involving the idea of inclusion was really the best feeling in the world. BBYO has always been an inclusive place for me — and I want to ensure that others, without question, feel that same sense of inclusion no matter who they love. It’s that simple, really.”
-Taylor Elhai, Chapter N’siah, Mishpacha BBG #2415
“Do Not Stand Idly By: A Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives” is the first campaign in the Jewish community to draw attention to homophobic and transphobic bullying.
Since the campaign launched, more than 11,000 individuals and 1,000 Jewish organizations have signed on, making a public commitment to stand up against demeaning or bullying treatment of anyone due to real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
In 2011, all of the major Jewish youth movements – BBYO, NCSY, NFTY, USY and Young Judea – came together to create “Stand UP For Each Other: The Campaign for Respect and Inclusion,” to confront bullying and homophobia.