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JFNA Moves to Include “Gender Identity or Expression” in Non-Discrimination Policy

This post comes from Elizabeth Leibowitz, Program Manager for HRC's Jewish Organization Equality Index:

HRC’s Jewish Organization Equality Index (JOEI), a new initiative to create a baseline measurement of current practices within Jewish non-profits towards LGBT employees and community members, is excited to announce that through taking the 2012 JOEI Survey, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has decided to include “gender identity or expression” in their non-discrimination policy. The inclusion of this term signifies a big step forward in JFNA’s commitment to protecting all members of the LGBT community. We hope we can count on other Jewish non-profits to join the JFNA in adding “gender identity or expression,” as well as “sexual orientation,” to their non-discrimination policies.

“We want to ensure that JFNA fosters a progressive and inclusive work environment for all employees,” said Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America. “Our employment policies should reflect our Jewish values of equality and inclusion.”   

The Jewish Federations of North America represents 157 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $2 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs around the world. The Jewish Federations, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protect and enhance the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning). 

The updated non-discrimination policy will be included in JFNA’s newest employee handbook expected this summer.

If your organization is interested in taking the 2012 JOEI Survey, it’s not too late. The survey will remain open until COB on April 6. To participate in the survey, please submit a request.

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