#UsToo: Acknowledging the Reality of Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Jewish Community
As part of its mission to recontextualize Judaism for a modern community, GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC is presenting its monthly Torah & Sexuality series of Jewish learning programs exploring different topics in Judaism that relate to sexual relations, expression, and identity, presented in a contemporary context by various rabbis and other Jewish educators.
Since the allegations against Harvey Weinstein have come to light, there has been a flood of further allegations against sexual perpetrators in all quarters of our society. It is time we acknowledge this problem openly as a community, and seek strength, insight and answers together. Join Rabbi Gil Steinlauf and Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes of The Brookings Institution for one of the first conversations convened by a Jewish communal institution on the current sexual harassment/assault issues proving to be cultural flashpoints around the world — together, we'll explore Jewish insights on this problem, acknowledge the challenges, and discuss ways of taking collective action to stop sexual abuse and protect potential victims in our community.
This will be a special event presented as part of the ongoing Torah & Sexuality series of Jewish learning programs relating ancient texts to modern sex.
This program is also fully inclusive of all, regardless of gender expression, sexual identity, or ability. For accommodation requests, please email Stacey Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the facilitators:
The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement (GLOE) at the Edlavitch DCJCC is the first and only full-time LGBTQ outreach program of any Jewish Community Center in North America. GLOE has been recontextualizing Judaism for a contemporary queer community since its founding by Stuart S. Kurlander over ten years ago.
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