Wandering the Rainbow Desert:
Lessons of the Jewish Organization Equality Index
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 7:00-8:30 pm
DCJCC (16TH & Q St, NW) - Community Hall
Adina Dubin Barkinskiy | Morningstar Foundation
Lisa Eisen | Schusterman Foundation
Stuart Kurlander | GLOE and Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Adam Tenner, Metro TeenAIDS, moderator
As we approach Passover's messages of freedom, liberation, and equality, we reflect on those same issue in today's Jewish community, in light of the Jewish Organization Equality Index (JOEI) - a project of the Human Rights Campaign in collaboration with the Jewish community.
The JOEI was a first-of-its-kind project to examine US Jewish organizations on their policies, practices and programs as they are pertinent to the LGBT community.
So how close are we, as a full Jewish community, to embracing kavod habriyot - the value of human dignity - for LGBT people in our organizations?
Panelists will discuss some of the origins and outcomes of the Index,
what we found out simply through the process of carrying out this
project, and a range of next steps.
The panel features those that made the JOEI possible - Lisa Eisen, of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; Susie Gelman, of The Morningstar Foundation; and Stuart Kurlander – a leader in several non-profit Jewish and Jewish LGBT community organizations, including as founder of GLOE here at the DCJCC, and as past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Refreshments and schmoozing to follow.
Co-sponsored by AVODAH, GLOE, the Human Rights Campaign Fund, and Keshet
The HRC explains the Jewish Organization Equality Index:
"The Jewish Organization Equality Index (JOEI) survey is an innovative, first-of-its-kind effort to analyze and rate U.S. Jewish non-profits on their policies, practices and programs as they are pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and members. The 18-month collaboration between the HRC Foundation and Jewish community organizations includes a survey to benchmark current practices, educational resources for improvement and a final report to highlight the advances made and the work still to be done. HRC's fair and achievable standards for inclusion are supported with informative resources, webinars, cutting-edge research and tools to help organizations along the way."
(Learn more at hrc.org/joei)
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