The Women’s League for Conservative Judaism (WLCJ) and the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC) have worked together over the past year to take action to expand the culture of our synagogues to create an environment that makes all of us, no matter our unique identities and needs, feel welcomed and embraced in our Jewish Community.
The goal of the initiative is that Women’s League Sisterhood Affiliates, Men’s Clubs, and synagogues will create an environment that makes all underserved communities feel welcomed and embraced in the Jewish Community. Core targets are the Women’s League Sisterhood Affiliates, Men’s Clubs, clergy and synagogue leaders who we want to support, applaud for their work and encourage to improve their adoption of inclusion practices and policies.
We define “Inclusion” as “the process, practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized; a commitment to welcoming, respecting, accepting, institutionally supporting and valuing diverse identities and communities of people.”
Among the “Underserved Communities” that are the focus of the initiative are:
Working with several other key Jewish organizations, the joint WLCJ/FJMC Committee on Inclusion has developed an Inclusion Resource Guidebook, with a wide range of strategies, activities and programs for local use. The Guidebook can be downloaded here. For more information contact Karen Winer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jerry Brodsky (email@example.com).
The Resource Guide is divided into several areas, designed to both successfully introduce inclusion initiatives into your Sisterhood Affiliate/Men’s Club, plus, important resources to maintain momentum. Remember, it is a guide.
To mutually learn through sharing experiences and stories with each other is our next step. We want to hear from you about what your Affiliate Sisterhoods and Men’s Clubs have started in your synagogues. We want to hear about the challenges and successes so that we can learn and share with all our affiliates. As we get your feedback, this will be communicated both on our websites and on-going newsletters.