Bechol LashonBechol Lashon “grows and strengthens the Jewish people through ethnic, cultural, and racial inclusiveness. We advocate for the diversity that has characterized the Jewish people throughout history, and through contemporary forces including intermarriage, conversion and adoption. We foster an expanding Jewish community that embraces its differences.”
KeshetKeshet works for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life. “Looking for lesson plans you can use with teens? Or suggestions for ways to make your curriculum more LGBTQ-inclusive? Looking for language for a comprehensive anti-bullying or anti-discrimination policy? Wondering what to say if a teen comes out to you? Want to bring a queer text study to your class or a staff or faculty meeting? Want to talk with other Jewish educators committed to LGBTQ inclusion? What are the best ways to support LGBTQ youth in Jewish community?” In addition to workshops, lesson plans, and documents to help promote inclusion, Keshet also produced the movie Hineni: Coming Out in a Jewish High School, which is wonderful to show to teens and is available from Keshet’s resource section.
Interfaith FamilyInterfaith Family supports interfaith families exploring Jewish life. Its website is filled with resources for learning and advocacy. Visit the website to understand the ways interfaith families in your community might approach Jewish learning and living. In particular, the parenting section (within the Learning section of the website) is often helpful to Jewish educators.
Making Diversity CountMaking Diversity Count is an online professional development tool for educators to build respectful and inclusive classrooms. The Anti- Defamation League created Making Diversity Count through its A World Of Difference Institute, a leading provider of anti-bias education and diversity training programs and resources. The Institute seeks to help participants recognize bias and the harm it inflicts on individuals and society; explore the value of diversity; improve intergroup relations; and combat racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of prejudice and bigotry. Making Diversity Count reaches educators who might not be able to attend traditional face-to-face training. In the online course format, users progress at their own pace, allowing for a personal, introspective and convenient experience anywhere, anytime.