How Funders Can Advance Safety, Respect and Equity in Jewish Spaces

Five years since launching SRE Network, funders lay out three ways to make Jewish workplaces and communal spaces better for everyone.

August 28, 2023

  • Jewish Community
  • Jewish Leadership

In 2018, Jewish funders, organizations, and expert practitioners came together to launch SRE Network with a mission to address gender-based harassment and discrimination and shape safe, equitable and respectful Jewish workplaces and communal spaces.

Over the past five years, SRE Network has led this work through network building, resource sharing and community investments. The organization has grown to 165 member organizations and invested more than $5M in initiatives across Jewish communities. 

This work has shown that funders have a critical role to play in advancing these efforts. In an op-ed for eJewish Philanthropy (eJP), our own Rebecca Shafron, Program Officer for U.S. Jewish Grantmaking at Schusterman, teamed up with Dawne Bear Novicoff of the Jim Joseph Foundation and Jon Hornstein of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to share three ways in which funders can actively contribute to this vital work, including how to:

  • Lead by example
  • Put the needs and experiences of those harmed by abuse in Jewish settings front and center
  • Commit to continuous learning to support long-term change