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The First Jewish LGBT ‘Equality Index’

The Jewish Organization Equality Index (JOEI) is the Human Rights Campaign first-ever index of inclusion within a faith-based community. It is modeled after HRC’s groundbreaking Corporate Equality Index and provides benchmarks for gauging, and resources for improving, LGBT inclusivity policies and practices of North American Jewish communal organizations.

The 204 organizations that participated in the survey that produced the index were about 10 percent of those invited, a number the campaign says is typical. About 80 percent have not targeted the LGBT community for recruitment, and about 60 percent haven’t done diversity or inclusion training the past three years.

The result is the Jewish Organization Equality Index, which provides benchmarks for gauging LGBT policies and practices at North American Jewish communal organizations.  About 100 Jewish organizations are taking significant steps to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals and families, according to an “inclusion index” released today by the Human Rights Campaign, the LGBT civil rights organization. In partnership with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Morningstar Foundation, Stuart Kurlander and an anomymous donor, the campaign made the Jewish world the subject of its first index for a faith-based community.

The Index shows that in some areas, the Jewish community has been progressive in addressing LGBT equality. In fact, 50% of the 204 organizations that participated received the top score in the Index. By contrast, the first year of HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, which rates Fortune1000 companies on inclusion for LGBT employees, only 13 organizations of the 319 rated—or 4%—received the highest score.

“This report marks a milestone in the Jewish community,” said Idit Klein, who runs Keshet, the Jewish LGBT advocacy organization. “We hope it will galvanize our leaders to make LGBT inclusion a priority.”


Read the full story on The Jewish Week

Read more and check out the full report on Keshet

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