Jewish Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

"This is a generation of seekers"

זֶ֭ה דּ֣וֹר דֹּרְשָׁ֑ו

Psalm 24:6

What is J.E.D.I.

J.E.D.I. supports the Jewish communal ecosystem in creating a culture of belonging for all Jews and their loved ones while building bridges across socially and culturally diverse communities.

With a multi-prong approach, J.E.D.I.’s Theory of Change simultaneously focuses on three complementary fields of work each with its own projects and programs to measure our change and impact: Education, Engagement, and Empowerment.

Welcome to the J.E.D.I Curriculum

Standing for justice – for everyone – is at the center of Judaism. J.E.D.I. is a 7-unit course designed to begin educating the Jewish community on ways to begin talking, thinking and acting around issues of race, diversity and inclusion in America. The Curriculum Objectives are to:

  • Create a baseline of shared language and knowledge for the Jewish communal ecosystem around racial justice and equity with a Jewish traditional lens.
  • Increase comfort levels of Jewish community leaders to discuss issues relating to identity, justice, equity, diversity and inclusion with a Jewish lens.
  • Increase knowledge, consciousness, self-awareness, and shared language for individuals and organizations about racial justice, equity and personal identity.
  • Provide ongoing support, tools and best practices to advance J.E.D.I. in Jewish communal life and broader society to decrease racial bias and increase racial equity within Jewish communal life.

Why We're Here

America's recent awakening around systemic problems faced by people of color caught many of our community off-guard. It also mobilized them. The Jewish Federation of North America saw a need to begin addressing these issues within the organization, and to support others in doing so as well. So let's do this together!

If we are to be a flourishing Jewish community that supports thriving Jewish life for the 21st century, we must ensure that people see themselves in all our organizational leadership and programs and that we lead with our civic partnerships with the same integrity.

Seven Reasons Why J.E.D.I.

I. Human Dignity

We Have a Spiritual and Moral Obligation

II. It is a Fact

We Already are, and Becoming, More Diverse

III. J.E.D.I. is the future - Leaders get ready

J.E.D.I. Leadership Development and Competencies

IV. Flourish

Thriving Jewish Communities is not just about some of us, but all of us

V. Recruitment, Retention & Relevance

Jewish Engagement in the 21st century Depends on it

VI. Culture Wars: America is a hot mess

Identity politics, splintered community noise not nuance, misinformation, fear. Lack of Divine spirit.

VII. We are made for this

The Jewish Tradition has prepared this generation for healing more than any other.

The J.E.D.I. Syllabus

J.E.D.I. is a 7-unit course, each focused on sharing perspectives, lessons, and actionable ways to incorporate a more thoughtful approach to inclusion within our community.

The J.E.D.I. Curriculum Core Principles

The J.E.D.I. curriculum has been developed based on five core principles:

  • Jewish Tradition and Education

    A 3,500 year old heritage of justice

  • Mutual Empathy and Compassion

    A space to be vulnerable without judgement

  • Engagement and Empowerment

    Connecting people of different outlooks and experiences, and empowering them to take action

  • Collaboration, Relationship Building and Community Outreach

    Building coalitions within – and beyond – our communities

  • Unity, Not Uniformity

    Sharing and exploring our own experiences

Join the Journey

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