Gender Equity Advocate Training

WE’RE CHANGING. When we see gender inequities across the Jewish community, we’re ever more prepared to call them out. Panels with no female contributors? Quoting only male experts in a talk? No.

But yet, as we hire employees, we still allow gender bias to pervade the process.

Let’s align our organizational values with our Jewish values. Let’s examine our unconscious biases. Let’s design for diversity. Let’s stop accepting the way it’s always been done. We believe that hiring processes that are more gender equitable will help organizations help women rise to positions of leadership and enable them to hire the best candidates at the same time.

The Gender Equity in Hiring in the Jewish Community Project (GEiHP) believes that the hiring process is a key leverage point for organizations as they begin to address their gender biases. In order for the change we seek to become embedded in our communal organizations and our individual actions, we will dig deeply into cultures of bias and build our capacity–both individual and organizational–to recognize and correct these biases as we build support systems to align hiring practices with our Jewish values of equality and fairness.


Our Gender Equity Advocates will spend time immersing themselves in the hiring process from end to end, considering how organizations prepare, interview candidates and offer positions. Gender Equity Advocates are:

individual professionals and lay leaders fundamental to the success of their organizations and communities, embedded in their Jewish community as this work is done within their current roles, represent a diverse assembly of Jewish communal professionals and volunteer lay leaders, prepared to serve as advocates for gender equal and unbiased processes, language and behaviors, with a specific focus around hiring, interested in and positioned to build organizational capacity.


Please note that attendance at the full program is expected. All of our Gender Equity Advocate Trainings are a full day (9:00 am-5:00 pm).

Fees range by location and by the size of group (12-18 preferred) and includes all materials, lunch, and e-access to our resource bank.

All who complete our Gender Equity Advocates Training are welcomed as full members of our Network following the completion of this training.

We encourage nominations: please feel free to share this to others who will benefit from being a part of this work.

OUR WORK TOGETHER (just a taste)

  • We begin with implicit bias, examining how it functions in our lives, how it influences communication and decision-making, and where it emerges in intersection with hiring
  • We consider the multi-phased work of the hiring committee, and the various steps of the hiring process, as we imagine how to constitute these committees to effectively combat bias and strive for equity
  • We engage in close textual reading as a tool to consider how language influences behavior, interact with biases, reinforce social and cultural norms and shift our behavior, using job descriptions as our primary text.
  • We uncover helpful, practical strategies for identifying challenges in hiring, and effective ways to advocate for change, located in thoughtful, organizational strategy and a desire to create supportive, equitable workplace cultures.
  • We map out relationships and consider the roles we play in our organizations, through professional and lay relationships, power and connection, and images of leadership, all in an effort to consider how we as advocates have our own power to make change

Our Gender Equity Advocates are embedded in the organizations and communities listed below, currently working to make change in hiring processes to lift women into leadership roles.

Academy for Jewish Religion-Aleph Society/Global Day of Jewish Learning-Beth El Temple (West Hartford, CT)-Beth Shalom Chevra Shas (Dewitt, NY)-CareerUp Now-Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University-Columbia University-Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston-Congregation B’nai Israel (Millburn NJ)-Congregation Brothers of Israel (Newtown PA)-Dale Glasser Training and Consulting-East End Temple (New York, NY)-Glacier Jewish Community/B’nai Shalom (Whitefish, MT)-Hadassah-Hazon-Hebrew College-Hillel International-Jewish Community Centers Association-Jewish Vocational Services/Career Services (Cincinnati, OH)-Jewish Women’s Foundation of NY-Joint Distribution Committee-Larchmont Temple (Larchmont, NY)-New Israel Fund-Onward Israel-ORT America-Park Avenue Synagogue (New York City)-Prizmah-Repair the World-Ta’amod: Stand Up-Temple Beth Zion (Buffalo, NY)-Temple Emanu-El (New York, NY)-The Abraham Initiatives-The Gene-Sis-The Jewish Education Project-Tribe12-UJA Federation of NY-Union of Reform Judaism-Upstart-Women of Reform Judaism

The GEiHP is funded by generous grants from the Safety Respect Equity Coalition and The Jewish Theological Seminary‘s Seeds of InnovationGrant.

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