Policy and guiding values.
Adapted from the policies of Masorti Judaism (Revised March 2018)
The purpose of policy is to ensure that Masorti On Campus operates in line with the values of equality and human dignity, maximizing inclusion and respecting the diversity of its employees, trustees, volunteers and program participants. Guided by the principle that all human beings are created in the image of God and, being of infinite value, deserve dignity, respect and equal treatment. (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5)
Programs and events
Masorti On Campus events and programs will be open to all, regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including color, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
We will endeavor to make reasonable arrangements to remove barriers to entry, facilitate participation and meet the needs of people from disadvantaged or underrepresented groups. Such arrangements will include, where possible, childcare facilities, access for people with physical disabilities, and well-advertised scholarships or discounted fees for people on lower incomes.
We will endeavor to ensure diversity among the presenters, trainers and speakers appearing at Masorti On Campus events. In particular, other than in exceptional circumstances, we will make every effort not to run all-male panels.
Notwithstanding the above, some Masorti On Campus events will be aimed at specific groups (for example women or particular ages), where this is justified educationally or in terms of the needs of the target group. In these cases, any restrictions on participation will be clearly advertised.
As a pluralistic movement, we respect and accommodate a wide range of religious practices. However, we require our member communities to adopt a fully egalitarian, non-discriminatory approach in regard to the educational and programmatic life of the synagogue and its management.
Discrimination in the workplace
Discrimination in the workplace in any form is unacceptable and in most cases unlawful. This includes direct discrimination, discrimination by association and perception, and indirect discrimination.
Every employee, trustee and volunteer is a stakeholder in the success of this policy and is expected to make a positive contribution towards creating an environment of inclusion and equal opportunity throughout the organization.
In particular, employees, trustees and volunteers
• Must not take discriminatory actions or decisions which are contrary to the spirit of this policy
• Must not harass, abuse or intimidate anyone on account of their protected characteristics or for any other reason
• Will report any discriminatory behavior or practices
• Will cooperate with any measures introduced to develop or monitor diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity.
Masorti On Campus will not tolerate sexual harassment of any kind, will work to ensure that employees, trustees and volunteers do not suffer this or any other kind of harassment, and encourages any employee who has experienced or witnessed harassment to report this in line with our grievance and disciplinary policy.
Wherever possible, efforts will be made to identify and remove unnecessary or unjustifiable barriers and provide appropriate facilities and conditions of service to meet the special needs of disadvantaged and/or underrepresented groups. In particular, we will seek to enable flexible working, to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate people with disabilities, and to provide adequate additional pay for parental leave.