JCC Chicago is proud to be a member of the Safety Respect Equity Coalition (SRE), a new initiative to inspire meaningful change in Jewish workplaces and communal spaces by bringing together people to address harassment, discrimination, and inequity. The coalition is made up of organizations, funders, individuals and experts across the Jewish non-profit sector serving as a catalyst and resource for cultural change. As part of the leadership group, we are committed to providing a safe, respectful and equitable workspace where harassment discrimination is no longer tolerated in our community.
Since joining the SRE Coalition in 2020, JCC Chicago has formed a SRE taskforce in a community-wide effort to promote these ideals.
SRE Taskforce Members:
- Lisa Bloom, Secretary and Vice Chair, Board of Directors
- Mike Bagdade, Co-Chair, Program Committee, Board of Directors
- Johanna Fine, Chief Human Resources Officer
- Jamee Smith, Camp Director, Elaine Frank Apachi and Apachi Village Day Camps
- Jennifer Rosenfeld, Early Childhood Director, Bernard Weinger JCC
- Devorah Horovicz, Manager, Community Programs
- Rena Rosen, Inclusion Coordinator, Early Childhood Teacher
- Kyle Kolling, Assistant Director, Camp Chi
We created this commitment to Safety, Respect and Equity within our workplace with the goal that the commitment becomes both inspiration for and a reflection of how we interact daily with each other, members, families and the community. We invite our community members who share our values to take the pledge and sign on!
Diversity and Inclusion Programs
JCC Chicago welcomes people of all ages, genders, race, abilities, faiths, and backgrounds and provides innovative programs designed to meet the needs of everyone from infants to adults. Through a mix of informal and formal education, recreational and cultural activities, JCC Chicago celebrates learning and brings Jewish values to life every day, ensuring the strength and the continuity of the Jewish community.
Camp Chi and Apachi Day Camps provide a fully inclusive national model for day and overnight camp programming. We believe everyone benefits when everyone can play. For over 20 years, JCC Chicago has been proud to partner with Keshet to provide one-on-one support and ensure that campers with intellectual, social and physical disabilities can participate fully. View Program.
Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month (JDAIM)
JDAIM is a unified national initiative during the month of February to raise disability awareness and support. View Program.
All Star Abilities (ASA) is a peer-to-peer fitness literacy, wellness instruction, and recreational opportunity for teenagers with and without special needs in concert with community partners. View Program.
For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other special needs, JCC Chicago’s All-In Swim is designed to teach water safety and swim skills in a comfortable, supportive environment. View Program.
Pride Parades Participant
JCC Chicago is an ally and annual participant in Pride Chicago and other Pride community events.
JCC Chicago is proud to partner with a wide range of organizations focused on community development and social change. We recognize and appreciate the work our partners provide for our families and to the greater Chicago Metropolitan Area.
JCC Association of North America
JCC Association of North America leads and connects the JCC Movement, advancing and enriching North American Jewish life. With 1.5 million people walking through the doors of JCCs (Jewish Community Centers and Jewish Community Camps) each week, the JCC Movement represents the largest platform of Jewish engagement on the continent.
Jewish United Fund
The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago is the one organization that impacts every aspect of local and global Jewish life, providing human services for Jews and others in need, creating Jewish experiences and strengthening Jewish community connections.
92nd Street Y
92nd Street Y is a world-class cultural and community center where people all over the world connect through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation. For over 140 years, we have harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community to repair the world.
ADA25 Advancing Leadership
ADA 25 Advancing Leadership has a bold strategy and groundbreaking programs—the first of their kind in the nation—for bringing greater disability inclusion to tables of power and influence in the Chicago region.
Beit Issie Shapiro
Beit Issie Shapiro is Israel’s leading developer and provider of innovative therapies and state-of-the-art services for children and adults across the entire range of disabilities impacting on over half a million people annually.
Encompass forges innovative partnerships among service providers and the community to make this—and much more—possible for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Guided by a philosophy of person-centered care and the principle that any planning should be done hand in hand with people with disabilities, not for them, Encompass seeks to provide adults with I/DD a full array of financially sustainable, community-based services and support.
Foundation for Jewish Camp
FJC works with over 180 Jewish summer camps and serves as an advocate and resource for nonprofit Jewish camp professionals throughout the world.
InFocus Advocacy works with self-advocates, families, and communities to enhance the image of people living with a disability.
Keshet is the premier provider of educational, recreational, vocational and social programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities operating according to traditional Jewish values. Our mission is to enhance independence and integration to optimize personal potential.
Safety Respect Equity (SRE) Network
The SRE Network is a Jewish network of over 125 organizations that is rooted in our shared commitment to safety, respect, and equity-for all. They inspire meaningful change in workplaces and community spaces by bringing people together to address gender-based harassment, discrimination, and inequity.
The Nora Project
The Nora Project is on a mission to promote disability inclusion by empowering educators and engaging students and communities. They train and coach educators and offers a suite of SEL programs that dive deeply into the concepts of empathy and inclusion, explicitly addressing disability and difference as a part of human diversity. Their programs connect what students are learning to the real world, offering them authentic opportunities to practice what they learn during direct instruction.
Keshet envisions a world in which all LGBTQ Jews and our families can live with full equality, justice, and dignity. By strengthening Jewish communities and equipping Jewish organizations with the skills and knowledge they need to make all LGBTQ Jews feel welcome, they work to ensure the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and our families in Jewish life. They also create spaces in which all queer Jewish youth feel seen and valued and advance LGBTQ rights nationwide.
Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago
The ATT is the hub for quality education, funding and advocacy to empower Chicago area Jewish day schools. Their vision is for all children to achieve their individual potential as learners and thrive as productive, committed and communally involved Jews.
Diversity, inclusion, and equity matter. Joining JCC Chicago is about joining a culture of inclusion, openness, collaboration, and trust…where you are invited to have a voice and make your imprint. Our community members come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire, develop, and retain great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes our agency stronger, and our experiences richer. We hope you will find a home at JCC Chicago.