DEI Committee’s Mission Statement
The DEI Committee’s role is to collaborate with CBH spiritual leadership, staff members, committees, and our congregation as a whole to carry out recommendations of the CBH 2022 DEI report. This process involves applying a DEI lens to CBH services, education, programs, policies, and practices so that all may feel welcome, respected, and included.
Key to this task will be to further identify and integrate the needs of the congregation with the focus on Jews from a diversity of ethnic backgrounds, interfaith families, Jewish adjacent family members and friends, LGBTQ+ Jews, Jews of Color, Jews with disabilities or other accommodation needs, and other historically marginalized Jews.
The committee recognizes that our collective understanding of how best to support the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion is constantly evolving. In response, we are committed to continually grow, learn, and improve our capacity to broadly meet the needs of our partnership. We invite the feedback of our community to assist in achieving this goal.
DEI @ CBH Report Accepted by Board
The DEI Working Group’s final report has been accepted by the CBH Board. The 29-page report made 41 specific recommendations to enrich CBH’s ability to thrive as a diverse and vibrant Jewish community. Recommendations were made along five themes: Big Picture, Communication, Facility & Safety, Services & Programs, and Training.
The starting point is the creation of a DEI Committee to provide oversight and support for implementation over the next few years. Another is that the Board will endorse a statement supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion at CBH – specifically focused on four historically marginalized Jews which are in Interfaith Families, LGBTQ Jews, Jews of Color, and Jews with disabilities.
The new DEI Committee will begin working in the next few months. The goal is to have a small group whose members have ties to these underrepresented groups. If you or someone you know is interested in this work, please contact Cynthia Goldberg.