Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ) was deeply saddened to read about the allegations of sexual harassment that were written about in the New York Times article about Michael Steinhardt. As the professional organization for a career that is primarily women, we know this behavior exists within the Jewish and greater community, and we condemn it with as much force as our words can bring.
We have devoted our lives to teaching children about respect, responsibility, and care for one another. These foundational principles, as they relate to women within our society, are challenged when people in power display incomprehensible behavior. We will continue to demand ethical behavior from those we associate with. In addition, we will continue to speak out for our colleagues who have been victims of sexual harassment and assault.
As we continue the important work of shaping the next generation, ECE-RJ strengthens our commitment to educating, inspiring and uplifting our communities, so that equitable treatment and a safe work environment will be the only acceptable option for all people in our society.
Please also read the statement from the Union for Reform Judaism.
March 22, 2019