For us, Jewish feminist work is built around certain key values:
Compassion. It is about engaging with all human beings as human beings – in work and in life – and basing all activity on the assumption that the person in front of us deserves kindness, just as we do.
Diversity. People come in many shapes and sizes, with varying abilities, sensitivities, histories, and bodies. We aim to honor that diversity and provide space and platforms for all human beings to be seen and heard.
Dynamic Knowledge. Although we live in a world where the people assumed to have the most correct knowledge are the ones who come with official accreditation, like degrees and ordinations. Historically that has meant that women and other unseen populations whose knowledge came from lived experiences, oral traditions, or unrecognized sources, were often deprived of the respect that they deserved. Here, we aim to repair some of that and honor people not only for their officially recognized achievements, but also for the wellsprings of knowledge based on lived experiences and transmitted oral traditions.
Respectful and engaged listening. These values are relevant in all areas of work and activity, including how we have conversations. Our goal is to practice respectful and engaged listening, with all that entails.
Feminism is liberating to all. Feminism’s origins are about liberating women from patriarchal social expectations that are stultifying, oppressing, and unjust. That is still a primary mission – but it is more expansive than that. We believe that feminism has the potential to liberate people of all genders, bodies, and backgrounds from patriarchal and oppressive assumptions, roles, designations, socializations, and practices.