As members of a tradition that sees each person as created in the divine image, we respond with anguish and outrage at the spate of suicides brought on by homophobic bullying and intolerance. We hereby commit to ending homophobic bullying or harassment of any kind in our synagogues, schools, organizations, and communities. As a signatory, I pledge to speak out when I witness anyone being demeaned for their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. I commit myself to do whatever I can to ensure that each and every person in my community is treated with dignity and respect.
The campaign was launched by Keshet in support of a fully inclusive Jewish community. Keshet's mission is to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews are fully included in all parts of the Jewish community.
Whether you support this mission or not, as Jews we are committed to taking a stand against persecution and intolerance, and against the kinds of bullying that had led to the tragedy of young persons taking their own lives. And if you support the statement above, you can go to the Do Not Stand Idly By: A Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives website, and sign the Pledge for yourself.