May 27, 2019 by eJP
The Tyler Clementi Foundation, an anti-bullying organization, has launched its first #Day1 toolkit designed for synagogues and Jewish communities. #Day1 toolkit is a simple, effective, and empowering intervention to help prevent bullying before it begins. This edition of the #Day1 toolkit is specially crafted for Jewish communities; it directly addresses the ways religious language has been used to bully LGBTQ people in particular.
This resource is available to download for free, to be used by Jewish day schools, camps, synagogues, after school programs and youth organizations.
The launch of this resource is part of a national campaign to recruit one million people nationwide to become Upstanders who pledge to stand up to bullying whenever they see it. So far, more than 205,000 people have signed the pledge and joined the movement. In 2018, the Tyler Clementi Foundation launched the Million Upstander Movement (MUM) to mobilize one million people nationwide to stand up to bullying by the fall of 2020 by signing the Upstander Pledge or implementing #Day1. Toolkits are available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, and a toolkit for Christian communities has already launched.