Sing Unto God Code of Conduct
Jewish tradition teaches that every person is created b'tzelem Elohim, in the Divine image. In the spirit of this core Jewish value, every individual who participates in events within the Sing Unto God (SUG) community – including participants, presenters, staff, vendors, guests, facilities staff, and all others – will be valued and treated with respect.
Every participant, whatever their role, has a right to a safe and inclusive experience, including treatment that is fair, honest, dignified, and nonjudgmental. Likewise, every participant is responsible for ensuring that SUG spaces are welcoming and exemplify the best of community.
Code of Conduct
SUG does not tolerate, in any form or at any time, discrimination, harassment, bullying, sexual misconduct, threats, intimidation, menacing, or any other offensive behavior or acts against anyone in our community or participating in our events. This includes but is not limited to actions taken against others based on their race, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, size, ethnicity, origin, religion, class, or any other identity.
Critical areas of concern include but are not limited to bullying, sexual harassment or misconduct, and inclusion.
Bullying is unwanted, hostile behavior, either as a single act or repeated over time, committed with the intent to degrade, humiliate, or oppress another person. It may include:
Verbal behavior such as making threats, inappropriate sexual comments, and taunting;
Social misbehavior such as spreading rumors and purposeful exclusion;
Physical behavior that involves hurting another individual’s body or damaging possessions;
Cyberbullying, such as persistent, unwanted texts, phone calls, or social media messages, or posting private, personal information of others online (known as “doxxing”)
Bullying typically involves a real or perceived power imbalance such as using popularity, position, physical strength, or access to embarrassing information in order to control or harm others. Thus, it is important to note that while bullying will not be tolerated, respectful disagreement and good-faith critiques of one’s work and activities, even if sometimes harsh, are not bullying. Individuals’ ability to disagree and/or share ideas and concerns openly and without reprisal must not be compromised and will be respected and protected.
2. SEXUAL HARASSMENT OR MISCONDUCT
Sexual harassment includes, for example, unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal, physical, or visual conduct of a sexual nature when:
Such conduct has the purpose or effect, intentionally or unintentionally, of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s participation, work, or volunteer performance, or otherwise creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s standing as a participant, volunteer, or employee.
Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for participation in a SUG event, employment decisions, or decisions concerning volunteer assignments, whether or not such decisions have direct economic consequences.
Conduct of this nature diminishes us all and compromises our ability – individually and collectively – to demonstrate our commitment to living lives that reflect our Jewish values.
3. REDI (RACIAL EQUITY, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION)
Participants, staff, and volunteers of SUG programs will meet and work with people from backgrounds (i.e., races, cultures, genders, socioeconomics, etc.) different from their own. people from historically marginalized backgrounds – including People of Color, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, or people with disabilities – who are frequently asked questions about their backgrounds or identities that serve to further marginalize them and separate them from others. For example, in Jewish spaces, Jews of Color are often subject to questions and comments about their authenticity.
All participants, staff, and volunteers in SUG programs are asked to recognize the diversity of the Jewish people and to continually challenge dominant ideas of who “looks Jewish.”
4. REPORTING CONCERNS OR VIOLATIONS
To report a concern or violation of this Code of Conduct regarding yourself or as a witness of harassment against another person:
In person: To a senior SUG staff member onsite. If the complaint concerns that person(s) or the participant is uncomfortable speaking with a staff member, reporting should be done by email as below:
By email: to SUG Board Chair Gina Drangel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the conduct of SUG staff, volunteers, board and independent contractors is governed by this Code of Conduct and Ethics.