LIPPMAN KANFER FOUNDATION FOR LIVING TORAH STATEMENT ON
Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, Chair, and Aaron Dorfman, President, of Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah
, a member of SafetyRespectEquity
(a Jewish coalition to address sexual harassment and gender discrimination), issued the following statement today in response to allegations of decades of sexual harassment perpetrated by philanthropist and billionaire, Michael Steinhardt:
Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah
stands with and supports all those who have been subjected to harassment and degradation by Michael Steinhardt. On this holiday of Purim, today’s news is a sad reminder that the story of women like Esther and Vashti, who faced harrowing choices when deciding how to respond to those who threatened their basic human dignity, is not simply a historical relic.
Many of the organizations we support in our philanthropic work are champions of human rights and social justice who fight discrimination and raise awareness about its harmful and dehumanizing impact. We applaud Sheila Katz, who leads Hillel International’s MitzVote
program (a project we’ve been honored to fund) for her courage and strength—along with the other women featured in today’s New York Times article
—in coming forward to expose this unacceptable behavior, and to catalyze an ever more just, inclusive, and respectful Jewish community and civil society.