What is the greatest crisis facing Jewish schools? Underfunding? Recruitment challenges? No, according to Brian Gordon in last week’s Jewish News it is the introduction of Sex and Relationship education, with its emphasis on positive relationships and consent. It will of course also address the reality that LGBTQ+ people exist. There will be no ‘promotion of lifestyles’, but in every community, students who don’t fit the heteronormative models they see around them, will be offered the radical idea that they are not a freak of nature but that God has also created them Betzelem Elohim (in God’s image) and that Judaism may even have space for them.
The introduction of SRE is to protect our children. According to Stonewall, half of LGBT people said