Firstly, there’s the social aspect – to provide a safe space for colleagues of any (or no) religion to engage with colleagues who practice Judaism, and engage with them about Jewish history, culture and festivals.
From a practical perspective, we’re ensuring there is a greater understanding of Judaism for line managers, including awareness of religious observance days and customs. For example, Jewish colleagues may need to leave earlier on a Friday before sunset so they can get home in time for the Sabbath, take certain days off for religious festivals, or have specific dietary restrictions that need to be considered. So, we’re trying to build that awareness and ultimately ensure Jewish colleagues can succeed in BT without compromising their Jewish identity or religious practices within the workplace.
We’re also in-putting into initiatives such as BT’s Ethnicity Rapid Action Plan (ERAP), supporting the Better Workplace programme, providing training materials relating to ethnicity and anti-Semitism and undertaking social action and volunteering projects to help BT become an increasingly diverse and inclusive organisation.