Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Child Abuse Reporting Policy

As of December 2, 2022


The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is committed to the prevention of child abuse. While employees and volunteers rarely come into contact with children during their activities, there are a few occasions when our employees and volunteers work with groups of children and/or minors. The organization is committed to complying with the legal and ethical requirements for reporting child abuse. For purposes of this policy, child abuse means physical injury, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse inflicted on a child (as defined by Pennsylvania law) other than by accidental means, by those responsible for the child’s care, custody, and control or by persons who are agents or employees of the Jewish Federation. All persons hired by the Jewish Federation in any capacity and volunteers are required to acknowledge having received this policy and are expected to comply with the policy and the associated procedures, as well as with applicable state law.


  1. Any observer of child abuse of any kind has the affirmative duty to promptly report the matter directly to the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at 215-832-0581. The observer of child abuse also has the option of reporting the incident directly to the State Child Line at 1-800- 932-0313.
  2. The CHRO will complete an intake form which records and acknowledges that a report has been filed and will provide the reporter with a copy of the completed form.
  3. The CHRO, as a mandated reporter, will call the State Child Line at 1-800-932-0313 if the person effected is a child or minor. In the event of an active assault, the CHRO will also call the police.
  4. Immediately after notifying the Child Line and/or police, the CHRO will notify the Senior Chief Finance and Operations Officer (Sr. CFO & COO) and the President and CEO (CEO) and will also notify the initial observer of the abuse of the date/time at which the incident was reported to Child Line.
  5. The CEO shall notify the President of the Board of Directors, who may direct that all Directors be notified.
  6. The CEO will notify the Director of Marketing to prepare for media inquiries if it is deemed appropriate.
  7. All parties shall keep a documentary record of the communications and timelines to aid in future investigatory processes.
  8. All individuals are directed to cooperate fully with the related investigation processes of the Jewish Federation, the Children and Youth Services investigators, as well as any police organizations. All communication with government agencies, including the police, is expected to be truthful and complete.
  9. Groups using the Jewish Federation’s facilities, whether owned, leased or offered for use regardless of the ownership of such facility, who will be bringing youth on site shall, as a condition of use, submit both their policy on reporting child abuse and a certification (warranty + representation in legal terms) that their staff and volunteers who will be on campus have undergone criminal background checks and have been cleared to perform duties which include interacting with minors.


Jewish Federation employees who work with individuals under the age of 18 years must comply with the clearance requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This includes completion of an FBI fingerprint clearance, a child abuse history clearance, and a Pennsylvania criminal background check. Employees are responsible for keeping a copy of the certificates and for sending the originals to the Human Resources Department.


Jewish Federation volunteers who work with individuals under the age of 18 must provide certificates of their child abuse history clearance and a Pennsylvania criminal background check. These should be kept on file in the department in which the volunteer works.

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Code of Conduct

As of February 18, 2022

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s (“Jewish Federation’s”) core values include an abiding commitment to a secure, and vibrant Jewish community here and abroad, to Eretz Yisrael the Jewish State of Israel, and to Derech Eretz mutual respect and diversity for all. Consistent with its core values of Klal Israel, Jewish Federation supports a full spectrum of organizations that sustain and grow our community through pluralistic expressions and wide-ranging perspectives that affirm a broad and inclusive tent vital to a strong and dynamic Jewish community.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia expects all people, agencies, and organizations visiting the Jewish Federation’s campuses, participating in or contributing to events or providing goods or services to the Jewish Federation or any of its agencies to adhere to this Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct strictly prohibits all the following:

  • Any expression or activity denying Israel’s right to exist as a secure, democratic Jewish state, including support for or participation in the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement.
  • Any political or religious agenda whose core values and strategies include antagonizing Jewish communal institutions.
  • Displaying or carrying any placard, sign, or banner that advocates any political or religious agenda which is prohibited by this Code of Conduct.
  • Using abusive language or gestures.
  • Being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.
  • Possessing dangerous or unauthorized materials such as explosives, firearms, weapons or other similar items.
  • Discourtesy or rudeness to a visitor, fellow participant, staff member or volunteer.
  • Disruptive or disorderly conduct including verbal, physical or visual harassment.
  • Actual or threatened violence toward any individual or group.
  • Conduct endangering the life, safety, health or well-being of others.
  • Bullying or taking unfair advantage of any visitor, participant, staff member or volunteer.
  • Destroying, defacing, damaging, or removing property.
  • Taking photographs for advertising or any other commercial purpose without the express written permission of an authorized representative of the Jewish Federation.

Any visitor, invitee, participant, volunteer or staff member who violates, or is suspected of violating, this Code of Conduct is subject to sanction or discipline, up to and including removal from the campus, venue or program and may be banned from participation in any future Jewish Federation event or program. In circumstances of illegal activity, local law enforcement will be notified.

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia COVID-19 Safety Protocols: In Person Gathering Statement

As of 4/25/22

The health and safety of our community, staff and event attendees is our highest priority. We are taking appropriate precautions to provide an environment that does not place our staff or event attendees at undue risk. Based on the current guidance related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Centers for Disease ControlCity of Philadelphia and the local jurisdictions where events are being held, we request that all of our guests, vendors and staff age 5 and older be fully vaccinated when attending our programs and that masks be worn in accordance with the City of Philadelphia guidelines.

We believe that properly planned, managed and overseen events can be conducted while maintaining the highest standards of health and safety for all attendees.

As a precautionary measure, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is actively working with event venues and hosts to increase sanitization practices and healthy habits for all events. We encourage guests to abide by health regulations set by the CDC. As we continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and its variants, details and safety protocols for events may change.

By participating in the In Person Gathering, you acknowledge that you are voluntarily participating in the event and that your attendance includes the possibility of exposure to and illness from COVID-19. You hereby knowingly and freely agree to accept and assume all risks arising from your attendance at the event. You also agree to indemnify and hold harmless Jewish Federation and its directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors and assigns from and against all liability, loss, costs, damages, charges, causes of action, suits, judgments, claims, demands, fees, and expenses.

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Photo, Audio and Video Notice and Release

As of May 20, 2022

By entering an event or program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia (“Jewish Federation”), you are entering an area where photography, audio and video recording may occur.

Your entry and presence on the event premises constitutes your consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded as well as Jewish Federation’s use of those images, video and/or audio.

You agree to waive and release Jewish Federation from any claims related to the use of the images, video and/or audio and you understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent.