Combating violence against women: Jewish frat ZBT to fundraise for cause

Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A historically Jewish fraternity will use its philanthropy for a Jewish group that aims to combat violence against women.

Zeta Beta Tau said in a statement Thursday said Jewish Women International would be its third official philanthropy along with its own foundation and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

ZBT is already a partner with JWI and a historically Jewish sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, in presenting programs across the country on consent in dating. That program arose out of concern in recent years about sexual assault on campuses, particularly within the fraternity culture.

In a release, ZBT said its new relationship with JWI, which has a major focus on combating violence against women, will launch next month with a campus program called “Green Light Go.” The program, which will use the childhood game red light, green light to educate about sexual consent, will take place on a number of campuses across the country.

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A spokeswoman for JWI, Meredith Jacobs, told JTA that Guinness World Records will observe the “Green Light Go” event at George Washington University. Organizers hope to attract a record number of participants to a game of red light, green light.

Jacobs said campus chapters of ZBT may raise funds at the event through sponsors, entrance fees, the sale of T-shirts and other paraphernalia.

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