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  • With Esther’s voice, fighting violence against women

    March 5, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    On Mar. 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day, a day intended to celebrate the economic and social advances made by women, while at the same time drawing attention to areas that still need action. It is striking that this year the day falls so close to Purim.

    The proximity is...

  • Relationship skills bloom with help of ‘Flowers’

    By Ryan Torok

    February 20, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    Behind my mask, I am happy and loyal,” a teenage girl says, lifting a mask off her face.

    “Because of my mask, I am very shy,” another girl says, removing a face covering.

    “We are beautiful, and so are you,” eight girls say in unison, standing in a row, facing their audience.

    ...
  • Preventing human trafficking: You can help. Here are some guidelines:

    May 15, 2013 | 10:16 am

    Be aware. Trafficking victims are everywhere, and they often exhibit characteristics similar to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.  Physical indicators may include bruises and other evidence of beatings and assault, as well as untreated critical illnesses or sexually...

  • On domestic violence front, more work is needed

    March 1, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    Thirty years ago, a Jewish woman experiencing domestic violence had few places to turn. Community leaders strongly resisted acknowledging violence for fear that it would harm marriages and break up families. Few services existed for women seeking support in a Jewish setting. Prior to...

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  • JWI creates domestic violence misheberach prayer

    September 19, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    Jewish Women International has created a misheberach prayer to raise awareness of domestic violence.

    Created by JWI’s Clergy Task Force, the prayer is multidenominational and written in Hebrew and English. It directs healing specifically to the victims of domestic abuse; the...

  • The ugly secret

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 17, 2010 | 11:57 am

    Marcia and Norman Burnam were crossing Madison Avenue in Manhattan on their way to American Jewish Committee headquarters, where Marcia, an AJC national governor, was about to chair a meeting. She was going over the agenda in her head when her husband looked at her.

    “You know, you...

  • My sister Nina

    November 17, 2010 | 11:36 am

    When my sister, Nina Leibman, was murdered by her husband in October 1995 in Santa Cruz, she was looking for a new beginning — struggling to end a marriage that had become unhealthy and draining, hoping to create a new family life for herself and her children, Philip and Laura....

  • “This Cannot Be Abuse”

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 17, 2010 | 10:25 am

    It was worst on her birthdays. Most of the time, Olga (her name and other identifying details have been changed for her protection) could hold back her emotions, put on the blank face she knew could shut down her husband’s brutal tirades. But on special occasions, Olga couldn’t...

  • Taking ‘Flowers’ to Juvie

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 16, 2010 | 11:01 pm

    Richard is 18, has four kids under the age of 3 and is doing time at Camp David Gonzales in Malibu for probation violations after being indicted for assault with a deadly weapon.

    Today, he and eight other guys from Camp Gonzales are talking about feelings.

    The young men, most of...

  • Economic crisis boosts need to focus on domestic violence

    November 19, 2008 | 3:25 am

    Domestic violence is the American epidemic we don't want to talk about, hear about or know about. But in my 30 years as an advocate for women and children, I've never been more concerned about the victims of domestic violence than I am right now. Families already buckling under the...
  • T-Shirts Tell Tales of Domestic Violence

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Lisa Kapler remembers the day her high school boyfriend deliberately bit her cheek until it bled.

    He thought it was funny, said the 29-year-old San Fernando Valley resident, her tone a combination of perplexity and the frankness one might use with a close friend. Soon, her beau's...

  • Groups Celebrate Seders With a Cause

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At Jewish Family Service's Freedom Seder, participants read from a haggadah that was just a little bit different. Instead of reading of the four sons, those at the Freedom Seder read about the "four community members."

    "The wise community member asks, 'How can we, as individuals,...

  • Domestic Violence: A Jewish Issue, Too

    By Mel Roth

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    During Jewish holidays and festivals, many of us recite the familiar blessings for our loved ones. As a Jewish communal professional for 30 years and a synagogue member for 23 years, I wonder why congregations don't devote the same time and attention during religious services to...

  • Domestic Violence

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Ruth Neal, coordinator of Ezras Bayis, has seen Orthodox womenwho have been bitten, shoved, slapped, punched, spit at, scalded withhot chicken soup, threatened with a gun, pushed down a flight ofstairs. Wood cut by Kathe Kollwitz from "German ExpressionistWoodcuts," 1994.

     

    Ilana*, an...