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  • U.S. Supreme Court toughens gun ban for domestic violence

    June 27, 2016 | 2:55 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday expanded the types of domestic violence convictions that can trigger the loss of gun ownership rights in a ruling issued amid fierce debate about reducing firearms violence in America.

    The justices, in a 6-2 ruling, rejected arguments that a...

  • Mercedes Benz Shows They Have a Heart

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    February 14, 2016 | 9:30 pm

    Columns in the JewishJournal.com helps keep an abused mother from financial ruin.

    Last month, I reported on the case of a mother, a victim of serious domestic violence, who had fallen behind on her car payments. The car, you will recall, was leased when her life was a fairytale....

  • Mercedes Shows a Stone Heart to Abused Wife

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    January 19, 2016 | 10:16 am

    Caution: the following story may make you think twice about supporting Mercedes.

    Rebecca (a pseudonym) was swept off her feet by a prince charming from a wonderful and wealthy family. She thought all her prayers were answered, until soon after they were married he started beating...

  • Obama’s action not enough to end gun violence in the home

    January 12, 2016 | 9:34 am

    In the well-known story from the opening chapters of Genesis, we read the sparse narrative of an intimate relationship that turns violent.

    Writing of the murder of Abel by his brother Cain, Russel Jacoby, author of “Bloodlust: On the Roots of Violence from Cain and Abel to the...

  • Audit leads Jewish Community Foundation, Ron Galperin to advocate for abuse prevention

    By Ryan Torok

    December 9, 2015 | 11:11 am

    A Jewish elected city official and a Jewish organization are advocating prevention of domestic violence and abuse in Los Angeles.  

    An audit published on Oct. 1 by Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin titled “City of Los Angeles Domestic Violence Services and Programs” states...

  • Domestic Abuse Victim Needs Emergency Funds

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    October 30, 2015 | 1:07 am

    Due to the serious nature of this situation, limited identifying information will be given- to protect the safety of this mother and her children.

    There is a young Jewish woman in the Los Angeles community with small children, who is in a horribly abusive marriage, who is trying...

  • The only safe place for battered Orthodox Jewish women in Israel

    October 22, 2015 | 11:07 am

    Twenty years ago, when Noach Korman was starting out as a rabbinic lawyer in Jerusalem, a young woman pushing a baby in a stroller entered his office. The woman told Korman that she would like him to represent her in divorce proceedings before the beit din, the rabbinic court.


  • Latest domestic violence fatality triggers protests in Lebanon

    May 26, 2015 | 10:39 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Sara al-Amin became a household name overnight after her husband shot her 17 times with an assault rifle, the latest fatality of domestic violence in Lebanon. Amin had left her husband after an alleged two decades of beatings...

  • ‘Shamor L’Amour’ guide seeks to foster healthy romantic relationships

    February 13, 2015 | 1:16 pm

    Talking about domestic violence may not seem like the most romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

    Nonetheless, Jewish Women International has timed the release of a new guide aimed at combating domestic abuse and fostering healthy relationships to coincide with the Feb. 14...

  • 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...

  • 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...