Goldberg discusses the central themes of Kolech's third international conference, "To Be a Jewish Woman". The conference was energized by discussions about the symbiosis between American and Israeli feminists, and demonstrated Kolech's strength as an advocate for women who charge men with sexual abuse and harassment, emphasizing the importance of creating safe spaces for victims to tell their stories.
JSafe: The Jewish Institute Supporting an Abuse-Free Environment works to promote a Jewish community in which all of its institutions and organizations conduct themselves responsibly and effectively in addressing the wrongs of domestic violence, child abuse and professional improprieties, whenever and by whomever they are perpetrated.
This article sheds doubt on a commonly-held (but not universally-held) view that Maimonides condoned spousal abuse.
This article examines texts that were composed more than 600 years ago in varied parts of the world and that attest to physical abuse of wives by Jewish husbands. The author maintains that that those texts were composed because someone earnestly undertook to address that violence. It shows this by rendering those texts into two dozen vignettes in which wives, their male relatives, and communal leaders sought to stop spousal violence
This article discusses medieval rabbinic views on Wife-beating from a historic perspective.
This article discusses the problem of wife beating in the framework of halakha and everyday life, and focuses on the absence of legal recourse for women with abusive husbands in Israel.
This article discusses violence against women in Jewish communities.
This article discusses physical and sexual violence as a valid reason for court-imposed divorce.
This article discusses domestic abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community.
The article discusses the successful approach of Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abusive Relationships At Home), a 12-year old project that was developed in New Jersey as a response to domestic violence in the Orthodox Community.
A critical resource for victims and survivors of domestic violence, and for the rabbis and advocates who work with them. Includes a preface by Rabbi Mark Dratch.
The purpose of this book is to present the attitudes on wifebeating that can be found in Jewish tests. As Naomi Graetz shows, rabbinic responses to wifebeating in the Jewish community are not monolithic.
Industrial and organizational psychologist Kaufman looks at the structure and processes of the Jewish community to analyze how it, as a living organizational system, acknowledges and deals with spousal abuse and allocates funds for education, victim treatment, ad prevention.
Breaking the cycle of domestic violence and abuse poses unique problems for the Jewish community, owing to the internal divisions of politics, religious practice, and culture. However, creating strategies to work together based upon the shared values of Judaism can strip away those differences. Domestic Abuse and the Jewish Community: Perspectives from the First International Conference brings together an outstanding and diverse selection of notable presentations from the First International Conference on Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community held in July 2003 in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference, entitled "Pursuing Truth, Justice, and Righteousness: A Call to Action," brought to the forefront the disturbing, many times hidden issue of domestic abuse within the Jewish community. Respected scholars, clergy, social service professionals, and survivors provide insightful presentations that lay an essential foundation for the building of a collaborative global Jewish movement to respond to this sensitive issue.
In this article, Kaufman (author of Sins of Omission: The Jewish Community's Reaction to Domestic Violence [Westview Press, 2003]) reviews the literature published on the issue of domestic abuse in the Jewish community, including Julie Ringold Spitzer’s When Love in Not Enough: Spousal Abuse in Rabbinic and Contemporary Judaism (1985, 1991, 1995), A. Twerski’s The Shame Born of Silence: Spouse Abuse in the Jewish Community (1996), N. Graetz’ Silence is Deadly: Judaism Confronts Wifebeating (1998), and most recently, When the Vow Breaks: Building a Response to Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community (2005). This is a thorough review and constitutes preliminary, critical reading for any rabbi, lay leader, Jewish educator or counselor involved in cases of domestic or sexual abuse.
R. Twerski's book is a direct address to the problem of spouse abuse in the Jewish community reveals what may have been closely kept dark secrets in many Jewish families, and offers urgently needed advice and direction.
By Rachel Lieberman
"All of women’s gains [in the Orthodox community] are attached to a piece of string attached to telephone poles.”—Blu Greenberg
The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance and the Yeshiva University Museum collaborated to present a fascinating panel discussion on the eruv’stransformation of women’s roles in the Jewish community. The panel followed a guided tour of the exhibit “It’s a Thin Line: the Eruv and the Jewish Community in New York and Beyond.” The panel featured Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman, Professor of Sociology and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, Blu Greenberg, author and founder of JOFA, and Rabbi Yaakov Kermaier, rabbi at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue and chairman of the Manhattan Eruv Committee, and was moderated by Rabbi Adam Mintz.
"Women in Judaism" was the subject of a panel discussion at Theater J of the Washington JCC where JOFA Executive Director spoke earlier this month. The panel, moderated by The Forward editor in chief Jane Eisner, also with the participation of Lilith Editor Susan Weidman Schneider, followed the Theater J production of Apples in the Desert, an Israeli play about a haredi sephardic girl who runs away from her troubled home to move in with a secular Ashkenazi kibbutznik.
By Sara Meyers Sadinoff
Back row l to r: Prof. Tamar Ross, Judy Heicklen, Ariel Braun, Belda Lindenbaum
Front row l to r: Dr. Hannah Kehat, Rachel Keren, Blu Greenberg, Ricky Shapira-Rosenberg, Ayelet Weider-Cohen, Dr. Tova Hartman, Dr. Elana Sztokman
There is more than one way to form a Jewish marriage. This was a central message emerging from a recent conference in Jerusalem called “New Understandings of Gender, Love and the Jewish Family,” co-sponsored by the VanLeer Jerusalem Institute, the Hadassah Brandeis Institute and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University entitled. The conference offered a broad range of creative approaches to burning issues regarding familial relationships, and presented a flexible approach to persistent and arguably growing problems in contemporary Jewish life, including agunot, abuse and sexual violence.
For Immediate Release: JOFA Conference Set to Tackle Social Changes in Orthodoxy