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Pursuing Truth, Justice and Righteousness
Program Guide
Workshops are organized under six themes incorporating diverse perspectives. Questions to be addressed under each theme include the following:
Illuminating the Issue: The Dynamics of Abuse in the Jewish Community

Is There Really Domestic Violence In Jewish Families?
· Leigh Nachman Hofheimer, Program Coordinator, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
· Michelle Lifton, Director, Project D’vora: Domestic Violence Outreach Response and Advocacy, Jewish Family Services, Seattle, WA

Domestic Violence at the Intersection of Lesbian/Bisexual/Trans/Gay and Jewish Experiences
· Connie Burk, Executive Director, The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse, Seattle, WA

Domestic Violence and Women with Disabilities
· Yael Balla-Avni, Director of Support Services, Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center
· Additional speakers TBA

Special Considerations when Dealing with Elderly DV Victims
· Tsippi Nachshon-Glick, M.S.W, Ministry of Social Services, Israel
· Joyce Graczyk, Council for Jewish Elderly, Chicago, IL
· Additional speaker TBA

Breaking the Double Isolation: DV and Substance Abuse
· Aileen Hoffman, Director of Family Services, FEGS, Health and Human Services System, New York.
· Gina Ryan, Coordinator of Family Services, FEGS Hempstead Mutliservice Center.
· Additional speaker TBA

Domestic Violence and the Ethiopian Community in Israel
· Rachel Bialer, Director, Woman to Woman: Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women, Israel.
· Debbie Gross, Director, The Crisis Center for Religious Women, Jerusalem, Israel.

The Unique World of the Orthodox Jewish Victim
· Nadine Wolfson, President and Founder, Shalom Task Force, New York.
· Lisa G. Twerski, Director of Training and Special Projects, Shalom Task Force; co-founder, Brairot.
· Noach Korman, Advocate and Rabbinical pleader, founder Bat Melech Shelter, Jerusalem, Israel.
· Esti Palant, Director, Bat Melech Shelter, Jerusalem, Israel.

Dilemmas of Gender and Law: The Bais Din, The Get and Agunot Issues
· Moderator: Evelyn Brook, president, Coalition of Jewish Women for the GET (Canada), board member, Auberge Shalom… Pour Femmes.
· Dr. Norma Baumel Joseph, Chair, Department of Religion, Concordia University, co-founder International Coalition for Agunah Rights.
· Sharon Shenhav, Esq, Director, International Jewish Women's Rights Project; member, Commission to Appoint Dayanim, Jerusalem, Israel.
· Cheryl Leon, Director, Project Shield, Jewish Children’s Bureau, Chicago, IL.

Perspectives from Israel: Challenging the Cycle of Domestic Violence
· Rachel Bialer, Director, Woman to Woman: Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women, Israel
· Israela Hirshberg, Director of Rehabilitation Program and Half-Way Apartments, Woman to Woman: Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women, Israel.

Healing & Wholeness: Restoring Body, Mind & Spirit

Spiritual Healing Using Jewish Ritual in Recovery from Sexual and Domestic Violence
· Naomi Tucker, Executive Director, Shalom Bayit: Bay Area Jewish Women Working to End Domestic Violence, San Francisco, CA.
· Marcia Cohn Spiegel, Activist and Writer, Los Angeles, CA.

Storytelling: The Basic Unit of Life
· Toby Landesman, LCSW, consultant and author, Chicago, IL.
· Richard Geer, PhD, performer, founder, community theater groups, Chicago, IL

Spirituality and Healing from Abuse
· Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, Rabbinic Director, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS), New York, NY.
· Libbe Madsen, JBFCS, New York, NY.
· Rabbi Pamela Wax, Westchester Jewish Community Services, Westchester, NY.
· Sylvana Trabout, private social worker, New York, NY.

Addressing Sexual Violence in Israel
· Yael Balla-Avni, Director of Support Services, Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center, Israel.
· Na’ama Tamari-Lapid, Coordinator, Victim-Witness Assistance Program, Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center, Israel.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in the Ultra-Orthodox Community
· Debbie Gross, Executive Director, The Crisis Center for Religious Women, Jerusalem, Israel.
· Abigail Frenkel, Supervision Coordinator, Sexual Assualt Crisis Center, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Engaging with Challenging Texts
· Rabbi Cindy Enger, Director, Jewish Program, FaithTrust Institute, Seattle, WA.
· Rabbi Michelle Fisher, Congregation Har Shalom, Potomac, MD.

Aspects of Domestic Abuse: The Personal and the Professional
· Brynna Fish, Coordinator, Chai: Family Violence Program, Jewish Family Service, Cleveland, OH
· SaraKay Smullens, Private social worker, Philadelphia, PA
· Jeanne King, PhD, psychologist, Sedona, AZ

Sanctuary in a DV Shelter: A Team Approach to Healing
· Lisa Blitz, CSW, Director of Genesis, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, New York, NY.
· Lesley Samuels Young, CSW, Director of Transition Center, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, NewYork, NY.
· Additional speaker TBA

Finding Hope: Healing and Answers Through Dialogue
· Cheryl Kravitz, Executive Director, The National Conference for Community and Justice, National Capital Area Region, Washington, DC.
· Toby Myers, National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Houston, TX.

A Journey Towards Freedom: Healing Through a Community Seder
· Rabbi Lisa Gelber, Associate Dean, Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York, NY
· Michelle Lifton, Director, Project D’vora: Domestic Violence Outreach Response and Advocacy, Jewish Family Services, Seattle, WA
· Alison Iser, Crisis Line Advocacy Manager, Eastside Domestic Violence Program, advocate, Project D’vora, Seattle, WA

Embracing Justice: Strategies for a Jewish Communal Response

Lost in the Shuffle: Jewish Survivors of Sexual Victimization
· Vicki Polin, Executive Director, The Awareness Center--the Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Assault/Abuse (JCASA).
· Rabbi Yosef Blau, Yeshiva University, New York.
· Dr. Michael J. Salamon, founder/director, Adult Developmental Center, Hewlett, NY
· Na’ama Yehuda , Vice-President, The Awareness Center.

The Individual as a World: Text Study and Family Court Representation
· Esther Sha'anan, attorney, legal advisor, Woman to Woman: Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women, Israel; teacher of Torah to women.

Doubly Victimized: Women and the Justice System
· Joan Zorza, Esq., founding editor, Domestic Violence Report and Sexual Assault Report; author, Violence Against Women (2002).
· Toby Myers, National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Houston, TX.

Legal Rights of Refugee/Immigrant Populations in the U.S.
· Leslye Orloff, Associate Vice President and Director, Immigrant Women Program, Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund).

Taking on the Legal System
· Robin R. Runge, Esq., Director, Commission on Domestic Violence, American Bar Association, Washington, DC
· The Rachel Coalition, Jewish Family Services, MetroWest, NJ
Suzanne Goiser, Staff Attorney.
Diane Finn, Coordinator, Client Services.
Karen Goldman, co-chair, Legal Services Committee.

Educating Rabbis and Reaching Congregations
· Rabbi Diana Monheit, New York Board of Rabbis
· Debbie Gross, Executive Director, The Crisis Center for Religious Women, Jerusalem, Israel.

Justice, Only Justice, Shalt Thou Pursue
· Judge Eugene Hyman, Santa Clara County Superior Court, CA.
· Gus Kaufman, PhD, psychologist, social activist, Atlanta, GA.
· Yocheved (Jacqueline) Koplowitz, co-president, co-founder, Retreat From Violence, Inc., Atlanta, GA.

Jewish Texts and Trafficking in Women in Israel
· Naomi Graetz, author, “S/He Created Them: Feminist Retellings of Biblical Stories", Professional Press, 1993; "Silence is Deadly: Judaism Confronts Wifebeating", Jason Aronson,1998, Jerusalem, Israel.

Promising Practices: The Forefront of Innovation, Intervention & Social Change

Collaborating with Secular Agencies
· Susan Lebovitz, Jewish Community Outreach Coordinator, Safehome, Johnson County, KS
· Andrea Bernard, Assistant Director for the Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Boston, MA
· Andrea Silverstone, RSW, Executive Director, Peer Support Services for Abused Women, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
· Nadia Brotherston MSW, Clinical Supervisor, Jewish Family Service, board member, Peer Support Services for Abused Women, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Innovation in Programming: Project Sarah and Project Eden Project Sarah:
· Esther East, MSW, LCSW, founder, Director, Jewish Family Service, Clifton, N.J.
· Eileen Stein, CSW, Jewish Family Service, Clifton, N.J.
· Cheryl Kramer, PhD, consultant and trainer, Project Sarah and Shalom Task Force.
Project Eden:
· Chana Widawski, M.S.W., Coordinator, Project Eden, Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, Brooklyn, NY
· Henna White, Jewish Liaison, Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, Brooklyn, NY

Working in Small Jewish Communities

· Diane Chodorow, Co-Chair of the DVora Project in Albuquerque, NM
· Rabbi Beth Schwartz, founding member, Clergy Task Force, Knoxville Community Coalition on Family Violence; Temple Beth El, Knoxville, TN
· Additional speaker TBA

Building a Jewish Domestic Violence Agency from the Ground Up
· Nicole Furie Lesser, LICSW, Director, Kol Isha, Jewish Family & Children Services, Newton, MA
· Ellen Goldsmith, MSW, LCSW, Project Manager, Jewish Domestic Violence Program, Jewish Family Children’s Service, Long Beach, CA

Developing Programs Focused on Survivor Empowerment
· Brynna Fish, Coordinator, Chai: Family Violence Program, Jewish Family Service, Cleveland, OH
· Jan Wood, Executive Director, CHAI: Colorado's Jewish Community Resource on Domestic Abuse, Denver, CO

Negotiating Tensions Between Counseling Models
· Wendy Lipshutz, LMSW, Director, Shalom Bayit Program, Jewish Family & Career Services, Atlanta, GA
· Michelle Lifton, Director, Project D’vora: Domestic Violence Outreach Response and Advocacy, Jewish Family Services, Seattle, WA

Community Based Approaches: U.S., Israel and Argentina
· Dana Shany Atzmon, member, 'Tamuz', an Urban kibbutz, Beit Shemesh, Israel.
· Fernanda Ortega Tarica, M.D., Shalom Bait – a program to prevent, assist and research family violence in the Jewish community; Argentine Association for the Prevention of Family Violence, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
· Baltimore Shofar Coalition:
o Mimi Kraus, LCSW-C, coordinator, Family Violence Prevention Services, Jewish Family Services of Central Maryland, Owings Mills, MD
o Nancy Aiken, PhD, Director, CHANA – Counseling, Helpline & Aid Network for Abused Women, Baltimore, MD
o Esther Giller, founder, President of Sidran Institute, Baltimore, MD

Addressing Domestic Abuse Across the Generations in the Russian-Speaking Jewish Community
· Faye Levine, MSW, CSW, ACSW, Director of Social Services, Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
· Inna Zaslavskaya, Project Coordinator, Emigre Family Violence Program, Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
· Marina Livshits, PhD, Zhensky Golos, a Russian-speaking service of Kol Isha, Jewish Domestic Violence Program, Jewish Family & Children Services, Newton, MA

Preliminary Thoughts: Addressing the Needs of Men
· Ellen Loy, LCSW-C, Director of Counseling Services, Outreach Programs and Training, House Of Ruth Maryland, Inc., founding clinician, CHANA: Counseling, Helpline & Aid Network for Abused Women, Baltimore, MD
· Connie Burk, Executive Director, The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse, Seattle, WA
· Gus Kaufman, PhD. psychologist, social activist, Atlanta, GA

The Intersection of Social Work and Medicine in Preventing and Addressing Domestic Violence: Promising Practices from Israel
· Diana Flescher, M.D., advisor, Advisor to the Deputy Director General, Israel Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel
· Revital Gross, Senior Researcher, Smokler Center for Health Policy; Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
· Suzanne Jacobs, LICSW, MSW, pioneering member, pilot Women’s Health project, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel

Extending the Work: Management and Other Relationship Issues
· Jacqueline Miller, CSW, Director, Family Violence Services, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, New York, NY
· Lisa V. Blitz, CSW, Director, Genesis, a domestic violence shelter, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, New York, NY
· Ellen Yashinsky-Chute, MSW, ACSW, Director, Clinical Services, Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit, founder, Shalom Bayit, Jewish community task force against domestic violence, Detroit, MI

Creating & Sustaining Change: Research, Policy, Advocacy and Funding

Men Who Batter: Intervention Programs and Community Change: What Part of this is Jewish
· Lisa G. Twerski, Project Director, Brairot Domestic Violence Educational Course; Director of Training, Shalom Task Force, Brooklyn, NY
· Phyllis B. Frank, Director, VCS Community Change Project, Rockland County, NY

The State of Maryland’s Response to JWI’s National Needs Assessment: Addressing the Needs of Jewish Women in Maryland through Collaboration
· Nancy Aiken, PhD, Program Director, CHANA: Counseling, Helpline & Aid Network for Abused Women, Baltimore, MD
· Wren Cronan, Project Coordinator/Trainer, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, Bowie, MD

Creating Synagogue Communities of Safety, Healing and Justice
· Naomi Tucker, Naomi Tucker, Executive Director, Shalom Bayit: Bay Area Jewish Women Working to End Domestic Violence, San Francisco, CA
· Paul Kivel, author, violence prevention educator and activist, Oakland, CA

The Power of Togetherness – Working in Coalitions to Create Social Change
· Hilla Kerner-Soliman, Executive Director, The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, Jerusalem
· Speaker(s) TBA

The Role of the Media in Creating Change
· Guy Ami-Ad, General Manager, id.image; Volunteer, Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel (ARCCI), Jerusalem
· Hilla Kerner-Soliman, Executive Director, ARCCI, Jerusalem
· Speaker TBA

Restorative Justice as a Process for Change: Jewish Perspectives and One Individual’s Story
· Rabbi Drorah Setel, Buffalo, NY
· Nancy Schwartzman, documentary filmmaker; co-founder, Creative Director of HEEB Magazine, program director, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York,
· Jonathan C. Stillerman, PhD, co-founder, co-director, Men Can Stop Rape, Washington, DC

Engaging Men in the Response to Violence Against Women
· Sunny Fischer, Executive Director, Richard Driehaus Foundation, past Chair, Family Violence Prevention Fund
· Barbara Engel, activist, Chicago Sexual Assault Services Network, Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network
· Jamie Kalven, author, activist, board member Family Violence Prevention Fund

Trafficking of Women and Children: Specific Responses
· Aviva Kurash, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Response to Violence Against Women Project
· Ada Pliel-Trossman, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel
· Other speakers TBA

Breaking the Cycle: Building Healthy Relationships for Future Generations

Pre-Marriage Education
· Elana Sztokman, teacher, Judaism and Gender Issues, Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, Melbourne, Australia; co-founder, Mavoi Satum, Jerusalem, Israel
· Additional speaker(s) TBA

Addressing the Needs of Children Impacted by Domestic Violence
· Andy Sommer, Director, Children’s Center, Woman to Woman: Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women, Israel
· Sarah Franco, founding Executive Director and Wendy Jenkins, LCSW, Clinical Director: The JAFCO Jewish Children’s Village, South Florida.
· Additional speaker(s) TBA

Jewish Girls and Pop Culture: Managing the Mayhem
· Mindy Shapiro, National Project Director, Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing!, KOLOT, Wyncote, PA

Boys will be Men: Raising Non-Sexist, Nonviolent Jewish Boys
· Paul Kivel, author, violence prevention educator and activist, Oakland, CA

Preventing Teen Dating Violence: Sexual Harassment and Bullying
· Barri Rosenbluth, School-Based Services Director, SafePlace, Austin, TX
· Bobbie Gordon, Outreach, Prevention and Education Coordintor, SHALVA, Chicago,Il

Educating Jewish Teens about Teen Dating Abuse (may be more than one workshop depending on space):
· Project Sarah, Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County, Princeton, NJ: Andrea Lamb Gaynor, LCSW for JFCS, Gail Rose, Lori Simon, Besty Ie, Wendy Cohen
· Cynthia Wasko, Director of Education, CHAI, Colorado's Jewish Resource on Domestic Abuse, Denver,CO
· NCJW Essex County Section Teen Dating Abuse Project: Gail Margolis, Ann Shuch, Myrna Wertheimer, Livingston, NJ
· Debbie Korman, Outreach Educator, SHALVA, Chicago, IL

Survivors and Mothers: Addressing Teen Abuse
· Ellen Zelda Kessner and Vicki Crompton, co-authors, "Saving Beauty From The Beast: How to Prevent and Combat Teen Dating Violence”
· Ahava Shira, trainer, facilitator, curriculum developer, Women and Violence: Education is Prevention Program, Montreal, Canada

 

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