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Join Uri L’Tzedek for the Domestic Violence Awareness Conference – Sept 18th

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.”

While the Jewish community is not immune to these bleak facts, the conversation around violence in the home is an under-discussed topic. On Sunday, September 18th, Repair the World grantee-partner, Uri L’Tzedek will host it’s first-ever Domestic Violence Awareness Conference to bring this issue to light, and help to break the cycle of abuse that impacts both men and women.

Conference speakers include:

  • Blu Greenberg, the Founding President of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA)
  • Shana Frydman, LCSW Director, Family Violence Services at MET Council
  • Sandra E. Rapoport, Author of Biblical Seductions
  • Jeremy Stern, the Executive Director of the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA)

Co-sponsored by other partnering organizations including Project SARAH, Jewish Women International (JWI), Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) Lincoln Square Synagogue, and Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York (JWFNY), the conference will discuss domestic violence in the Jewish community as a whole, and help participants learn how to identify abusive behaviors, understand the psychology behind abuse, and find out what steps they can take to help themselves or their friends.

Details: Sunday, September 18th, Lincoln Square Synagogue, $10 (includes dairy lunch) Register here.

Monday Link Roundup

Happy Monday! Here to get you geared up for the week ahead, is your regular dose of inspiration from around the web. Read on…

  • The Jewish Week featured an essay by rabbinical student, Daniel Millner, on his recent service trip to Alabama to help rebuild tornado-devastated communities.
  • JTA reported on Repair the World’s study on service, volunteering and Jewish values.
  • The Forward published a tribute by women’s rights activist, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, on the legacy of fellow activist and co-author of “The Women’s Hagaddah,” Esther Broner, who passed away last week.
  • The Huffington Post published an essay by Rabbi Lawrence Troster calling for forging a deeper, more sacred connection to the earth.
  • The Huffington Post also included an article about First Lady Michelle Obama’s recent inspirational trip to visit Peace Corps workers in Botswana.
  • The New York Times published an article about how charities are using texting and other modern technologies to raise awareness and appeal to younger supporters.

Monday Link Roundup

Happy Monday and day after Father’s Day. Hopefully you spent the day relaxing with family and friends. Now, to get your week started off right, here’s your weekly dose of inspiring links from around the web.

  • The Huffington Post published a touching essay by actress Marlee Matlin about her “father’s chutzpah,” and how his cancer diagnosis a few years ago has inspired her to speak out.
  • Zeek magazine published a thought-provoking article questioning “do we still need Jewish feminism?”
  • JTA published an obituary and tribute to Yelena Bonner, a human rights activist who fought on the front lines for Soviet rights.
  • Jewschool included a post on “Chew on This” – a new food justice series co-sponsored by Pursue, Hazon, Uri L’Tzedek and other organizations, that kicked off last week. Missed the first event? Check out this interview with Nancy Romer of the Brooklyn Food Coalition on Pursue’s blog.
  • j.weekly, on a related note, published a profile on Oran Hesterman, author of the new book on food politics, Fair Food.