JWI’s Clergy Task Force on Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community is a diverse and interdenominational group of rabbis and cantors who are committed to ending violence against women and girls and to support families experiencing abuse. Rabbi Richard Hirsh, executive director of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, recently stepped down as co-chair, but continues to be actively involved. Rabbi Ari Lorge, recently ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish institute of Religion, will be serving Central Synagogue, NYC, and joins Rabbi Marla Hornsten (Temple Israel, West Bloomfield, Mich.) as co-chair.
The Clergy Task Force (CTF) develops resources to promote healthy relationships and trainings to build skills for rabbis and cantors to support families experiencing abuse. To celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, the CTF re-issued Rethinking Shavuot: Women, Relationships & Jewish Texts, a short guide filled with commentary focused on the Book of Ruth, which is read on the holiday, and prompts lively conversations about relationships. The “Rethinking” series also includes a guide for Purim and Sukkot; a Rethinking Shabbat guide will be released in the fall.
The CTF recognizes the critical importance of being trained on all aspects of domestic violence and this year received training on both elder abuse and on domestic violence generally. While these workshops were limited to members of the CTF, webinar-based trainings for all rabbis and cantors will be launched in the fall. If you would like your rabbi and/or cantor to receive information about these opportunities, please contact Deborah Rosenbloom.