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Abuse in Our Community

What can we do to address and diminish abuse? In recent years, thanks to intense efforts by activists and increased awareness of communal leaders, the Jewish community has worked to increasingly engage in building healthier and safer cultures for all its members. As individuals and as communities, there is still much work to accomplish, as abusive practices can often exist subtly and perniciously. This month, we explore the question of abuse in our communities, as we learn about the pragmatic and particular changes that we can make in our lives to build a safer Jewish world for all. 

Central Questions

  • Creating Lasting Change: How does meaningful and enduring change occur in the Jewish community? 
  • The Cost of Change: What steps can we take to create more safe and secure homes, schools, and shuls?
  • Abuse in Context: What are the dynamics of abuse in the religious community that are important to know? 


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