The Jewish community has remained tragically silent about domestic abuse - but many faith leaders are committed to ending violence in our homes and in our families. Clergy provide critical support and healing to families experiencing abuse. It is vital that they advocate for public recognition of the issue, increased funding for victims' services, and healthy relationship education for teens.

As marriage officiants, clergy must provide pre-marital counseling that explores possible abuse within the relationship and insist on pre-nuptial agreements that cover that possibility. And as members of rabbinical courts overseeing Jewish divorces, they must understand that a husband’s refusal to give his wife a get (Jewish divorce) is a form of abuse.


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Interested in joining the Clergy Task Force? Contact David Rosenberg.

Co-Chairs

Rabbi Leah Citrin, Temple Beth Or, Raleigh, NC

Rabbi David M. Rosenberg, Jewish Child and Family Services, Chicago, IL

Members

Rabbi Sean Gorman

Pride of Israel Synagogue, Toronto, ON

Rabbi Susan Grossman

Beth Shalom Congregation, Columbia, MD

Rabbi Richard Hirsh

Wynnewood, PA

Rabbi Marla R. Hornsten (immediate past chair)

Temple Israel, West Bloomfield, MI

Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray

Shir Shalom, Ridgefield, CT

Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum

Omer, Israel 

Rabbi Ari Lorge (immediate past chair)

Central Synagogue, New York, NY

Rabbi Ron Muroff

Chisuk Emuna Congregation, Harrisburg, PA

Rabbi Joshua Rabin

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, New York, NY

Rabbi Nicole K. Roberts

North Shore Temple Emanuel, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Rabbi Jonathan Rudnick

Jewish Family Services, Overland Park, KS

Rabbi Susan Shankman

Washington Hebrew Congregation, Potomac, MD

Rabbi Andrea Steinberger

Hillel at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Rabbi Uri Topolofsky

Beth Joshua Congregation, Aspen Hill, MD


Former Members Include:

Rabbi Richard Address
Philadelphia, PA

Rabbi Rachel Ain
New York, NY

Rabbi Amy Ruth Bolton
New York, NY

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin
Baltimore, MD

Rabbi Howard Cohen
Shirat Hayam, Marshfield, MA

Rabbi Mychal Copeland
Stanford, CA

Rabbi Elliot Dorff
Los Angeles, CA

Rabbi Mark Dratch
West Hempstead, NY

Rabbi Ben Greenberg
Central Synagogue, New York, NY

Cantor Deborah Jacobson
Palm Harbor, FL

Rabbi Esther Lederman
Washington, DC

Rabbi Diana Monheit
New York, NY

Rabbi Edythe Mencher, LCSW
New York, NY

Rabbi Steven Reuben, Ph.D.
Kehillat Israel, Pacific Palisades, CA

Rabbi H. David Rose
J-Discover Gateways to Jewish Life & Learning, Potomac, MD

Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen
Baltimore, MD

Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu
New York, NY

Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
Baltimore, MD

Rabbi Seth Winberg
Brandeis Hillel, Waltham, MA

Rabbi Irvin Wise
Cincinnati, OH