JCFS’s Rabbi David Rosenberg Named Co-Chair of JWI’s Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Violence

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July 26, 2018, Chicago, IL

Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS) is pleased to announce Rabbi David Rosenberg, JCFS’s Coordinator of Jewish Education, as the new co-chair of Jewish Women International’s (JWI) Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community.

The Task Force speaks publicly, develops and disseminates resources and training, and provides guidance to clergy working with families experiencing abuse. This group has members from countries around the world, including the United States, Israel, Canada and Australia, and is comprised of clergy from every Jewish denomination, some of whom are survivors of domestic abuse.

“Rabbi David has been a valued member of the Task Force for seven years.  This new role recognizes David’s expertise and leadership as a spiritual leader and educator, as well as the strength and breadth of all the abuse prevention efforts JCFS provides to our Chicago Jewish community,” says Amy Rubin, Senior Director, JCFS Community Services.

JCFS provides education and resources to increase awareness, expand understanding and ensure a culturally sensitive, coordinated response to abuse in Jewish homes and families. Through Safer Communities, we support schools, synagogues, camps and other institutions with discussion about the impact of abuse, improving access to support for those experiencing abusive situations, and coordinated community strategies that perpetuate healthy, peaceful homes, families and relationships.

JCFS strives to enhance the social and emotional well-being of individuals and families with complex needs or barriers to service, while maximizing potential for people with disabilities in the Jewish community and beyond. We provide therapeutic and supportive services for children, adults and families of all backgrounds who face challenges with life transitions.

Jewish Child & Family Services is a partner with Jewish United Fund in serving our community. We embrace diversity. Our commitment to inclusivity is woven throughout our services, programs and welcoming workplace. For more information visit JCFS.org


JWI is the leading Jewish organization working to end gender-based violence. As a Steering Committee member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, and convener of the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community, JWI supports this bill as it builds on VAWA’s previous successes and adds enhancements to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

JWI Announces Support for VAWA 2018 Reauthorization

Jewish Women International (JWI), a member of The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (“NTF”), announced today its support for the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2018 as introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18).

This bill continues important protections for survivors while also making modest yet vital enhancements to the existing Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) based on needs identified by organizations who work daily with victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

These include provisions that: 

  • Make important investments in programming to prevent gender-based violence;
  • Provide resources to implement evidence-based prevention programming that engages men and boys as allies and promotes healthy relationships;
  • Safeguard important protections to ensure that all victims and survivors have access to safety and justice;
  • Provide a mechanism to hold people who prey on Native women accountable;
  • Provide law enforcement with new resources to develop more trauma-informed approaches;
  • Protect victims and survivors from abusers with dangerous weapons;
  • Offer improved protections for survivors in federal public, subsidized and assisted housing;
  • Support victims and survivors who need help rebuilding financially after experiencing violence;
  • Address the needs of underserved communities; and
  • Improve healthcare responses to the four crimes.

Click here to read the letter of support and learn more about the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2018.


JWI is the leading Jewish organization working to end gender-based violence. As a Steering Committee member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, and convener of the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community, JWI supports this bill as it builds on VAWA’s previous successes and adds enhancements to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.