JWI discussion guides named semifinalist for Jewish wisdom prize

JWI’s “Women, Relationships & Jewish Texts” named semi-finalist for the Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom

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Washington, DC—Jewish Women International (JWI) has been named a semifinalist for the Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom for its written discussion guides entitled “Women, Relationships & Jewish Texts.” This is the inaugural year for the prize, which is intended to shed light on innovative programs that incorporate the philosophy of applied Jewish wisdom. JWI’s guides were written by its Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community, an interdenominational group of rabbis and cantors. Using insights, questions and commentary arising out of liturgy and teachings from Sukkot, Shavuot, Purim and Shabbat, the guides spark conversations and create safe spaces for conversations about healthy relationships.
“We have heard from clergy representing every denomination of Judaism that our guides have given them the opportunity to use traditional Jewish texts in a unique way,” said Lori Weinstein, JWI’s CEO. “Where perhaps previous discussions have revolved around esoteric themes, our guides allow for meaningful, contemporary discussions about healthy relationships. Being recognized by Lippman Kanfer, an organization that exemplifies excellence in Jewish teaching, will allow us to raise awareness of the resources developed by our extraordinary Clergy Task Force. ”
“Perhaps one of the greatest gifts we can give our families is the gift of shalom bayit, a peaceful home,” explained Deborah Rosenbloom, JWI’s vice president of programming. “This project, and these guides, allows us to apply Jewish wisdom in a concrete way to promote that peace and make a real difference for today’s families.”
To learn more about “Women, Relationships & Jewish Texts” or for a free download of the guides, go to www.jwi.org/download-holiday-guides/

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Jewish Women International (JWI) is the leading Jewish organization working to end violence against women and girls domestically and internationally. JWI is a Steering Committee member of NO MORE and the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women and convenes the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community, and is a member of the Gun Violence Table. JWI’s advocacy efforts focus on the passage of legislation that supports women and girls, ensures their economic security, and protects their right to live free of violence.