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The Women of TBA’s opening event “A Night of Giving Back,” focusing on TBA’s yearlong Social Justice cause of supporting victims of domestic violence, was a huge success! Over 40 Women enjoyed wine and cheese while greeting old friends and meeting new friends before hearing moving presentations from representatives of The Boston Living Center, Birthday Wishes, and JFCS’s Journey to Safety program. After the presentations ended, the women got to work! One group made candy centerpieces for the Boston Living Center’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner and another group assembled boxes for Birthday Wishes. These boxes were filled with supplies needed to throw a child's birthday party. All of the projects were made possible with donated items. Last night’s attendees and our Early Learning Center families donated candy. The birthday items and many gift certificates for JFCS’s Journey to Safety program were also donated by last night’s attendees. The TBA knitters donated a large box of hand-...
Thank you for attending the “Call to Conscience” at Temple Beth Avodah last month. Frankly we were overwhelmed by the positive responses we received and have been working diligently to capitalize on that enthusiasm by getting some of the projects we discussed up and running already. We have also been talking to the Temple Board and the chairs of all of our Standing Committees to ensure that we can integrate our initiative to support victims of Domestic Violence into the work of these groups as appropriate. We are so pleased that we’ve already made progress on that goal. The Women of TBA’s event on November 16 will include a collection of gift cards from Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond for victims and their families. And the Brotherhood is hosting a Men’s Health Forum on November 29 that will feature a speaker about the men’s role in combating Domestic Abuse.
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As part of TBA’s 5777 A Call to Conscience (domestic violence initiative), the Women of TBA have planned an evening of volunteering to support domestic violence victims and other recipients in need. As the evening begins, they will enjoy wine and cheese and each other’s company. Next, representatives from the Second Step’s Journey to Safety, the Boston Living Center, Birthday Wishes and JF & CS will give brief presentations of the wonderful work they do in our community. After the presentations, hands-on projects (including candy centerpieces) benefiting these groups will begin. Some prep work is needed on the morning of the 16th as well. Information is included on the RSVP form.
Put aside the overwhelming statistics on the frequency and devastating impacts of domestic violence (DV) for just one moment. Forget that the Surgeon General has called domestic violence the number one health issue in all of the United States. None of that matters when you are listening to a survivor tell her story, and you begin to understand domestic violence on an entirely different level.
On Sunday, October 30, TBA recently hosted "A Call to Conscience," with a special presentation by a victim of DV who grew up in our community. More than 50 TBA members heard how this strong, intelligent and resilient woman endured physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her ex-husband. If anyone in the room was unsure if we can make a difference in the fight against DV, after hearing her story we all acutely understood why we must try.
Also addressing TBA were representatives of Journey to Safety at JF&CS and The Second Step. We have partnered with these organizations in...