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Archive for the ‘Blog’ Category

When is a kiss not a kiss?

21 December 2016
Vayishlach: when is a kiss not a kiss? by Lee Wax, Jewish Women's Aid*   Lovemaking that is also not lovemaking Vayar otah…vayikach otah vayishkav otah vaye’aneiha saw her, took her, raped her and humiliated her Dinah, a young woman, who has gone out to see other women, is raped by Shechem. The language used matches the act: brutal, terse,...
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JWA is recruiting!

16 December 2016
Jewish Women’s Aid is actively recruiting for: Volunteer Counsellors for our counselling service in Redbridge and North-West London and Volunteer Complementary Therapists in North-West London   Jewish Women’s Aid provides free support to Jewish women who are affected by domestic violence. We are looking for qualified counsellors (diploma level)...
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THE FEMICIDE CENSUS

09 December 2016
THE FEMICIDE CENSUS: Redefining an isolated incident Published by Women's Aid & Nia   'Recently, there was an online news article about a man who killed his estranged wife, and then committed suicide. We learned what age he was, what his job had been, and how he was a "kind, honest, hardworking man who loved his family". We didn't learn about her - the...
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Eikev

30 August 2016
Rewards and punishments, warnings, promises, storytelling, myth-making, along with shocking commands to mercilessly destroy entire peoples, and heart-rending reminders of how we forget the tender bonds of love with God and carelessly shatter our relationship with the divine for our own sense of powerful self. This is the domain of Ekev, this week’s parasha, a...
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Moving on

18 May 2016
We recently moved to a new head office. It was a pretty seamless move, as they go: well organised, good-humoured, with an excellent removals consultant and very obliging removal men. We spent many days packing and archiving, so that by the time we left we had seriously downsized our files and thrown out a huge amount of the "just in case" things we had kept for...
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What does IDEVAW mean to me?

30 November 2015
You asked me what IDEVAW means to me. I answer as follows……. I Dream Every Victim Awakens Wrath in all humankind and I Dare Everyone Violent to Acknowledge Wrongdoing and work to change. Domestic and sexual violence are human rights violations, perpetrated in the main by men who hate women and this hatred is nourished by culture, tradition and...
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Report it to Stop it

26 November 2015
As a young woman living in London, I have experienced public harassment and I know for a fact that I am not the only one. Indeed, on my way to work this morning I was approached at the bus stop and told I was ‘looking fine today’; perhaps a seemingly innocuous incident, but for me (and many other women) it felt like one instance of a long line of disturbing and...
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Why are we still in denial about domestic violence in the Jewish community?

23 November 2015
"Convince me" she says. "Sorry, convince you of what," I reply. It's been a long day. And now, I'm speaking to a group of about 20 men and women about domestic violence in the Jewish community. And then the predictable riposte.  "I just don't believe that a woman like me could be abused. I live in this area, I have a degree, I have two children in a local Jewish...
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Shanah Tovah from Executive Director Naomi Dickson

11 September 2015
One honey cake, a few apples, a tray of dried fruit. No, it’s not my Rosh Hashana shopping list. It’s the contents of the packages that we give to each of the women we’re working with as a Rosh Hashana gift. Women who are all Jewish, and who have approached us because they are being abused by their husbands, partners or family members. Women who are mothers...
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Women working together to help each other: from co-chair Hilda Worth

27 August 2015
It is nearly a year since I took over as co-chair of Jewish Women’s Aid with Liz Gould. During that time I have been privileged to witness the commitment to JWA from the staff, volunteers and board members. I was first introduced to JWA 9 years ago when I attended their annual fundraising lunch. At that point I was looking for a new challenge, and having been a...
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