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Educate. Train. Advocate. Support.

Since 2005, the NYBR has been working to end the culture of silence that has long veiled the painful reality of domestic violence, child sexual abuse and human trafficking. Recent studies show that victims of violence often turn to clergy and their faith community for support and assistance in making decisions about their safety and future.

The New York Board of Rabbis, is committed to strengthening the Greater New York faith community and institutions, in the recognition and response to family violence as well as bullying, internet safety, child sexual abuse and human trafficking. We engage clergy in new approaches toward discussing and addressing family violence’s impact on their congregations and communities through education, public awareness and understanding about abuse.

The groundbreaking initiative works with religious and public institutions, Non-Government Organizations including the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, government agencies, boards of trustees and communities to implement progressive workplace policies and safety plans. Since its inception, we have been able to bridge the distance between the victims and survivors, the clergy, and available resources and services, which makes a real difference in the lives of so many people.

In 2017, the NYBR has begun to develop a comprehensive document detailing guidelines for Jewish institutions to protect all members with the community from misconduct.