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Family Shalom was developed as a response to domestic abuse within the Jewish community. Domestic abuse crosses all economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Family Shalom is part of NCJW’s national Stop the Violence campaign. The program was initially funded through a grant by the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region as well as startup funds from NCJW Sacramento Section and individual contributions. Our team volunteers work locally to stop the violence and the abuse that occurs within relationships.
Family Shalom also seeks to educate the youth in our Jewish community through its teen program called Developing Healthy Relationships.
In addition, we create opportunities to educate the local Jewish community about Elder Abuse through a speakers’ bureau, the distribution of literature and annual community awareness campaigns.
Our California Policy Advocacy members have been instrumental in the passage of important legislation — most recently, bringing awareness to the effort to end Human Trafficking or modern day slavery.
With the passage of SB 1193, NCJW began to work on its implementation. There was no state agency responsible for ensuring compliance with the law, so it was clear that it would require grass roots efforts. We helped organize collaborations of city and county officials, service providers, faith based organizations, advocacy groups and law enforcement across the state. These coalitions designed posters unique to their communities and containing the required poster language. They were mailed to the businesses required to post. The coalitions followed up with the businesses in person to see if the posters were displayed and encourage compliance. Posters were mailed to over 600 businesses in the region along with a letter from the Sheriff and DA asking for compliance.
With our partners, NCJW organized for a Day of Action where volunteers from many organizations received training and were given lists of businesses to visit in groups of two or three people. During the brief visit, additional posters were provided to the businesses if needed. We had a significant turn out of volunteers for this effort from NCJW and the Jewish community at large.
Our Jewish teachings compel us to help repair the world and respect the dignity of others. What better way to honor that than to help end modern day slavery.