Posted by Mark Sokoll

White Ribbon Campaign“In the image of G-d he created them. Each and every man and woman in the image of G-d” reads the Book of Genesis. But a belief in G-d is not a prerequisite to understanding the real message of the Book of Genesis. There is an infinite dignity in each one of us that must be respected, nurtured, and cared for by every one of us.

When nearly one in four women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life, we cannot stand idly by. When we know that domestic abuse occurs at roughly the same rate in the Jewish community as in the general population, our clergy, our communal leaders, our congregations, our organizations, and our community cannot stand idly by.

As the CEO of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston and as a man, I challenge each of us and especially other men to reflect deeply about what we see around us. The reality of domestic abuse in our Jewish and secular communities leaves us no choice but to speak out and say abuse and violence towards our partners is a violation of our Jewish values.

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