Grass Roots Beginning
In 1985, thirteen Orthodox Jewish women* heard a Rebbetzin (rabbi’s wife)* from Baltimore speak about domestic abuse in Jewish homes. They left that meeting with a lot of questions and wondered if this could be happening in Chicago also. Our founding mothers talked to friends and family, learned all they could about domestic abuse, and in that first year set up a shelter and helped 24 families. As a passionate group of volunteers, they met with rabbis, neighborhood police and emergency room personnel to educate them about domestic abuse.
* SHALVA’s founders: Edie Davis, Chani Friedman, Tamar Friedman, Batshie Goldfeder, Hadassah Goodman, Risa Gross, Shoshie Kahn, Craindell Mannes, Sarah Rosby, Fayge Siegal, Devorah Stern, Shulamis Weinfeld and Hedy Well.