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Journey to Healing: Signs, Secrets and Sisterhood

June 22, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

When someone notices warning signs, senses that something isn’t right, or learns that a loved one is in an unhealthy relationship, they may question if they should intervene or wonder how to help. Holding secrets and feeling helpless can take a toll on emotional and physical health. The trauma of domestic abuse impacts more than the person being abused; it ripples across family, friends, neighbors and communities.

Featured Speakers

Susan Malman Altman

When Susan Altman’s sister, Stacy Feldman (z”l), died suddenly and mysteriously, she and others suspected that there was more to the story. Susan began a painstaking campaign for officials to further investigate the cause of death. Seven years later, in 2022, her sister’s husband was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Susan and others connected to Stacy have suffered with self-blame and trauma. A featured story on Dateline NBC, Susan has turned this tragedy into an opportunity to open dialogues about abuse in the Jewish community and the scope of the trauma it inflicts. Susan has been working as a Jewish communal professional for over 30 years and is currently with the Cohen Camps in Boston.

Rabbi Joseph Black

A Chicago native, Joseph Black has been a congregational rabbi for 35 years and the Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Denver since 2010, the congregation of Susan’s and Stacy’s parents. Rabbi Black served as a trusted adviser to the Malman family and to many directly and indirectly impacted by this tragedy. Rabbi Black is also an award-winning writer, composer and musician.

Jan Goldenberg

Born and raised in Montréal, Jan and Stacy met while living in Chicago in the 1990s. They became dear friends and frequently visited each other once they lived in different cities. Jan created and ran a “Violence Against Women” event for Montréal’s Jewish Federation and most recently helped raise funds for Weizmann Institute of Science.

Please join us virtually

Thursday, June 22, 2023
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Your participation ensures that hundreds of domestic violence survivors receive critical crisis help, long-term counseling, legal and housing assistance, and financial support.

Event Chairs: Amy Starr Feder and Carol Gooze


Questions? Please call the SHALVA office (773) 583-4673.


Helen Arkes

Candace Arnold

Elyse Block

Gloria Block

Lorena Blonsky

Andrew Bloom

Miriam Brosseau

Gail Feiger Brown

Nancy Chausow Shafer

Beth Cherner

Alex Cicelsky

Laura Docks

Angie Donenberg

Sheryl Dworkin

Lori Fogelson

Tamara Frankel

Jonathan Frazin

Carol Gaines

Jill R. Gardner

Robin Goldberg

Debra Green

Jayne Hanauer

Barbara Harris

Emmet Hirsch

Ali Kagan

Amy Kaissar

Cheryl Krugel-Lee

Linda Kupfer

Cece Lasinsky

Michele Levine

Rebecca Lotsoff

Tracy Madansky

Oliver Maudlin

Andrea Muchin Leon

Debra B. Natenshon

Andra Press

Shira Romanoff

Carol Ruderman

Linda Schiffman

Terry L. Schwartz

Aviva Senser

Merle Shapera

Bonnie Shay

Judith Shear

Kim Shwachman

Zachary Silver

Lauren Silverman

Alissa Simon

Laura Smith

Andrea Solow

Rachel Stein

Stefanie Stein

Janice Wahnon

Fred Weber

Tracy Zirin

Lora Zygman


Rachel Ablin
Helen Leshner Arkes
Lauren Cohn & Jonathan Galin
Amy & Steve Feder
Katz Stefani

Andrea Yusim Meltzer & Jeffrey Meltzer
Melissa Mizel
Stephanie & Michael Oettinger
Linda Schiffman
Scott & Krauss, LLC

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Dianne Tesler
Janice Wahnon
Carolyn & Jeff Winick


June 22, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT


Alison Bloom
(773) 249-9035

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