Women who come to SHALVA almost always blame themselves for being in an abusive relationship. In order to heal and restore their sense of self, they need to forgive themselves. The blame is deep; self forgiveness can take years.
In late July, Naomi Senser, Board Chair of Community Education and Cantor Rachel Rosenberg of Rodfei Zedek met to discuss ways to raise awareness of SHALVA and domestic violence in the Hyde Park Jewish community. The Cantor was planning a series of short videos on forgiveness for their virtual Yom Kippur services. She suggested making one with SHALVA, highlighting the need to forgive oneself. This video could not have been a more perfect collaboration as during Yom Kippur we focus on Teshuvah, asking for forgiveness so you can return to your higher self.
A huge thank you to Cantor Rosenberg and Rodfei Zedek, along with Naomi Senser, Aaron Senser, Anita Pildes, Rabbi Karyn Kedar, Chuck Rosenberg and the brave survivors who shared their powerful words.
I want to also take this moment to thank you for caring about survivors of domestic abuse and engaging with SHALVA throughout this difficult year.