Sins Of Omission by Carol Goodman Kaufman
The Jewish Community's Reaction To Domestic Violence

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In a congregation of devoted worshippers gathered for Shabbat services at the local synagogue, it may be difficult to accept how many wives go home with their husbands to ongoing physical and emotional abuse. In Sins of Omission, author Carol Goodman Kaufman offers a compelling investigation of the Jewish community’s reaction – or nonreaction – to domestic violence. Concerned with the sins of the community more than the sins of the abuser, Goodman Kaufman finds that the Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform rabbis and community leaders are not doing enough and are not informed enough to help the abused women in their congregations get the support, protection, and guidance they need. Through her many insightful interviews with survivors of abuse, rabbis, and lay community leaders, the author takes a hard look at the Jewish community, its rules, regulations, and followers, and discovers the ways in which it helps and hinders victims of abuse.

About Carol Goodman Kaufman

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Carol Goodman Kaufman Ph.D., an industrial and organizational psychologist, is Visiting Scholar at the Brudnick Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University, Boston. She has worked in the academic, business, and non-profit worlds, published numerous articles, and presented in a variety of public forums. She has also been an active leader of several Jewish organizations, giving her an insider's view that has helped shape her unique perspective in looking at the community. Dr. Kaufman lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Published October 2, 2003 by Basic Books. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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There are few statistics about the incidence of domestic abuse within the Jewish community, but industrial and organizational psychologist Kaufman underscores that it does exist and that it must be acknowledged and dealt with openly within the framework of Jewish tradition.

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