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Westchester Safeguarding Children Campaign Launch

Posted by admin on November 1, 2018 in Spotlight |

Sacred Spaces is developing the Safeguarding Children Campaign, the first open-source online community for Jewish youth-serving organizations (YSO) partnering together to prevent child maltreatment. The platform will feature Do-it-Yourself resources on 10 best practices in child protection, connect participants with other Jewish youth-serving organizations participating in the campaign, and provide guidance from expert consultants on implementing these best practices.

The Westchester Jewish community is proud to be leaders in protecting children in our youthserving organizations. This event featured Dr. Shira Berkovits, Founder and CEO of Sacred Spaces.

Dr. Shira Berkovits is a psychologist and attorney who founded Sacred Spaces to create a systemic solution to the issue of abuse of power in Jewish institutions. As CEO of Sacred Spaces, she has worked with Jewish communities across five continents to prevent, handle, and heal from institutional abuse. Her book, The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide, was released last summer and was an immediate Amazon bestseller. Selected as an inaugural Wexner Field Fellow and named to The Jewish Week’s 2017 36 Under 36 for her pioneering work on abuse prevention, Dr. Berkovits trains, investigates, and reviews policies for Jewish organizations around the world. She sits on the board of numerous antiabuse organizations including the Academy on Violence and Abuse, Male Survivor, and Kol V’Oz, and her writing is regularly cited as groundbreaking material in the field of abuse prevention.

Dr. Berkovits spoke about:
● Westchester initiatives already underway
● Concrete action steps all members of our community can take
● How organazations can become an early adopter of the Safeguarding Children Campaign

We did an interview with Dr. Shira Berkovits,Founder and CEO of Sacred Spaces, Aaron Steinberg, Hebrew Institute of White Plains Board Member and Adina Frydman,Executive Director, Community LAB/Resource at UJA-Federation of New York,

This program made possible by UJA-Federation of New York.

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