by Abigail Sosland

Conference: Jewish Battered Women

“Growing up in a Jewish home, I never in my life thought of Jewish women as battered, let alone of myself as a battered woman. I just didn’t think it could happen.” Thea DuBow related to students from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York how her seemingly thoughtful, perfect husband had turned abusive and dangerous. DuBow. now the Executive Director of My Sister’s Place shelter in Tuckahoe, New York, stressed how outsiders could best assist battered women. “Offer an understanding, non-judgmental ear, and when they ask for help, get the victims to safety,” she told the over 250 students at the April conference on domestic violence, chillingly entitled “Until Death Do Us Part.”

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