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Stop Abusive Relationships at Home

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Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abusive Relationships At Home) is a program that works to overcome cultural, legal and religious barriers confronting victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. While we proudly served the statewide New Jersey Orthodox Jewish community for the past 18 years, no one is turned away due to race, gender or financial difficulties. We are funded by the N.J. Department of Law & Public Safety, U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women, N.J. Department of Children and Families, Jewish Family Service & Children’s Center of Clifton-Passaic and private donations and foundations.

Project S.A.R.A.H. operates within an environment that is sensitive to victims cultural and religious needs, serving as a bridge between victims of abuse in the Orthodox community and the support systems and resources available to them. We work closely with rabbis and rebbetzins, kallah teachers and mikvah attendants, camp directors and school administrators, parents and the general public to keep our community safe for everyone.

Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abusive Relationships At Home) is a program that works to overcome cultural, legal and religious barriers confronting victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. While we proudly served the statewide New Jersey Orthodox Jewish community for the past 18 years, no one is turned away due to race, gender or financial difficulties. We are funded by the N.J. Department of Law & Public Safety, U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women, N.J. Department of Children and Families, Jewish Family Service & Children’s Center of Clifton-Passaic and private donations and foundations.

Project S.A.R.A.H. operates within an environment that is sensitive to victims cultural and religious needs, serving as a bridge between victims of abuse in the Orthodox community and the support systems and resources available to them. We work closely with rabbis and rebbetzins, kallah teachers and mikvah attendants, camp directors and school administrators, parents and the general public to keep our community safe for everyone.

Who We Are

Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abusive Relationships AHome) is a program that works to overcome cultural, legal and religious barriers confronting victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. While we proudly serve the statewide New Jersey Orthodox Jewish community, no one is turned away due to race, gender or financial difficulties. We are funded by the N.J. Department of Law & Public Safety, U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women, N.J. Department of Children and Families, Jewish Family Service & Children’s Center of Clifton-Passaic and private donations and foundations.

 

Project S.A.R.A.H. serves as a bridge between victims of abuse in the Orthodox community and the support systems and resources available to them. We work closely with rabbis, rebbetzins, kallah teachers, mikvah attendants, camp directors, school administrators, parents and the general public to keep the community safe. Our highly trained staff provides therapeutic interventions that enables victims to process the often-unspeakable traumas and connect them with a broad array of services.

Our Mission

 No person should remain a victim because s/he does not know what resources are available.

 If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact us with any questions or to schedule a consultation.

All calls and inquiries are strictly confidential.

Phone: 973-777-7638 x154.

E-mail: projectsarah@jfsclifton.org

“I stayed in an abusive relationship for 29 years. I never knew there was anyone out there who would believe me or anyone who could understand what I was going through, until I found Project S.A.R.A.H.”

Services

At Project S.A.R.A.H., our highly trained team of licensed clinical social workers are available to offer you the help you need:

 

  • No-cost counseling for:
    • Adult survivors of domestic violence
    • Child & adult victims of sexual abuse
    • Children affected by domestic violence (through the partnered PALS program)
  • Weekly psychoeducational and support groups for men and women
  • Emergency services and crisis intervention
  • Psychiatric evaluations
  • Accommodations for religious observances in shelters
  • Advocacy services
  • Resource identification
  • Vocational services to assist with employment
  • Access to pro-bono legal services for a single session consultation to review your legal rights
  • Kosher kits with non-perishable items provided to families at domestic violence shelters

 

For more information, please contact our Intake Department at 973-777-7638.

 

Magen Yeladim Safety Kid Program
 

The Magen Yeladim International Safety Kid program is a comprehensive school program that teaches children in a fun and non-threatening way how to keep themselves safe from potential perpetrators. This program, which is the first of its kind in the Jewish schools across the county, includes components for staff and parents as well. By the end of this program, staff and parents will be able to spot signs of abuse and react appropriately in case a disclosure is made. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact us at 973-777-7638 x 154.

 

Community Education Presentations

Project S.A.R.A.H. professionals and volunteers provide free presentations to educate community groups on the issues of Domestic Abuse & Sexual Abuse. A typical program is approximately 60 minutes long and is tailored to the needs of individual groups.

 

Relationship Videos

Project S.A.R.A.H has developed a selection of eight short videos designed to prompt in-depth conversations about potential problems in relationships. Sample topics covered include stalking, pornography addiction, financial abuse, loshon hara in dating and family conflicts related to dating.  The videos are accompanied by a curriculum that can facilitate group discussions on these topics.

 

Case Consultation, Training & Support

We provide case consultation, training, and support to the following:

 

·         Rabbis & Rebbetzins·         Police Departments
·         Mikveh (ritual bath) Attendants·         Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Response Teams
·         School & Camp Staff·         Shelter Personnel
·         Parents·         Child Protective Services (DCP&P)
·         Sheitelmachers (wig makers)·         Physicians
·         Shadchanim (matchmakers)·         Mental Health Professionals

 

If you are interested in any of the described services, please contact Project S.A.R.A.H. at 973-777-7638 x154.

General Information
Resources

Community Resources

 

  • Project S.A.R.A.H Coordinator & Director of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Service-

Elke Stein, LCSW: 973-777-7638 ext. 154; e.stein@projectsarah.org

  • One Step Forward: The Jewish Divorce Resource Line

1-844-OSF-LINE (844-673-5463) or www.osfline.org. 

  • Shalom Task Force Hotline: 1-888-883-2323
  • New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-572-SAFE (7233)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline:1-800-799-7233; TTY 1-800-787-3224
  • New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault: 1-800-601-7200
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

 

Rabbinic Resources

 

Project S.A.R.A.H. provides comprehensive resources to deal with the challenges confronted by their congregants and employees. Consultations are available for rabbis to respond to congregation questions regarding disclosure of an abusive relationship, involvement, and how to help.

 

Many Voices One Message Campaign

 

Rabbis and community leaders can join the Many Voices One Message Campaign, an initiative held yearly in the month of October to spread awareness about the issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The ad appears in 7 Jewish newspapers throughout the State of New Jersey whose combined circulation exceeds 100,000 homes and businesses. Last year, over 200 rabbis and organizations joined us in sending the message that the Jewish community is united in its intolerance of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Please consider the following ways to participate:

  • Deliver a sermon or write an article in your synagogue bulletin on the topic of family harmony/creating healthy relationships.
  • Host an adult education program on domestic violence and/or sexual abuse.
  • Make appeals for donations or offer a contribution from the Rabbi’s discretionary fund to support the fight against domestic violence.
  • Attend training sessions related to domestic violence and sexual abuse.

 

Please considering donating to this campaign. Donations allows us to defray the high cost of advertisements and best allocate our resources towards providing much needed services. To be included in the Many Voices-One Message Campaign or to make contributions, please contact us at e.stein@ProjectSARAH.org or call us at (973)777-7638 x154.

 

Sample Sermons

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an idea to help? Here are some ways you can volunteer your time:

  • Assemble or deliver kosher kits for families in need at domestic violence shelters. See attachment for a list of supplies.
  • Talk about this website. Spreading the word may connect us to someone in need of help.
  • Listen and be available as a friend. Pass along the Project S.A.R.A.H. number 973-777-7638 Ext 154.
  • Become a facilitator for our Magen Yeladim Aleinu Child Safety Program.
  • Dedicate a shabbot to this topic.
  • Encourage your rabbi to include a sermon on the theme of domestic violence and family harmony.
  • Share Project S.A.R.A.H. ads on social media and bulletin boards.
  • Encourage your community to request a domestic violence presentation led our team.

If you’re interested in one of these ideas or one of your own, please contact  e.stein@projectsarah.org or 973-777-7638 x154.