JCARES: Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education and Solutions
JCARES offers education and resources to increase awareness, expand understanding and ensure a culturally sensitive, coordinated response to abuse in Jewish homes and families. A catalyst for social justice and institutional change, JCARES is committed to inspiring collaborative action focused on abuse across the lifespan - from keeping children safe to the well-being of elders.
Its primary programs are:
JCARES efforts are envisioned and guided by a 50+ member coalition that includes representation from Jewish and secular social service, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault agencies; synagogues; funders; and governmental and municipality entities; as well as advocates and community leaders and stakeholders. JCARES coalition partners and links to their websites.
Education & Advocacy
Professional Training Institute
JCARES’ Professional Training Institute offers education sessions for professionals, advocates and lay leaders across disciplines – domestic violence, mental health and social services; health care; law enforcement and courts; government and municipalities. Sessions are designed to provide participants with knowledge, tools, and strategies to become more effective and sensitive responders to and advocates for abuse victims and their families.
Partnership for Safer Communities
JCARES’ Partnership for Safer Communities Initiative provides programming, consultation and support for Jewish institutions including schools, synagogues/shuls, day and overnight camps, and youth groups. Programs engage lay and professional staff - rabbis, synagogue and camp administrators, educators, parents and students – in learning and discussion about the impact of abuse across the lifespan, improving access to support for those experiencing abuse, and coordinated strategies that perpetuate healthy, peaceful homes, families and relationships. Safer Communities supports institutions in their efforts to develop individualized protocols and policies that ensure sustainable safe environments into the future.
Project Shield works in partnership with the Orthodox Jewish community to build safe, healthy relationships and families by heightening awareness and providing education about child sexual abuse.
JCARES is supported by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Michael Reese Health Trust and other generous supporters.