Abuse Prevention

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.

Programs and initiatives include:

  • JCARES Coalition 
  • Professional Training Institute
  • Partnership for Safer Communities 
  • Project Shield   

JCARES Coalition

The 40+ member coalition includes representation from Jewish and secular social service, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault/child abuse agencies; synagogues; funders; governmental and municipality entities; advocates, community leaders and stakeholders. The JCARES coalition is a catalyst for new and strengthened partnerships and collaborative action.

JCARES Coalition Members include Individual advocates, therapists and survivors and the following organizations:

A Safe Place


Between Friends

Center for Contextual Change

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

Chicago Police Department

Children's Advocacy Center of North & Northwest Cook County 

Circuit Court of Cook County Domestic Violence Division

CJE SeniorLife

Cook County State's Attorney Office

EZRA Multi-Service Center

HIAS Chicago, a program of JCFS

Illinois Accountability Initiative

Jewish Center for Addiction, a program of JCFS

Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking

JCFS Services for People with Disabilities

Jewish Community Centers of Chicago

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Jewish Healing Network, a program of JCFS

Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

National Council of Jewish Women

Niles Family Services

Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault

Rape Victim Advocates

Response Center, a program of JCFS


UIC School of Public Health

YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

Professional Training Institute

The Professional Training Institute (PTI) offers a diversity of opportunities for learning, networking and dialoguing. Since its inception in 2006, the PTI has featured sessions focused on giving participants the knowledge, tools and strategies to become more effective and sensitive responders to domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Today, in collaboration with other JCFS Community Services programs, the PTI also provides education to address issues such as substance abuse, infertility, and grief.  JCFS offers Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) for Social Workers, Counselors, Psychologists, Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals (through a partnership with Between Friends), and Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors .

View our Professional Training calendar listings below for upcoming training and presentations or on our calendar of events.

Partnership for Safer Communities

The JCARES Partnership for Safer Communities initiative is an innovative program that aims to promote health and safety in Jewish day schools, synagogues, camps and other settings through education, policy review and community-building efforts. Safer Communities programs engage lay and professional staff – rabbis and clergy; synagogue, school and camp administrators; educators; parents and students – in learning and dialogue about the impact of abuse across the lifespan, improving access to support for those experiencing abusive situations, and coordinated community strategies that perpetuate healthy, peaceful homes, families and relationships. Safer Communities supports institutions in their efforts to ensure sustainable safe environments into the future.

Project Shield

Project Shield works in partnership with the community to build safe, healthy Jewish relationships and families by heightening awareness and providing education about child sexual abuse. 

Support & Funding

JCARES is supported by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Leo S. Guthman Fund and other generous donors.


Betsy Lazerow, Coordinator, JCARES and Community Services Education & Learning Initiatives, call 847.745.5430

Dawn Levin, Safer Communities Coordinator, call 847.745.5450

Naomi Shicly, Community Educator, call 847.745.5454

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