All in the Family: A Study of Intra-familial Violence in the Los Angeles Jewish community

By Ellen Goldsmith, Betsy Giller

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service, May 1983

This thesis explores intra-familial violence in the Los Angeles Jewish Community. The authors describe how the myth of family consensus and harmony is widely-believed in both American society and within the Jewish community. Prior to this study, research has revealed very little Jewish intra-familial violence. The authors investigated the following hypotheses:

 

1. Violence is not absent in synagogue-affiliated families.

 

2. Whatever violence occurs, is not exposed to synagogue professionals by the families in which it occurs.

 

3. Rabbis have some knowledge of the problem of Jewish family violence.

 

4. Jews do not believe that family violence is a problem in the Jewish community.

 

The authors explore the problem of physical family violence from two perspectives: generic social work literature, and Jewish legal and literary writings.

 

Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Social Work, Violence, Abuse, Survey, Family, Research, Clergy, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses

Genre: Thesis

Coverage: Los Angeles, California , United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Authors

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Bibliographic Information:
Goldsmith, Ellen. Giller, Betsy. All in the Family: A Study of Intra-familial Violence in the Los Angeles Jewish community. HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses. Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service. May 1983: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11165


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