SHALVA welcomes new board member Andrea Yusim Meltzer. Andrea is the CEO and Co-Founder of Compatibility LLC, a women-owned company that develops unique, evidence-based technology for matching people to optimize performance of individuals and teams.
Andrea may be new to the board, but she has been involved with SHALVA for many years. She has provided consulting services and communication skills workshops to SHALVA and has been a longtime donor.
“I am deeply moved by and supportive of SHALVA’s mission; in fact, I have referred women to SHALVA and am grateful that SHALVA was able to help them. I realize that, for SHALVA to exist and thrive, it requires a dedicated team of professional and lay leaders, and I am honored to be able to play a role in ensuring its sustainability and success,” says Andrea.
Rachel and Seth recently got divorced, but they continue to belong to the same synagogue. As part of the divorce, Rachel has an Order of Protection against Seth because he was physically abusive throughout their marriage. She was afraid he would show up at her friend’s son’s Bar Mitzvah, even though he was not invited.
When Rachel’s friend Janie suggested she call SHALVA, Rachel responded that SHALVA only helped married women. At the SHALVA luncheon last month, her friend learned that you do not have to be married to get help at SHALVA and they help women at any stage of their abuse.
Rachel called and made an appointment to figure out how she could attend the Bar Mitzvah. She practiced what to say to the rabbi with her therapist and met with him later that week and showed him the Order of Protection. The rabbi knew about SHALVA and understood the seriousness of the situation. He gave the head of security a photo of her husband and worked with Rachel and his team on a plan for the day of the event and in the future.
Thanks to your support, Rachel received safety planning and counseling at no charge and her friends and rabbi learned about SHALVA’s services. When the day of the Bar Mitzvah arrived, Rachel was prepared. Her ex-husband did show up, but he was quietly removed without a scene. Rachel felt supported by her community and everyone was able to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah boy.
* All names have been changed to respect client confidentiality.
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