Newsletter – July 2017

Annual Luncheon Reveals Hidden Suffering

Taking off the masks of women who hide the pain of domestic abuse was the focus of this year’s annual luncheon at the Standard Club on Wednesday, June 21st.  A record high number of 410 guests attended the luncheon. Earlier in the day, 125 guests viewed a private screening of The Mask You Live In, Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s documentary that follows boys and men as they struggle to resist society’s self-destructive ideas of masculinity.

Guest speaker, Professor Michael Kaufman, the co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, further highlighted the connection between gender expectations for men and domestic abuse. Kaufman urged men and women to foster positive ideals of manhood as a way of fighting domestic violence.

“The event was a fantastic show of support for SHALVA’s mission” said event chairs Dr. Emmet Hirsch and Dr. Naomi Senser. They expressed gratitude to SHALVA’S generous donors and sponsors whose support enables ongoing services, the expansion and innovations of new services, and educational programs for young Jewish men and women about the nature of healthy relationships. “The well-being of Jewish women victims of domestic abuse is in good hands.”

If you were not able to attend the screening, the film is available on many streaming services or for purchase at If you are interested in hosting a screening of the film with a SHALVA educator, please contact the SHALVA office at

Thank you again to our generous sponsors:

The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation
Viki & Tom Rivkin

$1,200 plus donors  
Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation
Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP
Berlin Melzer Law
Sara & Gregory Block
Gutnicki LLP
Stacy & Steve Halpern
Emmet & Arica Hirsch
Hoffenberg & Block, LLC
Katz & Stefani, LLC
Kennedy Family Foundation
Levin, Riback, Adelman, & Flangel Law Group
Mann Weitz & Associates LLC
Mesirow Financial
Karen Nixon
Helene & Aaron Paris
Press Adelman Foundation
Diane L. Rosenfeld
Linda Schiffman
Terry Schwartz
Scott & Kraus, LLC
Naomi & Jerry Senser
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Melissa & Marc Spellman
Cortney Stark Cope
Dianne Tesler
The PrivateBank
Amy Tuchler
Janice Wahnon
Carolyn & Jeff Winick
Cindy Wolfson

Click here for photos of the luncheon.


A Legacy for SHALVA

SHALVA received a generous $10,000 check from Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago for reaching our goal of 18 Declarations of Intent for the Create a Legacy Program.  We are delighted to acknowledge members of SHALVA’s Legacy Circle.

A heartfelt thank you to the following for their generous support and leadership:

Sara B. Block
Yishai & Bluma Broner
Marilyn Eisenberg
Neil J. Hochstadt
Aaron Paris
Helene Paris
Victoria & Thomas Rivkin
Marc & Sarah Rosenstock
Carol K. Ruderman
Terry L. Schwartz
Naomi & Jerry Senser
Linda Schiffman
Avrohom & Fayge Siegal, in loving memory of Mrs. Goldie Klein
Phyllis Tabachnick
Dianne Tesler
Amy & Jim Tuchler
Jeffrey & Carolyn Winick
Anonymous (3)


To learn more or to join SHALVA’S Legacy Circle, reach out to Carol Ruderman at 773-583-4673 or email If you have already included a legacy gift in your will or estate plans, kindly notify SHALVA so your commitment can qualify for a matching gift and so we can thank you.