CJWN is a network of remarkable Jewish women who come together to share experiences, positively impact on the wider world, provide a platform and support structure and we are delighted to partner with the NCJWC Canada to invite you to a rare opportunity to meet with Dr Janét Aizenstros and network with Jewish women from across the Commonwealth.Janét Aizenstros is the Founder and CEO of Ahava Digital Group – a women-led digital consultancy working with Fortune companies to help them connect with women consumers using data and technology.
She is an award-winning Canadian businesswoman with several leadership awards – making her the first Black-Jewish Canadian woman in history to scale a nine-figure organisation!
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This Shabbat the Commonwealth Jewish Women’s Network asked #Rabbis from across the Commonwealth to use the story of #Dinah for their sermons and encourage their congregants to talk about the elimination and prevention of #genderbasedviolence – an issue relevant to all our women and communities.
The United Nations has designated 25 November to 10 December 2021 as the #16DaysOfActivismAgainstGenderBasedViolence which follows on from the Parsha for November 20th is the story of Dinah and this makes a wonderful catalyst for our campaign.
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This Shabbat is Parashat Vayishlach. It is very apt that this particular parsha should coincide with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.In this parsha (Torah portion), Dinah is abducted and raped: “Shechem saw her; and he abducted her, lay with her and afflicted her” (Genesis 34:1-2). Some commentaries of Dinah’s story cite her curious and outgoing nature as a contributing factor to her rape.
There is an element of blame that is eerily familiar now:
“What was she wearing? Why was she out so late? Did she provoke him?”
The 16 Days is a fantastic opportunity to have conversations about respect, equality, and the role we can play in helping to end violence.
Perhaps the 16 Days, and this parsha, could inspire a conversation at your Shabbat table this week. For instance:
• What does respect look like in a relationship?
• Has there ever been a time when you felt unsafe because of your gender?
• What are some of the expectations we have for men and women in society? How are they different? How do they relate to violence?
• What are the impacts of victim-blaming, and what is our responsibility in calling this out? How does this relate to our Jewish values?
• Do you think the world would look different if men and women were equally represented in leadership roles? In what why?
• Dinah has no voice in this parsha; in what ways are women silenced in our world today?
To learn more about the 16 Days of Activism, visit https://www.unwomen.org/…/in-focus-16-days-of-activism…
Check out this video of Rabbi Netanel’s visit to Arusha Jewish community in Tanzania and learn about the Yeminite Jews in Africa with Jewish community leader Yehuda Amir.
Commonwealth Jewish Council (CJC) Chief Executive Clive Lawton is one of the many people working behind the scenes. Speaking to the SA Jewish Report from his home in the United Kingdom, he says he is alarmed that the men have been held in detention for more than a week without being charged. “That would indicate it’s only an investigation, but they still have no legal representation, and how can such an investigation take more than a week?”
He says the CJC has written to the Nigerian high commissioner to the Commonwealth, His Excellency Sarafa Tunji Isola, urging him to pressure his government to release them soon. “They are being detained on the flimsiest of pretexts. I’m sure the Nigerian government wouldn’t want to cultivate an image that foreign visitors can be snatched up on spurious accusations,” says Lawton.
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In India, the pandemic still rages and obtaining oxygen, let alone hospital treatment, is not easy. On Lag Ba’omer, we sent out an urgent request to our communities across the commonwealth asking them to play their part in aiding the coronavirus crisis currently playing out in India.
In less than two weeks, we have simply been blown away by the generosity of response. The incredible communities in Australia, Barbados, Canada, Eswatini, Gibraltar, Mauritius, Jersey, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, and the U.K. have already stepped up and we feel so thankful to be part of this wonderful network.
The Commonwealth Jewish Council has just sent oxygen concentrators to communities across the country, thanks to many of our smaller communities around the world coming together and donating.
Here the Jews of Ahmedabad, the only Jewish community in Gujarat, receive this life saving machine.