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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

Support survivors and help raise awareness by particiapting in

Purple Shabbat 2022

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JCADA created Purple Shabbat, a community engagement initiative to shine a light on the darkness of intimate partner violence. Purple Shabbat educates the community about the broad impact of intimate partner violence, and helps reduce the tolerance for abuse within our Jewish spaces. Together, we can create safe, inclusive communites and a more peaceful world. JCADA is here to help!

Congregations and kehillot participate in Purple Shabbat throughout October by sharing JCADA resource materials, inviting representatives from JCADA to speak, incorporating awareness into divrei torah and more.

Click here to read a special d'var toarah given by our Executive Director, Amanda Katz, at Kol Shalom on October 1, 2022 in honor of DVAM and Purple Shabbat. 

Click here and let us know how your community can participate! We look forward to working together to create the safe communities we all deserve. Questions? Email Lily Twibell, Manager of Outreach and Partnerships at

Purple Shabbat Participating Communities


  • Adas Israel Congregation, DC

  • Am Kolel Sanctuary & Renewal Center, MD

  • Bet Mishpachah, DC

  • Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, VA

  • Beth El Hebrew Congregation, VA

  • B'nai Israel Congregation, MD

  • Congregation Adat Reyim, VA

  • Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, MD

  • Congregation B'nai Tzedek, MD

  • Congregation Ner Shalom, VA

  • Congregation Olam Tikvah, VA

  • Congregation Sha'are Shalom, VA 

  • the Den Collective, Greater Washington Area

  • Gather DC

  • Hill Havurah, DC 

  • Kehilat Pardes, The Rock Creek Synagogue, MD

  • Kesher Israel Congregation, DC

  • Kol Ami: Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community, VA

  • Kol Shalom, MD

  • Machar, The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism, DC 

  • Magen David Sephardic Congregation, MD 

  • Ohev Sholom National Synagogue, DC

  • Ohr Kodesh Congregation, MD

  • Oseh Shalom, MD

  • Shaare Torah, MD

  • Tifereth Israel, Kol Nashim (voice of women) DC

  • Temple Emanuel, MD 

  • Tikvat Israel Congregation, MD 

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