Under the leadership of Bobbie Crowley, Carol Pinker, and Karen Topletz, the Shalom Bayit committee was formed in 2005 at Congregation Shearith Israel as a response to the reality of domestic violence and abuse in our community. The Committee’s goal was to raise awareness of the problem, to promote prevention through education, and to generate funds to help meet the challenge.
In 2006 the committee held a community-wide fundraising luncheon featuring licensed psychologist Miki Paul. Later that year, Shalom Bayit presented Naomi Ackerman in “Flowers Aren’t Enough,” a one-woman play revealing the warning signs of domestic violence in a relationship. In 2008, the committee brought author Jackson Katz, EDM to Dallas to speak about working with boys and men to prevent gender violence.
Today, operating under the auspices of Jewish Family Service, the Committee's inter-congregational volunteer efforts focus on education and advocacy to both spread awareness of family violence and ensure that services are available for those in need.