‘Breaking the Silence Luncheon’ brings generations together to end domestic abuse in the Jewish Community
The Jewish Family Service (JFS) Kolot Coalition will host its eighth annual “Kolot Luncheon and Fashion Show” themed Generation to Generation at the Sig’ature Grand in Davie on Oct. 20.
Coalition partners include organizations such as Women in Distress, Broward Domestic Violence Council, Jewish Women’s Foundation and 35 other agencies, providers, synagogues and individuals.
Kolot, which means “voices,” encourages all generations of families to come together to attend the event and lend their voices to help end domestic abuse in the Jewish community. The event is a communitywide campaign to engage people of all ages as allies in ending all forms of abuse against women, teens and men.
Abuse is often a subject that many people don’t address. This luncheon urges people to stand up and speak out against domestic violence. To help emphasize the urgency of breaking the silence, a brave survivor will share her inspiring story and take another step toward raising awareness and understanding throughout the community about domestic abuse.
Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Family Law and Domestic Violence Unit and its members: Barbara J. Prager, Lisa G. Goldberg, Mindy Jones, Marta Estevez, and Cynthia Woodward, will receive the prestigious 2013 Ending Abuse Award for their outstanding commitment to the provision of critical legal services to those impacted by domestic violence.
This year, the fashion show will be put on by Plantation stores Alene’s and Men’s Wearhouse. The fashion show will feature a variety of the trendiest clothes with models representing the generations from Kolot partners.
The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a shopping boutique of 20 vendors offering unique gift items as well as a silent auction and raffle prizes. The luncheon, awards, fashion show and program will begin at 12:30 p.m. and wrap up at 2:30 p.m. Shopping will continue after the luncheon and program until 3 p.m.
Lead event sponsors include Joyce & Ernie Smith Foundation, Debbie and Rick Covert, Amy and David Stolberg, Esther and Roger Shacket, TAO: The South Florida Center for Jewish Renewal, Judy and Larry Wiener - Pension Investors Corp., Randee and Edward Lefkow, Corinne and Larry Cott, Deanna and Irwin Stolberg. The event is co-chaired by longtime JFS supporters Debbie Covert and Amy Stolberg.
“Kolot chose the theme of Generation to Generation this year to emphasize two points,” said Debbie Covert, “Domestic abuse is often generational, witnessed by children and repeated in their relationships.”
“We can only end family violence when one generation, parent to child, grandparent to grandchild, passes on the message that abusive behavior is never acceptable - ever,” Amy Stolberg added.
Tickets are $85 per person; $118 with 25 raffle tickets; $36 for children under 13. Proceeds from this event will benefit those seeking services from the JFS Domestic Abuse Program, including the 24/7 Crisis Line, counseling, case management, support groups and financial assistance. Kolot projects include Teen Relationship Project, Connect Cards, Outreach, Education and the Men’s Initiative.
JFS is a family service agency open to anyone in need, providing help to more than 25,000 people annually. For more information, contact Erica Kramer at 954-370-2140 or email EKramer@jfsbroward.org, or visit www. jfsbroward.org.
Cynthia Woodward, left, Marta Estevez, Mindy Jones, Lisa Goldberg and Barbara Prager
Nan Rich, left, and Judy Zipper
Brenda Levine, left, Hal Herman and Lois Herman
Didi Browdy, left, Ginny Toll, Ray Levi and Susan Kass
Amy Stolberg, left, Debbie Gober, Babette Ferre Kosar and Mary Riedel
Selma Telles, left, and Deborah Stayman
Abby Brodie, back left, and Michael Brodie; Alan Brodie, front
Roger Shacket, left, and Esther Shacket