‘Break­ing the Si­lence Lun­cheon’ brings gen­er­a­tions to­gether to end do­mes­tic abuse in the Jewish Com­mu­nity

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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

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