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Domestic Violence

Sunday, 10 April, 2016 - 11:01 am

I reached out to Harford Chabad while I was living in a safe house for victims of Domestic Violence with my young daughter. I called the Rabbi for spiritual guidance and for general social support. I had deep questions that were very serious to me. They were not easy questions to answer. He reached out to other Rabbis and others, at least one on a different continent, trying to find the very best answer possible for me. That answer ultimately meant that I would carry a child that was a product of rape. I had been at the safe house for six weeks when I finally reached out to him. In that time, I was physically healing from a brutal attack on me by my partner. He raped me repeatedly. He cracked three of my ribs. He left a bruise the size of my entire rib cage on my body. I could not hear in my left ear for almost two weeks. 

I was very lucky to be alive when the Rabbi met me. The next chapter of my life meant many moves, evading my abuser, finding doctors to treat me, finding counseling for myself and daughter, finding socks and clothes and food to survive with my daughter. Rabbi Schusterman and his family welcomed us with open arms and tirelessly worked to help us meet each need. We would not have had food or shelter or guidance without their help. They helped us without judgment and showed me the spirit of love, kindness, empathy and an example of how I can only hope to be someday. Much of my adult life had been spent searching and struggling with my faith. The kindness and godly example of the Rabbi helped me find my way back to it.

When his wife learned that my daughter's birthday would happen in a safe house, and that I was deeply saddened by that, she organized a small party with kosher cupcakes and candles. In the end my daughter spent that day with laughter, smiles, love, balloons, and a feeling of being home. 

When you support HC you're supporting humans and community - not just a prayer service. 


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