Event on Preventing Sex Abuse: Sun. 6/26/16, 7:30 pm

Due to larger than expected crowd, location is being changed. Stay tuned for announcement

Congregation Kol Israel
603 St Johns Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238


@ Pratt Jewish Center, 541 Myrtle Ave Brooklyn, NY

child20safety20image20PREVENTING SEX ABUSE
A panel for parents (and non-parents)

How should I teach my child about bodily safety?
What are warning flags of sex abuse taking place?
What should I do if I find out my/a child has been abused?
What policies should organizations have in place to combat and handle abuse?

These are all questions that will be asked of a panel of professionals.

Summertime brings with it sleepaway camp, and this panel is of vital service to parents and adults everywhere who want to keep their children safe.


Debbie Akerman LMSW is a social worker with years of experience in addiction,
recovery and trauma. A wife and mother to 11 biologic and 8 chosen children, Debbie is currently a PhD student working on her dissertation in Social Welfare. Debbie Akerman brings her own personal experience of trauma and loss to her work and now to the public sphere as an inspirational speaker.

David Cheifetz is the Director of the Global CRM Initiative at the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. David spent six years working for the State of Israel in various public relations capacities (1988-2004). He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a BA from Hunter College.

David Cheifetz came out as a victim of childhood sexual abuse in a Jewish summer camp in March, 2013, and since then has served as an advocate on the issue of sexual abuse awareness and prevention in the Jewish community. David is the founder and President of an organization dedicated to the issue, “Mi Li – Who Is For Me”, and is engaged in other communal efforts on the topic, including speaking and writing about the topic.

Dr. Michael J Salamon is the founder and director of the Adult Development Center, an organizational consulting group, and ADC Psychological Services, PLLC, a multilevel practice mental health center. He holds doctoral degrees in Psychology and Research methodology and has written extensively about consulting and psychotherapeutic issues including personality development, marriage, parenting and assessment issues. He is the co-author of the Life Satisfaction Scale and the Addiction and Dependency Scale and is an internationally recognized trauma specialist.

Dr. Salamon is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and has been on the editorial board of several professional journals. He serves as a consultant to several academic institutions, is on the clinical staff of North Shore University Hospital, was a consultant to the Mount Sinai Narcotics Rehabilitation Center and is currently Co-Chair of the Professional Advisory Board of P’TACH. His latest books include The Shidduch Crisis: Causes and Cures and Every Pot Has a Cover: A Proven System for Finding, Keeping and Enhancing the Ideal Relationship and Abuse in the Jewish Community.

Shira M. Berkovits, Esq., Ph.D., Founder, Sacred Spaces
Dr. Shira Berkovits is a psychologist and attorney with extensive experience in areas of child protection, youth advocacy, and criminal justice reform. Her work with New York City courts, prisons, and hospitals has focused on trauma-informed practice, conflict resolution, and rehabilitative alternatives to incarceration. Currently, Dr. Berkovits consults and lectures on issues of child protection and boundary violations for Jewish communities around the world. Her forthcoming book, Preventing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse, will guide rabbis and synagogue professionals in the development of child-protection policies. Along with a group of noted Jewish leaders, Dr. Berkovits is launching a new nonprofit organization, Sacred Spaces, that will aid institutions across the broader Jewish communal landscape in developing policies to prevent institutional abuse of all ages and properly handle it when it occurs.

Mindy Schaper
Programming, Project Makom
Facebook Group: Project Makom



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