JTS to Host Screening and Panel Discussion of Emmy-Nominated Documentary

I Believe You: Faiths' Response to Intimate Partner Violence

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
Office: (212) 678-8089
Email: evglasberg@jtsa.edu

March 6, 2012, New York, NY

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will host a screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary I Believe You: Faiths' Response to Intimate Partner Violence. This important film on domestic abuse will be followed by an interreligious panel discussion and audience Q&A. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at JTS (3080 Broadway, New York City); admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP at www.jtsa.edu/believe or call (212) 280-6093. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early, and have photo ID available.

I Believe You, nominated for two 2012 Emmy Awards, focuses on the personal stories of survivors of domestic violence, and includes the views of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim clergy who affirm the danger of manipulating sacred texts to "blame the victim." Panel members who will address this topic and various other aspects of domestic violence include Dr. Debra Gonsher Vinik, producer-director-writer of I Believe You, founder of Diva Communications, and professor and chairperson of the Communication Arts and Sciences Department at Bronx Community College, CUNY; and documentary participants Rabbi Lisa Gelber, associate dean of The Rabbinical School and rabbi of the Women's League Seminary Synagogue of JTS; Imam Khalid Latif, executive director and chaplain of the Islamic Center at NYU and chaplain in the NYPD; and Reverend Dr. Willard Ashley, Sr., director of Field Education and associate professor of Practical Theology at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Moderator for the evening will be Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies and director of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue and the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS.

This program is sponsored by the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue of The Jewish Theological Seminary.

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