This is real.
Too many clergy are victimized, forced to maintain the image of our 'public face' while serving our congregations under extreme duress. Most people have no idea that rampant abuse is going on. Few brave ones have spoken up and were punished. We are not protected under law.
THIS IS REAL
No house of worship is perfect or healthy. A sacred space doesn't always mean it is a safe space.
There are professionals who can help you.
We can provide resources to help you navigate your path safely.
Speaking up is just the first step.
We understand the need to have a safe place to seek help.
You are not alone.
After several years enduring an unhealthy work environment in her synagogue, ClergyLifeLine founder, Cantor Penny Myers, sought help from her laity.
Ill equipped with the tools necessary to navigate a serious personnel problem coupled with the laity's inability to provide a safe and protected work environment, Cantor Myers was ultimately forced to resign her position as Cantor where she served over 14 years.
We are a kehillah k'doshah, a holy community.
We believe you and acknowledge that abuse from your laity, your fellow clergy, colleagues, congregants and co-workers is real.
It happens and it is systemic.
We hear you, we understand you, we believe you.
We validate you!
Toxic workplaces in houses of worship is rampant in all denominations.
We've been conditioned to not speak up.
Silence is no longer an option.
Others have spoken out.
Sacred Spaces provides Jewish institutions with the professional services necessary to develop robust policies and training to prevent opportunities for abuse and guide them responsibly should abuse occur.
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