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Congregation Or Shalom
835 Darby Paoli Road
Berwyn, PA 19312
Tel: 610-644-9086


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Social Action

Last One to Repair the World…

2-4-6-8- Who Do We Appreciate!

On Saturday February 1, the Or Shalom Sisterhood and Social Action Committee teamed up to host a screening of the movie Crime After Crime. More than 20 people braved the cold to watch this powerful story about the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence.

Together, we raised more than $741 for organizations that support domestic violence survivors! Kudos to everyone who made this program a success:

  • Sponsors Julie and Harris Miller, Gina and Mike Arlen, Houston Jewish Community, and Ellen Gross
  • Sharon LiebhaberRabbi Jacob, and Ellen Austin for their enlightening panel discussion
  • Larry and Matt Bilker for the audio-visual (and popcorn) set up
  • Paula Blaustein for preparing the snacks and drinks
  • Beth Burak and BettyAnn Monash for their ticket-taking help

Domestic Violence Resources

JWI Needs Assessment: A Portrait of Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community 

FAQs About Domestic Violence

Emerge Counseling and Education to Stop Domestic Violence 

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

Women Against Abuse 

Domestic Violence In Philadelphia


A Helping Hand 

Rough economic times shouldn’t prevent any family from holding their Passover Seder. If anyone in the Congregation needs help obtaining Seder staples, please contact Rabbi Jacob in confidence.



Movie Night at Or Shalom: “Crime After Crime”

Crime After Crime is a documentary film directed by Yoav Potash about Deborah Peagler, an incarcerated victim of domestic violence whose case was taken up by pro bono attorneys through The California Habeas Project.

Cost: $20 General Admission; $5 Teens (includes light refreshments)
Panel discussion to follow with Ellen Brotman Austin, Sharon Leibhaber, and Rabbi Jacob
Open to all Or Shalom members and the public age 13 and over.
RSVP to synagogue office.
Snow date: February 8
Sponsors needed at the $100, $200, and $300 level. Profits will be donated to charities that prevent domestic violence and aid victims

Black and White Clothing and Accessories Drive

Donations of new OR gently used women’s business wear are now being accepted through September 30!  We are collecting white tops/blouses; black bottoms (pants and skirts) and black and white accessories (jewelry, handbags, gently worn shoes and new pantyhose).  You may schedule a time to bring donations to the Or Shalom office by calling us at (610) 644-9086

All items collected will go to the Career Wardrobe, to benefit women who are transitioning into the workforce. 

As the nation’s largest independent non-profit of its kind, Career Wardrobe has been empowering women in transition by providing programs that inspire the confidence necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and pursue a productive career since 1995.   They do this by providing professional work attire, educational programs, and networking tools and opportunities. To date, Career Wardrobe has served more than 75,000 women in the Philadelphia area.