Reb Steve will share coffee with Dr. Guila Benchimol and will discuss "The SRE (Safety, Respect, Equity) Network, Accountability, and Sexual Violence in Jewish Spaces".
Dr. Guila Benchimol is the Senior Advisor on Research and Learning with the SRE Network and was one of the key advisors who guided its launch in early 2018. Guila also serves as Principal Researcher for the Center for Communal Research at the Orthodox Union.
As a researcher and public educator on sexual violence, she has crafted standards and policies for Jewish workplaces, institutions, and communal spaces and has been invited to address Jewish professionals and clergy across Canada and the US, as well as other faith communities. She is also a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence, where she has worked on projects related to homicide and domestic violence deaths, and sits on the board of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
Her first career as a Jewish educator informed her understanding of the need to address victimization of all kinds in Jewish communities. Guila holds a PhD in Sociological Criminology and an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She lives in Toronto and was raised in the Spanish Moroccan Jewish community there which was built by the families who fled Tangier.