In a congregation of devoted worshippers gathered for Shabbat services at the local synagogue, it may be difficult to accept how many wives go home with their husbands to ongoing physical and emotional abuse. In Sins of Omission , author Carol Goodman Kaufman offers a compelling investigation of the Jewish community's reaction - or nonreaction - to domestic violence. Concerned with the sins of the community more than the sins of the abuser, Goodman Kaufman finds that the Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform rabbis and community leaders are not doing enough and are not informed enough to help the abused women in their congregations get the support, protection, and guidance they need. Through her many insightful interviews with survivors of abuse, rabbis, and lay community leaders, the author takes a hard look at the Jewish community, its rules, regulations, and followers, and discovers the ways in which it helps and hinders victims of abuse.
Carol Goodman Kaufman Ph.D., an industrial and organizational psychologist, is Visiting Scholar at the Brudnick centre for the Study of Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University, Boston. She has worked in the academic, business, and non-profit worlds, published numerous articles, and presented in a variety of public forums. She has also been an active leader of several Jewish organizations, giving her an insider's view that has helped shape her unique perspective in looking at the community. Dr. Kaufman lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.