Take a Stand: a Jewish response to bullying and abuse...

You can personally take a role in preventing bullying and abuse. Jewish Family Service hosted Jackson Katz, PhD for Take a Stand: a Jewish response to bullying and abuse, a scholar-in-residence program March 5-7, 2011. He spoke to the general community, High School students, Jewish community leaders, and mental health professionals.  Read the full press release.


In the video below, Jackson Katz explains just one step you can do...changing the passive voice used in describing abusive situations. Click on the arrow and turn up the volume (it was taken by a hand-held video).

A 3-day program with Jackson Katz, PhD - March 5-7, 2011

Jackson Katz, PhD is one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. An educator, author and filmmaker, he is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in the sports culture and the military.  He is also a recognized leader in the Jewish community in the area of domestic abuse prevention.


He has lectured on hundreds of college and high school campuses and has conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars, and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. Dr. Katz is the co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in professional and college athletics. He is also the creator and co-creator of educational videos for college and high school students. Learn more

Read Katz's latest blog about talking to boys about Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.  

Press release for February, 2011 

Adults of All Ages, High School Students, and Professionals (earning 1.5 CEUs)
are invited to a presentation by Dr. Katz targeted just for them:


More than a Few Good Mensches


Saturday, March 5, 2011
7 pm Dessert Reception & Program

Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road, Amberley, OH 45236

This multi-media presentation will encourage discussion about gender violence, raise awareness about the causes of violence in our society, and show how men and women can be proactive in preventing abuse.


Jackson Katz, PhD interposes irreverent humor with unpleasant reality to encourage dialogue between the sexes by helping to illuminate how the problems of individual women and men are linked to larger social forces.


With his witty and engaging style, Katz will: 

  • Share clips from his award-winning films
  • Share stories from his pioneering gender violence prevention work with U.S. Marines, professional and collegiate athletes, and college fraternities
  • Illustrate how the sports culture, comedy, advertising, and other media depictions of men, women, sex and violence contribute to pandemic levels of gender violence
  • Discuss particular features of Jewish American masculinity in the late 20th and early 21st centuries
  • Show, with humor, how homophobia prevents many men, and women, from dealing honestly with sexism

FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (parents welcome)
Violence and Silence: How Teens Can Play a Role in Preventing Bullying & Abuse


Sunday, March 6, 2011

6:30 pm Dinner & Program

Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road, Amberley, OH 45236

Jackson Katz, PhD will show how mainstream media in film, music, and TV help promote violent behavior as a cultural norm.  Co-sponsored by Mercaz High School and KULANU-Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School.


   Co-sponsored by the Family Violence Prevention Project

Bad Boys and Bystanders

$10 including 1.5 CEUs and lunch
 Reservations Required. sdemyan@ywcacin.org

Monday, March 7, 2011 

11:45 am - 1:30 pm

Jewish Family Service, 8487 Ridge Road, Amberley, OH 45236
(in the Mayerson JCC on The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Campus) 

Jackson Katz, PhD will introduce participants to a creative new way of conceptualizing the role of men in raising awareness about domestic violence. Instead of seeing sexual and domestic violence as women’s issues that some “good guys” help out with, he argues that they are men’s issues, about which all men should be educated and active – especially men in positions of family, community, professional and political leadership.


Katz will share a series of strategies for inspiring men, young men, and boys to work in collaboration with women to change the social norms that tolerate or condone some men’s sexist or abusive behaviors. He will address the role of bystanders, present the philosophy behind and practical application of the MVP Model, a gender violence prevention education strategy he and his racially diverse, mixed-gender staff first developed in 1993 at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. The training also will address the crucial role of media literacy in the prevention of gender violence and bullying.



Participants will:

  • Learn new strategies for involving boys and men in gender violence prevention efforts
  • Be introduced to a model for prevention of gender violence, bullying and gay-bashing prevention
  • Be introduced to racially and ethnically sensitive, and culturally competent ways to approach gender violence prevention
  • Learn how to apply critical media literacy skills to gender violence prevention efforts


For more information, contact Linda Kean at 513.766.3318 or lkean@jfscinti.org.

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 Take a Stand: a Jewish response to bullying & abuse

Phyllis Binik-Thomas

Andrea Herzig

Sharon Mirman 

Sandee Golden

Sherry Kaplan

Danielle Sabarese

Howard Goldwasser       Linda Kean       

Rabbi Michael Shulman

Amy Greenbaum Erin McNew

Sarah Weiss