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Tahoe religious leaders recognized: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Dylan Riley
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, from Temple Bat Yam, shares his thoughts Friday during the Peace at Home interfaith luncheon at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Nine awards were given at an award ceremony for local religious activism against violence directed towards women and children on Friday at Lake Tahoe Community College.

October has been made “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”

Religious leaders locally and nationally have declared war against domestic violence, making a national declaration to address violence against women and distributing it to every battered women’s program in the country to support survivors.

Those receiving awards were South Shore Christian Assembly, St. Theresa Catholic Church, Calvary Chapel, Unity at the Lake, Lake Tahoe Christian Fellowship, Temple Bat Yam, Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian, Hope Lutheran Church of the Sierra and Sierra Community.

Rabbi Jonathan Freirich spoke of the traditions of Judaism that support healthy relationships.

“Generally speaking of traditional Judaism, it is understood that the function of the family is to protect the family,” Freirich said.

Freirich also spoke of a time when arranged marriages were more common as well as individual interpretation of moral law.

“They were bound by a wedding contract that ensures protection and that contract is an ancient document,” Freirich said.

Also mentioned during the luncheon was the proclamation in February of District V, the El Dorado County portion of the Lake Tahoe Basin, as a “Rape Free Zone.”

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