What is SHOFAR?

SHOFAR (Safeguarding Healthy Families and Relationships) is an initiative of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation that addresses child sexual abuse, sexual harassment and domestic violence. Our goals are to build awareness and share resources with the Milwaukee Jewish community and to train community members on how to prevent and address abuse. The project is named after the shofar, a ram’s-horn trumpet used by ancient Jews as a battle signal, that in modern times is sounded on some Jewish holy days. It’s a fitting name for this initiative, which is a call to action against abuse. For more information, read an eJewish Philanthropy article about SHOFAR. If you would like to be involved with SHOFAR, contact Tziporah Altman-Shafer, Jewish Education Community Planner, at 414-963-2718.


The SHOFAR initiative is generously supported by:

  • Irving L. Chortek in memory of Robert and Jennie Chortek Charitable Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation
  • Richard and Nina Edelman
  • The Pamela Frydman Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation
  • Barbara Stein
  • Young Leadership Division of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Past Events

SHOFAR Training: Sexual Harassment with Barbara Quindel | Tuesday, March 12, 2019

SHOFAR Training For Professionals: Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community with SHALVA | Thursday, February 7, 2019

SHOFAR Training: Safeguarding our Children in Jewish Organizations with Sacred Spaces | Thursday, November 15, 2018

SHOFAR Kick-Off Event with Olympic Medalist Aly Raisman | November 13, 2018

MJF SHOFAR Kickoff 11.13.18