I was gob-smacked to once more learn about (in general terms) the constant and consistent help being given by http://www.jewishtaskforce.com.au to all sectors of the community.
This voluntary group has been quietly doing a great job behind the scenes, and in public view with their education programs. It seems to have one agenda, and that is the protection and education of those encountering current and potential violence.
People would be shocked to find out that this violence occurs throughout the gamut of our “holy” and not so holy communities. Who helps them? The Jewish Task Force. Who else?
What is their reward? It will be from above. The Vivien Resofskys of this world seem to criticise almost every initiative taken by any organisation, quoting chapter and verse of sometimes obtuse theoretical approaches to how it “should be done” and dissecting every word that is uttered in a press release. I’d be happier to read about the good deeds and results as opposed to theory.
This cross-sectional committee of the Jewish community are to be commended. They are great women and by the nature of their work, not too many survivors of such violence will feel comfortable to express their public thanks. I understand that. There are people who deal with issues, effectively, and seek no limelight, let alone a salary.
I have conferred with the task force for advice when I knew of an unsavoury situation or two, on an unofficial basis, and found them thoughtful and sage in their advice.