"It is an adult's responsibility
to protect children.
As communities of faith
it is our moral imperative."
Rabbi Diana S. Gerson is currently the Program Director of the New York Board of Rabbis. Since 2005, she has been successfully advancing the NYBR’s leadership role in confronting family violence, sexual abuse and exploitation, in and beyond New York. A recognized authority in the field, Rabbi Gerson has reached across faith communities to provide family violence prevention education and training to over 3500 members of the clergy, community leaders, 3000 teenagers and adults.
Rabbi Gerson has developed training programs for the New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence and has educated faith leaders at the New York City Family Justice Centers. She currently serves as the interfaith liaison between the New York Board of Rabbis and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, where she has worked collaboratively to develop an interfaith toolkit for the End Trafficking Initiative in addition to writing monthly newsletters and planning educational events for clergy and communal leaders, focused on child protection. In addition, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), where she was the chairperson of the Jewish Women’s Caucus.
Rabbi Gerson has spoken at conferences around the world on the topic of confronting violence against children, with a focus on the faith community's role and responsibility in ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Most recently she was a speaker and moderator at the 5th Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in Panama City, Panama.
Rabbi Gerson was named as one the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2009 by Women’s eNews. Her work in the faith community has been the focus of articles in the New York Daily News, Hadassah Magazine, Moment Magazine, Women’s eNews, and the Mann Report.
Rabbi Gerson received her Rabbinic Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She previously served congregations in Short Hills, NJ and Atlanta, GA.
Rabbi Diana S. Gerson, NYBR Program Director