Since 2005, the NYBR has been working to end the culture of silence that has long veiled the painful reality of intimate partner violence, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking. Studies show that victims of violence turn to clergy and their faith community for support and assistance in making decisions about their safety and future.

The groundbreaking initiative works with religious and public institutions, Non-Government Organizations, government agencies, boards of trustees, and communities to implement evidenced-based learning, progressive workplace policies, and safety plans. Since its inception, we have been able to bridge the distance between the victims and survivors, the clergy, and available resources and services, making a real difference in the lives of so many people.

The New York Board of Rabbis is committed to strengthening the Greater New York faith community and institutions, in the recognition and response to family violence as well as bullying, internet safety, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking. 

We engage clergy in new approaches toward discussing and addressing family violence’s impact on their congregations and communities through education, public awareness, and understanding of abuse.

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Stewards of Children® Child Protection Training

Participation is free.

Workshops are for congregational and youth-serving organizations including clergy, chaplains, social workers, counselors, teachers, volunteers, parents, grandparents, and all concerned adults.

Stewards of Children® (2.5 hours) Online Workshop
Darkness to Light’s flagship, evidence-informed prevention training to help adults prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. 
Stewards of Children® uses real people and real stories to show you how to protect children. The framework of the training is built off the foundation of The 5 Steps to Protecting Children™. You’ll meet survivors who lived through child sexual abuse, experienced its immediate and long-term effects, and ultimately were able to find healing. You’ll meet experts who work with children and families and confront abuse on a daily basis. Many of these survivors and experts are also parents themselves. 
The training features survivor stories, experts in the field, and other concerned individuals all providing practical guidance to prevent child sexual abuse. 
CE/CEU CREDIT Eligibility. Certificate of Attendance for ALL participants.
Available in English (and Spanish by request)
Open to Public
More workshops available this fall