For each Jewish person who seeks help out of an abusive relationship,

at least four others remain silent.

Founded in 2015, Dinah is a comprehensive legal services center providing low-cost and pro bono representation to survivors of domestic abuse in the Jewish Community of Greater Philadelphia. Dinah’s sole purpose is to combat domestic abuse, which is as prevalent in the Jewish Community of Greater Philadelphia as it is in the community at large. Domestic abuse goes largely unaddressed in the Jewish Community due to a combination of shame, isolation, and lack of access to a dedicated Jewish legal service provider to meet the unique needs of the community. Since its inception, Dinah has grown to encompass three key approaches to eradicate domestic abuse from the Jewish Community of Greater Philadelphia

Dinah In The News

Shana Weiner

Shana Weiner

Founder

Shana Weiner is an attorney in Philadelphia, originally from Annapolis, Maryland. With a background in family and criminal law, as well as strong connection to her faith and community, Shana is thrilled to combine her two passions to better meet a critical need in the Jewish Community of Greater Philadelphia.

Shana received her B.A. in History from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2010 and her Juris Doctorate from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in 2013. Shana is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey.

Board of Directors

Jeffrey Scott

Partner, Archer & Greiner

Jeffrey M. Scott is a partner at Archer & Greiner, specializing in complex business litigation matters, including professional liability claims in the firm’s Business Litigation Department. Mr. Scott represents individuals and companies in the area of corporate and regulatory compliance, employment contracts, non-compete agreements and attorney’s fees disputes. Mr. Scott also provides legal representation to local municipal and State employees in areas of police administration, social services, corrections, labor and employment, and risk management. Mr. Scott also provides legal representation to school districts in matters involving bullying and harassment, special education matters, Title IX, claims brought under the Civil Rights Act, American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Mr. Scott has extensive experience in the defense of catastrophic injury claims involving gunshot wounds, in-custody deaths, suicide, school violence, physical and sexual abuse of children in foster care, catastrophic motor vehicle accidents and excited delirium. Jeff’s working knowledge of cause and manner of injury makes him a valuable resource in all cases involving catastrophic injury. Likewise, Jeff’s extensive working knowledge of forensic economics and vocational rehabilitation provides our clients with expertise in the prosecution of, and defense of, claims involving past and future wage loss, past and future medical expenses, insurance claims and lost business profits.

Chapin Cimino

Professor, Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Chapin Cimino’s work at Drexel University Kline School of Law marries non-traditional legal theory with public-focused practice.  Her private law research includes explorations of contract through the lens of Aristotle’s virtue ethics and Adam Smith’s theory of moral sentiments, as well as a reconsideration of contract law in light of new empirical data establishing that contractors seek goals beyond financial gain.  She applies a similar interdisciplinary perspective to her public law scholarship, with a focus on virtue and sincerity in the application of the First Amendment and anti-discrimination law.

In the classroom, Chapin draws on a developing mindfulness practice to challenge traditional assumptions about legal pedagogy.  She works to share with students how subtle shifts in awareness can have profound stress-reduction benefits and facilitate productive intrapersonal connections.  She is studying to become a Mindfulness and Law teacher.

Outside of the law school, Chapin works on issues of public concern.  She represented a journalist in a high-profile freedom of information lawsuit involving the 2016 Democratic Convention, out of which she wrote an article called “Freeing Speech,” published in Thurgood Marshall Law Review, and published an op-ed in US News exploring new political dangers to a free press.  She also serves as a School Director in the Wallingford – Swarthmore School District.

Aimée Kahan

Professor, Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Aimée Kahan is an Assistant Professor and Director of Strategic Initiatives at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law. Her particular areas of interest include property law, appellate law and the functioning of courts and judicial systems, bioethics, reproductive rights and the intersection of law and religion. As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Aimée is currently spearheading the potential implementation of new LLM programs with international partners and is exploring innovative ways to blend traditional teaching with online, hybrid, and other formats. Aimée first implemented some of these methods when she directed Kline Law’s Master of Legal Studies, a program designed to give non-lawyers an understanding of the legal issues and regulatory compliance systems they encounter in their respective fields. Aimée is thrilled to be on Dinah’s Board and is deeply grateful to be engaged in this important, transformative work.

Polly Rose Edelstein

Master of Nonprofit Management

Polly Rose Edelstein has been living and working in the Philadelphia region for the past 7.5 years. She works in the arts and culture field as a theatre director, teacher, producer, and administrator in addition to her work in the nonprofit sector. Polly received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College for Women in Columbia, MO. She is also a graduate of the Masters of Arts in Theatre with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management program at Villanova University where she worked as a graduate assistant for two years. Polly has been a featured speaker at Villanova’s TEDx event (Theatre Beyond Theater), the Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium, and the Villanova Showcase. Polly currently works as an Account Manager for 501 Auctions, a company specializing in charity auctions, mobile bidding, and event management solutions, in addition to serving as the Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival.

Alison Ederer, M. S. ED.

Master of Education

Alison is a young professional in Philly, originally from Long Island. For work, Alison is an Engagement Coordinator at United Way, where she works with companies and individuals helping to maximize their volunteerism. She also recently completed her Master’s of Science in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on the sexualization and objectification of women on college campuses and intimate partner violence. Her interests involve community change and social justice, specifically within the Jewish world. She loves attending Shabbat dinners, going to yoga classes, and exploring her new historical city.

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Gwen Roseman Stern, esq

Director of Trial Advocacy and Professor of Law

Gwen Roseman Stern is the Director of Trial Advocacy and Professor of Law at Drexel University Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, PA and has held those positions since 2007. Stern developed the Trial Advocacy Program at Drexel by creating and teaching the Tethered Evidence, Pretrial Advocacy, Depositions, Introduction to Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy courses.  Stern also is a coach for their very successful Trial Team program. Stern has balanced her career as a trial lawyer and educator between prominent Philadelphia law firms for 30 years spending 20 years on both sides of the civil courtroom, working on plaintiff and defense medical malpractice and complex product liability cases. She currently serves on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) faculty where she gives trial practice demonstrations and critiques of lawyer’s performances in national trial techniques programs. She also conducts trial advocacy and deposition skills workshops at law firms.

Stern is also the Director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at the Kline School of Law where law students are sent to inner city Philadelphia high schools to teach those students about their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution. The project culminates in a local and then National high school student Moot Court competition.

Stern has also taught as an adjunct professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law teaching students Introduction and Advanced Trial Advocacy courses. While at Temple Law School, Stern was also the Director of Trial Training for the Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition in which she helped coach Overbrook High School to a first place finish in the competition.

Stern graduated summa cum laude with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and earned her law degree in 1986 from Temple University School of Law.

Stern is the co-author of NITA case files Avila v. NITA City Hospital, a complex medical malpractice case file and Powell v. SuperPulper, Inc., 2nd Edition,  a complex wrongful death products liability which is used in law schools and trial ad programs around the country published by Lexis/Nexis.   She also is the co-author of “Fishing Season is Over: After Barrick and Amended PA Civil Rule 4003.5, PA Reached the Right Decision Regarding Work Product Protection Between Attorneys and Experts”, Drexel Law Review (Spring 2015).

 

Katie Kaplan

Human Resources Director

Katie Kaplan has a BA from University of Massachusetts – Amherst and an MBA from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Katie is the Human Resources Director at the Franklin Hotel at Independence Park – soon to be rebranded as Marriott Renaissance. Constantly in search of a cause she believes in and is thrilled to use her expertise to serve DINAH and her Jewish community.

Join Our Board

Dinah is young, and we are continually looking to grow our board with dedicated and passionate individuals who can donate time and resources to help us thrive and reach greater heights.

At the moment, we are specifically seeking individuals with accounting experience. If you are interested and believe Dinah may be a good fit for your philanthropic time, please do not hesitate to email shana@dinahphilly.org.