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

at least four others remain silent.

Our Mission

Dinah is a comprehensive legal services center providing low-cost and pro bono legal representation to survivors of intimate partner violence in the Jewish Community of Greater Philadelphia. By partnering with existing jewish social service providers, Dinah combats intimate partner violence through advocacy, education and representation.

About Us

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.

Haley Newman

Haley Newman

Assistant Program Director

Haley Newman recently graduated from Goucher College where she was a Peace Studies major and focused on Human Rights, Violence Against Women and Middle Eastern Studies. Her previous internship experiences in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office and the Baltimore Child Abuse Center have affirmed her passion for the law. Haley is currently taking a gap year before law school. Her ultimate plans to represent women and families in crisis along with her upbringing in the Greater Philadelphia Jewish Community make her a great fit for Dinah

Board of Directors

Jeffrey Scott, Esquire

Trustee

Jeffrey M. Scott is a partner at Archer, Attorneys at Law. There he specializes in complex business litigation matters, corporate and regulatory compliance, and contracts, municipal and State employment matters, and education. 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, Esquire

Trustee

Chapin Cimino is an associate professor at the 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. 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, Esquire

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 living in Manhattan, New York, and is originally from Long Island. Alison recently spent two years in Philadelphia pursuing a Master’s of Science in Education, Culture & Society at the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on the sexualization and objectification of women on college campuses and intimate partner violence. While in Philly, she also worked at United Way, and was involved in many Jewish community organizations. Now living in New York City, Alison works as the Development & Event Manager at the Women’s Sports Foundation, fundraising for community impact, advocating for Title IX, and advancing research and evaluation. On the side, Alison interviews candidates for Penn’s undergraduate programs, is training to be a yoga teacher, and enjoys spending Shabbat with her family and friends.

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Gwen Roseman Stern, Esquire

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 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. 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.