Represent the Individual
We recruit and train diverse volunteer-attorneys to work with a Jewish clientele and to handle a myriad of legal matters associated with domestic abuse, including but not limited to: family law, real estate, employment, and immigration.
We build relationships with prospective clients to carefully match them with an attorney best able to meet their needs, while always working with the client and other social service providers to secure safety, security and normalcy for our clients and their families.
If you are in immediate need of assistance, or are currently unsafe, dial 9-1-1.
For more resources on getting help, check our Get Help page.
How to Reach Us
Dinah will always take the necessary steps and precautions to ensure the safety and anonymity of our clients and prospective clients. Dinah provides opportunities for client intakes with trained volunteers by phone and at convenient locations around Philadelphia. If you would like to speak with an intake volunteer please call 215-645-2142.
Someone will be available on this line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If someone does not answer immediately, leave a message with a safe number to return the call, and someone will follow up as soon as possible. For your safety, when returning your call we will never reveal the nature of the call, or discuss any other confidential information before confirming that we are on a safe line and can speak openly.
We can accommodate for intakes in Spanish, Russian and Hebrew upon request.
What We Do for You
Following an intake with one of our volunteers, we’ll match you with one of our trained volunteer attorneys, who has been carefully screened to ensure the utmost confidentiality and highest comfort level for our clients. Once a client and attorney have been successfully matched, the attorney and client will communicate directly between one another in any agreed upon manner to ensure the client’s safety. All court proceedings and documents will be initiated directly from the attorney’s office.
Dinah will always stay in touch with you through all stages of the litigation process, by always being available to answer questions and address concerns, provide court accompaniment, and help facilitate connections with other Jewish social service providers in Philadelphia.
Educate the Community
We educate the community about domestic abuse in the Jewish Community through provocative programs, including Jewish text studies, lectures, workshops, and trainings. We’ll work with communities to learn how to respond to suspected domestic abuse, and the steps to take of you or someone you know is in danger.
In order to eradicate the epidemic of domestic abuse from our community, we first must understand that it exists, what it looks like, and how to respond when we see it. Check our calendar for upcoming speaking engagements around Philadelphia.
Advocate to Leaders
We advocate to leaders inside and outside of synagogues to best support community members in need.
Support from our rabbis and community leaders creates a culture of safety and security. We will work with clergy and other community leaders to promote a unified front by our faith communities against domestic abuse, and to protect those who have survived it.
We will never ask clergy to breach their ethical duties, but will work with clergy and other leaders to provide resources to congregants and community members.