Deborah served as the primary researcher of JWI’s 2021 Needs Assessment of Jewish domestic violence survivors in the US. The Needs Assessment’s findings are driving JWI’s new work, for which Deborah has ongoing primary responsibility:  the National Center on Domestic & Sexual Violence in the Jewish Community; the Collaborative of Jewish Domestic Violence Programs; the Women’s Financial Empowerment Institute; ReStart -job readiness for survivors; and the Jewish Gun Violence Prevention Roundtable.

Deborah’s recognition that the faith-based community can play an important role in addressing domestic violence led her to establish in 2008 JWI’s advocacy portfolio on Capitol Hill, as well as the Clergy Task Force on Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community and the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Deborah holds a B.A., cum laude in history from Cornell, attended Hebrew University and earned a JD/MPA from Syracuse University. She lives in Washington, DC and is a member of Congregation Kesher Israel.