2020 JSHAN Conference

The conference will take place in New York City when it is safe for us to gather. The venue is a neutral space not associated with any religious or cultural purpose. We’ve done our best to anticipate your needs and are open to your suggestions regarding additional ways we can make the conference welcoming. There are spaces where participants can go to step away from the sessions and counselors on hand should you wish to speak to someone. The conference facility is ADA compliant and private spaces are available. Kosher vegan food with gluten-free options will be provided.

Conference Program

Session I Why Jewish Leaders Get Away With It: The Challenges Faced by #MeToo in the American Jewish Community
Rafael Medoff, Ph.D., Committee on Ethics in Jewish Leadership
The Child Victims Act: How It Happened, Why It Was Necessary, Where Do We Go From Here?
Asher Lovy, ZA’AKAH
Session II How Sexual Trauma Affects The Brain & Body: Treatment Options For Healing
Sara Gluck, Ph.D., LCSW, Soul Wellness NYC
Session III Sexual Harassment: How The Law Protects You As A Student, Employee, Volunteer Or Congregant
Daniela Nanau Esq
Legal Strategies For Victims Of Child Sex Abuse In NYS And Beyond
Kevin Mulhearn, Esq.
Session IV Coming Forward Via The Media: How Journalists See Your Story

Presenter Bios

Sara Gluck, Ph.D., LCSW, is the founder and clinical director of Soul Wellness NYC in Manhattan, where she leads a team of clinicians who work together to implement cutting-edge therapeutic treatment in a warm and supportive environment.

She completed her Ph.D. in psychology at Capella University, where she published research on the objectification of women in popular media. Gluck has completed post-graduate training in EMDR, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Collaborative Divorce, Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), Art Therapy, and Sand Play Therapy. Gluck has supervised graduate students, along with treating children and families for more than 10 years.

Asher Lovy is the director of the sexual abuse victims’ advocacy organization, ZA’AKAH, and a survivor of sexual abuse.

ZA'AKAH raises awareness about child sexual abuse in the orthodox Jewish community, and advocates for legislative reforms.

Rafael Medoff, Ph.D. is a member of the steering committee of The Committee on Ethics in Jewish Leadership, which promotes the values of accountability, transparency, democracy, and fairness in American Jewish organizations and institutions.

Dr. Medoff was a winner of the American Jewish Press Association's 2014 Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. He has taught history at Ohio State University, SUNY-Purchase, and elsewhere, and formerly served as associate editor of the scholarly journal American Jewish History.

Kevin Mulhearn has practiced law in the state and federal courts in New York State since 1990. He was the lead attorney for the twelve plaintiffs in Zimmerman v. Poly Prep, CDS, a landmark case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr Mulhearn has represented, and continues to represent, numerous adults who allege that they were sexually and/or physically abused as children at other private schools in New York such as The Horace Mann School, The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy–Yeshiva University High School for Boys, St. Francis Preparatory School, and The New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood).

Daniela Nanau, principal attorney at the Law Office of Daniela Nanau, P.C., is an employment and civil rights lawyer based in New York City. She litigates individual cases, as well as collective and class actions, on behalf of employees who have experienced discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation and wage and hour violations.

She also has significant experience representing students and tenants in federal actions involving racial and sexual harassment. Ms. Nanau earned her B. A. from Reed College and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School. Daniela is a Board member of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, New York Chapter, the largest America bar organization focused on the practice of plaintiff-side employment law and provides pro bono representation to individuals at El Centro de Educación de Trabajadores, a community center serving immigrants in Hell’s Kitchen.