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Feb 26, 2024

Malka is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey, New York, and Florida. She has been in the mental health field for over 25 years and has successfully run her private practice for the last 15 years.

In response to the events of October 7th and the ongoing situation, Malka Shaw, LCSW and Stacey Shapiro, LCSW, have co-founded the Kesher Shalom Project. This initiative, led by seasoned trauma specialists, has trained over 2000 therapists globally. Their training equips therapists with vital tools to aid Jewish clients during the conflict, covering trauma assessments, practical techniques, and understanding Jewish competency through a trauma-focused lens, as well as addressing intergenerational trauma and the pervasive impact of anti-Semitism. Kesher Shalom plans to extend its impact by offering specialized workshops and groups for non-clinical audiences.

We cover various aspects of Jewish identity, misconceptions about Zionism, advocacy for Jewish rights and diversity, supporting Jewish clients through trauma, navigating anti-Semitism in therapy, and cultivating empathy in therapy. Malka eloquently discusses the correlation between anti-Semitism and racism, clarifies the meaning of Zionism, criticizes misconceptions about anti-Zionism, and emphasizes the importance of combating all forms of anti-Semitism. She also reflects on the role of therapists in providing a safe space for clients, discusses the impact of prejudice on therapy, and advocates for cultural sensitivity and compassion in therapeutic practices. Overall, we chat about the complexities of Jewish identity and the importance of empathy, validation, and understanding in addressing the unique experiences of Jewish individuals.

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