Bat Melech shelters, a network of shelters for battered women located in Israel, is the only shelter network specifically created for Orthodox Jewish women.
In secular shelters, women who wish to continue practicing their faith struggle because the meals aren’t kosher and other Orthodox traditions aren’t supported. For women who have already suffered so much abuse, it is important that they stay connected to their faith and take comfort in God for healing and strength.
Thankfully, The Fellowship has been supporting Bat Melech since 2005, helping to provide for the basic needs for the women and their children, as well as funding employment training and shelter renovations.
Korman [founder] decided to create a refuge for Orthodox women needing protection from abusive husbands. He visited secular shelters and was impressed by how, in addition to safety, these places offered rehabilitative care and legal assistance.
This was how Bat Melech — the only network of domestic violence shelters that cater to the Jewishly observant in Israel — was created. The name, which translates to “daughter of the king,” is derived from a verse in Psalms and indicates the way that Korman hoped the abused women would be treated — like royalty.
Bat Melech’s first shelter opened in 1995 in an apartment in Jerusalem. Since then, it has grown to two locations — one in Jerusalem and one in central Israel — and has served a thousand women and 4,500 children. (Of the remaining 12 shelters in Israel, two cater to Arabs and the rest to the general Israeli population.)…
For many of these women and children, being forced to go to a shelter where their religious lifestyles are not acknowledged would likely compound the trauma, said Amy Oppenheimer-Abitol, the former overseas director of Bat Melech. Creating an environment that is religiously comfortable helps mitigate the trauma of having to move into a shelter.