Naomi Tucker, Founding Executive Director of Shalom Bayit
Naomi Tucker is the founding Executive Director of Shalom Bayit, the first Jewish domestic violence agency in Northern California and one of the first of its kind in the US.
With over 35 years of expertise in the field, Naomi has served in staff, board, and volunteer capacities in battered women’s programs in the US and abroad, including a five-year term as board secretary of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In 1992 Naomi left her full-time job in a battered women’s shelter in San Mateo County to found Shalom Bayit. Her work at Shalom Bayit locally and nationally builds linkages between the Jewish community and the secular domestic violence movement.
Naomi has been instrumental in developing a national Jewish communal response to abuse. She co-authored some of the first Jewish healing rituals for survivors of abuse (1992), the Love Shouldn’t Hurt Jewish teen dating violence prevention curriculum (2007), and Faith in Violence-Free Families, an interfaith clergy training manual in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health. Her writing on domestic violence in the Jewish community has been published in Sh’ma: Journal of Jewish Ideas, the JPS LifeLights series, and the anthology Righteous Indignation.
Ms. Tucker sits on the national task force to combat Jewish poverty, the We Commit Steering Committee promoting respectful Jewish workplaces in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Steering Committee of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, and the Advisory Board for REVEAL, a national research study on domestic abuse in affluent communities. A writer, trainer, and national expert on faith-based approaches to ending gender-based violence, Naomi lives in Berkeley, California.