CCW Founding Mother- Judy Shotten (1924-2020)

With our deepest sorrow, we regret to inform you of the loss of one of the founding mothers of the Counseling Center for Women: Judy Shotten.

Judy was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada in a very Zionist family. She came to Israel in 1949 and as a social worker, she helped create many institutions in Israel such as the first mental health clinic in the country and the first psychology clinic at Hebrew University.

In 1986, she joined the collective of women who founded CCW, Israel’s pioneering feminist therapy clinic, and remained a precious and appreciated member of the organization until her passing.

Being one of Israel’s first licensed sex therapists, Judy was a true feminist, a trail-blazer and a pioneer in mental health and sexual health. During her long career, she helped and inspired countless number of women via her therapy work.

Her energy and vitality had no limits: she was a world traveler, hiked well into her 80’s, swam and loved to dance.

As one of her dear friends Michal Schonbrun wrote, “May her soul and spirit continue to dance, in heaven, with all the angels above and those below. May our love and gratitude for Judy continue to thrive and nourish us on our journeys. May her heart presence continue to germinate more seeds of creativity, compassion humanity and love.”

We would like to share with you a short video on Judy’s days at CCW. Please see the link

CCW welcomes donations in honor of Judy Shotten commemorating her legacy and extraordinary career in helping many women. The donations will be used to subsidize gender-sensitive therapy for women.

US tax deductible donations over $25 can be sent by check or by wire transfer to PEF Israel Endowment Funds Inc. (501C3), 630 Third Ave., 15th floor, New York, NY10017. Please make sure to enclose a note with the donation indicating that it is recommended for The Counseling Center for Women,
I.D. number 58-0130789. To donate in the honor or memory of someone, please indicate the name of the person and your contact email in your note to PEF so that we can inform them.

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