Sisterhood joins global effort to stop violence against women

TINTON FALLS – The Sisterhood of Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls is continuing its social action efforts by joining V-Day 2008, the global movement to end violence against women and girls.

The Sisterhood will present a benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” on Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Monmouth Reform Temple, 332 Hance Ave.

Eve Ensler’s award-winning play features a series of monologues the playwright developed after interviewing hundreds of women about their views on sex, relationships and violence against women. Members of Monmouth Reform Temple will comprise the cast and crew.

Sisterhood co-presidents Madelyne Ryterband and Elizabeth Roos were inspired to launch this V-Day campaign to raise awareness in the community about this critical issue and offer temple members an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women impacted by violence.

Ninety percent of the profits of “The Vagina Monologues” will be donated to The City of Joy, a project of Panzi Hospital in partnership with V-Day and UNICEF that will be a refuge for healed women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, survivors of rape and torture who have been left without family and community.

The additional 10 percent will go to VDay’s 2008 spotlight group “Katrina Warriors,” women of the Gulf South who are resisting violence with courage and vision and being honored for their strength and resilience in the face of devastating loss.

Founded by playwright Eve Ensler on Feb. 14, 1998, with the first benefit performance of her award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues,” the global nonprofit V-Day Organization has raised more than $50 million for local anti-violence groups with events taking place in more than 120 countries to date and thousands more planned during the upcoming 10th anniversary year.

V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broad attention for the fight to stop violence against women

and girls, including rape,

battery, incest, female

genital mutilations

and sexual slavery.

Acclaimed by critics,”

“The Vagina

Monologues,” which

was first performed off-

Broadway by Ensler, delves into the mystery,

humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. She has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world.

This year, 2008, marks V-Day’s 10- year anniversary, and with it, V-Day has introduced two new events, V-Day’s “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings on Violence Against Women and Girls,” and the V-Day documentary “Until the Violence Stops.” In 2007, more than 3,000 V-Day events took place in the U.S. and around the world. To date, the V-Day movement has raised more than $50 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded more than 5,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Advance tickets can be purchased for $20, $50 or $75 at or by calling (732) 747-9365, ext. 214. A reception will follow the performance.