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Jewish Women’s Leadership Network Conference UK

Friday, 21 July, 2017 - 12:00 pm

The Jewish Women’s Leadership Network conference, Kinus Hashluchot UK, largely funded by the National Lottery, took place last week in a stunning spa hotel deep in the tranquil Oxfordshire countryside.

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With the theme of ‘Teach | Touch | Transform’ some 70 attendees came together from Chabad Lubavitch UK and other communities, from all over the British Isles for 2 days of inspirational educational workshops, CPD and lectures. Not forgetting time for pampering, relaxation, socialising and vital recharging of the batteries.

Sessions ran the gamut from counselling skills to Montessori education; Chassidic thought to paediatric first aid; as well as being treated to fruit carving & chocolate making demonstrations with thanks to Kennard Chocolates.

In addition to the general everyday co-directing of their communities these leaders/emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe are responsible, invariably, for counselling, giving shiurim, catering & entertaining, fundraising, running nurseries & mother and baby groups, teaching Bat Mitzvah girls and much more – all in addition to providing for the needs of their own families.

The conference was honoured by the attendance of Mrs Fradel Sudak, Head Shlucha, who has been at the forefront since 1959 and addressed the Banquet.

Workshops were delivered by the truly inspirational Mrs Louise Hager of Chai Cancer Care on “Taking Care of our Most Important Asset: Ourselves”; Mrs Judith Nemeth of Al Pi Darko on “Child Rearing Treasures;” Mrs Faigy Lieberman on the importance of and tips on maintaining a good marriage; and psychodynamic counsellor Mrs Freidy Brackman, on supporting others effectively. There was also a general presentation from CHANA.

Louise Hager said “It was truly inspirational to see so many committed and multi-talented women come together from all over the UK at the conference One of the positive mitzvot we have is to take care of our health and to be aware of any changes. It was great to be part of a lively discussion of how the Shluchot could best support those in in their communities who are unwell and to let them know that Chai is there for them too as a valuable resource for advice and guidance.”

International honoured Keynote Speakers included Mrs Chanie Diskin, Chabad of Germany; Mrs Rivki Hazan, Chabad of Milan and her daughter Mrs Sonia Wolvovsky, Chabad of Tuscany. They addressed the theme of the conference as well as other key topics including Jewish education and juggling our busy lifestyles.

Following the Banquet, a lively discussion was held until the early hours of the morning - opened by Mrs Hinda Rader, the co-Chair of the first European Conventions in 1975 and 1979 under direct guidance of the Rebbe.

Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin gave an eye-opening Halocha session whilst Rabbi Eli Brackman from Oxford Chabad Society led an in-depth session on understanding Chassidic philosophy.

Mrs Shaina Wineberg, one of the newest UK Shluchot who together with her husband, established Chabad of Notting Hill earlier this year said “it was truly inspirational, as my first conference I came away fully energized and enjoyed every moment.”

Grateful thanks go to beauty therapist Adi Dekel, a recent arrival from Israel who donated her time to pamper the attendees in between sessions.

Mrs Sora Cohen, co-director of Chabad South London Students & Young Professionals said “as the organiser of the conference it was my pleasure to see the women benefiting and feeling inspired from the wide variety of sessions as well as enjoying the opportunity to socialise & reconnect with their peers.

Undoubtedly, the conference could never have been such a success without the dedication & tireless efforts of my wonderful JWLN committee to whom I owe a huge debt of gratitude.”

Full of smiles and praise for every aspect of the truly wonderful conference the Rebbetzins returned to their communities charged with their mission from the Rebbe and fully prepared for whatever may come their way without any hint or worry of a gender pay gap unlike other parts of the UK economy!

Comments on: Jewish Women’s Leadership Network Conference UK

S wrote...

Truly remarkable, to read how this gathering has shown how the teaching and work for HaShem, through the Rebbe of blessed memory is being fulfilled across the UK. A lovely inspiration. Thank you.