Dr. Miriam Adahan is a world renowned educator, psychologist and prolific author. She is the founder of EMETT- Emotional Maturity Established through Torah, a pioneering work on developing E.Q- Emotional Intelligence. Among her works are: Raising Children to Care, Appreciating, Awareness, It’s all a Gift, Nobody’s Perfect, Living with Difficult People including Yourself. She has also authored books and TOOL KITS AND CARDS for children, promoting practical methods for developing E.Q.
Shimona Tzukernik is considered one of the most foremost female authorities on Kabbalah as it applies to daily life. She’s addressed the UNSRC and has been featured on NatGeo and on NickMom TV. Shimona created The method, a practical approach to transformation rooted in ancient mysticism offered live, via teleconference and on the web. Her most intimate work is done one-on-one as a coach for private clients. Having coached hundreds of individuals, she now offers certification in the method. For two decades Shimona has shared her wisdom with tens of thousands of people across the globe.
Mrs. Chaya Epstein is a shlucha in Chicago. Chaya is the founder and director of Women to Women, a dynamic branch of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois which helps to connect women to their inner essence and strengthen their relationship with Hashem through classes, programs, and more. Chaya has been a noted speaker around the United States on such topics as women and spirituality, marriage, and different topics in Chassidus. Her husband and she are the Rabbi and Rebbetzin in Bais Menachem. Chaya is also the Assistant Principal of and a teacher in Lubavitch Girl High School. Most importantly, Chaya is also a proud mother and Bubbie!
Yehudis Karbal is an educator and LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.) She served as National Director of EMETT self-help groups for over 20 years. She has lectured widely about Torah and psychology, and presently maintains a private practice in Chicago, Illinois.
Helena Herman is a Rebbetzin, wife, mother, teacher, speaker, and Life Coach. She graduated from Coach University and specializes in working with women and couples to improve their lives and relationships. Her background in Jewish philosophy brings a unique flavor to her coaching sessions and women’s retreats. In addition, she and her husband conduct popular couples’ seminars that focus on enhancing closeness and communication through their work as Certified Imago Educators.
Faigy Bassman is a mother of eight, a gourmet cook specializing in macrobiotics, and a singing musician. She is an elder care advocate and teaches cooking and conducts music programs for elders around Chicago. You can often find Faigy at the lake singing her davening with abandon! Faigy’s heartfelt songs radiate heart and soul. *Faigy will be leading us in song at the end of each class.
Rachel Welfeld is a practitioner of a unique style of Transformational Coaching utilizing Silent Listening and Intuitive Response. She is also a practicing Hypnotherapist and Doula. During her years in Israel she co-founded and was the principal of Tzofiah Machon Rivka, a girl’s high school for at-risk-teens. Rachel maintains a private practice coaching couples and teens in person and via Skype. She leads her community’s Ahavas Yisrael project, runs retreats, is a motivational speaker, and has lead infertility support groups for ATIME. She lives in Atlanta with Yaakov her husband of 23 years and their miracle of a son Matan.
Shifra Hendrie is a spiritual mentor, teacher, transformational coach and healer who has helped facilitate profound shifts for thousands of people around the globe through her life-changing chassidus-based teachings and programs. Her work is all founded on the idea that the miraculous light and potential of geula is available here and now for those willing to do what it takes to access it.
Shifra’s work has given her a deep and personal understanding of some of the most powerful secrets of transformation and healing, and her classes and programs combine deep Torah wisdom with cutting-edge healing tools and compassionate, intuitive support, shared in contemporary and relevant language, and empowering people of all backgrounds and levels to connect with their unique Divine purpose and the hidden light and power of their souls.
As host of the acclaimed global telesummits, Quantum Healing, Consciousness and Soul and The Global Awakening Summit, Shifra has spent hundreds of hours in dialogue with both Torah-based thought leaders and some of the most respected secular healers and authors of today. Her interviews have been broadcast to tens of thousands of subscribers from over 100 countries across the globe and are known for both their profound heart-compassion, intelligence and authenticity, and their ability to take both speakers and listeners to a depth that they have not experienced before.
At its core, all of Shifra’s work is designed to help people of all backgrounds actually integrate and live with the new, higher light of geula that is pouring into our world in these turbulent times. Her clients and students routinely report a new, intimate and life-changing connection with G-d and this geula potential that fuels their purpose, opens the door to miracles, and profoundly transforms their everyday experience of life.
Rebbetzin Feige Twerski of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has devoted her life to Jewish education and Outreach, giving lectures worldwide on a myriad of Judaic subjects. She is a mother of 11 children, and many grandchildren whose number she refuses to divulge. She serves as the Rebbetzin along side her husband, Rabbi Michel Twerski, of Congregation Beth Jehudah of Milwaukee.
Her articles have appeared worldwide and a selection of them has been compiled into her books, Ask Rebbetzin Feige, “a popular and insightful counselor deals with real-life situations”, published in 2006, Rebbetzin Feige Responds published in 2012 by Artscroll Publishers, and most recently The New Normal, published in 2016 by Mosaica Press.
Mrs. Chava Gurewicz has recently retired after 43 years of teaching Jewish studies and VCE Hebrew Language in Beth Rivkah Ladies college in Melbourne Australia. She headed the Hebrew department and wrote the curriculum from grade 1 through to year 12 and also organized the publishing of text books for year 1 and 2 which are still in use today. Chava also co-directed extracurricular activities including camps, seminars and the annual Song and Dance Festival concerts. She founded The Yad L’ezra – Helping hand program at BRLC and coordinated it for 20 years. Chava completed her Diploma of Arts at Victoria University and served as Lecturer for their Modern Hebrew Language Department. An accomplished artist, she spends her free time oil painting, self-studying and offering group study lectures from her home.
Rivka Malka Perlman is a Transformation Coach and Spiritual Teacher. Her healing work guides woman through uncharted territory to a celebration of their connection to themselves, to each other and to Hashem. She coaches, teaches and leads the Redemption Retreat – a supercharged program that brings women to a new level of soul awareness, healing and deep personal growth. She is the founder of The Redemption School for Coaching and Transformation which trains women in this work. Her vision is for every woman to experience inner Redemption so that the world can reach it’s ultimate Redemption.
Sara Bongart has been forever fascinated by the magical powers of bringing ideas to life through the art of storytelling. Her gifts include the ability to ignite expression and recreate the childlike wonder that is awaiting in each of us. She is a wellspring of knowledge in health and nutritive medicine and lives that love of wellness through her daily life. Sara developed the principles of her intuitive wisdom through a real and raw life process of discovery and experimentation.
Sara is a head cheerleader for women loving themselves and taking time to get what they need so they can fulfill their life mission joyfully. She enjoys creating environments of nourishing and nurturing so people can flourish. Sara began using expressive arts for herself and is now leading workshops as an expressive arts facilitator. She loves watching the magic that happens when women take the time to let go of their critical, analytical minds (even for a little while) and allow themselves to access their inherent wisdom and insight. As a mother of four lively boys, Sara, along with her husband,spends her favorite hours exploring the great outdoors and climbing trees.
Rabbi Aaron Laine serves as the chief Rabbi to Synagogue Beth El in Panama. Rabbi Laine is from New York and has lectured in over ten countries- Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina , Brazil, U.S.A., England, Germany, France and Italy. Through his experiences from running camps, being a guide in Yeshiva, to working as a Rabbi in the Soviet Union, Rabbi Laine brings his energetic, compassionate perspective and expertise into everything he does. His best selling book- GPS for a happier marriage has helped many couples around the world.
Miriam Yerushalmi holds an MS in Psychology and Marriage and Family Counseling. Trained at Pepperdine University (graduation 1990), Miriam works in private practice with families and children, including volunteering many hours providing a resource for the neediest to access appropriate Mental Health care.
Miriam is uniquely skilled at combining behavioral and humanistic approaches to address a wide spectrum of psychopathology. From panic disorders to addiction to depressive disorders, anxiety, anger management and ADHD, Miriam imparts self regulation techniques where clients learn to develop tools for a balanced and fulfilled life.
Miriam Yerushalmi fuses essential Torah principles with her background in Mental Health to empower individuals to release their inner healing potential while aligning with life’s purpose on essential life issues, ranging from relationships and parenting to self improvement.
Miriam is a sought after speaker who lectures internationally and has over 250 audio classes available. She writes regularly for the Jewish Press, lectures for Torah Anytime and has presented workshops at the annual Nefesh conference for therapists. Since 2014 she began working for SPARKS as a counselor, in addition giving teleconferences and webinars on the topic of overcoming stress and anxiety as well as writing articles for their magazine called “True Balance” and other duties.
Leading Rabbis like Dr. Avraham Twerski, Rabbi Chaim Miller, and Rabbi Majeski have endorsed her volume book series called Reaching New Heights Through Kindness in Marriage and Reaching New Heights Through Prayer and Meditation. She also is an author of ten children books that have been translated to Yidish and Hebrew.
Chana Weisberg is the editor of thejewishwoman.org, the most popular Jewish educational site on the web for women. She is the author of five popular book and is a highly sought after inspirational speaker. Shedescends from a long line of distinguished Rabbis, is the mother of six children (and four grandchildren) and currently makes her home together with her husband in New Jersey.
Mrs. Bracha Wolf has been a state of the art teacher for over 40 years. She has taught in France, California and Chicago. Whether her students are eight years old or eighty, her passion and dedication is steadfast. Bracha brings Torah learning to life in a magical way allowing her students to integrate and absorb the learning tangibly and through experience. She has a unique way of bringing the characters of the Torah to life! Bracha has taught women of all backgrounds and is able to find the ‘pintele’/point of inspiration, bringing minds and hearts together regardless of knowledge base.
Through her career as a beloved Teacher, Educational Consultant,
Frumma Rosenberg-Gottlieb: Chabad House Director, and Principal of one of America’s largest dayschools, Frumma Rosenberg-Gottlieb has touched and transformed thousands of lives. She now devotes her time to coaching, speaking and writing—primarily in the realms of personal growth, healthy relationships, and emotional intelligence. Quoted as an expert on Mindfulness in Time Magazine and by Arianna Huffington in her book “Thrive”, Frumma has also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and is featured in the New York Times Bestseller “Small Miracles”. Her new book, co-authored with her husband Simcha Gottlieb, is entitled Awesome Aging: Happier, Healthier, Smarter, & Younger than Yesterday.
Tsiona adler has been teaching dance for 12 years and appreciates all forms of expressive art.
Tsiona is humbled and honored to contribute to such a special circle of women and wishes everyone yeshuos and bracha in their lives! Tsiona will be our singer for this upcoming series.
For over 25 years, Tzipora Harris has been exploring pathways for emotional well being, spiritual growth and closeness to G-d. After completing a BA in psychology, she spent 4 years in
Jerusalem learning from excptional educators. Together with her husband, Rabbi Henry Harris, she joined the Aish HaTorah center in Manhattan to work in outreach for 12 years. In 2008, together with a team of committed women in Israel and the US she founded the Ahavas Yisroel Project (www.ayproject.com.)
Through learning profound Jewish wisdom, healing work and hisbodedus (meditative prayer), G-d helped her overcome extreme shyness, meet her soulmate, discover her unique mission, battle anxiety and depression and much more.
Over the years, Tzipora had the privilege to help Jewish women around the world access greater clarity about their unique mission in life, and develop a deeper relationship with G-d through live seminars, online lectures, teleclasses and one on one work. Some of her classes can be found on www.Torahanytime.com
Kochava Yitzhak was born in Vienna, Austria and raised in Berlin, Germany. Her family moved to the United States in 1987, and she received her Jewish Education in New York. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Judaic Studies from Yeshiva University, and a Master’s Degree in Bible from Yeshiva University. She has been teaching Judaic studies to High School Students for 18 years. She currently teaches at Ida Crown Jewish Academy .Additionally, she loves to give classes to the community on a variety of topics, her personal favorite being “Women in the Bible”.
Ani Lipitz holds a B.A. in English from Ithaca College and an M.S. in Student Affairs Administration from Binghamton University. She works in data analysis & operations for a large university in New York, and runs Geulavision, a media company dedicated to producing Chassidus-based content that gives people practical tools for personal growth and transformation. Ani lives in Pomona, NY with her husband and their three children.
Clara Chaya has been inspiring, teaching, and connecting with young women for the last 9 years. Clara Chaya teaches at Lubavitch Girls High School and often uses the power of song in her work. Clara Chaya has spearheaded several women’s productions including The Nine Spoons, Invincible Faith, and My Child. She came out with her single, Just Think Good in 2017, and will be releasing her next single, When There’s A Will in the coming weeks. Singing and music is Clara Chaya’s passion and she looks forward to using her voice to empower women just like her on
their personal journey of spreading light.
Rabbi Simon Jacobson is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life, a William Morrow publication that has sold over 300,000 copies to date and has been translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Hungarian, Czech and Croatian.
Rabbi Jacobson heads The Meaningful Life Center, which bridges the secular and the spiritual, through a wide variety of live and on-line programming. The Meaningful Life Center presents to people of all backgrounds the universal teachings of Torah as a blueprint for life. MLC, called a “Spiritual Starbucks” by the New York Times, is an outgrowth of Rabbi Jacobson’s teachings which have captured the hearts of thousands of participants over the last 25 years with their spiritual message and profound insights into the human condition.
For over 14 years Rabbi Jacobson, as Editor-in-Chief of Vaad Hanochos Hatmimim, was responsible for publishing the talks of the late Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Beginning in 1979, he headed a team of scholars that memorized and transcribed entire talks that the Rebbe gave during the Sabbath and holidays, as writing and tape recording are not permitted on holy days. In this position, Rabbi Jacobson was privileged to work in close association with the Rebbe and published more than 1000 of the Rebbe’s talks. He also headed the research team for Sefer Halikutim — an encyclopedic collection of Chassidic thought (26 volumes, published 1977-1982).
Jacobson is one of the greatest scholars and sought after speakers in the Jewish world today. He has lectured to diverse audiences on six continents and in forty states on psycho-spiritual issues and applying Jewish thought to contemporary life. His voice is rooted in the timeless teachings of Torah, yet at the same time is profoundly timely, relevant, unique, and cutting edge. He has been interviewed on over 300 radio and TV shows, including CNN with Larry King, the Charlie Rose Show, and the CBS News Show The Best of Us.
He is also the publisher of The Algemeiner Journal, a leading Jewish newspaper, filling the position of his illustrious father, esteemed journalist, Gershon Jacobson.
Sara Esther Crispe is the Co-Director of Interinclusion.org, a multi-layered educational non-profit celebrating the convergence between contemporary arts and sciences and timeless Jewish wisdom.
She has traveled the world as a sought out motivational speaker and educator, presenting on interpersonal relationships and the Kabbalistic approach to self-development. Sara Esther was also the creator and editor for ten years of TheJewishWoman.org—a section of Chabad.org—the largest website on Judaism. She has also worked as a local producer for shows relating to Judaism on the Oprah Winfrey Network, HARPO Productions, Refinery 29 and CNN. A segment that she helped produce for Oprah’s BELIEF series was presented at the UN.
A prolific writer, her pieces can be found on numerous online sites including The Huffington Post, GrokNation, Times of Israel, andChabad.org. She is currently working on a book about the power of the Jewish woman as well as a book on parenting titled, I Used to be the Perfect Mother, Then I Had Kids. She lives with her husband, Rabbi Asher Crispe, and their four children in Danby, Vermont where they run Jewish educational retreats and programming.
Rivka Kotlarsky is an educator for over four decades. She is currently teaching at Bais Rivka Seminary and Bais Rivka High School. She is the founder and co-director of the Guest of Shluchos Conference, a four day study and workshop program associated with the renowned International Shlichos Convention. Rivka is a sought after lecturer, who together with her husband, Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos L’Inyanei Chinuch mentor and inspire many around the world.
Brocha Lipszyc is a shlucha , educator, writer and inspirational speaker who is passionate about chassidus, particularly that of sharing the gift of Jewish women owning our malchus/feminine truth, and it’s direct connection to the geulah,/redemption according to the light of chassidus. This topic includes mindful self care, gracious receiving, welcoming abundance, dignified empowerment and more. What began as an endeavor to turn her highly popular Tanya classes that she shares with shluchos around the universe into book form, metamorphosed into a 12 part globally participated videoconference course on the practical application of the embodiment of our malchus/feminine truth based on chassidus from all the Chabad Rabbeim, available today in recorded media form. She most recently introduced global mini support groups for women to support each other in applying this geulah avoda/service to their daily lives. She also does one on one coaching in this realm. Brocha can be contacted @ firstname.lastname@example.org and www.innerqueen.org .
Rabbi Moishe Raitman is a much sought-after life coach/ Mentor, speaker and lecturer, and Shadchan. Rabbi Raitman received his Bachelor of Religious Studies degree from the Rabbinical College of America. He likewise received his smicha – Rabbinical ordination from the Central Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn New York.
He is the Founder and Spiritual Leader of the North Shore Jewish Center and Rabbi of Congregation Or Simcha.
He has spearheaded a wide range of educational and personal development programs, learning programs and activities.
Rav Dror Moshe Cassouto was born in Jerusalem, and grew up in a secular family. He studied for a few years in a high school for the arts, traveled around the world a bit, and then was drafted into the Israeli army, where he met his wife, Eynav. They got married about a year after meeting, and began their journey of teshuva together. They now live in Rechavia, Jerusalem, with their five children.
What really started to open his eyes and fueled his search for the truth, was joining the army. This allowed him to come in contact with many new people, who had different outlooks on life and the world. He started to develop a deeper self awareness of his own feelings towards the world. He started asking questions and talking to people, and slowly came to see that there was some invisible hand surrounding his interactions, quietly supplying explanations for everything he was wondering about. Looking back on those days, Rav Dror now clearly recognizes that this was all completely Divine Providence. This whole experience of realizing that there was some unseen force guiding him and surrounding him, was very new, and incredibly powerful and inspiring for him. In fact it caused him to begin his journey of connecting to spirituality and teshuva.
Today, Rav Dror is the founder of the Emunah Center, in the Rechavia neighborhood of Jerusalem. The Emunah Center is an Outreach Center for people in Israel, as well as people all over the world, by way of the Emunah.com website. Every class given in the Emunah Center is recorded and uploaded to Emunah.com and to our YouTube channel, where thousands of students all over the world watch the daily classes, translated into many different languages, and enjoy the beautiful and inspiring wisdom that Rav Dror teaches.
Myth-busting is one of Sara Tova Best’s favorite pastimes.
Armed with the revolutionary concepts of Chassidus and Kabbalistic thought, a sense of humor, and well-honed coaching and healing skills, she is devoted to helping women worldwide upgrade their life perspective and lifeskills,.