Providing Support to Women
Rebbetzins Yarchei Kallah
The Center for the Jewish Future has developed one of the first formal programs in America designed to give rabbis' wives the opportunity to meet with seasoned professionals to discuss issues of self, family and community in a safe and supportive environment.
Begun in 2006, the yearly, two-day conferences have included more than 100 rabbis' wives, coming from large metropolitan areas and small towns across North America. The conference was renamed the Rebbetzin Esther Rosenblatt Yarchei Kallah by her family to honor her memory as an exemplary rebbetzin.
Participants have the opportunity to network, develop lasting relationships and a support system, and enjoy the intellectual stimulation of Torah study with leading Jewish scholars. Session topics have included:
- Women's Health and Halacha [Jewish law]
- The Unique Challenges of Engaging Contemporary Jewish Youth and What We Can Do about It
- Ten Hats and Counting: The Many Roles of a Rebbetzin
- The Best Gifts We Can Give Our Children
- The Elusive Search for Spirituality: Practical Tips to Use and to Share
The theme of a recent Yarchei Kallah was "Nurturing our Strength and our Appreciation of our Role as Rebbetzin".
NEW - Yarchei Kallah for Rebbetzins Website
The Yarchei Kallah for Rebbetzins website was launched in 2014. This password-protected website is a depository for recordings and materials from the most recent conferences, a rolodex of contact information of professionals and organizations to use as resources and a forum which will transition into the new location of the Rebbetzins Cafe Yahoo group. Over 175 rebbetzins are members of The Rebbetzins Cafe, a Yahoo group that serves as a forum for discussion, sharing information, advice and support. Topics include child-raising, promoting meaningful conversation at the Shabbat table, dealing with non-kosher birthday parties, motivating a greater observance of Halacha, sharing ideas for fundraisers, classes, chesed projects, gift-giving, smachot, family/community balance and interpersonal challenges.
Resources and Mentoring
Resources and mentoring are available by e-mail and by phone to rebbetzins throughout the year through the Rebbetzins Progamming coordinator, Meira Davis.
Semikha Wives Program
Wives of advanced Semikha student, on the pulpit track, are invited to a series of sessions to prepare them for a future in the rabbinate. These meetings provide the opportunity for the future rebbetzins to create connections between themselves as a peer group with many similar considerations and circumstances.
Midrashiya Program at Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem
The Rebbetzins Programming coordinator, Meira Davis, and her husband meet with the wives of the Gruss Kollel students every year for a session on "Working together as a Rabbinic Couple."