• Rebbetzin Programming

  • 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 80 rabbis' wives, coming from large metropolitan areas and small towns across North America.

    Participants also 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]
    • Ten Hats and Counting: The Many Roles of a Rebbetzin
    • The Prevalence of Postpartum Depression: Detecting and Dealing with It
    • Keeping the Connection with Our Children in a Media Frenzied World

    The theme of a recent Yarchei Kallah was "Appreciating the Rabbinic Couple: Formal and Informal Influence of the Rebbetzin." The conference has been renamed the Rebbetzin Esther Rosenblatt Yarchei Kallah by her family to honor her memory as an exemplary rebbetzin.

    The Rebbetzins Cafe

    More than 135 rebbetzins currently participate in 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 and chesed projects, gift-giving and 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

    In conjunction with the Ner L'Elef program, wives of advanced Semikha students, on the pulpit track, are invited to hear speakers to prepare them for a future in kiruv and the rabbinate.

    Championsgate

    Rebbetzins who attend the annual Yeshiva University Championsgate conference are invited to several sessions for rebbetzins only.

    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."

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