What do Israel, California, Albany, Forest Hills, and Milwaukee all have in common?
All five locations were part of the Jewish Girls Unite Inter-School Unity Broadcast on Wednesday, September 27. From around the world, educators and students in 4 schools united online to be inspired, to learn, to pray and to sing with singer-songwriter Chanale Fellig from her home in Jerusalem. Through this innovative and engaging online program, Jewish Girls Unite [JGU] Global Director, Nechama Laber taught the girls about the power of a woman’s prayer. She encouraged the students in Emek Hebrew Academy, Yeshivah Shaarei Zion, Bader Hillel High and Maimonides Hebrew Day School to reflect deeply and turn their worries into wishes for 5778 through personal prayer to Hashem.
With warmth and love, Chanale Fellig, who recently made “Aliya” with her family shared her personal prayer for the new year. She opened up with her first song, “A woman’s prayer” from her 6th Album, I am the Land available on Itunes. She set a melody to the beautiful prayer that women pray for their families after candle lighting. Her beautiful song conveyed how much parents pray for their children to grow up to illuminate the world with the light of Torah and mitzvot. Chanale shared that she prays that her children will appreciate their Jewish heritage and encouraged the students to truly recognize how fortunate they are to receive a solid Torah education.
Chanale says, “It was so fun to be part of a live broadcast across the globe sharing two of my favorite Prayer songs–“ותתפלל חנה” and A Woman’s Prayer–both of which I wrote here in Israel. Thank you Nechama Dina Laber, for inviting me and changing the world one נשמה at a time. How wonderful to inspire girls in Jewish schools through song. Music permeates the hearts and minds of young children more effectively than any other system of education. It triggers memories and emotions that inspire students to make good choices long after the details of the lessons have faded in their minds.”
As a camp director for 20 years, Nechama Dina Laber shares, “I see how many lessons our JGR campers learn through favorite camp theme songs. Years later, our campers sing the songs and remember the beautiful Torah lessons with a positive feeling.”
Rae Shagalow, an educator at the Emek Hebrew Academy in California, and a founding member of the JGU Educators Forum expressed her thanks for the program that was enjoyed by the girls and teachers. “They all got a lot out of it.” Emek Hebrew Academy is a returning member of the Inter-School Unity Broadcast.
Integrated into all JGU programs, music is a great tool to imbue a love for Torah and ensure fulfillment of the “woman’s prayer” for our children to grow up as proud Jews. JGU has created a platform for educators to come together to participate in virtual broadcasts with creative Torah presentations by students and female performers. This year’s theme is “Sing Your Song” for the monthly 30-minute broadcasts at 12 noon ET. All Jewish Day Schools are welcome to sign up for the next broadcast on Thurs. Nov 9, which will express the Song of Shabbos and highlight a female Jewish singer.
In conjunction with this theme, the JGU Press will also be publishing a newly created original “Voices in Harmony” Song Book in February with a compilation of favorite Jewish songs and many original compositions from camp and by singers from around the world. Tributes available in the songbook will support our Jewish daughters.
This astounding mix of positive Jewish spirit comes together regularly on Jewish Girls Unite, an online global community created by Nechama Laber, Susan Axelrod and Leah Caras and a global team of dedicated women who work together to help sustain Judaism by helping our Jewish daughters become thoughtful and spiritually connected leaders and mothers.
Becoming a User at JGU is free at www.JewishGirlsUnite.com. All Jewish girls from any background are welcome. Online Leadership Development Workshops run weekly for teens, Bat Mitzvah age girls 9-13. From Roses to Pearls, A Woman’s Program of Inspiration and Transformation takes place twice a month. Sign up for classes at www.jewishgirlsunite.com.