By COLlive reporter
An event for women about the beauty of Mikvah was held in Sydney, Australia this week.
Over 200 ladies of the community from all walks of life attended the evening held at Nefesh Shul.
The MC for the evening was Mrs. Shternie Althaus, founder of Women in Unity in Sydney, who shared how the power of women coming together can be a huge catalyst for brocha and in unity there is strength to break barriers.
After Tehillim for Eretz Yisroel, Shternie shared the sicha spoken by the Frierdiker Rebbe in Riga in 1934 to women regarding the women’s role in donating their cherished ornaments to the Mishkan, and the message of each one of the donations for our personal life. The commentator Rashi comments how the fourth ornament, the arm band, also refers to the mitzvah of Mikvah, she explained.
The guest speaker, Allison Josephs from the blog “Jew in the City” enraptured the audience with the story of how she found G-d in Hawaii as a young girl and how this impacted her entire family.
“Her story was funny, serious, moving to tears and uplifting,” said Shternie Althaus. “Allison is a true ambassador for frum women worldwide and tries to break the stereotypes of religious people through various media,” she said.
Althaus also made an impassioned plea to raise Mikvah awareness in Sydney and bring more women in on the secret of Mikvah. She launched the Sydney mikvah1000 campaign, which is currently taking place worldwide to educate women about Mikvah in honor of Shlucha Rashi Minkowicz obm, whose yahrtzeit is coming up later this month. Only 102 women are needed to sign up, to reach the goal of 4,000 women, since the program was launched less than a year ago.
Josephs also spoke about Rashi Minkowicz, and related how she had met her just 21 days before her passing, at a function for Rashi’s Chabad House in Alpharetta, Georgia, where she spoke. Josephs remarked how proud Rashi was of her flourishing Chabad center and the future building they were working on.
A question and answer session with Josephs followed the showing of an incredible and entertaining video she produced for the Mikvah.
The evening was inspiring, entertaining and had a beautiful spread of food as well. After a raffle was drawn, everyone went away feeling uplifted.
The names of the participants were sent to the Ohel, and the organizers and sponsors Devorah Niasoff, Ziva Richter, Shternie Althaus and Sara Chana Sufrin were thanked.