This year’s Columbus Conference for Jewish Women, entitled “You’re Worth It,” will take place on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Columbus Museum of Art.
Join us for a day full of meaning with a variety of learning opportunities to choose from, with topics that will inspire us, strengthen our Jewish links to each other, address day-to-day practicalities of parenting and relationships, and provide personal health and self-care tips.
New this year, Presenter Panel during lunch featuring all of our speakers:
Stacey Anbar, Courtney Evenchik, Elana Katz, Ruchi Koval, Levana Slabodnick moderated by Meagan Buren
and Community Service Project following lunch
When: Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 1:45 PM (EST)
Where: Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Break-out sessions options addressing topics relevant to YOU, including relationships, self care, personal growth, Torah learning and parenting
Kosher luncheon by Catering by Chani and Dessert Reception
Lunch Presenter Panel moderated by Meagan Buren
Breakout Sessions 1 (10:15-11:15 am)
A. Find your True Worth through Hypnosis: In the first part of this session you will have the opportunity to learn how hypnosis can help you uncover long help beliefs that have been standing in the way of self love. In the second part you will have the opportunity to feel the power of hypnosis firsthand as the group is treated to an empowering hypnosis experience. Presenter: Levana Slabodnick
B. Labels -- They're Not Just on T-shirts: Most often, we've grown up with labels slapped on us without even realizing it. Labels have been slapped on by our parents, our siblings, and even our teachers. Oh! And we’ve slapped them on ourselves also! The problem is, that when we become adults we forget to peel them off. We carry them around and we identify with them. We live them. And then we wonder why we can't change. This seminar is designed to recognize the labels that we've been carrying around our entire lives, and to finally let them go. lt's time to redesign ourselves . . . one label at a time. Presenter: Stacey Anbar
C. Raising Resilient, Responsible and Independent Children: Raising a child today can be a challenge. The many distractions of modern living conspire to rob your child of a sense of responsibility and of their independence. Hear a presentation where you will learn how to help your child be responsible for him or herself, handle disappointment, become an independent and successful adult, manage their feelings and relate to others. Presenter: Courtney Evenchik
D. Intuitive Eating -- Learning how to love ourselves again: Women are constantly being subjected to the “ideal body image” via various media sources and casual conversations. In fact, so many of us have accepted this as normal that we forget how crazy it is. We are engaged in a constant fight to have a certain body and it dominates so much of our minds and feelings. Can we learn to think differently about our bodies and about food? How can we learn to love food again and to accept our G-d given shapes? Presenter: Ruchi Koval
Breakout Sessions 2 (11:20 am-12:20 pm)
A. Are We Really Being Honest with Ourselves? Biblical lessons in self esteem: This session will explore examples of self esteem in Biblical and Jewish thought, examining several in the Torah in order to gain a greater understanding of ourselves. This text based session is for experienced learners. Presenter: Elana Katz
B. Are you living a passionate life? lf the answer is no, then this seminar is for you! Living a passionate life is not just for young, beautiful actresses! lt's not just for your 20's or 30's. lt's for right now! Passion is an essential part of living a meaningful life and now it's time to share it. This seminar is designed to help us recognize the talents and passions that we once had -- and when and why we let them go. Put on your seatbelts and get ready for the show -- YOUR SHOW! Presenter: Stacey Anbar
C. Bullying Prevention -- Bully-Proof Your Kids: Bullying is an important subject for parents, educators and students. During this workshop, participants will learn about: Signs of Bullying, What to Look For If You Are Worried That Your Child is a Victim of Bullying, Tools That Empower Your Child, Roles of Parents and Schools in Creating a Bully-free culture, How to Intervene When Bullying Occurs, and: The Telltale Signs of Cyberbullying and How to Deal With It. Presenter: Courtney Evenchik
D. “Fakebook”-- What a Friend Really Is: Now that we have more “friends” than ever before, what are we supposed to do with them? Concepts about sharing and connection, vulnerability and support, have taken completely different turns with the rise of social media. Are our digital friendships making us happier or sadder? Join the conversation to learn how to navigate these friendships, and discover the deep connection and intimacy that we are seeking. Presenter: Ruchi Koval
Complete Schedule below and Biographical Information about Speakers
9:30-10- Registration, Light Breakfast & Welcome
10:15 -11:15- Breakout Session 1
11:20-12:20- Breakout Session 2
12:20-1:20- Lunch and Presenter Panel moderated by Meagan Buren
1:20-1:45 Community Service Project and Wrap Up
About our Presenters:
Stacey Anbar is a mother of 3 beautiful children, ages 5, 3 and 1. She has an amazing husband who calls himself Tony Danza because he does everything including bathing, feeding, and car pooling! (He also just happens to be the funniest guy on earth.) She graduated with a Social Work degree in 2003 and has been practicing Social Work for 16 years. Currently she is a Manager in Child Protection Services and runs a private therapeutic practice. Aside from working hard, Stacey's passion is helping to change the lives of women, one woman at a time. She believes that every woman has an inner struggle, an inner urge, and an inner desire to live a meaningful life. Stacey runs Torah classes for women which are specifically designed to help women get out of their comfort zone and stretch themselves beyond their wildest imagination. Stacey loves to push the limits which help women feel comfortable getting vulnerable and reaching their potential.
Courtney Evenchik, MA, NCSP received an MA at The Ohio State University in School Psychology. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a member of the National Association of School Psychologists. Courtney is the Director of School Psychology Services for A+ Solutions and works as a school psychologist facilitating social skill workshops, administering psycho-educational evaluations, counseling students, and conducting consultations with school faculty. Courtney is a parent educator, instructor and lecturer for Bellefaire JCB and Parenting Simply.
Elana Katz teaches Tanach at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh. She holds a BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College for Women and a Master’s in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School. She is trained in the Ivryion Hebrew Immersion Program from NY and has taught at Columbus Torah Academy, Ramaz School and Yeshivat Noam. She created and developed Naaseh chumash curriculum. She has been a professional development speaker for Chumash teachers at Fuchs Mizrachi in Cleveland and the Association of Talmud Torah Schools of Chicago. Previously she was the Director of Chabad Hebrew School, New Albany, OH.
Ruchi Koval is the co-founder and Associate Director of Congregation JFX, an innovative community organization in Cleveland. She has been a Jewish educator for two decades, leading self-development groups for adults and teens, and mentoring educators around the world. Ruchi is a certified parenting coach, motivational speaker, musician, author, and mother of seven. She is a Trip Leader for the JWRP, inspiring hundreds of women on their journeys in Israel. She is also a columnist for the Cleveland Jewish News, and her first book, "Conversations with G-d," was released in 2016, with a second book on the way. Find Ruchi on Facebook and Instagram; her blog at outoftheorthobox.com; and her podcast on iTunes or Spotify.
Levana Slabodnick, LISW-S is a therapist who specializes in treating women with anxiety, trauma, body image issues and disordered eating. She uses hypnotherapy as a tool to help women find the source of their physical and emotional pain and release it. Levana uses compassion, humor and connection to empower women to live their lives to the fullest. Levana lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two children.
Community Service Project
We will be collecting items for Turning Point, a domestic violence shelter for women, children, and their pets. Attendees are encourage to bring any of the following items to the event. All are high priority needs.
- New feminine care products
- New boys & girls socks
- New baby bottles
- New baby pacifiers
We will sort items at the event and all items will go to Turning Point.
Hostess Committee: Jane Bodner, Katie Carroll, Edith Frank, Debbie Grashin, Amy Greenberg, Shari Herszage, Shelly Igdaloff, Emily Kandel, Rivky Kapenstein, Chaya Aviva Katz, Sara Luck, Beth Nacht, Ariella Nutis, Rafie Hurley, Deb Rycus, Devorah Steinberg, Jessica Topolosky, Gail Weprin, Allison Zofan