Sign In Forgot Password

More About WOW Weekend 2018

More About WOW Weekend 2018

Brainchild of Vice-President, Caroline Lewis, the forthcoming WOW (Women of Worth) Weekend to be held at The Great Synagogue on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July, 2018 promises to be a must-do event for Jewish women from all walks of life. A key event in the Synagogue's 140th Anniversary celebrations, the inaugural WOW Weekend will feature inspiring speakers as well as a range of fun events and activities.
Built around the themes of "Friendship, Family, Fearlessness, Fun, Faith, Food, Fashion and the Future ", the weekend is designed to empower and invigorate women of all ages. Communal organisations such as Maccabi NSW, WIZO, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, the Women's Tefilah Group, WomanPower, National Council of Jewish Women, Shalom, Mandelbaum and Dayenu are also on board to help promote the weekend and involve their members in the programme.
A highlight is the planned "Friend-making, Speed-dating" event on Saturday afternoon where participants can start their weekend by making new friends and professional contacts.  On the Sunday the “Moth” inspired “Shalom Live Stories (SLS)” on the theme of ‘Transition’ will feature five dynamic women each sharing a five to seven minute personal story around the theme of ‘Transition’.   From infertility to motherhood; married life to singledom; sexual transitioning; finding new love; and finding a new lease on life after illness, each will reveal an inspiring personal journey of challenge and change.
More than fifteen outstanding speakers have been secured for the weekend including Dr Lisa Jackson Pulver AM on her personal journey as a Jewish Wiradjuri woman; Judy Friedlander, journalist and founder of FoodFaith on how bringing together different faiths and cultures through the growing and sharing of food has engaged communities and the media, and why that matters; popular author Kerri Sackville speaking on midlife divorce and dating; and candid Psychologist Caron Kaplan on the Jewish approach to sexuality, self-esteem and challenges for young people today.   Shirli Kirschner will interview intrepid young change-maker Genna Radnan from “Gennarocity Abroad” about promoting community development abroad; Lynda Ben-Menashe speaks candidly with Holocaust and fearless survivor Olga Horak; and Henry Roth, exuberant bridal dress designer and blogger, presents an interactive workshop bringing his professional experience confronting women's biggest critics - themselves!
On Saturday 28 July, the Women's Tefilah Group will hold a programme of inspiring Shabbat activities culminating in a Havdalah experience for all to celebrate the end of Shabbat, whilst Rabbi Orna Triguboff will host a Kabbalah meditation workshop.
On Saturday evening participants will travel by coach to Bankstown to join over 300 women, from a wide variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds to chat, eat and dance at the annual "Women of Diversity" Dinner, founded by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.
Ms Lewis says "The WOW Weekend concept has been developed as a wonderful way in which we can acknowledge and bring together the amazing women in our community in a heartfelt way. It's about exchanging ideas, sharing stories and being challenged, making new friends and finding your own voice. Women have achieved so much but it’s the journey, the struggle and the experiences to get there that underpins their survival and success. We are launching the weekend by supporting two Batmitzvah girls on the empowering start of their journeys to womanhood and concluding with a look to the future of women’s roles in the community with Associate Professor Leanne Piggott, National Education Director from the Centre for Social Impact, discussing the results and impact of the recent GEN17, a survey of the Jewish population of Australia."



ACT FAST! Discount ends 30th June

Mon, 18 June 2018 5 Tammuz 5778