Dear reader,

Can you think of a woman whom you really respect and look up to? What qualities does she have? What does she do to enhance her environment?

Timed to coincide with the yahrtzeit (anniversary of passing) of the Rebbe’s wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, of righteous memory, on the 22 Shevat, this week close to 4,000 women from around the world will be coming to New York to attend the annual International Convention of Shluchot (Emissaries).

They are coming from far-flung places such as India, Nepal or Hong Kong, and also from cities and countries a lot closer to your home town.

What is a Shluchah?

They are principals. They are mothers. They are fundraisers. They are event planners. They are hostesses. They are teachers. They are bakers. They are administrators.

Their job descriptions are vast and diverse, as unique as each of their own personalities. But one thing they all have in common is that their position has turned them into leaders who are making a real difference.

In all that they do they labor to connect Jews to their heritage and raise Jewish awareness and the observance of mitzvot. Their mission is to discover what the unique needs of their respective communities are and to selflessly provide those, opening their hearts and homes and helping every Jew in any way they can.

This week at TJW, we salute these special, selfless women.

We also salute all Jewish women worldwide who are working, in their own special and unique way, to make our world a little better. A little kinder. And a little more G‑dly.

Hats off (or on, rather) to you all!

Chana Weisberg

Editor, TJW