Dear reader,

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

They will arrive from far-flung places such as India, Nepal and Tasmania, and also from cities and countries a lot closer to your home town.

What is a shluchah?

They are educators. 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 make 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.

And this week, they are coming to Brooklyn to become re-energized—to inspire and be inspired. And this week at TJW, we salute these special, selfless women.

We also salute all Jewish women worldwide who work, in their own special and unique ways, 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