On July 30, the London Shidduch Group celebrated Tu B 'Av with a challah bake! Thanks to Yehudit Austin & Miriam Moses for organizing.
Mrs. Judy Kanar of the brand new Golders Green (London) Shidduch Group hosted the London Shidduch Groups at her home on Thursday, May 14, featuring guest speaker Moshe Raichman, founder and CEO of chabadmatch.com and shluchimmatch.com.
All those in attendance gained an understanding of how these websites work and can be successfully used as effective tools to network for shidduchim. A similar gathering featuring Rabbi Raichman was hosted on May 10 in Chicago at the home of Mrs. Menucha Gershon.
1) Mrs. Yehudis Austin hosted the Stamford Hill Shidduch Group in her home on Wednesday evening, March 11. The Shidduch Group decorated "L'chaim plates" in hopes that by preparing for our l'chaims, we made tangible kaylim to "encourage" Hashem to hasten the simchas in store! We had a great time expressing our artistic talent and infusing our plates with hopes and wishes for the future. Fun and friendship were shared by all as we discussed with anticipation the upcoming simchas we'll surely be celebrating b'ezras Hashem.
2) The first night of Elana Bergovoy's exciting trip to London on Monday night, Mrs. Nechama Dina Cyprys hosted an evening for some very lovely post-seminary young ladies, called "Express Your Self." An extensive spread of delicacies and drinks was enjoyed by all, enhancing the upbeat mood of the evening. We toasted each other's good fortune with special Rebbe wine Mrs. Cyprys brought back from a special workshop on Shidduchim she just attended at the Kinus HaShluchos in Crown Heights.
We are all holding the "Vision Boards" we created. They are an expression of our favorite things, as well as our hopes and goals for the future. This creative activity helps us to make a tangible compass for who we want to be, where we want to go and what we want to do. "Tracht gut vet zein gut--think good and it will be good!" Out of our hearts and minds come our visions for the good to come, captured on our beautiful vision boards. L'chaim!
This past Sunday night, Ohr l'25 Adar/March 15, the International Shidduch Group Network inaugurated its first Regional Shidduch Office.
The LONDON SHIDDUCH OFFICE, located in the Bais Chana building in Stamford Hill, will serve as a point of contact for those seeking shidduchim in the United Kingdom.
Our goal is to open regional offices throughout the world.
This historical event was made possible with the haskama and bracha of Dayan Raskin and the enthusiastic support of Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov and Rabbi Shmuel Lew.
The idea for the London Shidduch Office originated this past Elul during a discussion between Elana Bergovoy, Rahel Davidoff (head of N'Shei Chabad in London) and Rebbetzin Sudak, the widow of Rabbi Sudak, head shaliach of the UK. Mrs. Bergovoy suggested the need for an organized shidduch initiative, in coordination with the Shidduch Group Network, that can operate out of a central office to answer the need of Jewish singles in the greater London area.
Mrs. Sudak., enthusiastic about the proposal, was instrumental in obtaining clearance for an office in the Bais Chana building to be allocated for this purpose.
Many other community members have generously given of their time, effort, support and resources during the past six months, to make this timely idea a reality, culminating in the grand Open House celebration this past Sunday night.
The London Shidduch Office will employ a part-time secretary. It will be accessible six days a week by email -- email@example.com -- and by phone. Further details will be forthcoming after Pesach.
The primary focus and goal at first will be to invite singles to register with the Office and meet with staff shadchanim who will then work on their behalf to facilitate shidduchim.
The London Shidduch Office is an outgrowth of the local London Shidduch groups, which have been actively meeting during the past two years. Mrs. Sukie Rubin and Mrs. Miriam Moses, founders of the London groups, have been instrumental in guiding the groups to meet regularly to learn the Rebbe's directives for shidduchim and put them into practice, give tzedakah Hachnossas Kallah, daven and say Tehillim for one another, and network for shidduchim.
Since a city-wide shidduch event in Elul, there have been many simchas celebrated in London and Manchester amongst the members of the Shidduch Groups. Incidentally, Mrs. Rubin and Mrs. Moses both recently celebrated the weddings of their daughters within a week of one another!
The London Shidduch Office will be directed by a volunteer steering committee, comprised of local community members. Classes and programs dealing with the topics of dating, engagement, marriage and married life, based on halacha and Chabad minhagim, will be offered.
We invite participation and suggestions to enable this invaluable resource to succeed in its mission: Getting our singles to the Chuppah together!
Your involvement by giving time, resources and money, will not only help this initiative flourish and grow, you will be helping yourself and others as well.
So, DONATE NOW: shidduchgroupnetwork.com/donate.
Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov to Sukie Rubin, organizer of our London shidduch groups, on the engagement of her daughter, Esti, to Berel Scheiner of Detroit!
Yashar koach to Sukie for all her efforts on behalf of shidduchim in London and beyond. The new couple should build a bayis ne'eman b'Yisroel!
May we continue to share good news. Let us know YOURS when it happens!
On Motzei Shabbos, December 6, 14 Kislev, the London Shidduch Group was proud to hold a real "farbrengen" in honor of the wedding anniversary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Rebbetzin.
The evening was organized by Mrs. Sukie Rubin and hosted by Mrs. Chana Mina Bensusan in Stamford Hill. Mrs. Soroh Inglis and many other ladies helped the hostess prepare a beautiful seudah.
Attendees shared stories of the Rebbe and Rebbetzin's special marriage.
Mrs. Soroh Dubov traveled in from Wimbledon and shared a remarkable story. She recounted how the Rebbe looked after and fed children in an orphanage in Marseilles during world War II, at which time the children simply knew him as "Monsieur." Only much later was it discovered that "Monsieur" was actually the Rebbe!
The ladies all had "l'chaims" and gave brochas to each other for those mentioned to find their zivugguim, as well as refuahs for those in need.
The farbrengen concluded with joyful singing.
Anyone wanting to contact the London Shidduch Group should call Mrs. Sukie Rubin at 079566982451.
The London Shidduch Group welcomed over ninety ladies Sunday night at the Lubavitch Main Hall in Stamford Hill for an exciting event entitled: "Connect 4 Shidduchim."
Leaders of the London Chapter of the International Shidduch Group Network, Mrs. Sukie Rubin and Mrs. Miriam Moses, brought Mrs. Elana Bergovoy, President of the International Shidduch Group Network, from her home base in Chicago, IL, to help take the UK Shidduch Groups to the next level. Mrs. Bergovoy inspired and motivated the community to network and organize to both encourage more English to English shidduchim, and enable bocherim outside the UK to meet the beautiful, intelligent, mature and capable young ladies "across the pond. "
The whirlwind of events began Shabbos afternoon with thirty post-seminary girls farbrenging at the home of Mrs. Miriam Moses. Mrs. Bergovoy spoke about Chai Elul, the Baal Shem Tov, and the Alter Rebbe. She toldstories that illustrated the point that no matter where a person is, when it's time for her to meet her bashert, Hashem will bring them together. The girls introduced themselves by age, name and what they're doing now. Most were strikingly beautiful, lively 20 to 25 year-olds working in a range of different fields, including teaching, accounting,and the helping professions. They sang niggunim and danced and made "Lchaims! " Then it was time to head to Mrs. Rivkah Raskin's house for the 6 pm Stamford Hill Shabbos Shidduch Group meeting where they said many kapitellach Tehillim, read from "Eternal Joy," by Rabbi Shalom Ber Wineberg, on the Rebbe's advice about the period of engagement, and discussed the material.
On Monday, Mrs. Bergovoy travelled to Manchester where she spoke at a special gathering for members of N’shei Chabad at the home of Mrs. Yael Klyne, organized by Sora Baila Klyne, through the London ShidduchGroup. This was the launching of the Manchester Shidduch Group and events are already being planned for after Rosh Hashanah, including a joint London/Manchester shadchan evening. Once again the atmosphere was festive, with exquisite balloon centerpieces and creatively laid tables.
On Tuesday, back in London, shadchanim, shluchas and community leaders met with Mrs. Bergovoy at the home of Feige Sudak and discussed ways to connect with other communities and improve networking. One of the points raised was that the Rebbe strongly encouraged bocherim to go to meet the girls, wherever they may be. In addition, bocherim are often much more flexible than working girls, to travel for shidduchim purposes. Plans can easily be made through shadchanim for bocherim to meet girls where they live. Meetings can also successfully be arranged, to enable men and women to meet initially by Skype.
On Wednesday evening in Golders Green at the home of the Prus family, Mrs. Bergovoy farbrenged with many more post-seminary girls about developing their characters at this crucial stage of life to promote continued growth and not to stand still because they have finished their formal education.
The week culminated in the ultimate simcha with the Dubov / Moscowitz chassunah in Wimbledon, London on Thursday evening. Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov, author of Mazel Tov: A Chabad Wedding Guide is on the Board of Directors of the International Shidduch Group Network and was the keynote speaker at last November’s Annual Shidduch Group Network Conference. His address was entitled, “Getting to the Chuppah.”
The committee in London would like to express its thanks to all the people who contributed their time and talents to make this Shidduch Initiative so successfully productive. For further information on the LondonShidduch Groups, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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