Participants came together from Australia, England, Canada, California, Florida, Minnesota, Texas, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, the tri-state area and, of course, from Crown Heights.
Attendees were inspired by the deep and stirring stories told by keynote speaker Kivi Bernhard. His message: Embrace the "why" of shidduchim and you will discover "how" to get to the goal: the chuppah!
Words of wisdom from panel discussionists Miryam Swerdlov, Esther Friedman, Moishe Raitman, Yitzchok Dubov, Devora Krasnianski, and Chaya Sarah Gurewicz were shared on topics most pertinent to those seeking shidduchim. A partnership with Rabbi Manis Friedman provided every attendee with a complimentary copy of Part 1 of his Online Dating Course designed to prepare bochurim and girls for dating and marriage. To facilitate continued profile sharing after the conference, a partnership with ChabadMatch, a database of Chabad singles worldwide, allows every conference attendee to register on ChabadMatch, waiving the fee. For those new to shidduchim or veterans, this year’s Shidduch conference brought together all the pieces of the puzzle for successful shidduchim in one day. "Never before have shadchanim, coaches, trainers, singles and parents been brought together in one place at one time to network, learn and make shidduchim,” says Elana Bergovoy, President of the Shidduch Group Network.
Participants made new and valuable contacts and had the opportunity to meet many shadchanim in person at the Networking Lunch and Leaders’ Dinner.
The inaugural publication from the Shidduch Group Network, the Rebbe's Advice on Shidduchim, as told by Rabbi Leibel Groner on Pesach Sheini 5774, was distributed to all attendees. The Navigating Shidduchim Series will be made available to members of the International Shidduch Group Network.
Feedback was collected to make next year’s conference even better. Here’s what some attendees had to say:
"It was remarkable!"
"The keynote speaker and panel discussion really touched me. It opened my eyes and gave me a totally new perspective and approach."
"I didn't realize just how I have impacted my daughter's efforts to get married."
"There is so much, and so much more, why can't you set up a two-day program?"
After a packed day of learning, discussions, resume-sharing and networking, Chapter Leaders gathered for a delicious meal that culminated in singing and dancing together! It was truly a superb event. And it was made possible by generous donors, Mrs. Fay Weiss, Mrs. Leah Berg, Rabbi Zev Cadaner and many other contributors.
Yashar koach to the incredible women who volunteered to help make this conference such a resounding success: Mrs. Tamar Stone and. Miriam Sherr and the members of their Crown Heights Shidduch Group; Mrs. Chana Rosen, Ms. Mushky Sherr, Mrs. Dobra Spinner, and so many others!