2023 program

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Feel the Day.

A flow of stirring visuals, inspiring speeches, moving vignettes and first-hand stories of struggle
on the topics of galus, pain and Tisha B'av.

the topic

When pain brings questions
into our lives

The pain of the Shechina.
The pain in my life.
What you'll hear
Why Tisha B'av? What am I supposed to do /feel today?
How can I deal with personal pain? I'm not doing a good job.
Blame & guilt: when it feels like something bad happened because of you
Will I break or grow? How to develop resilience.
The role of chronic pain, where there's no hope
When someone I know is suffering — what to do & what NOT to do
Yiddishkeit is all about joy. Why have a day of sadness?
Balancing people's privacy vs. my sincere desire to help
And more…
A 2-hour journey that pulls your heart & soul
exactly where you want them to be on Tisha B'Av
Stirring visuals & vignettes that wake up your heart
Speakers that hit a chord & leave you profoundly inspired
Raw, authentic personal accounts by people who've gone through fire
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speeches by

Rabbi Gershon Miller
Rabbi Gershon Miller
Rosh Hamosad, Yeshivas Bais Yehudah, Detroit
Rabbi Gershon Miller is the Rosh of the Bais Yehudah mosdos in Detroit and was formerly the Mashgiach of the Gateshead Yeshiva.

Renowned for his breadth of Torah knowledge, keen insight into human nature, and deep understanding of our contemporary challenges, Rabbi Miller delivers Shiurim and Shmuesen on many topics. His unique ability to show the application of Toras Chaim in every aspect of life has empowered and inspired individuals and audiences worldwide.
Rabbi Uri Deutsch
Rabbi Uri Deutsch
Mara D'Asra Forest Park shul, Lakewood
Rabbi Uri Deutsch is the Mara D'asra of the Forest Park shul in Lakewood, NJ. Most recently, he was the featured speak at the Agudah Convention Keynote Session.
Rabbi Eytan Feiner
Rabbi Eytan Feiner
Mara D'Asra, Kneseth Israel, the White Shul, Far Rockaway
Rabbi Eytan Feiner is the Rav of the White Shul in Far Rockaway, N.Y., and also serves as the Rav of Chai Lifeline's Camp Simcha. He is a popular international speaker, and often draws on his own lengthy struggle with infertility and long-term experience raising a severely disabled child, to guide and support people through their most difficult challenges.
Rabbi Ari Bensoussan
Rabbi Ari Bensoussan
Cofounder, Yeshivat Ruach Chaim and Head, Chazak LA
Rabbi Ari Bensoussan has been teaching students from all over the world for 12 years — and is a twice-cancer survivor. He co-founded Yeshivat Ruach Chaim in Jerusalem and was a senior Lecturer in the Derech program at Yeshiva Ohr Samayach in Jerusalem. Recently, Rabbi Bensoussan moved with his wife and children to L.A. where he heads a new branch of the Chazak International community outreach initiative.
Mr. Michael Rothschild
Mr. Michael Rothschild
Director, Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation
Mr. Michael Rothschild founded the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation in 1989 to bring kinder speech and closer connection throughout the Jewish world. With his passionate desire to inspire people to be their highest self, he works with an ever-growing staff on dozens of programs that help hundreds of thousands of Jews spread kindness. Mr. Rothschild's energy for this mission is infectious, and 69,000 tune in to his Live Life Better videos each week to kickstart more positive, growing lives.
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Hear from the Experts
Meet the Heroes

Mr. Mordechai Weinberger LCSW
Mr. Mordechai
Weinberger LCSW
Executive Director, Serenity Center
Mr. Mordechai Weinberger LCSW is longtime social worker, popular radio host, and now director of the Serenity Center. He has worked with over 4,000 clients, creating a holistic treating plan for each person around their individual experiences. Mr. Weinberger brings his brilliant insight, empathetic approach and masterful expertise to provide practical guidance about the emotional realities of challenge.
Rabbi Sruly Fried
Rabbi Sruly
Director, Chai Lifeline
Mr. Sruly Fried is the regional director of Chai Lifeline in New Jersey & Pennsylvania. He shares a first-hand view of supporting families through illness and loss, when the pain feels unbearable.

Meet the Heroes

Rabbi Shmuel Hirth
Rabbi Shmuel
Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva Nefesh Hachaim
Rabbi Shmuel Hirth, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Nefesh Hachaim in Lakewood, NJ, is the father of Malky Hirth a"h, who passed away at age 7 ½ years after battling cancer for 5 ½ years. Although Malky was young, she gave chizuk to thousands during her short lifetime and afterward — and her father speaks about her story (and his own).
Miss Rivka Shotkin
Miss Rivka

Rivka Shotkin is 17 years old and lives in Passaic, NJ. She shares a personal inspiring message about learning to put her energy in a positive place after her devastating spinal cord injury two years ago.

For Women

Struggle & Survival — how we made it through, and what we learned along the way
Mrs. Miriam Swerdlov
Mrs. Miriam
Mrs. Miriam Swerdlov, beloved mechaneches in Crown Heights for over 30 years and director of Camp YTT each summer in Israel, has been part of CCHF programs for many years. Her messages of strength, hefty sense of humor and flashes of brilliance have made her one of our most popular women lecturer.
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner
Rebbetzin Aviva
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner is Rebbetzin of the White Shul in Far Rockaway, NY, mentor and mechaneches for over 20 years. She gets honest about her journey waiting 12 years for a child — who turned out to be severely disabled — and shines with acceptance, love and a deep sense of compassion on screen.
Mrs. Mindy Blumenfeld, LCSW
Mrs. Mindy
Blumenfeld, LCSW
Mrs. Mindy Blumenfeld LCSW is a beloved therapist in Brooklyn, NY. Her success at counseling hundreds through change and challenge comes from a powerful intuition, an unstoppable drive to learn and her own tragic brush with death when her son passed away from a brain tumor a few years ago.
Mrs. Shaindel Simes
Mrs. Shaindel
Mrs. Shaindel Simes became the wife of The Rolling Rabbi when her husband, Rabbi Yehuda Simes, popular, dynamic mechanech in Ottawa, Canada, became quadriplegic overnight. She took care of her husband for seven years until he passed away. She speaks about the great decision she made to keep her family together and the bumps along her journey.
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There are gaping holes of pain in our lives.

This Tisha B'Av, connect with the day —and your pain— in a whole new way.
And let it lead us home.
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