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CHIZUK MISSION

About  The

Igniting women to bring out their unique “selves”, so their core essence can shine, connect and inspire others to reach their full potential.  

The Chizuk Mission started in 2009, with a goal to give women the opportunity to infuse more meaning and purpose into their connection to Hashem and strengthen emunah. Giving spiritual growth opportunities for women within the frum community and the tools to bring those lessons back home are an essential component of the success of the Chizuk Mission.

 

Through Rav Noach’s Weinberg’s z”l, principles, a week long trip to Eretz Yisroal was born to meet this great need.
The Chizuk Mission become oxygen to the women who went on the trip, they filled up their spiritual tank and
were able to bring that growth and excitement back to their families and communities creating long lasting effects. 

Since the inception of the program, the Chizuk Mission has grown, now offering a variety of opportunities to get women’s spiritual tank filled and in turn elevate the entire Jewish people. This includes trips to Eretz Yisrael, chaburahs, retreats, virtual learning programs,  reunions and more.

The Chizuk Mission allows women’s neshamas to shine and develop into the leaders of Klal Yisroael.

 

The growth of the Chizuk Mission to expand beyond trips was in-part due the vision of one of

its participants, Chaya Bistritzky A”H, Ruchama Chaya Fruma bas R’ Dov Pinchas.

Chaya saw that the spiritual growth opportunities from this program should not be contained,

and with that boost of encouragement the program has blossomed. “Ein Od Milvado” was

Chaya’s motto and mind frame throughout her life. During the entire time that Chaya A”H

was sick in the hospital ,she strongly believed that everything is from HaShem and that there

is No One But Him.

 

To learn more about the "Ein Od Milvado" campaign, click here.  

See the special song from Mordechai Shapiro made in her honor, click here.

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Edana Desatnick

​Baskin Ridge, NJ

"Each person brought so much of themselves. The individual caring, learning and growth is beyond special. I feel so incredibly blessed to be a part of this experience."

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Miriam Tress

Monsey, NY

"Everyone is from such different walks of life. But, there is one common goal, Achdus and everyone wants to grow. Being in one room with fifty women who want to grow, its unusual."

Esti Stahler

Esti Stahler 

Lawrence, NY

"It's like a beautiful bouquet of flowers, every woman a little different, every one so special. Yet, we are all alike and we give each other chizuk. Inspiration, bonding, friendship, I love every woman. If you have the privilege to come, come."

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Sora Gottlieb 

Lakewood, NJ

"I just can't imagine life without Chizuk Mission. This mission has totally changed me and I have made the most wonderful friends. I am so grateful for the opportunity. I am in it for life!"

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Marla Stark

Cleveland, OH

"It's not rational, so it's not explainable. You are surrounded in love and warmth. It's an amazing and special feeling. It is such a bracha to be a part of it."

The key to greatness is doing a spiritual accounting. Every day, set aside time to ask yourself: What am I living for? What do I need to change?

It is a greater pleasure to love than to be loved. So why spend so much energy on gaining the approval of others? Work on loving them instead.

Torah is not a history book. It is Toras Chaim – literally Instructions for Living, God's manual teaching on how to fulfill our potential and get the most out of life.

Judaism isn't all or nothing. Every mitzvah is a gold mine

If being good is worth dying for, then it is worth living for. And if it is worth dying and living for, then it is certainly worth enjoying.

Rav Noach Weinberg z”l, founder of Aish HaTorah's Instructions for Living;

MEET THE TEAM

Professional Team

Barrie Feld

Barrie E. Feld,

Founding Director

Barrie grew up in Wilmette, on the North Shore of Chicago.

She holds a degree in fine arts from the University of Madison Wisconsin and has been teaching art for almost twenty-five years utilizing the setting to help build children's self esteem.  

Barrie along with her husband, Rabbi Chaim Feld opened the Washington D.C branch of Aish and afterwards set down roots within the Cleveland community, opening Aish Cleveland. 

 

Barrie focused her passion on providing Chizuk to frum women after a close friend challenged her to go outside her "Kiruv bubble" and provide growth opportunities for women within the religious community to connect to Hashem. 

Barrie lives in University Heights with her husband, and their youngest child who is still living at home.

 

Barrie's personal story was published in Binah Magazine, to read the full article, click here.

Aviva Fass

Aviva Fass,

Executive Director

Aviva’s is passionate about solving logistical challenges, developing strong infrastructure, programming, event planning/execution and taking her skills and abilities to serve Klal Yisrael.

Her passion and experience in event planning, management and marketing is truly her Yeud. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University at Albany in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy and a Masters of Business Administration from Touro University with a concentration in Jewish Non-Profit Management.

Aviva lives in Far Rockaway with her husband, son and three step-children.

Naomi Gallor

Naomi Gallor,
Community Liaison Coordinator

Naomi was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She grew up in a home full of love and respect for Aish Hatorah and the Rosh Hayeshiva Rav Noach Weinberg.

 

After moving to Cleveland, she became involved in many volunteer and community programming and committees. Professionally she is trained as an occupational therapist and practiced OT for many years, she has since professionally pivoted, focusing her energy and time on her passion, working for the Chizuk Mission, a project of Aish Hatorah.

 

She strives for growth, self-betterment, and above all wants to help spread the message that all Jews are connected to each other, and connected deeply with Hashem; and that although life can be difficult and challenging for most, that Hashem loves us and only wants a relationship with us.

Lay-Leader Team

Sora Wolasky

Sora Wolasky

Sora is a driving force in supporting women to connect themselves to, each other and Hashem through her work with the Chizuk Mission.