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Women of Influence: Hope For Humanity

Crossroads of Jewish and Christian History

Women of Influence: Hope For Humanity

Women of Influence: Hope For Humanity

Magdalena Institute presents Women of Influence: Hope for Humanity

GUEST SPEAKERS LINE-UP for March 5, 2017 at 9:30-16:00

Symposium Registration by February 27, 2017:

Registration fee: 30 USD

MAIN CONFERENCE: Queen Esther & the Feminine Genius

Nina Heereman (Scripture Scholar)

Nina Heereman

Nina Sophie Heereman will speak about Queen Esther and the feminine genius.  She is a Catholic biblical scholar from Germany. After the completion of law studies, and having served for two years as a junior lawyer in the Freistaat Bayern, her life took an unexpected turn.  Through a powerful encounter with the Word of God, she felt the call to dedicate her life fully to God and to choose celibacy for the kingdom of heaven.  Following several years of spiritual formation and service in different retreat centers in Germany and India, she studied theology in Frankfurt and Rome.

Nina obtained her baccalaureate in theology from the Gregorian University and a licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical institute. She is presently completing her scriptural studies with a PhD thesis on the Song of Songs at the Ecole Biblique et Archeologique de Jerusalem. Her special interests are Christology of the Old Testament and the spousal love of God for his chosen people. She has taught on the Song of Songs at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris and will be lecturing as a visiting professor at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in the Spring of 2018.


Testimonies of Contemporary Women Living the Feminine Genius

Amoun Sleen: Founder of the Domari Society of Gypsies in Jerusalem

Amoun Sleen

Did you know that a Gyspy community exists in Jerusalem?  Amoun Sleen, belonging to the long line of Domi Gypsies herself, dedicates her livelihood to helping raise the standards of living for her people.  She is the author of A Gypsy Dreaming in Jerusalem and Founder of the Domari Society of Gypsies in Jerusalem, a community learning and advocacy center created to preserve the culture of the Dom people.

The Domari Society offers community development programs, social services, and a warm environment for community gatherings.  Projects include tutoring for children, supplying children’s school supplies for first graders, women’s catering and hairdressing courses, a women’s handicraft initiative, a small business course, and activities promoting cultural preservation.

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Sandy Shoshani: National Director of Bead Chaim

Sandy Shoshani

The offer to take on a leadership position as the Director of Bead Chaim came as a surprise.  She was already the mother of 7 children, involved in teaching English, enjoying putting on drama shows for children and accompanying her husband in pastoral ministry.  Nonetheless, she embraced the challenge.  Under her leadership, Bead Chaim, a non-profit organization, has helped approximately 1800 women and their babies since 2005.

Bead Chaim offers a pregnancy counseling center, post-abortion trauma assistance, educational outreach to youth, and a hotline for women in need.   Sandy believes that women should be given the support and encouragement to Choose Life.   In addition to education and counseling, Bead Chaim offers emotional and practical help for a full year through the Operation Moses project.

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Ana Rosnovski: Founder of Musicians of Tomorrow

Ana Rosnovski

What do classical music, young people and sandwiches have in common?  They come together in Rosh Pina, Israel, in the house of Ana Rosnovski, former soloist and violinist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  Her love for music is attributed to her Russian-Jewish culture and family influence.  She desires to share that passion with others who may not have the chance to fulfill their dreams without proper professional training.

Ana’s passion for preserving the heritage of classical music through talented musicians is obvious through her students.  A select group of 15 students have the opportunity of a lifetime, not possible without the generous support and time that Ana and other teachers offer.  Musicians of Tomorrow grew surprisingly and spontaneously out of a need in 2006.  MoT targets gifted children from the north of Israel, offering them tuition free lessons.  Her motherly heart strives to nurture excellence in a way that goes beyond mere music lessons.

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Yola Reitman: An Undercover Rescue Mission

History recounts the1984-85 Operation Moses, which rescued thousands of Ethiopian Jews from Sudanese refugee camps.  But few reported on the 3 year undercover mission that precluded Operation Moses.  Yola Reitman will give an account of being recruited by the Mossad to act as the Director of a diving operation on the shores of the Red Sea.  While running a legitimate business, she facilitated the rescue of 12,000 of Jewish refugees, fleeing persecution and famine in Ethiopia.  She offers her reflections on the difference a woman’s presence made in the success of the 3 year mission.


Agnes & Jamal Shehade: House of Grace

Who would raise 5 children among ex-prisoners?  It is not the normal family experience, yet Agnes Bieger, native of Switzerland, embarked on this adventure when she married Kamil Shehade, an Arab Christian from Haifa.  Her husband’s generous spirit and leadership led to the foundation of the House of Grace in 1982, a halfway house for ex-prisoners.  The mission extended to opening their own house, living daily with the released prisoners, and assisting them with education, counseling and life-skills to reintegrate into society.  Their 5 children continue to participate in this ministry.  Agnes will share her story of the beginnings.  Her son, Jamal, will share his reflections on the value of a mother and woman in the lives of the ex-prisoners.

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