WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!!
That was AMAZING!
I LOVED the Shabbaton.
I’m grateful for coronavirus (not the part that people are suffering) because living in England I was able to join for the first time so that literally made me super happy – that’s part of the silver lining for me.
The lectures and shiurim were amazing and they all gave me a practical take away and food for thought.
I really enjoyed the game, it was really well done and hilarious and inspiring and the exercise was also really fun!
The singing at the end was so homey and just wrapped up the whole weekend so beautifully.
Thank you SO SO SO much for all the effort you must have put in to this, it is so evident that you worked really hard and I’m so happy it went global.
In total admiration and gratitude
Dearest Rebbetzin Fink, Chasya Miriam and all the people behind Lechu V’Nelcha,
Wow! What an incredible Chanukah “present” ! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! Reading through the notes brought me back to the Shabbaton itself- those surreal, magical 3 days of Good, Better, BEST!
When I think back at my year so far, my high points have been the Yomim noraim and Sukkos, Lechu V’Nelcha Shabbaton, and of course Chanukah that just passed. The shabbaton figuratively “filled me up” with chizuk for the winter. All of the speakers were amazing, beyond words! PHENOMENAL! Each message really resonated! From Rabbi Miller’s high level shiurim that felt like a continuation of Sem, to the Rubashkin’s who are a living lesson in emunah and living a life of avodas Hashem, to Rabbi Grama’s good old chizuk delivered in such a warm way, to Mrs. Ben Shalom’s Eretz Yisrael-dik words, to Rebbetzin Fink’s loving presence and emesdik Hashkafah… I don’t have adequate words to express what it did for me!
There was also the whole social aspect, getting to know so many AMAZING girls, and the beauty of 300 voices singing together on shabbos and at the kumzits motzei Shabbos! The whole atmosphere at Shabbaton was one of growth and positivity, and everything was so cheshboned out and exact to give us the most we could possibly get… Thank you! Thank You! THANK YOU!!!
I am so proud to be a part of Lechu V’Nelcha, and even more so, I feel so grateful to Rebbetzin Fink and Lechu V’Nelcha for the weekly shiur with all of the continuous Torah, hashkafos, and lessons in avodas hamiddos.
With much appreciation and admiration,
A proud Lechu V’Nelcha member!
Dear Rebbetzin Fink,
No words are enough to thank you for the amazing Shabbaton you gave the girls! My daughter, ”had the best Shabbos ever”. You made the girls feel so special and taken care of. From the beautiful hotel, plenty of delicious food, the singing and dancing and of course the wonderful speakers …. and all the little details you included to create a positive atmosphere of togetherness and growth. A chance for the girls to meet and make new friends and to connect. And to have fun in a kosher, organized venue that’s tailored to their needs and stage in life. I didn’t realize how necessary and important and how much such a program can achieve in one Shabbos until I saw my daughter’s face glowing when she came home!
Thank you for your time and devotion! I’m sure I can’t properly imagine how much effort and coordination goes into organizing a spectacular event such as this, and I am truly appreciative! May Hashem bless you with health and success always!
It was an incredible inspiring Shabbos! The girls all shine kah. It was also extremely well organized down to the smallest details…Wishing you much hatzlachah.
Dear Rebbetzin Fink,
Monday night shiurim at the Fink mikdash me’at were set in stone no matter the weather, weddings or workload. Spectacular Shabbatons left a lasting impression and everlasting friendships – Komemiyus, Hilton, Crowne, Sqvere and Wyndham. Due to Rebbetzin Fink’s ideals, Lechu V’Nelcha is an integral and treasured part of my life. Thank you for opening your heart and home to us all. Thank you for sharing priceless lessons in your positive and engaging way. It is a zechus to be a part of such a wonderful kevutzah.
May Hashem bentch your avodas hakodesh with dazzling siyata dishmaya. May you see outstanding nachas from your family and talmidos.
As much as I tried to express my profound gratitude on the little thank you notes, I know that it is far from enough… Again and again thank you! The profound words of Rabbi Miller; to be a holech, how to bring up food to a ruchniyus level, how to take things along in real life, in those plain mar Cheshvon days… is just so practical and deep and intellectual too! And the powerful message of Rabbi Rubashkin and the take along workshop by Rabbi Grama.. I can’t end, for I feel like I haven’t started….. Thanks again for the myriad of details which I dont know how to thank you for. May Hashem repay with brochois ad bli dei, and shower you with hashpaas tovos,nachas and simcha and may we be zoche to the ultimate redemption, speedily in our days…
Thank you so much for the most AMAZING shabbaton! Someone told me that you could see in the office who went to the Shabbaton– they are GLOWING (and tired)!
I’m still on a high from Shabbos! The program was terrific. The girls were amazing! Somehow it felt like a more cohesive group than other times, even though there were more girls. When I heard Batya speak, sharing her take on her disability, I was feeling all proud of myself. She’s incredible, and since I had come to some of the same conclusions as her, it follows that I am incredible, too! Ta -da!
As the columnist of the shidduch GPS in the widely popular Inyan Magazine, I was invited this past Shabbos by the indefatigable Rebbetzin Dinah Fink to participate and present at the Lechu V’Nelcha Shabbos which took place at the Wyndham Hotel in Florham Park, New Jersey. One can be blown away with pride at the sight of 305 choshuva Bnos Yisrael yearning to connect and grow in Yiddishkeit while having tons of fun and entertainment. The atmosphere was elegant, not a detail missing, and the ruach palpable.
Kol Hakavod to Rebbetzin Fink for launching the outstanding organization of Lechu V’Nelcha providing an outlet for continued growth and friendships for post seminary girls all over the world.
(I married off 4 of my 6 sons. Number 5 is about to start. Hashem gifted me. The’yre all major bnei Torah, Rabbonim…Dayanim. I always asked the sem mechanchos, “is her Yiddishkeit meaningful to her?” The girls who attend LVN are attending because their Yiddishkeit is meaningful to them.)
A Lechu V’Nelcha Shabbaton is something completely out of this world!!! From the minute you arrive, all throughout Shabbos, and until way longer after you leave, you’re enveloped in a special cloud of something INCREDIBLE!!! There really is no way to describe it, unless experienced. The shiurim, speakers, friendships, accommodations…even the food, hotel…everything about it- the camaraderie is so so so WONDERFUL!!!
There was no better way to end it with Marion Fine’s hysterical humor, the dancing, and super fun cooking show on Sunday. Not to mention Bracha Jaffe’s kumzitz…it was so REAL- creating song into tefillah! Rabbi Miller’s profound and keen insight left me open-mouthed as he pulled all the threads together at the end. Just so unbeleivable! Ms. Batya Feigenbaum is one AMAZING person walking the face of this Earth. Mrs.Tzirel Rubinstein shared some practical eye opening shidduch advice. And there’s no way not to get deeply affected by Mrs. Ben Shalom’s contagious heartening love for Torah! My entire appreciation and perspective has changed! Rabbi & Mrs. Rubashkin’s unwavering Bitachon taught that no matter what, Hashem is there. Aleph and Bais ( Emunah & Bitachon) pulled them through, knowing Gimmel (Geulah) will follow. For 8.5 years, there was no freedom; all she knew was that Aleph, Bais, then going back to Aleph=spells ABA! Her father is in charge! So so inspiring. Each speaker was so on target and insightful. Rabbi Gramma, Mrs. Miller, Rebbetzin Shlomtzy Weiss with her witty brilliance…it was just out of this world indeed!
All I can say is that I LIVE OFF IT, always looking forward to the next LVN Shabbaton! Thank you, and I will Iy”h try to DO thank you!
May Hashem give you all the koach to continue doing this for Klal Yisrael!
I just want to try to express my appreciation for the most beautiful, amazing Shabbaton ever!!!! I am on such a high! You could not have done a better job. The program and the speeches along with the stunning accommodations was unbelievable! I am so uplifted and inspired. I dont know what I would do without such an organization. No thank you will ever suffice! But thank you anyways!!!!!
…Amazing Shabbaton. The quality of the girls was baruch Hashem over the top. What a zechus to have been able to be part of it. Speakers – enlightening. What ruach! It transported me back to my camp days. By the way, I have been to many events- your staff organizational skills are extraordinary! Wishing all of you much hatzlochah! Regards
There are no words with which to express my sincerest hakaros hatov to you Rebbetzin Fink for an extraordinary, meaningful and fun shabbaton!
This was an amazing Shabbaton! Thanks for allowing me to come and be inspired. I spoke with many of the girls. One even spoke Russian and enjoyed talking to me! Kol hakavod my friend! Once again you did an amazing job!
Dear Reb Fink
I have no words so I wont thank
But if I dont I will faint
I want to say just how beautful Shabbos was
Like it always is
Where every girl can connect and grow
And have what to show
From food (never saw so much food in my life!) to speakers
To girls to activities and worskhops
A hit it was
Hours and hours was well worth it
So thank you for putting it all in
Months we wait for it in advance
So you can know it was for good reason
Thank you for an unnecessary mention of my name and the gift
Its a pleasure to be a part of the LVN family
The inspiration was another level
Rubashkin spoke to home for me
And Marion was as funny as can be
Trampoline dancing was so fun
And the choir was gorgeous too!!
It reminded me when I was young
I learned the song in 7th grade
Never heard or sang it again
I was able to sing along every word
May you continue doing this beautful work
And may you be strong to continue with the energy that you always have!
Sincerely, with love
Walking through the door
Of Wyndham Florham Park
Suitcases in hand
Air alive with spark
Right away we’re greeted
With a heartfelt embrace
Your motherly care
A smile radiating your face
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Oh! I have literally NO WORDS to describe how nice the Shabbaton was and how much we loved it!! Enjoyed is a HUGE understatement!!
Every single part was so amazing! Every detail planned to perfection!!
From the timings of the speeches and entertainment, to the menu for each meal, the welcome packs, the gift, the technical parts to make it Shabbos friendly, the rooms and tables, the zemiros and dancing……
It was truly a masterpiece, worth all that money!!!
We cant wait to keep up the inspiration with the weekly shiur!!
When I came home from Eretz Yisrael mid-seminary year to sit shiva with my family after my sister’s petira, I was greeted warmly by a woman who came to be minachem avel. She introduced herself and humbly told me about her post seminary shiurim that I could take advantage of when I came back from seminary. Little did I know then that she was Rebbetzin Fink, the founder of Lechu V’Nelcha – a program which provides a weekly shiur for post seminary girls in over 40 locations!
As a fresh seminary graduate, of course I wanted to hold on to my ruchnius and to continue growing despite leaving the safe cocoon of seminary in Eretz Yisrael. I was so grateful to know the address where like-minded girls gathered once a week to build and maintain our Torah true hashkafos. It didn’t matter who I rubbed shoulders with during my busy work days, because I knew where I could find girls who I could relate to and create long lasting friendships with.
Lechu V’Nelcha has provided so much for me on a personal level. This is my sixth year in the workforce, and I have the zechus of being a member of Rebbetzin Fink’s shiur in her cozy Boro Park home every Monday night. All girls who know me well have heard about my weekly shiur that literally gives me chizuk for the entire week! I often look around and see girls who are lacking so much, yet they just don’t realize what a weekly shiur and social gathering can provide for a girl during the transitional stage between seminary and marriage. Aside for the shiurim themselves, Lechu V’Nelcha arranges seasonal events, Shabbatons, and Chol Hamoed trips that create lasting memories and make me feel part of something big.
I read the interview with Reb. Dinah Fink with excitement as Lechu V’Nelcha still holds a fond place in my heart. Those days were sweeter than honey! The shiurim and the trips and the Shabbatons– just being part of such a sincere, friendly and elevated group of girls.
I will add that Lechu V’Nelcha was definitely more than just a filler for those years until marriage. I feel that there was an aspect of chinuch I gained there that I did not receive in all my previous years of schooling. Particularly in the area of avodas hamidos-as a focus and goal in life. We learned to constantly ask ourselves: What middah do I need to work on to get through this challenge? It is a mindset of growth that gives my life constant meaning until today.
Also-balance. Reb. Fink’s teachings were lofty in their ideals yet always brought down to practical application. Feelings of superiority were never tolerated. A balance in our relationship with Hashem, people, and ourselves. It was an idealistic yet happy, friendly and wholesome environment.
These hashkafos are invaluable to me, especially now as a wife and mother. I thank Hashem for giving them to me and I tell every seminary graduate: Don’t miss out!
LVN Shabbatons are the highlight of my year. I wait for them and I live from them, leaving distraction and dizziness outside and simply reJEWvenating… getting back to the clarity and truth that we yearn for so badly, all in such a warm and accepting atmosphere!
This amazing LVN community I got to know which now I can’t see myself without…
Treat yourself to a Shabbaton & join! You won’t regret it!!
Attending the 24th Lechu V’Nelcha Shabbaton was truly an amazing GIFT I am grateful to have been BEGIFTED of.
Since coming home I find myself referring back to all I have acquired throughout this amazing Shabbos. It is amazing to be able to apply all you’ve learned to your day to day life. It was an uplifting experience! All of the speeches were something special! I really feel this Shabbos had an everlasting impact on me that I will try to carry on forever..!
I thank all at Lechu V’Nelcha for presenting us with this most priceless gift of the Lechu V’Nelcha Shabbaton ! Your hard work was surely recognized. May Hashem grant you koach to continue with all you do.
Lichvod Rebbetzin Fink,
I don’t know where to begin..?! The Shabbaton was truly a gift of a lifetime, money well spent… I can’t begin to imagine the koichos that went into it, the effort, the time…everything…I gained so much from all the shiurim, from the meals spent with all different ehrliche and emesdige girls yearning to grow. The conversations at the seudos were all so toichendig and we all felt that the group was just unique! The kumzitz was beautiful and so full of meaning! Thank you for all the amazing speakers that were brought in for it! Thank you for introducing me to Rabbi Milller-truly a zechus! The workshops were so practical and so relevant to our lives! I told my mother that when I left the Hilton I felt like I was leaving the airport back from seminary! We were in a bubble that I hope will never pop… baruch Hashem for Lechu V’Nelcha and it’s truly an honor for me to have a small part in it!
Thank you so much again! Tizki l’mitzvos! May Hakadosh Baruch Hu give you a lot of koach to be able to continue going strong in your avodos hakodesh of lighting up the spiritual world of others!
Looking forward to having you speak for our branch very soon in Yerushalayim!
I had the most amazing Shabbos ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am in a daze of inspiration!
Every single part of it was astounding!!!
Thank you! Thank you!!
I read the email about the upcoming Lechu V’Nelcha Shabbaton, in the USA, I was brought back to my own days at Lechu V’Nelcha. Those two wonderful years of growth, of joy, of connection. How my heart fondly recalls those days, how I miss them! With longing I recall…
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Dear Rebbetzin Fink,
My husband and I would like to thank you profusely for your wonderful organisation – Lechu V’Nelcha. Penina enjoys the shiurim – especially yours – and the Shabbatons and the good friendships she’s made over the years. We appreciate the tremendous amount of time and energy you put into the girls. Your shiurim are deep and practical and Penina gains so much from them. She enjoys your presence on the Shabbatons.
Hashem should bless you with a kesivah vechasimah tovah – which all includes all the good things we could possibly wish you!
With appreciation and respect,
As a privileged mother of now the third daughter participating in Lechu V’Nelcha, my heart just overflows with appreciation to this wonderful and in-place organization…One could say that it has transformed this transit situation from a so-to-speak “waiting room” between seminary and marriage to a productive and fulfilling period that our girls could truly enjoy and grow…
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If there’s one word that comes to mind, it is connection. Connection with each other and connection to our Father above. All my friends, all the girls from that trip, even if I would not recall their name, if I would meet them today, I would feel a kinship. A kinship of the soul that says: “We were at a Lechu V’Nelcha retreat together.” Writing this now, I feel …
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Thank you so much! I didn’t realize how good of a situation I was getting myself into by signing up for LVN! It is so nice to have different forms of inspiration so easily- by just opening up my email. This speech was so beautiful. I watched it on Erev Tisha B’Av and it got me into the Tisha B’Av mode…Hashem should bentch you with much continued hatzlachah!
From the very beginning, I’ve always had warm feelings towards Lechu V’Nelcha and its devoted staff, who are role models in and of themselves. However, since I treasure Shabbos in my own home, for all it has to offer, I was hesitant about joining the Shabbaton. Little did I know about the genuine pleasure that was in store for me…
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Girls around the
Globe, here for one
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It is such a zechus to get so many girls under one roof to listen to a shiur…Williamsburg really needs this!
As a high school and seminary graduate, I have attended many conventions, Shabbatons, and inspiring trips. But the LVN “Weekend of Inspiration” in Edison was unique. I don’t think I ever had a Shabbos before where I can honestly say that a week and a half later; I am still on a high. This Shabbos was not just uplifting and inspiring, but eye-opening and life-changing. As a token of appreciation to Rebbetzin Fink, Rabbi Miller, shlita, and all those who put in so much work in making it happen, I would like to express in writing all that I have gained over this Shabbos…
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Rabbi Miller’s shiurim are brilliant behond brilliant! Rabbi Miller dispels many kindergarten myths about our relationship with Hashem. I used to believe in Hashem; now I know there’s a G-d. You feel that you come to your own conclusions with the shiurim. You’re not being told something in a preachy style, which is very thrilling. The Ani Maamins now have a whole different meaning for me. It gave me a foundation in emunah, which no one gets in school, because it’s geared to us – mature young women. And it’s something we can hold on to the entire year.
LVN means a lot to me! You can see that reflected in that I travel from Bet Shemesh To Yerushalayim for the shiur very often! It is so special to have such a quality group of girls at the same stage in life joining together for shiurim and Shabbatons.
LVN means everything to me. It keeps me connected to Gateshead sem…keeps me focused on what life is all about and helps me with my daily challenges.
…I extend my deepest thank you to Lechu V’Nelcha. Thank you for the good times, the uplifting experiences, the thought-provoking workshops. Thank you for connecting me to mentors and friends from all over. Thank you for caring enough for my ruchniyus and emotional wellbeing to invest untold amounts of time, effort, and money to ensure that I grow, remain strong and maintain the purity of a fresh Bais Yaakov graduate…
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To attempt to describe a Lechu V’Nelcha Shabbaton is daunting. Maybe, if I had never attended one, my job would be easier, as I would not sense how far my depiction falls short. Having joined twice, I wonder if I can succeed in capturing that elusive, captivating atmosphere, that striving for more, the joy, the welcome, the sense of being in the best possible place…
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Ever since leaving seminary I was looking forward to coming to a Lechu V’Nelcha Shabbaton with great anticipation, and it far exceeded all my expectations….The friends I made on the Shabbaton are friends that I will stay connected to, as we share a kinship through our experiences together, as a part of the Lechu V’Nelcha family.
I attend the Lechu V’Nelcha shiur for post-seminary girls every Monday night. What this has done for me is incredible. I can honestly say that I would not have the simchas hachaim that I have today without the shiur. I would not have the hashkafos that I have today without it. And this is not because I don’t have a strong Bais Yaakov education. I attended Bais Yaakov from kindergarten through high school and I learned in an excellent seminary. But what my friends and I faced upon completion of seminary was and continues to be very difficult…
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I am married with several children and the time I spent with Lechu V’Nelcha 5 and 6 years ago is still with me…
There is a place
where learning is a love
minds absorbing, expanding
with awareness of Hashem…
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I am so grateful to have had LVN a part of my life! Each week, I would wait for the weekly LVN shiur to relax intellectually and off-course gain my weekly inspiration on emunah and avodas hamiddos. The shiurim were given with such depth and clarity and helped me internalise what it is that Hashem wants from me at each given moment. The lessons I learnt gave me tremendous koiches to be able to deal with life’s challenges and helped me become a much more content and grateful person. I definitely can say that I am a different mother today because of LVN!
I feel very proud of being part of this special group around the world. When I look at our LVN group in Mexico and at the pictures and advertisements of other LVN branches I can really tell, netzach Yisrael loi yeshaker! It is a real zechus!
I am currently going through a very painful nisayon and LVN is my lifeline….
My daughter lives for her Lechu V’Nelcha; It gives her so much! It’s something that really enriches her whole life. Between the speakers, the activities, the Shabbatons; she feels like she’s found a new family! Friends that are so Torah oriented and so positive. She comes back from the shiurim and Shabbatons really inspired. She wants everyone to go to the weekly shiurim and she tries to spread the word.
…Oh, how we used to squeeze into Rebbetzin Fink’s dining room every Monday night. We found rides with each other, and we made sure to come early to get a seat. The comradeship, the warm atmosphere, the candies on the table. And the shiur! Each lesson was an intellectual and spiritual delight, which challenged our minds and our hearts. A question, another question, a third, it built up, it built up-and then…the masterful conclusion, the powerful, penetrating lesson, so clear, so true and then made so relevant to our daily lives…
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Through Lechu V’Nelcha, I have a network of exceptional friends. I feel a distinctive quality of eidelkeit and tznius. I don’t know of any other group like this…
Lechu V’Nelcha gives me a lot to look forward to…the social interaction has a positive effect on my entire week…