Rena Fruchter:

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Rena Fruchter, artist and Jewish educator, designs and creates group mosaic projects and mosaic Judaica, as founder and facilitator of Big Picture Mosaics. 

In her DC community of Ohev Sholom the National Synagogue, Rena has worked with groups to design art pieces based on Jewish spiritual and textual experience, such as artistic breastplates for the Torah, and a mosaic light box display which explores our responsibility for the brokenness related to Tisha B'Av. 

Rena is married to Chaim Fruchter, and takes great joy as Mom and Grandma to their children and grandchildren.  

Jody Miller:


Jody is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist who provides personal and post-rehabilitative exercise training, nutrition and wellness coaching, and Clinical Fitness Assessment. Her mission is to help clients navigate and determine optimal strategies for taking the best care of themselves possible.

Jody established a private medical fitness-wellness practice, Women’s Health & Support Services in 1992 where she combines the areas of nutrition, exercise, and self-care, along with emotional wellness for a comprehensive and compassionate approach to long term health, wellness and fitness success. Her experience spans the domains of cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, orthopedic, neuromuscular and immunologic health.

Jody received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and graduate degree from The George Washington University. She is a member of and received the Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist credential from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She is a member of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA), IDEA Health and Fitness Association, received the Exercise is Medicine EIM™ designation, and is a contributor to the website.

Jody offers both individual and group consultation. She is the creator of the trademarked wellness and weight loss program, Change Your Mind Change Your Body®, which she offers and presents to small groups, corporate clients, and abroad for Rancho La Puerta Spa and Resort and Sensory Adventures Adventure and Wellness Travel.

Nechama Shemtov:


Mrs. Nechama Shemtov is Director, Women's issues and Educational programs at American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) in Washington DC. She is the founder of AURA Jewish Women, a dynamic network of prominent and influential Jewish women in the nation's capital. In addition, Mrs. Shemtov has taught and mentored hundreds of women throughout her community. For nearly 25 years, she has created, developed and directed numerous programs of Jewish identity for women, children and families in many locations in the US, Latin America, South Asia and Australia. On any given week, she hosts dozens of guests - from students and young professionals to members of Congress, diplomats and communal leaders - at her family's acclaimed Shabbat table.

Chana Slavaticki:


Mrs. Chana Slavaticki has been teaching high school and adult learners for nearly twenty years. She holds a Master's Degree in Education, and specializes in curriculum development. Chana is the director of the Mercaz Dahan Center for Jewish Life and Learning at Beth Tfiloh, and lectures at various Chabad centers throughout the United States. She lives with her husband and children in Baltimore, MD. 


Dina Hurwitz: 

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Dina Hurwitz is a thoughtful, humorous, and inspiring speaker. She is a proud mother of seven children whose life was  turned upside down when her husband, Rabbi Yitzi, was diagnosed with ALS in 2013. Amidst the battle of her husband’s illness and raising her family, Dina courageously inspires through sharing her honest reflections of faith and hope throughout the most trying of times. As a motivational speaker and a world renowned personality, Dina continually writes on the subject of harnessing strength and spirit in the face of coping with challenge.