We talk about the differences between an in-person conference and attending an online summit, advantages and disadvantages.
We talk about the front and back end of the summit website and membership site.
Listen to the podcast to get all of the details.
Next week, we’ll reveal some of the guests that will be on the Strong Jewish Women’s Summit.
Nora Ephron died of leukemia in June of 2012 at the age of 71.
Which was quite a surprise, to even some of her close friends.
An early demise is nearly always a tragedy, it was with Nora Ephron.
Confident and funny, sharp-witted; she could clearly see through the muck to find clever essence of any important and not-so-important situation.
Nora Ephron was a writer, born to a family of playwrighters and screenwriters. Born in NY, brought up in LA, she went back to NYC to be a journalist.
When Nora first started her career, she applied to write at Newsweek, who rejected her because she was a woman.
Nora was then a researcher at Newsweek for a while but quickly left to be a writer at the New York Post, just before there were a number of lawsuits against the magazine centering around gender discrimination in March of 1970.
Nora Ephron went on to be a clear feminist and thinker. She was able to label things so that they were suddenly transparent and obvious.
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim”
—1996 Wellesley College commencement address, Nora Ephron
The Strong Jewish Women’s Summit will be launched in the next few days.
It is a free, online conference for you to attend from home, on your own time.
Why? Why do I feel the need to put so much time and effort into this?
I want to bring strength to women to move towards fulfilling their potential in the way best for them. The Strong Jewish Women’s Summit provides intimate conversations and lessons on why women’s leadership is crucial for the world, how you can and should be part of that leadership force, and also gives you practical lessons on how to take your idea and turn it into your business.
The reasons come from two directions:
Women must be in control of their own lives, of their own careers, of their finances, their families, and their futures. Women cannot be brought up to believe that they are smart and capable, but not when it comes to building a meaningful career of substance and purpose. Women must know that they are in charge of themselves. They are in charge of how much money they make, just like men are. They are in charge of where they go to university, what they study there, which job they take, and which they refuse. Women choose how much time they take off for maternity leave, if they’re lucky. They choose which partner to build their lives with, if at all. Again, if they’re lucky. We need to make these choices in an intelligent thought process, and not just let fate and circumstance dictate our futures. This is the essence of leadership as I see it. The essence of leadership is that we lead ourselves.
We women are in charge of keeping world peace. That’s the truth. We need to begin by bringing together our own community. Our own sisterhood of Jewish women, where each individual makes her own choices as to how she wishes to celebrate her Judaism, but is part of a collective where the whole is much greater than the sum of it’s parts. Where the community is non-political and non-judgemental. Where we work together, join forces, to strengthen each woman in her own journey. We are far too divided and it’s time to put an end to it. We are much better united.
On today’s podcast you’ll hear a little of my personal story about why I do what I do.
More importantly, think strongly about why you do what you do, and if you also want to be a Strong Jewish Leader.
Get a lot more information at www.thestrongjewishwomenssummit.com
Can’t wait to see you there!
Did you know that Lauren Bacall was Jewish?
Her mother was from Romania, and her father’s family was from an area that was in what is now Belarus.
She was born in the Bronx in 1924.
Her parents divorced when she was 6 years old, and her mother raised her as a single mother.
She spent a lot of time with her very warm extended family, her mom’s family the Weinsteins, in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
The name Bacal is a form of Weinstein in Romanian, apparently, though it’s not clear to me how. Her mother changed their name to Bacal after her divorce. The name Lauren was given to her by the director of her first movie, Howard Hawks.
Lauren Bacall’s name was originally Betty Joan Perske,.
Two interesting things about her name are:
She always preferred to be called Betty, rather than Lauren, even well into her stardome
She liked to say that she and Shimon Peres, the Prime Minister and President of Israel, were cousins, because her maiden name was Perske, and Peres is a form of Perski, and their families were both from the same area, then, part of the Russian Empire.
So Betty Bacal studied acting and was a fashion model, 5’ 81/2” tall and gorgeous, in Greenwich Village. She was on the cover of Bazaar Magazine when she was discovered and asked to audition for a part in Hollywood.
When she was only 19 years old she was in her first movie “To Have and Have Not” which was a huge success, she became a star right from the start.
There she met, acted with, and fell in love with Humphrey Bogart, who she married, and had two children with.
Here is a clip from that movie, To Have and Have Not, and she is speaking to Bogart. This could very well be her most famous line:
Bogart died of cancer, sadly. She would eventually get remarried to actor Jason Robards, and have a third child, then divorce.
Her deep voice was cultivated, so that she would always leave you knowing that she was in control, never flustered.
Her famous look, with her head and eyes turned was originally used because she was nervous and her chin shook, so she held her head that way to prevent it. That became her signature look.
Lauren Bacall was always cast in roles that were of women whose strong will complemented, rather than detracted from, their sexual attraction.
She showed how female confidence is extremely attractive.
She and Bogart became one of the most famous couples in Hollywood.
After Bogart died, she said that she didn’t want to become a professional widow in Hollywood, so she moved back to New York, and starred in many theater productions.
She won two Tony Awards.
She became socially and politically aware, famous for and proud of her liberal views.
Although she did not bring her children up as Jewish, she was proud of being Jewish. She mentioned in an interview that she was sorry that she did not speak up about it early in her career, but she was very young, dealing with instant success, and it was not a priority for her at the time.
Let’s hear another clip from Lauren Betty Bacall, from an interview in 1995 for the BBC program, the Late Show: Face to Face.
Lauren Bacall died of a stroke in New York when she was almost 90 years old.
Thank you, Lauren, for choosing roles which portray strong, confident women.
BBC - The Late Show Face to Face: Lauren Bacall 1995
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Ruth W. Messinger is the former President of the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and their current Global Ambassador. A lifelong activist, Ruth works to provide the aide that is needed all over the world, to the poorest countries globally. They promote human rights, launch campaigns against genocide, reform international food aid, stop violence against women and LGBT people, and much more.
Ruth was named one of the 10 most inspiring women religious leaders of 2012 by The Huffington Post; the 6th most influential Jew in the world by The Jerusalem Post; and was listed annually on The Forward’s “Forward 50” for nearly a decade.
You can find the American Jewish World Service at www.ajws.org