Coinciding with the third yahrzeit of Rebbetzin Batsheva Kanievsky, Ner Echad, a new global Jewish women’s movement, has launched this Succos to honor the Rebbetzin’s memory and perpetuate her legacy. The Rebbetzin devoted herself to bringing together Jewish women from all walks of life in unified mitzvos and acts of loving-kindness, strengthening the bonds that tied them to their faith and to each other. When she passed away in 2011 she left behind a void that has yet to be filled—until today. The Ner Echad movement brings back some of the Rebbetzin’s famed Ahavas Yisroel, while simultaneously making it possible for all of us to have a small part in continuing her holy work.
The Ner Echad launch has been met with tremendous enthusiasm. The New York team has been inundated with hundreds of phone calls, and people from dozens of different cities around the world have already signed up. As the Ner Echad movement picks up speed and its membership grows, many more features bringing women together will be added. Ner Echad events in cities across America and across the world are also being planned.
What Is Ner Echad?
Ner Echad is Jewish women around the globe helping other Jewish women. Every Friday and erev Yom Tov before sunset, thousands of members welcome Shabbos and Yom Tov together as part of one massive group, lighting candles while simultaneously praying for family, friends, and each other, and contributing one dollar in unison to a common tzedakah cause. They also join together in a variety of groups to accomplish good deeds as a collective. The achdus is a source of blessing and strength to the women of Ner Echad, and to all Jewish women everywhere in the world.
How does Ner Echad work?
Features of the unique Ner Echad program include a weekly notification of candle-lighting time in members’ local area, and the name of a fellow member to have in mind in prayers that week. All dollars are automatically collected each Erev Shabbos and Yom Tov at the exact same moment—candle-lighting time in Jerusalem, the spiritual center of the world—making it one tremendous, unified act of charity. The dollars go 100% exclusively to the Batsheva Kanievsky Widow and Children’s Fund. The monies raised will enable Rav Chaim Kanievsky, and his daughter, Rebbetzin Leah Kolodetsky, with the input of a specially appointed beis din, to continue to support Israel’s neediest women and children, those who depended on Rebbetzin Kanievsky’s financial support before her sudden and untimely passing.
Women helping women and doing mitzvos together. These are the hallmarks of Ner Echad. As Rav Chaim Kanievsky declared: “Never before in the history of the Jewish people have thousands of women joined together week after week in the method developed by Ner Echad, to light Shabbos candles, pray for each other, and give charity in unison, as a distinct group. This massive spiritual force will certainly generate a wellspring of spiritual and material blessing, and create an enormous protective shield for the entire Jewish nation.”
To be part of this exciting new movement visit www.NerEchad.org or call 1-844-N-E-R-E-C-H-A-D (637-3242).