Our Beauty, Strength & Courage Event draws a crowd


Over 130 community members came together on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Ridgewood Public Library to our “sold out” event – a screening of the powerful film, Brave Miss World. It took our collective breath away to hear Linor Abargil’s story of a victim of sexual assault, the power she harnessed in speaking out and the experience she had renewing her faith in Judaism.

Randi Asher, Sisterhood President at Glen Rock Jewish Center, who was in attendance with a friend said, “The film was so powerful and important. It felt as if a brick had crushed my soul from its message. The entire event was full of moments of bravery and inspiration.”

The audience also had the special opportunity to engage online with the film’s director, Cecilia Peck, who is based in LA with her family, and hear about her experience making this film. The audience also learned about Ms. Peck’s other successful films, including Shut Up And Sing about the country music band the Dixie Chicks and A Conversation with Gregory Peck, a portrait of her renowned father.

The JCC of Northern NJ organized this important event in collaboration with five synagogues and three community organizations.

Rabbi Paul Jacobson of Temple Avodat Shalom, Rabbi Jennifer Schlosberg of Glen Rock Jewish Center and Rabbi Rachel Steiner of Barnert Temple started off the program with meaningful words of inspiration that helped to set the tone for the afternoon.

Rabbi Loren Monosov of Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley and Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman of Beth Haverim Shir Shalom had also been instrumental in the planning of this program.

On behalf of all of the rabbis involved in the program, Rabbi Jacobson said, “Thank you to everyone for their attendance and presence. As clergy, we are all here to support the attendees and their families wherever they may be on their personal journeys.”

This program was also made possible with partnership from National Council of Jewish Women – Bergen County Section, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern NJ and YWCA Bergen County healingSPACE.