New York - Up-and-Coming 'B’Derech' Making Strides as Trendsetter in Kiruv Kerovim
New York - B’Derech, a movement established by noted Brooklyn Haredi attorney, Mrs. Ruchie Freier, with its stated mission of raising awareness of the need to emphasize the beauty of yiddishkeit in everyday life to the youth of our generation, has recently concluded a successful series of lectures geared toward students, teachers and parents. According to Mrs. Freier, herself a parent, who has decided to dedicate herself to creating a conversation with our community about the importance of creating an atmosphere for the youth of our generation to identify with the beautiful tenets of yiddishkeit, in response to the epidemic of children going off the derech. Mrs. Freier does not use the term “kids at risk,” instead referring to the “community at risk.”
B’Derech recently hosted Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser who spoke in front of hundreds of participants in most of the frum communities where his message of being mechanech our children with tolerance, love and care resonated and impacted all those that came to better understand the true key to our children’s hearts.
B’Derech has instituted a series of lectures that will allow parents and teachers to avail themselves of a how-to approach to dealing with their children and/or students in interacting with other children challenged by the system, yiddishkeit and related problems. “I realized that there are dynamic programs like Aish HaTorah, who have successfully transmitted the beauty of yiddishkeit by kiruv rechokim. How much more important is it to use their methodology to transmit the beauty of our yiddishkeit to those kinderlach that are seeking answers in a non-confrontational manner,” explains Mrs. Ruchie Freier, about her approach to the dilemma that parents and educators are increasingly facing with each passing day.
“I cannot emphasize enough that the one buzz word that keeps coming back to me when confronting the problem of kids going off the derech is the “pressure” that is being applied to our children, whether it’s by parents, teachers or the society we live in. Although this is an issue which requires more than just the space provided in a newspaper interview, I cannot overemphasize enough how much simpler it would be for us as a community to retain our kids and to see them grow into ehrliche yiddisher tattes and mammas, if only we could accentuate the positive and to value our precious children as opposed to creating a higher statistic of academic achievement and accomplishment. We have managed to teach our children of “Yiras Hashem” what about “Ahavas Hashem” equally important?
B’Derech will be featuring Miss Chanie Ravitz, originally raised in Williamsburg, who strayed off the derech and became a successful investment banker, only to realize that she asked the questions and issues which plagued her as a frum young woman, continued to torment her upon leaving the frum world. B’Derech is offering the greater community the opportunity to meet with Chanie Ravitz, a survivor of the turbulence of secular society who will share her journey back to Yiddishkeit and her newfound appreciation for Torah and Mitzvos in everyday life. This is an opportunity for yeshivas, parents, rabbanim, askanim, and teachers to avail themselves of a unique lecturer who can share a perspective on proper values and Hashkofos by an individual who has been in both worlds and can answer questions from today’s youth without being judgmental.
Additional lectures will be given by Rabbanim and Mechanchim who understand the mind of today’s generation yet equally are committed to the timeless and traditional torah values that have sustained Klal Yisroel from time immemorial.
B’Derech has also set out an ambitious goal of creating a cadre of volunteers who will have the ability to serve as positive role models for our children who are seeking direction in a non-judgmental atmosphere. For more information regarding the time, venue and dates of these lectures, please contact Mrs. Ruchie Freier at 917-509-9518 or via email at email@example.com
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