ABOUT JGU

Imagine…

Thousands of Jewish girls around the world united through learning a monthly theme, a virtual classroom with girls meeting Jewish girls from around the world…blogs connecting girls through creativity and self-expression… a safe online forum where girls share ideas and how it applies to their lives… Shine your Light campaigns where girls express their unique talents…a community where girls feel loved and accepted by peers and mentors.. a place where every girl can truly shine her inner light! Welcome to Jewish Girls Unite!

 

Our History

Jewish Girls Retreat created such love and connection that Nechama Laber and Leah Caras (creator of Yaldah Magazine) put their heads together to try to figure out how to sustain the ‘JGR way’ year round. The girls begged for camp year round. Coach Susan Axelrod, joined them with a strategy, and Jewish Girls Unite, a global online community for Jewish girls is the result!  

 

Our Mission

We are a global community and family of Jewish girls connected by a common heritage, using cutting-edge approaches in education and technology.  We celebrate Jewish girls and women, Jewish life and values, and creativity. We aim to inspire Jewish girls to embrace their Judaism with pride and become the mothers and leaders of the future. Jewish Girls Unite encourages girls to tap into their hidden talents, use the arts to express their Judaism, and pursue their dreams.

Nechama Dina Laber
Nechama Dina LaberGlobal Director
Nechama Laber has been a passionate educator for girls for over twenty years. She has taught in day schools and Hebrew schools in Montreal, Brooklyn, Albany. She founded the Capital Region Bat Mitzvah Club in 1998 and the Bat Mitzvah Camp in 1999. Nechama and her husband, Rabbi Avraham Laber, are the co-directors of Chabad of S. Rensselaer County and the Jewish Girls Retreat.
Rabbi Avraham Laber
Rabbi Avraham LaberChief Financial Officer
Rabbi Avraham Laber received Smicha from the central Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn. In September 1996, he became the Rabbi of Beth Tephilah Synagogue. He is also a historian specializing in early American Jewry. He is the founder of the website Jewish Data and is the director of Chabad of S. Rensselaer County and the Jewish Girls Retreat.
Susan Axelrod, CFRE, PFR
Susan Axelrod, CFRE, PFRStrategic Consultant
Susan has 30 years of experience as a fundraising executive, consultant and coach for worthy organizations, nonprofit leaders and emerging development professionals. She specializes in strategic thinking and helps organizations create lasting connections with their donors to facilitate meaningful relationships and purposeful gifts.
Leah Caras
Leah CarasGraphic Designer
Leah Caras is the founder of Yaldah magazine, which she published for eight years. Leah has received awards including Next Step Magazine’s ‘Super Teen’, Microsoft’s Start Something Amazing Award, and Tzivos Hashem’s ‘Power of Children’. She also founded her own graphic design business, Carasmatic Design, which she runs with her husband.