By Fern Sidman
Slovie Jungreis-Wolff, acclaimed relationships and parenting instructor will, IY’H, be a featured speaker at South African Jewry’s 2016 annual national convention known as Sinai Indaba, to be held April 7-10. “Indaba” is the Zulu word for a discussion at the gathering of the tribe, and it is truly a spectacular convention, with leading international Jewish thinkers sharing fascinating Torah insights on family, spirituality, Israel, politics, happiness, and more.
As a prolific writer on issues pertaining to marriage, parenting, family relationships, spiritual growth and psychological well-being that appear regularly on the Aish.com web site, Mrs. Jungreis-Wolff is the daughter of the legendary Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, the founder of Hineni.
Powerful and compassionate, soulful and worldly, Mrs. Jungreis-Wolff has for the past 20 years instructed young couples on establishing a true Torah home along with providing them with methodologies in strengthening their marriage through their connection to Hashem. Her groundbreaking book, “Raising a Child with Soul” (St. Martin’s Press, 2008), has been a source of guidance and support to countless parents around the world, providing them with the essential keys to raising children with gratitude, respect, compassion, and healthy priorities.
This year, South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein has launched a historic initiative in the formation of the largest Torah class ever given. “In Capetown thousandsof people will take part in the Sinai Indaba event,” said Mrs. Jungreis-Wolff with a palpable sense of excitement reverberating in her voice. “This is going to be my second speaking tour to South Africa and I am honored to address the largest audience ever assembled for a Torah convocation, ” she added.
Prior to speaking in Capetown, Mrs. Jungreis-Wolff will be delivering her riveting address to an equally large audience in Johannesburg. In these often troubling times in which we live, Mrs. Jungreis-Wolff will offer her audience practical advice and wisdom on discovering genuine joy and serenity in their personal, professional and home life.
“Despite the innumerable challenges and obstacles to joy that we are faced with, we are reminded of the Torah precept of “Ivdu Hashem B’Simcha” (serving Hashem with happiness). When our personal lives are lacking simcha, then we lack closeness to Hashem. When we relate to others with joy, our hearts yearn to serve Hashem with joy. How we touch other people in our daily interactions is how we touch ourselves,” said Mrs. Jungreis-Wolff.
Following her address, Mrs. Jungreis-Wolff will participate in yet another massive gathering dedicated to the study of Pirkei Avos. “This tractate of the mishna teaches us so many valuable lessons and we will focus on gratitude and appreciation for all that Hashem has granted us,” she said.
In addition, she will be delivering a special class for women entitled, “Safe Spaces” in which she speak of the wisdom in being deliberate in judgment and creating a a safe environment where families can grow together in Torah.
Of the Sinai Indaba event, Rabbi Goldstein said, “So often we lose our sense of direction and inspiration, as individuals and as a nation. We all need to rally together around a shared vision, which is unifying, inspiring and life-giving.”