Originally from New York, Chana Carlebach came to Quebec to marry a rabbi. Together, they have 13 children. She is the founder and director of BMC, the Bais Moshe Chaim Teachers’ Seminary in Ste. Agathe, where she teaches up to thirty-five students from the age of eighteen to their early 20s. She is an international speaker on the subjects of education, family purity, the role of the Jewish woman, marriage relationships and kosher sex.
Chaya Mushka Stern is a graduate from the BMC. Recently divorced, she has returned to England to be near her family. Although committed to Judaism, but feels disillusioned with Hasidic life. She works in various schools, teaching children about animals and has taken up the sport of snowboarding.
The BMC students
Young women come from all over Cana
da, the U.S., France, Belgium, Israel and other parts of the world to the BMC Teachers’ Seminary in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec for an academic and a Chassidic education. The BMC stresses personal growth and leadership skills so the young women can participate and become shlichus (emissaries) in the Jewish community.
Rabbi Yisroel Bernath, known as “the Love Rabbi” is the spiritual director of the Chabad NDG Jewish Community entre – and the Jewish Chaplain at Concordia University. Rabbi Bernath is the founder of JMontreal.com, Montreal’s premiere Jewish dating service, and writes “Dear Rabby,” an advice column on relationships and dating advice.
Perl Wolfe is a singer-songwriter. After divorcing for the second time, she became so inspired that music started to just flood in, as well as the idea to start an all-woman Hasidic alternative rock band called Bulletproof Stockings to plays for women-only audiences. The band’s name comes from the thick stockings Hasidic women often wear. They are so opaque, they are almost “bulletproof.” But ‘bulletproof’ also mean strength, thus the band is a combination of the feminine with strength.
Rabbi Manis Friedman is a Chabad Lubavitch Hasid, shiliach (emissary) author, philosopher and public speaker. He is also the co-founder and dean of the Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies, the world’s first yeshiva exclusively for women
Chaya Lester is an orthodox-Jewish-feminist, spiritual guide, therapist and spoken word artist living with her family in Jerusalem. With a MA and extensive doctoral work at Oxford, she synthesizes Jewish wisdom, psychology and the arts. Chaya leads spiritual journeys in Israel and with her husband Hillel directs the Shalev Center for Jewish Personal Growth.
Beila Brami is former BMC student, a new mother, who is studying medicine to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor. She is living in Paris where the Jewish community is still reeling from an increase in anti-Semitic acts including the desecration of synagogues and cemeteries, and the killings in a Kosher Grocery.
Rivka Abrahami is a former BMC student and mother of six, who runs a kindergarten, counsels women who need spiritual guidance and cooks kosher lunches for children attending secular schools. She is an emissary, doing good deeds in order to bring Moshiach to Earth.
Nehama Uzan is a former BMC student who works as the Program Director of the European Jewish Community Centre to promote Jewish culture and educate people about Jewish history and values in institutions like the European Union.
Solline Solline Abenhaim-Feld is a Hasidic psychologist who promotes the empowerment of women and helps women to be and do their best.
Rose Adelson is a ninety-five-year-old beloved resident of Ste. Agathe and a close friend of Chanie’s, now living in a home for the elderly.