Utilizing their God-given talents

Orthodox women share tricks of the entrepreneurial trade at the inaugural Jewish Woman Entrepreneur conference

By MICHELE ALPERIN/JNS.ORG
May 30, 2013 14:22
Jewish Woman Entrepreneur nonprofit

Jewish Woman Entrepreneur nonprofit521. (photo credit: Courtesy: The Jewish Woman Entrepreneur)

 
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Chaya Appel-Fishman hatched the idea for a network of Jewish businesswomen at age 16, when she rented a college campus and created a conglomerate of creative arts programs with 120 participants and a 20-person staff. “I wanted mentors who could give me advice and deal with my religious needs,” she recalls. “And many women reached out to me for support, asking me, ‘How did I do it?’” Now 24 and the founder and executive director of The Jewish Woman Entrepreneur nonprofit, Appel-Fishman was the driving force behind the organization’s first conference, which took place this month.

Attended by 300 Orthodox women, the May 5 conference at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, New Jersey, had broad goals.

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