The story of The Thread is about a nice Jewish girl, a really great guy and a gift from a rabbi. The gift was in the form of a message that the Rabbi offered her as she struggled to decide if the "really great guy" was going to be "The" guy, despite a significant philosophical challenge for her with their relationship.
After a dinner and long conversation, the frustrated nice Jewish girl and the rabbi left the restaurant. She felt no closer to a resolution. The rabbi hailed a cab and just as he was about to get in, he turned to her and he said:
"I want to leave you with one last thought.... There is a very fine thread that connects you back to that moment on Sinai when God gave us the Torah, and no matter what you do in life or what choices you make, you will always be a Jewish woman and the next generation of all those who stood before you," and he got in the cab and left.
She stood on the sidewalk and cried.
She didn't marry the really great guy but the Rabbi's words stayed with her. She has told that story for over 20 years, but it became more than just that moment in time and that one decision. Through it she came to understand the nature of that Thread and how it defined for her an unbreakable connection to her Jewish roots and the traditions and values that were passed on to her. It was seemingly tenuous and sometimes easy to ignore, but unbelievably surprisingly strong. Eventually she was the conduit, connecting her child, the next generation, to the long history of those that stood before her. The Thread HaChut was created to enable other Jewish women to experience the beauty and strength of that connection.
Jaclynn Shweky - Mom/Founder/City Leader
Jaclynn took her first Momentum trip as a participant with Aish Chaim of Philadelphia in July of 2016, has led two South Jersey Momentum trips and is a Momentum Leadership Ambassador. She has chaired events and held board positions with a number of South Jersey Jewish Community organizations.
Haleh Resnick - Mom/2022 City Leader/Board member
Haleh took her first trip as a Momentum participant in November of 2016 and is an active member of the South Jersey Jewish Community, having chaired events and held board positions with numerous Jewish organizations.
Heidi Checkoff - Mom/2022 Madricha/Board member
Heidi took her first Momentum trip in November of 2019 and is a Momentum Leadership Ambassador. She is deeply connected to, and has actively participated in, a variety of projects that benefit our South Jersey Jewish Community.