On the eighth day of Hanukkah, the annual National Chabad-Lubavitch Women's Convention is set to take place in the scenic northern Negev resort city of Arad –but few of the participants who arrive will realize what a miracle was involved in making it happen.
Thousands of invitations had already gone out for the Dec. 16 conference, which sees hundreds of women each year who gather for inspiration and networking and mutual support. But the day after the mailing, major problems with logistics developed.
Because Arad is so small, there were few options for an event so large -- and time was running out. What was needed was a place big enough for several hundred people. With registrants calling and faxing their reservations, organizers frantically tried to figure out where to hold the convention in the small desert town, while juggling responsibilities for children home from school for Hanukkah vacation.
At 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, they turned to Arad's municipality, where Deputy Mayor Moshe Edry (Likud) helped brainstorm a solution that could create an intimate atmosphere, in addition to being more cost-effective. Edry led a multi-departmental team comprised of Public Safety director Lior Hirsch and Licensure Department staff member Aviva Sharon in collapsing a multi-step process into a ninth-hour rescue mission, with all three staying well past regular office hours to get the job done.
"There's no reason that a solution to a problem cannot be found,” Edry told Arutz Sheva Tuesday late in the day. “One must simply be persistent enough, and patient enough, to stay with the process until the job gets done.”
Arad Mayor Tali Ploskov (Yisrael Beyteynu) is among the top notables slated to speak at the conference, to be held from 10 am – 5 pm, with lunch included. For further information or to register, call 054-620-1894 or send an email.
"We are so incredibly grateful to the city, and especially to Mr. Edry and his team for their assistance," local Chabad representative Tzila Slapoznik told Arutz Sheva. "I just do not see how we could have done this without him. Clearly they were the messengers of Hanukkah light!"