Testimonials from our Community

Shimona is one of the most creative and forward thinking educators I have worked with. I have collaborated with her on several projects and have always been impressed by her organization, professionalism and attention to detail.

Rick MagderTelzstone Entertainment CorporationNYC

Shimona has a rare combination of spiritual, intellectual, and creative gifts, and her talks are inspiring and thought-provoking. She is the kind of speaker who can change lives.

Stephanie Wellen LevineTufts UniversityCambridge, MA

Shimona is simply a superb teacher.  She has a unique way of bringing meaning to life experiences.  She reaches people in a very individual way even when teaching to a large group.  Her approach is modern even when her explanations root back to the ancient.  I highly recommend listening to Shimona.

Bonnie OptekmanNBC News, CBSNYC

I would like to thank you for the presentations and workshops that I have attended over the past four years under your rich guidance. I have found your training in these situations to be professional, skillful and life-changing, touching different participants in unique ways.

Susan HydeSusan Hyde & Associates (Past National Program Manager and Trainer at Transnet)

Shimona throws out nuggets of wisdom that all of us can put in our pockets and live off for a few years. She speaks with confidence, providing her audience the same. Her audience is always engaged, entertained and enriched.

Tzvi FreemanChabad.orgVancouver, Canada

Shimona spent two days at a mastermind group meeting where many of us had the opportunity to speak. When Shimona spoke there was undivided attention paid to every word – she captivated the audience with her clear delivery and with her depth of wisdom. There was not a person in our group that would miss a presentation of Shimona’s. I hope you don’t either because it may change your thinking and ultimately for some your lives!

Bruce ClintonBusinessWise, LLC

I want you to know the impact your lectures had on me as a result of the seminar I attended in March.  I am the president of a small brokerage firm.  Since returning from from your classes three months ago, I have been empowered to bring in 3 new national accounts and have already doubled our billings over last year. Thank you.

Donna AdlerDLA & Associates LLCAtlanta, Georgia

I hired Shimona as a speaker whilst Dean of visual Arts, New World School of Arts in Miami.  Shimona integrates creativity with deep knowledge and spiritual energies in public speaking, workshops, and retreats.  Highly recommended!

Thank you, Shimona!

Your coaching is impactful, wise and very intuitive. I find myself using and reusing the paradigms you gave me over and over in all different areas; even parenting and relating to my sons! It’s very deep work and yet simple and easy too.

Robin

Shimona is an eloquent and knowledgeable speaker and conveys deep meaning and inspiration in her talks. Her ability to paint concepts with words and touch the soul of her listeners creates a powerful, life changing experience for her listeners.

Brenda Smith Peoplesmith Global Coaching, IncPittsburgh, PA

I attended a conference with Shimona Tzukernik in the summer of 2009. This conference featured some of the leading thinkers, orators, and writers of the American Jewish community. Shimona gave masterful presentations that electrified the audience and caused everyone to think deeply about the issues she presented. I consider Shimona a revolutionary thinker who has brought the depths and profundity of Jewish mysticism and Jewish wisdom to audiences of all persuasions. If I can be of any sort of assistance please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Hi Shimona, I don’t know how to thank you for the unbelievable workshops and lectures you gave at our spa for the soul?! This was the first time we did this event (I can’t say i wasn’t worried) but you truly were the icing on the cake.. The ladies don’t stop talking about it… you made the biggest difference for our community! Can’t wait to have you come again!

Dear Shimona, Third time is a charm! You first inspired our growing community back in 2009, you then joined again for a successful workshop in 2014 and now an amazing women’s Shabbaton!
Your warmth, knowledge and enthusiasm is appreciated by all and you’re so easy to work with!
We can’t wait for your next visit to big sky country!

The Method has really saved me, my sanity and my conscious connection to Gd throughout all the challenging times my family has been through over the last few years. I feel I’ve only scratched the surface of what your teachings offer in the courses. I’m eager to pick it up again to drink in more. Thank you for all you are and do for me.

RS

Shimona you are a treasure!

I am getting unbelievable feedback from your lecture! Everyone was blown away! I find it so interesting how every person took away a different nugget. Everyone was personally touched by your inspiration.

It is very rare to have an event where every participant feels connected. You have a gift and I am so grateful that you shared it with us.

Many many thanks.

Sara Wolf, Bedford

Dear Shimona,

I just want to thank you. As I’m getting ready mentally and spiritually (and of course cooking and cleaning too!) for the holiday, I realize that I am in such a better place then I was this time last year. I know there is much further to go, but thanks to you and G-d, I really feel different. I look forward to praying this year.

Dear Shimona, Thank you for a wonderful workshop last night. You and Mirele and Shoshana really inspired the women and got them all involved. It was a fun, informative and innovative program. Much success – and please continue to teach and inspire women always! We loved it!

Working with Shimona is always an enriching learning experience. She continues to amaze and inspire with her thought provoking talks. Her lectures are transformative, turning ideas into deeply felt experiences.

Shimona’s wisdom, knowledge and education all has a light infused within. Shimona is such a powerful, authentic educator! She is a truly gifted Jewish historian and speaker and touches the heart and mind of her audiences with heartfelt authenticity. Those unique qualities combined with the ability to address today’s struggles, questions, and perceptions makes for one gifted scholar in residence. I could go on.

Sima ChayaRancho Mirage, CA

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you for a most amazing weekend. I think everyone found it thought provoking and enjoyable as well…Sincerely

Miriam Gopin

Thank you, Shimona!

Your coaching is impactful, wise and very intuitive. I find myself using and reusing the paradigms you gave me over and over in all different areas; even parenting and relating to my sons! It’s very deep work and yet simple and easy too.

Robin

Shimona is one of the most creative and forward thinking educators I have worked with. I have collaborated with her on several projects and have always been impressed by her organization, professionalism and attention to detail.

Rick MagderTelzstone Entertainment CorporationNYC

Dear Shimona,

I just want to thank you. As I’m getting ready mentally and spiritually (and of course cooking and cleaning too!) for yom tov, I realize that I am in such a better place then I was this time last year. I know there is much further to go, but thanks to you and Hashem, I really feel different. I look forward to Davening this year.

Leah

Shimona has a rare combination of spiritual, intellectual, and creative gifts, and her talks are inspiring and thought-provoking. She is the kind of speaker who can change lives.

Stephanie Wellen LevineTufts UniversityCambridge, MA

The ladies from Irvine had an earth shattering experience that night and loved every minute of it.  Keep inspiring people.

Binie HechtIrvine, CA

Shimona throws out nuggets of wisdom that all of us can put in our pockets and live off for a few years. She speaks with confidence, providing her audience the same. Her audience is always engaged, entertained and enriched.

Tzvi FreemanChabad.orgVancouver, Canada

Shimona is simply a superb teacher.  She has a unique way of bringing meaning to life experiences.  She reaches people in a very individual way even when teaching to a large group.  Her approach is modern even when her explanations root back to the ancient.  I highly recommend listening to Shimona.

Bonnie OptekmanNBC News, CBSNYC

I would like to thank you for the presentations and workshops that I have attended over the past four years under your rich guidance. I have found your training in these situations to be professional, skillful and life-changing, touching different participants in unique ways.

Susan HydeSusan Hyde & Associates (Past National Program Manager and Trainer at Transnet)

Shimona spent two days at a mastermind group meeting where many of us had the opportunity to speak. When Shimona spoke there was undivided attention paid to every word – she captivated the audience with her clear delivery and with her depth of wisdom. There was not a person in our group that would miss a presentation of Shimona’s. I hope you don’t either because it may change your thinking and ultimately for some your lives!

Bruce ClintonBusinessWise, LLC

I want you to know the impact your lectures had on me as a result of the seminar I attended in March.  I am the president of a small brokerage firm.  Since returning from from your classes three months ago, I have been empowered to bring in 3 new national accounts and have already doubled our billings over last year. Thank you.

Donna AdlerDLA & Associates LLCAtlanta, Georgia

I hired Shimona as a speaker whilst Dean of visual Arts, New World School of Arts in Miami.  Shimona integrates creativity with deep knowledge and spiritual energies in public speaking, workshops, and retreats.  Highly recommended!

Shimona, I heard rave reviews of yesterdays session. Both event chairs…texted me to say how well they thought it went. It was appreciated by both groups of women, those who have been studying and those who had their first taste. I hope to do it more often…Thanks so much.

Dina Kantor

Shimona is an eloquent and knowledgeable speaker and conveys deep meaning and inspiration in her talks. Her ability to paint concepts with words and touch the soul of her listeners creates a powerful, life changing experience for her listeners.

Brenda Smith Peoplesmith Global Coaching, IncPittsburgh, PA

I attended a conference with Shimona Tzukernik in the summer of 2009. This conference featured some of the leading thinkers, orators, and writers of the American Jewish community. Shimona gave masterful presentations that electrified the audience and caused everyone to think deeply about the issues she presented. I consider Shimona a revolutionary thinker who has brought the depths and profundity of Jewish mysticism and Jewish wisdom to audiences of all persuasions. If I can be of any sort of assistance please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Your lecture (at the Atara conference) was beyond brilliant, and was the buzz for some time…THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Miriam Leah DrozATARA

“I just wanted to thank you so much for sharing your inspiring wisdom throughout the retreat. Your heartfelt words resonated deeply, and your strength and pride in being a Jewish woman made a huge impression on all of us. I came back inspired with new resolve and commitment to my roots. You are truly a light – I can’t thank you enough! I hope to keep in touch.

Erica ZviklinNJ

Shimona is a class act! She weaves her intelligence, artistic talents, perceptive senses and depth and breadth of knowledge into remarkable, original tapestries. She is an essential ingredient in any program.

Molly ResnikNYC

I have heard Shimona speak several times. Each time I marvel on her ability to eloquently transmit a deep mystical message to the common lay person. Shimona’s style is intellectually stimulating as well as flowing and artistic in description. Shimona is extremely insightful and intuitive in her ability to aces and help resolve personal issues. My wife and I feel blessed to call Shimona a personal friend and an inspiration.

Amichai CohenSafed, Israel

Shimona spoke at our centre at Ohio State University and we were extremely pleased, but even more importantly the students adored her. She was captivating and inspiring and related extremely well to the modern day college crowd. She conveyed very spiritual ideas in a very practical way that made it applicable to the audience, and the girls were truly moved by her presentation. I was so happy to have her, in fact I am now learning privately with a girl as a direct result of Shimona’s words.

Sarah DeitschOhio State University

Thank you so much for the inspirational, insightful and possibly life changing talk last night. I really enjoyed it and came away with a feeling of inner peace and power. I would love to discuss more issues with you.

Jamie FelberbaumJHB, South Africa

We have hired Shimona to speak several times and she left a strong impact on the audience. Her art workshop featured creative and thoughtful concepts, and her public lectures were entertaining and thought-provoking. We highly recommend her.

Wonderful response to your talks – people loved it!  Your energy is amazing and so too your willingness to go the extra mile.

DL ShmotkinMilwaukee, WI

Just wanted to let you know that people have been calling me all morning to let me know how much they enjoyed you.  They loved your insights and stories and for my community, your friendliness and openness went a long way.  You were really inspiring.  They loved you.  Thank you again.

Matty BryskiAgoura Hills, California

Thank you so much for the amazing evening!  The women really enjoyed it, we got lots of positive feedback.

Naomi GershovitzTennafly, NJ

Shimona is a truly gifted and inspired teacher who always makes learning a profoundly personal and stimulating experience.  She manages to combine presenting an enormous amount of material with a very entertaining and engaging style that leaves you not only hanging onto every word but wanting to retain and record each one as well.  Her topics are deep and relevant, culled primarily from Biblical and mystical teachings but integrating these lessons with current trends in psychology and focusing on personal growth.  Shimona isn’t afraid to bring her own real life experiences and her personal struggles for authenticity and transcendence to the table.  In doing so, she pulls all of us along with her.

Your writings are so utterly beautiful and touching and meaningful and deep. I am awed by you!  Thanks!

Yehudis Cohen

Reading your articles on the internet.  They are really incredible.  Raw and yet sophisticated.

Rochel HoltzkennerLos Olas, Florida

Your summer retreat gave us the Deepest Torah, the Sweetest friendships, the Best Food, the Truest Self and the secrets to elevate it all.  A life changing experience.

Dena CraneWoodstock, NY

I just wanted to thank you for another amazing retreat!!!   This is my second retreat and for sure not my last one.  I know the amount of hard work and effort that went into it…A Superb Job!! May G-d give you the strength to continue transforming lives.  I have to commend everyone who gave classes this year as the learning was excellent, and quite diverse…It was nice to see new faces and familiar faces.  It is refreshing to connect to so many people from all different backgrounds.  The place was spectacular.  I returned home from the retreat feeling rejuvenated and elevated.  The spark of Chassidut continues to amaze me and the learning keeps getting better and better.

Nancy HilsenrathDouglaston, NY

I just stopped by your blog.  I am impelled to write about how truly beautiful it is to hear your son’s singing!  Even though I don’t know the words, the language, I am moved by his soulful expression.  It reached across physical, cultural, religious boundaries.

Nicki BarsaleauFlorida

Thank you so much. I’m really enjoying the learning.  It’s a great way to start the day. Thank you again.

Ettel Weg

Thank you for your Creative Cave workshop…The workshop discussions were great: interactive, fun, deep, and very stimulating to the mind and emotions.  The intro games were also fun…People loved your talk.  They would have liked to hear more.  Thanks again.

Tamar HadarDetroit, Michigan

Thank you, Shimona.  I want to thank you, once again, for speaking with our group in Santa Barbara. Your lecture had a very positive impact on my life.

Liat RuttenbergCalifornia

I don’t know how to thank you for the unbelievable lecture and workshop you gave at our spa for the soul.  This was the first time we did this event…You truly were the icing on the cake.  The ladies don’t stop talking about it.  You made the biggest difference for our community.  Can’t wait to have you come again!

Hinda SilvermanDobbs Ferry, NY

“I would like to thank you for the wonderful workshop you ran at our recent “Spa for the Soul”. Your program was well-structured and provided something for everyone in our very diverse group of women. The hands-on nature of the program was an excellent way of engaging everyone in a non-threatening fashion so that we were all encouraged and inspired to participate. The content was fascinating and you used it to great effect, allowing each woman to take something very personal and profound away with her. The handout was a lovely touch and allowed us all to continue to pursue the themes invoked and continue to grow even after the seminar had ended. Thank you again for an inspirational seminar.

Melodie Nathan

I want to thank you profusely for your outstanding performance last night at my women’s event…The women were riveted and thrilled by your talk.  You elucidated so many important topics.  I am glad for your candid truths on the commandments of a women and the beauty of keeping them.  I could not have asked for more content or inspiration. Thank you.

Hindy DrizinValley Chabad's Women's Circle

“The women all look forward to your talk each year. They constantly glean deep and innovative insights from your lectures and as a result they feel uplifted and have a desire to grow in their observance.

Rivka KugelChabad of the UWSManhattan, NY

I loved your talk at the Atara conference…I was moved and touched by everything you said as you articulated many of my own longtime thoughts on art, creativity and and expression…Will the talk soon be available on your website?  A number of us would like to hear it again.  Shalom, G-d bless, thank you and all the best.

Kari IsaacsonDetroit, Michigan

It was really incredible meeting you this past week.  I enjoyed your classes immensely and I look forward to hearing more of your vast wealth of knowledge in the future.  You are an absolute fresh breath of air!

Henchi FelligMiami, Fla

Our Shabbaton weekend with Shimona was incredibly inspiring! About 120 students attended the Friday night meal which led into an ongoing discussion on the topic of “Finding your Soulmate”. Shimona’s unique blend of personal experience, stories and philosophical approach make a strong impression on the students. She spoke with individuals addressing private concerns and many stayed past midnight to hear their questions answered. A graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University remarked, “I appreciated Shimona’s straightforward, logical and sensitive answers.

Shoshana HoexterChabad of Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, PA

I just wanted to thank you again for the brilliant and heartfelt talk you gave at our event…Here’s what someone emailed me afterwards, “The keynote speaker was amazing.  She is brilliant, spiritual and very real”…Thanks for helping to slowly change a perception of Chassidic women as oppressed.  So many people thanked me profusely for having brought you to speak, and I am so happy and grateful I did!

Shaindy FriedmanPalm Springs, CA

Shimona has the ability to take the most obtuse or arcane mystical thought and make it come alive in a way that is electrifying and immediate. If you are lucky enough to be in her class, lecture or workshop, you will not walk away unchanged.

Y.C. MeshchaninovMonsey, NY

Whoever I spoke to unanimously agreed – you were the star…Thanks so much for your inspiring words and making such a positive impression on all the women.  They truly enjoyed themselves. (One woman I hardly know told me she took out her candlesticks the next night – they haven’t been used in many years – in preparation for Friday night as she was so excited to light them!)  So thank you, thank you!!

Chani ShapiroNJ

I want to thank you for the extraordinary “high” I achieved through learning with you.  I feel like my vessel is overflowing and I will need quite some time to realign my thinking and integrate all of the amazing wisdom that you presented us with in Palm Springs.  It was a great privilege to be there.  There are many people who are thirsty for a taste of the wellsprings of wisdom you have to offer.

Lynn LichtmanSouth Jersey

Thank you so much for your mailings.  Today as I counted and celebrated my secular birthday I reflected on all the blessings that are mine for my 77th birthday…your mailing arrived.  What a birthday present…I wish you…joyful times with your family, friends and students.

Esther AltmanChicago, IL

I was at a retreat…with Shimona…fantastic. I’ve gone to the last 5 retreats and, without a doubt Shimona was the most engaging speaker that we have ever had.

Alix KayMilwaukee, WI

Thank you for an absolutely wonderful job at our First Jewish Women’s Gala dinner here in Tacoma, Washington. We received a lot of feedback from the women who were extremely impressed and inspired, and it is our hope that they will continue to act on the inspiration and join us for future classes and events. As they say, “first impressions count”, and you definitely helped make this dinner a success, and hopefully the first of many more to come with G-d’s help.

Zalman and Miriam HeberPierce County

If you want to find yourself – not only as you are now but as you may transform and develop, if you want to learn a message that will speak to your deepest soul, if you want to find out where true success and happiness lie – join this happiness workshop!

Roiza WeinreichNYC

Shimona, I already got amazing feedback from your talk.  A few women said they wished you could have talked all day.  A woman who has never been to an event of this sort was so touched by what you said, she couldn’t stop crying.  She said you reached out to her soul.

Esty MarcusLos Alamitos, California

I just used your tape series ‘Generations’ to help myself prepare for a class. Although I had listened to them years ago, I understood so much more when I listened to them now. They are brilliant. Thank you.

Rachel EstreicherLong Island, NY

I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful classes you taught these past few weeks. It gave a whole new meaning to Tanya. (Now) Tanya is alive, it speaks to me. Every time I sat in your class I had this feeling…of my soul being elevated. I walked home in an uplifted mood…Thank you, thank you, thank you!

B. KatzBrooklyn, NY

I read your wonderful, wise, perceptive essay to a friend and we both related to your thoughts and feelings with introspection and understanding. Thank you for speaking your insights as many of us no doubt have experienced this situation…Thank you for your emails filled with wonderful insights and wisdom…for the beautiful, spiritually nourishing wisdom you provide throughout the year.  We continue to appreciate the loving kindness and wisdom you imparted at the retreat several years ago.

Faith SaundersLos Angeles, CA

What a wonderful treat for the soul your retreat was!  I miss your classes every morning now…It was precious time out there, in many ways…healing, revitalizing, replenishing – a rare experience of being enveloped in so much kindness.  Your workshops and other classes, all of them were a profound and authentic experience of connecting deeper with oneself on different levels, which – as time unfolds – helps bring change in the quality of connecting and communicating with others as well.  It was for me an experience that words only limit its scope…Thank you so much for making it possible…

Rachel ShalmonIsrael

Thank you for your inspiring and insightful lectures this past Shabbaton. You are an amazing lecturer. I felt as though you were talking directly to me. And your sweet sounding voice was smooth listening–an added bonus.  Anyway, thank you for opening my eyes to the joy of happiness.

Naomi S.Los Angeles, CA