Bassie Shemtov

Episode 100 – Bassie Shemtov – How to Combine Career and Family to Really Make a Difference

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Growing up in the Chabad Lubavitch community, Bassie Shemtov always knew she’d devote her life to service. So when she married and moved to Michigan, she and her husband set about dedicating their life and family to building friendships with people in isolation.

In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Bassie speaks with host Lynne Golodner about the origins of the Friendship Circle, her husband’s role as “the Friendship Rabbi,” and the next phase of the Friendship Circle’s growth, acquiring the Dakota Bread Bakery in West Bloomfield, Michigan, as a way to build a vocational training program for adults with special needs.

In this episode, Lynne and Bassie Shemtov discuss:

  • Integrating work and life seamlessly
  • Raising children in the midst of meaningful work
  • The power of teens connecting with children with special needs
  • Bringing real friendships to people in isolation
  • Employment and training opportunities for adults with special needs
  • How COVID-19 has changed her work but not her mission

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Coming up next on the Make Meaning Podcast:

Lynne interviews Margaret O’Gorman, President of the Wildlife Habitat Council and author of Strategic Corporate Conservation Planning.

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