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Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, founded in 1918 by Mathilde Schechter, is an active arm of the worldwide Conservative/ Masorti movement. As an international organization, Women’s League for Conservative Judaism provides services to 600 affiliated women’s groups in synagogues across North America. This network links 100,000 women in 13 regions with groups in Israel, Great Britain and South America.
BQLI is the region of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism that includes Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. It was formed in 2008 as the combination of three former regions: South Shore Long Island/Brooklyn, North Shore Long Island and Eastern Long Island. It is the region with the smallest geographical area and the greatest number of affiliated Sisterhoods.
The mission of the region is to serve as a connection between Women’s League and its affiliates and members, and to provide services to strengthen the Sisterhoods/women’s groups. BQLI helps our member groups succeed by providing training, seminars, general trouble shooting and problem solving as well as networking opportunities for Sisterhood leaders. Our programs seek to instill the religious ideals of Judaism into the lives and homes of our members, emphasizing Jewish ethical teachings as they apply to individual and group life. We encourage involvement and participation in contemporary issues on the local, national and international scene.
June 23, 2017
Dear BQLI Region Friends,
This week’s parashah, Korah, concludes with an entire chapter detailing the duties of the Levites. This includes a basic lesson in what focused, organized, genuine leadership looks like. We are reminded of the importance of protecting against intruding in someone’s space, of core Jewish values, and guarding that which is holy.
This past week, my “little” sister, Stephanie, was recognized as Legal Momentum’s 2017 Aiming High Honoree at an awards luncheon where extraordinary people who have achieved great heights in their profession are acknowledged. Stephanie has not only succeeded in business, but has worked hard to give back and “do good.” Legal Momentum’s 47-year history is one of dynamic advocacy and legal reform to ensure gender justice and personal safety for women and girls…at home, at school, in the workplace, and in the world at large. With the support of women (and men) like Stephanie, Legal Momentum is able to LEAD – Litigate, Educate, Advocate, Defend.
BQLI Region, in conjunction with Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, is thrilled to be hosting the next WLCJ Leadership Institute this October 29th-30th at Merrick Jewish Center. Although seemingly far from today, it will be here before we know it! If you’d like to attend an inspiring program that will expand your skills as a leader and enhance your knowledge as a Jewish woman, Leadership Institute is for you! All you need to do right now is save these dates and, you should, because you deserve to learn, grow, connect and challenge yourself. Complete details will be shared when registration opens.
When all is said and done, this Torah portion, Korah, challenges us to defy rabble-rousers, to have faith, and to resist our need for drama. Korah reminds us of the value of authentic service, of real leadership. Korah challenged Moses by declaring that every Israelite is holy but he was wrong. We can be holy but we must use our gifts, our days, and God’s mitzvot to guide us through life.