Today is August 13, 2020 -
Convention Update from WLCJ’s President
Earlier this month there was an emergency meeting of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism’s Board of Directors. The board voted unanimously to change Convention 2020 in Schaumburg, Illinois, to a virtual convention on Sunday, July 12, 2020.
The WLCJ bylaws state that an election of officers must take place at a Convention. However, in light of the challenges and uncertainties facing our members and our world with the Covid-19 virus, it was felt that it may not be safe and people will not be ready to congregate at an in-person event. Hence, the virtual Convention.
This decision was not taken lightly. We are now preparing a schedule for the day, which will include the election and installation of WLCJ’s new administration, as stated in our bylaws. We will be sending out updates on the virtual convention in the coming weeks.
Please also know that anyone who has registered will get a full refund. All details will be announced shortly.
We hope to see you virtually on July 12, 2020, if not before.
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism
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.
Dear BQLI Region Friend,
It’s been a pleasure visiting with members at Sisterhood brunches, luncheons, and dinners during the fall. As winter moves into spring, I look forward to celebrating Sisterhood Shabbatot, Women’s Sedarim, and Spring Fashion Shows along with Torah Fund events and end of season gatherings throughout the Region. Thank you for inviting me to your Sisterhood’s upcoming program.
And, thank you to the Sisterhoods that have hosted fall Region meetings, and will be hosting us this winter and spring. Brooklyn Queens Long Island (BQLI) Region teams continue to be hard at work planning meaningful programs and networking opportunities for the balance of this year. Here’s what to look forward to in the coming months:
Calling all craft enthusiasts! Teri Fields, our Region Creative Arts leader, has a new craft project she wants to share with you. Please join us at Midway Jewish Center, on March 14, when Teri will guide us, step by step, in making of personal Shabbat candlestick drip plates.
“Envisioning Future Jewish Engagement” will be the focus of this year’s Helen Cytryn Study Day, inspired by the 5779 Women’s League theme, Atid (Future). This year’s seminar topics will include welcoming interfaith families within the synagogue community, engagement outside synagogue walls, and a Jewish perspective on environmental sustainability. Plan to learn from all of our inspiring scholars by attending this year’s Helen Cytryn Study Day, April 3, at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn.
You’re invited to an Israel affairs conversation with award-winning author, Yossi Klein Halevi, who will be discussing his most recent book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, at Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre, on May 16. There’s plenty of time to read the book in advance of this event, if you haven’t yet read it.
For more information about each of these programs and to make your reservation, please see the flyers posted within the events section of this website. I hope you’ll take part in one, two, or all three!
Last, but not forgotten, please save June 13, 2o19 in your calendar for our annual end of year Woman of Achievement Gala, when we will honor our valued BQLI Region Sisterhood volunteers! This year’s Gala will again be held at Shelter Rock Jewish Center. Invitations and Journal ad reservation forms will be mailed to members in the spring.
We welcome Sisterhood members as Region team volunteers. Please let me, or one of our Region leaders, know that you’d like to join a Region team!
As always, I look forward to hearing from you as well as seeing you soon!