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Central Great Lakes Region

Women's League for Conservative Judaism

Rebecca Goldwasser, Webmaster
Phone: Central Great Lakes Region

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Women's League for Conservative Judaism

We ARE Central Great Lakes Region!

          “Any time women come together with a collective
          intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether its sitting
          down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal,
          in a club reading the same book, or around the table
          playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when
          women come together with a collective intention,
          magic happens.”

When I first read this quotation, I did a double take.  I was sure a Sisterhood member had written it.  Just to make sure, I consulted with my friend, Mr. Google, and he confirmed that Phylicia Rashad was not and never has been a member of Sisterhood or CGLR.  I wish she had been.  With her attitude, she would have fit right in.  She has our Region pegged.  She identified some of the activities – and the magic we create – when we are working for Central Great Lakes Region! 

We are a group of women who share common values, goals, and interests.  We support each other and network with each other, while developing friendships and having fun.  Yes – you heard me – fun!  Central Great Lakes Region (CGLR) has fun while we network to engage, enrich and empower Conservative Jewish women!

 We are also an integral part of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism (WLCJ), which is an active arm of the worldwide Conservative/ Masorti movement.  CGLR was formed in 2008 by joining Central, Michigan, and KIPOT Branches/Regions.  We are seven states – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  We are very proud of our 32 Sisterhoods!

Our mission is to serve as a connection between Women’s League and its affiliates/members, and to provide services which strengthen the Sisterhoods.  CGLR  and WLCJ helps our member groups succeed by providing training, seminars, support services, and problem solving strategies. 

Because we are so spread out, we rely on technology as one of our primary forms of communication.  Meetings are conducted on Zoom and Face Time, which gives us opportunities to be face to face with each other from the comfort of our own homes.  We maintain communication through our Facebook page and our newsletter, The WAVE.  In this way we stay connected with each other and Women’s League.

We reconnect in person with each other as often as possible – at Spring Conference, WLCJ Convention (we ARE the raucous Region) and other CGLR events.  We are a Region of involved, dedicated, and committed Sisterhood women who create a caring and warm community.  We hope that you will check us out and choose to make magic with us!

Fran Hildebrandt
CGLR President


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• was founded by Mathilde Schechter in 1918
• is part of the worldwide Conservative/ Masorti movement
• provides services to 600 affiliated women's groups in
synagogues across North America
• links the 100,000 women in 13 regions with groups
in Israel, Great Britain and South America


OUR MISSION (in collaboration and coordination with WLCJ):
• is to serve as a connection between Women’s
League and its affiliates
• is to provide services to strengthen Sisterhoods
• is to help our member groups succeed
• is to provide training, seminars, support services,
and networking opportunities
• is to provide programs that promote religious, cultural,
and social ideals of Judaism into the lives and homes
of members
• is to encourage involvement and participation in
contemporary issues



Dear Friends,

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.

Margie Miller
International President
Women's League for Conservative Judaism


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