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Garden State Region

Women's League for Conservative Judaism


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GSR Logo letterhead AsmallWelcome to the Garden State Region of Women’s League website. We are pleased you are checking us out!

What is the Region and what do we do? The unofficial answer is that we serve to connect and support Jewish women within the Garden State Region and worldwide. We also support Conservative/Masorti Jewish values in the synagogue, home and Israel. This is what sets us apart from other organizations. We do this in many ways, but through it all we make friends, network, and most of all, have fun!

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism was founded in 1918 by Mathilde Schechter and is an active arm of the 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.

The Garden State Region includes 31 Sisterhoods, ranging from Bergen County in north New Jersey and Morris and Ocean Counties to the west and south. We also have members in Staten Island, NY.

Our Region supports Mercaz and the Masorti congregations and sisterhoods in Israel. Donations to support Masorti Women’s Study Days allow 300-400 women in Israel to unite a few times a year for a day of study, prayer and social interaction. Programs are held in Hebrew, Russian, English and Spanish and are sponsored by Women’s League for Conservative Judaism and the Schechter Institutes in Jerusalem.

As members of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, the Garden State Region supports Torah Fund, the dedicated philanthropy of Women’s League. By donating to the Torah Fund Campaign our Region members and sisterhoods join sisterhoods throughout North America to help preserve, promote and perpetuate Conservative/Masorti Judaism throughout the world. Funding benefits students at the Jewish Theological Seminary (New York, New York), the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles, California), the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem), the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires) and the Zacharias Frankel College (Potsdam, Germany).

Region programs for 5779 include:

  • The Torah Fund Brunch & Awards Presentation with Francine Klagsbrun and Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman at Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim, 338 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, NJ on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 10AM.
  • A Road Trip with Margie Miller, Sunday March 31, 2019 or April 7, 2019.
  • The Woman of Achievement Dinner, on Wednesday evening, June 5, 2019.

Sisterhood activities have also begun, and I look forward to the opportunity to visit with you and your Sisterhood by taking part in your paid-up membership events, a Sisterhood Shabbat, Torah Fund event, and/or a Sisterhood Board meeting. Please don’t hesitate to invite me and I look forward to hearing from you as well as seeing you soon!


Teresa Samtur
Garden State Region-WLCJ



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