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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 over 100,000 women in 13 regions with groups in Israel, Great Britain, and South America.

The Garden State Region includes 30 Sisterhoods, ranging from Bergen County in north New Jersey and Morris and Ocean Counties to the west and south.

Our Region supports Mercaz and the 60+ Masorti Kehillot (congregations) and their 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 5781 include:

  • Thursday, November 19, 2020 is the Garden State Region Torah Fund Program featuring a student speaker from the Jewish Theological Seminary and the presentation of Sisterhood Torah Fund Award Certificates.
  • Sunday, May 2, 2021 is the Garden State Region Spring Conference, with the installation of new Region Officers and Activity Chairs for 2021-2023 plus a presentation of Sisterhood Milestone Awards. Check back here for more exciting news on Spring Conference programming and featured speakers.

The past year has been trying, and hopefully in the future we’ll be able to be together, in person, again soon. In the meantime, I look forward to forward to the opportunity to visit with you on Zoom. Please invite me to your paid-up membership event, a Sisterhood Shabbat, a Torah Fund event, or even a Sisterhood Board meeting. I look forward to hearing from you!

Teresa

Teresa Samtur
President
Garden State Region-WLCJ
gsrpresident@wlcj.org

 

 

UPDATE ON WL CONVENTION 2020

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.
 
Sincerely,
Margie
 
Margie Miller
International President
Women's League for Conservative Judaism
mmiller@wlcj.org

 

GSR Pictures from Convention 2017

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