Today is June 25, 2017 -
The MetroNorth Region of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is the network for all women who support our mission of enhancing Jewish knowledge, engaging in Jewish life, expanding communal involvement, and supporting klal Yisrael. It is for those who belong to affiliated sisterhoods and those who join directly. As an active arm of the Conservative/Masorti movement and the largest synagogue-based women’s organization worldwide, Women’s League provides service to thousands of women and hundreds of women’s groups.
“There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish.”- Michelle Obama
It is hard to believe that my two years as MetroNorth region president are concluding and that this is my final Shabbat message as region president. Over this time, I have been able to go places and meet people in ways that would not have been possible otherwise. I have been to events at many Sisterhoods and synagogues; I have met women active and engaged with the life of their communities; and I have had the pleasure of working with many women while pursuing goals we all share such as contributing to Torah Fund.
I want to thank all the women who have stepped up and served on the region Executive Committee and Board. Your support and hard work have been invaluable. No one takes on a role such as region president and does it alone; it is always as part of a team. A special thank you to Lisa Green who makes this greeting so great; to Linda Klempner who works so diligently for Torah Fund on behalf of all of MetroNorth, and to Cedine Issman who helps all the dollars make sense. Thanks to the past region and branch presidents who have offered advice and encouragement along the way. The support I have received from Women’s League, especially outgoing international president Carol Simon and region services team lead Randy Schwartz has also been tremendous. I also want to thank consulting chair Marilyn Berkowitz and outgoing Torah Fund chair Debbi Goldich for all their support and encouragement. The women who serve on the international board and on the many committees are all volunteers and they give of themselves selflessly.
Thanks to my “sister” region presidents from all over North America. It is hard to believe we were strangers just over two years ago and yet we have had a standing “date” every month to work together. Thanks to all the MetroNorth Sisterhood/Women’s League presidents, and to the members of my Sisterhood at First Hebrew Congregation. Thank you to all the women I have met as I have travelled around this region from Manhattan, to the Bronx, into Rockland, Westchester and up into Orange County. Whether you are a Sisterhood woman or an individual member, the region is here to serve you and to connect you with the international level. It has been a joy and a pleasure to talk with you and to work with you as we enrich, empower, and enlighten one another. Please show our incoming president Gaye Altman the same warm welcome you have shown me for the past two years.
Together we can continue to face the challenges and opportunities which will come our way and each apply our unique gifts in order to make our contributions to our Sisterhoods, to our region, to Women’s League at large, and to the broader community. I hope I will see you at Convention!
Shabbat Shalom and L’hitraot!
Still deciding whether to go to Convention? Thanks to Seaboard region’s Marcia’s Toppall’s for graciously sharing her Top 10 Reasons to Attend Convention
(Even if you’ve been there before)
And the number one reason to attend convention from July 23 -July 26 2017 in Arlington Virginia is to: