Today is June 25, 2017 -

MetroNorth Region

Women's League for Conservative Judaism

Lisa Siegal, Webmaster, MetroNorth Region

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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!

Mindy Steinholz




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)

  1. Listen to inspiring speakers like Chancellor Arnold Eisen and Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artsen; study with our scholar in Residence Pamela Nadell.
  1. Attend workshops to benefit yourself and your Sisterhood.; if you are the President, you can’t miss out on all the information you will receive.
  1. Network and exchange ideas with women from across the United States and Canada during meals and free time.
  1. Shop at the best Judaica Crafts fair.  Buy yourself a new Tallit or purchase something for your home.
  1. Meet other women from your region at late night parties. Eat too many jelly beans and pretzels.
  1. Wake up early to daven with the world’s largest female minyan.
  1. Share the joy at our Jewels in the Crown luncheon honoring our Sisterhoods who have completed a wide range of activities over a three year period.
  1. Celebrate 100 years of Women’s League as you witness the Installation of our new officers and Board of Directors; join together as we recall our past and take bold new steps forward into our next 100 years.
  1. Participate in our Mathilda’s Mentionables’ project as we contribute new and gently used bras to women in need in the Washington DC area.

And the number one reason to attend convention from July 23 -July 26 2017 in Arlington Virginia is to:

  1.  Gift yourself these days of freedom from your daily routine while you engage with, enrich yourself, and empower other Jewish Conservative women. It will be ALL ME (and my Sisterhood) ALL THE TIME.

 July 23-26, 2017

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Arlington, VA




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Tour of National 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Please join us for


Tour of National 9/11 Memorial and Museum


Thursday, September 14, 2017

at 10:30am


Margie Miller

Incoming WLCJ International President

Will give a tour including twin memorial pools,

Survivor Tree, and how the names were organized.

Tour should last 2.5 to 3 hours


We will meet at the Memorial Plaza

180 Greenwich Street, New York, NY.

Transportation is not provided.


Ticket are $24 per Adult and $18 for Seniors 65+


For more information e-mail

Please Note: Although there will be no arranged meal, there are several nearby options to enjoy at the conclusion of the tour.



Please mail reply form and check to Women’s League for Conservative Judaism and send to: 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 820, New York, NY 10115.


Name            _________________________________                 Phone Number___________________




E-mail_________________________________                Sisterhood________________________


Form and check must be mailed by August 31, 2017