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MetroNorth Region

Women's League for Conservative Judaism

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Women's League for Conservative Judaism

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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.

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FROM OUR REGION PRESIDENT

This has been a difficult week for our community.  As of this writing, there have been at least 30 bomb threats to Jewish institutions this week.  Two of these were in Westchester County, at the JCC on the Hudson and at the Mid-Westchester JCC.  This is the first time institutions in the lower Hudson Valley have been directly targeted.  JCCs on Staten Island and Long Island were also targets on Monday.  Other recent incidents have included swastikas on the subway in New York City, at sites in Rockland County, and at John Jay High School in Lewisboro.  In addition, Jewish cemeteries outside St. Louis and  Philadelphia have been vandalized.   According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the latest wave of attacks was the fifth such event this year.  Anti-defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said that Monday’s bomb threats raised this year’s total to over 90 (USA Today). 
 
However, even though no bombs have been found in these threats, we should not console ourselves with the thought that this represents something less serious.  These events truly represent anti-Semitism and intimidation of the Jewish community both locally and as a whole.  Such disruption, desecration and threats of harm are acts of hate.  As Rabbi Lilly Kaufman, the director of Torah Fund said at the Torah Fund cabinet meeting this past December, “I don’t know why people are afraid of us.”  We should not listen to those who try to tell us things like this are our fault, or that we have or should be doing something different or living in a different way or perhaps we should just disappear.    
 
Mid-Atlantic region immediate past president Idelle Wood reported to the Women’s League WLCJNet list serve that her grandparents and great-grandparents are buried in the Philadelphia cemetery which was desecrated, Mt. Carmel.  The National Museum of American Jewish History, a Philadelphia institution, has started a living history project with stories and photos of those buried in the cemetery.  The project is also open to families affected by the desecration at St. Louis’ Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery.  There is also a site to donate to the restoration efforts should you be so moved.  Please click here for Idelle’s message.
 
Many people have spoken up in defense of our community.  Local politicians from our region and from other affected regions have spoken up.   In Missouri, an interfaith effort is underway to restore the cemetery which was desecrated.  In our own region, an anti-hate rally was held on March 2 at the Riverdale Y co-sponsored by Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel, other neighborhood institutions, and community board 8.  While we need to work together to support one another during these difficult times and work to protect our community, let us not forget our neighbors of all different backgrounds who may also be suffering their own episodes of hateful speech and conduct.  At the same time our community has been targeted, hate crimes against African-Americans, Muslims, minorities and immigrants have exceeded 1,000 according to the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.  When other communities are similarly threatened, we must also speak out for them.  As our sage Rabbi Hillel said “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? If I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?”
 
o bombs have been found in these threats, we should not console ourselves with the thought that this represents something less serious.  These events truly represent anti-Semitism and intimidation of the Jewish community both locally and as a whole.  Such disruption, desecration and threats of harm are acts of hate.  As Rabbi Lilly Kaufman, the director of Torah Fund said at the Torah Fund cabinet meeting this past December, “I don’t know why people are afraid of us.”  We should not listen to those who try to tell us things like this are our fault, or that we have or should be doing something different or living in a different way or perhaps we should just disappear.    
 
Mid-Atlantic region immediate past president Idelle Wood reported to the Women’s League WLCJNet list serve that her grandparents and great-grandparents are buried in the Philadelphia cemetery which was desecrated, Mt. Carmel.  The National Museum of American Jewish History, a Philadelphia institution, has started a living history project with stories and photos of those buried in the cemetery.  The project is also open to families affected by the desecration at St. Louis’ Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery.  There is also a site to donate to the restoration efforts should you be so moved.  Please click here for Idelle’s message.
 
Many people have spoken up in defense of our community.  Local politicians from our region and from other affected regions have spoken up.   In Missouri, an interfaith effort is underway to restore the cemetery which was desecrated.  In our own region, an anti-hate rally was held on March 2 at the Riverdale Y co-sponsored by Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel, other neighborhood institutions, and community board 8.  While we need to work together to support one another during these difficult times and work to protect our community, let us not forget our neighbors of all different backgrounds who may also be suffering their own episodes of hateful speech and conduct.  At the same time our community has been targeted, hate crimes against African-Americans, Muslims, minorities and immigrants have exceeded 1,000 according to the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.  When other communities are similarly threatened, we must also speak out for them.  As our sage Rabbi Hillel said “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? If I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?”

CONVENTION 2017

 July 23-26, 2017

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Arlington, VA

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