Today is October 22, 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.
Each year, members of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism ready themselves for a new year of Sisterhood endeavors by choosing a significant Jewish theme for educational programming and for Torah Fund giving. The theme sets the tone of generosity and caring for which our Conservative/ Masorti Sisterhood women are well-known.
This year’s theme is Mah tovu, which means “how good!”, is a phrase that originates in the Torah, in Number 24:5. Quoted in our prayer book, it forms the basis of the opening prayer that is sung when we enter the synagogue. The full phrase is Mah tovu ohalecha Yaakov, mishk’notecha Yisrael, “How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel!”
The Torah Fund campaign began in 1942 as a scholarship fund. In 1963, it merged with the Matilde Schecter Residence Hall campaign which provided housing for undergraduate students. Over the 75 years Torah Fund has raised nearly $2 million in donations to support the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, as well as the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, the Schecter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and the Seminario Rabinico Latinamericano in Buenos Aires. Beginning July, 2016 a fifth seminary was added The Zacharias Frankel College in Potsdam, Germany which graduated its first class this June 2017.
It is due to your generosity and support that these seminaries can continue to educate Rabbis who offer wisdom and leadership; Hazzanim who enhance the beauty of our prayers; educators who transmit the richness of our heritage to our children; professors of Jewish studies; and lay leaders who are informed, educated and committed Jews.
The Torah Fund mission is to give every person the opportunity to participate in preserving, promoting and perpetuating Conservative/Masorti Jewish education through active giving in support of our seminaries. There are many levels at which you can pledge in order to have an impact. Any level of donation is considered Torah Fund giving. No donation is too small. If you donate at the Benefactor Level, $180 or above, you will receive the 5778 (2017-2018) Torah Fund Pin as a gift. The pin, featuring the number 100 in raised letters and encased in a silver frame, is a treasured keepsake of the Women’s League centennial celebration to wear with pride!
The MetroNorth Region had two Torah Fund dinners in 2016-2017 at which each Sisterhood selected an Honoree. The Manhattan Dinner held at Sutton Place Synagogue and the Hudson Valley Dinner at Bet Torah were very well attended. Everyone socialized and celebrated their Honoree.
I am pleased once again to announce that seven sisterhoods exceeded their goals which is one more than the previous year. The Region had 3 unexpected one-time bequests. Including bequests, MetroNorth exceeded goal FY 2017 by 306%. Excluding bequests, MetroNorth exceeded goal in FY 2017 by 17.6%. I am so proud to be Torah Fund Vice President of MetroNorth Region.
I would like to thank Mindy Steinholz, President of MetroNorth Region for the past two years. Mindy attended numerous Sisterhood events and was always available to assist in all endeavors of Torah Fund. I look forward to planning with Gaye Altman, current President, as the Torah Fund campaign for 2017-2018 begins. Thank you Torah Fund Area Directors: Nancy Scheff, Vera Winitch, and Lisa King -Smith for all your enthusiasm. The Torah Fund chairs of each Sisterhood engage and educate their members thru out the campaign. Mary Sanders and Lisa Siegal your assistance and positive energy is invaluable.
Thank you every Sisterhood in advance for all your efforts for the Torah Fund Campaign in 5778, 20117-2018!
Save the date Manhattan Torah Fund Dinner at Sutton Place Synagogue May 10 and Hudson Valley April 30 at Nanuet Hebrew Center.
Thank you, and have a wonderful New Year with your Women’s League sisters!
Torah Fund Vice President MetroNorth Region
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