Today is July 15, 2020 -
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.
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism
Eleven sisterhoods were represented and competed for the now-famous Mathilde Cup at our second annual event. We named our trophy for Mathilde Schechter – the founder of WLCJ – and celebrated her December 16th birthday.
We continue our efforts to raise funds for our programming and scholarships for Leadership Institute and for WLCJ International Convention 2020 (being held July 12-15 in Schaumberg, IL). We offered a $100 scholarship in the basket called, “Away to WL Convention with the Rowdy Region,” and there were other opportunities to win scholarships all evening long.Our goals were met. The room was full of smiling faces, dinner was festive, many took home beautiful raffle baskets, and all enjoyed playing Team Bingo! and competing for the coveted Mathilde Cup – which was awarded to our host, Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu El (MBIEE). We even welcomed a special visitor, Deb Bruce, WLCJ International VP from the North Atlantic Region, who was in the area visiting her new grandson, Samuel.
Thank you to our Ways and Means Vice President, Karen Cuker, and her co-chair, Community Awareness VP, Susie Markowitz, who oversaw all the effort. We also thank our host sisterhood MBIEE, and their presidents – Helene Katz and Margo Kuno. We appreciate our supporters, sponsors, and everyone who joined us. Enjoy the pictures to see all the fun!
As you know, we have outstanding women in our Region, and over the years many have been part of the WLCJ International Board. You can see we continue our tradition in the 2020-2023 Slate of Officers. Mazel tov to all the nominees from across the country – with a special note of appreciation to our Region candidates. We proudly note the incoming president is our own Debbi Goldich!
We applaud the following additional incoming international WLCJ board members from Mid-Atlantic Region:
Sandy Blumenthal, Vice President
Donna Finkelstein, Vice President
Rochelle Hirt, Treasurer
The Mid-Atlantic Region of Women’s League of Conservative Judaism (WLCJ) welcomes all sisterhood women to take part in our commitment to each other. Our Region Mission Statement states we “serve as a connection between WLCJ and its affiliates and members to provide services to strengthen the sisterhoods/women’s groups”. So, we are a link for you into the larger world of WLCJ.
This further enhances the Women’s League mission, which includes supporting our affiliates in mutual efforts to understand and perpetuate Conservative/Masorti Judaism in the home, synagogue and community; and reinforce bonds with Israel and with Jews worldwide.
This year’s Women’s League and Torah Fund theme focuses on the Hebrew word for Chesed or “kindness” or “lovingkindness,” to convey the deep love that animates Jewish acts of kindness, done without thought of reward. As it is said in Psalm 89, may we build a world of kindness.
Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me or any of our officers with any of your suggestions or concerns. Our Region Executive Committee offers help in all areas of Sisterhood assistance. As your Region President I am ready to share your questions, goals and accomplishments. We provide access to our International Board which advises all of us and provides solutions, ideas, goals, education and support to everyone. Quite an organization of talented, organized and supportive Jewish women to help you make your Sisterhood the best it can be!