Today is August 20, 2019 -
Every woman has the opportunity to participate in preserving, promoting and perpetuating Conservative/Masorti Judaism through active giving to the Torah Fund Campaign of Women’s League in support of The Jewish Theological Seminary (New York, NY), Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles, CA) and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem).
The Torah Fund campaign began in 1942 as a scholarship fund. In 1963, it merged with the Mathilde Schechter Residence Hall campaign that provided housing for undergraduate students. In time, the campaiagn identified needs and raised funds for specific projects, including:
For the past several years, funds raised by Torah Fund have gone toward scholarships to all the schools. There are continuing opportunities for sisterhoods and individuals to provide support to all four institutions through Torah Fund. Thousands of dedicated volunteers have contributed to the spiritual, esthetic and material well being of these educational communities by supporting Torah Fund projects.
Atid means “future” in Hebrew. As Women’s League for Conservative Judaism enters its second century,
Torah Fund begins its 77th year, and the State of Israel enters its 71st, we look forward with joy to our future
together with you, our sisterhood members and supporters of Torah Fund.
When the classical rabbinic texts speak of the future using the word atid, it usually appears in the phrase
le’atid lavo, which means “in the future to come.” By this they mean either the day when the Messiah will optimism, yesh atid, which means “there is a future!”
How do you envision your future? Your personal future; the future of your family; the future of your
community; of the United States, Canada, and Israel? When you dream of a bright future, is it in the next
world or this one? The seminaries of the Conservative/Masorti Movement, which we support through
Torah Fund, are doing the great work that helps us navigate our future together, as one people. And our
sisterhoods provide the social and educational networks—the extended family—that helps us go forward into
our future as Jewish women, with confidence.
The 5779 Torah Fund pin envelopes the Hebrew word for “future” (atid) with a stylized Magen David.
It represents our wish for a distinctly Jewish future, for ourselves as individuals, our families, and our
For more information,
please visit www.jtsa.edu/torah-fund
Rabbi Lilly Kaufman, Executive Director
The Jewish Theological Seminary
New York, NY 10027