Today is August 19, 2017 -
The International Northeast Region of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism was formed in May, 2008 when the New York State Region, the Canadian Seaway Region, and the Montreal Women’s League Sisterhoods joined together to support their common goals.
Its purpose is to help its member groups succeed by providing training, management seminars, general trouble-shooting and problem solving as well as networking for Sisterhood leaders.
Periodic programs seek to instill the religious ideals of Judaism into the lives and homes of its members, emphasizing Jewish ethical teachings as they apply to individual and group life. The Region encourages involvement and participation in contemporary issues on the local, national, and international scene.
An active arm of the worldwide Conservative/Masorti Movement with close ties to The JTSA and the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, we support their programs through the Torah Fund Campaign.
Women’s League provides a complete program of involvement for the modern Jewish woman, her family, and her community.
Women’s League Convention 2017 is over and I am still exhausted! Our days and evenings were packed with interesting and informative lectures, workshops, activities and networking. We were taught and inspired by rabbis, chazzanim, academics and lay people. We learned of the possibilities and challenges of a two-state solution in Israel.
We witnessed the changing of the Women’s League Board and the passing of the presidential torch from Carol Simon to Margie Miller. We attended a Torah Fund luncheon and applauded with pride for our Jewels in the Crown winners. We shopped and attended parties. We got reacquainted with old friends and made new ones. Over 420 women from across North America davened, led services and read Torah together.
In those four days among hundreds of women, I couldn’t help but feel a connection to all of them. We have our differences, yet we all have a connection to the basic tenets of Judaism and the state of Israel. The feeling of being with hundreds of women who feel the relevance of our Sisterhoods, Women’s League and our people was intense and it was especially meaningful for me to connect in person with the amazing women of our region.
Are our Sisterhoods as relevant today as they were in the days of Mathilde Schechter, founder of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism? While many Sisterhoods have closed their doors in synagogues across the United States and Canada, others (with the help Women’s League) have developed dynamic new structures that engage their members across generations.
Continue to be involved in your Sisterhoods and our International Northeast Region. We are a diverse, intelligent, motivated group of women. Together we can make a difference in our Sisterhoods and in our communities.