Today is May 21, 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), Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem), Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and Zacharias Frankel College (Potsdam, Germany).
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 campaign 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 five institutions through Torah Fund. Thousands of dedicated volunteers have contributed to the spiritual, aesthetic, 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 “the future to come.” By this they mean either the day when the Messiah will come, or olam haba, the afterlife. Contemporary Israelis are known to say, with 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 envelops 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 communities.
Links to Torah Fund Forms
|Torah Fund Information Page 2018-19|
|Torah Fund Materials Order Form PSW|
|Torah Fund Greetings Cards|
|Torah Fund Credit Card form 2018-19|
|Torah Fund Transmittal Sheet pdf|
|Torah Fund Summary Report 2018-19|
|Torah Fund Brochure 2018-19|
|Torah Fund Volunteer Data Form|
|Torah Fund Pledge Card 2018-19|