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Parsha - Bo
January 12, 2019
6th of Shevat
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:
Chinese Food - Who Knew?
What do you know? Our renowned Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas Day gave me the perfect fortune cookie! What luck, as one of my favorite parts of this ritual is reading the fortune. It said, "
Accept compliments and give praise
Two of my favorite discussion topics in one fortune!
Women have trouble accepting compliments. We earn them, we deserve them - so let's accept them!
Praise - give it frequently and generously. Noticing even the smallest effort makes people feel appreciated and noticed. Sometimes in our volunteer world, praise and appreciation are all we can offer in return for people’s endeavors. So give a hug and a “job well done"! Try “thank you,” or “I appreciate your time and effort.” “Great job!" “Good idea!” “So glad you took care of that.” Use these phrases often and well.
So to all of you - I appreciate you, and the time and effort you give to make your Sisterhoods, synagogues and our Region a warm friendly place for all of us.
As I was reminded recently by many people at a crowded
call, these are the women who come to be with you when your heart is sad and your world has forever changed. Let these caring women know how much this relationship means to you.
Now is also the time to show appreciation of our Region at the
Open Board Meeting
scheduled for 10:00 AM
Sunday, February 24
at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley. All Sisterhood members are welcome. But if you hold a Region Chair position, serve in an Area job role, or are a Sisterhood president,
you are a member of the Region Board
and should come be part of our meeting
. So, be sure to join us for a lite brunch, an update on your Region, and some great discussion and education. Look for the flyer in the next block.
Save the date! More information coming soon!
☀ Friendship ☀ Food ☀
President, Mid-Atlantic Region
ADDITIONAL NOTES FROM THE REGION PRESIDENT
- Time to insure your Sisterhood has sent in your per capita to WLCJ by January 15! If your Sisterhood hasn’t yet sent in its per capita, please take a few minutes to update your membership roster on the WLCJ website and mail your check this week. Thank you to all the Mid-Atlantic Sisterhoods that have mailed 2018-2019 per capita to the Women’s League office.
WLCJ Leadership Institute
Start the new year off right by resolving to attend the next Leadership Institute Feb. 17 and 18 in beautiful, warm Tamarac, FL. For more information, scroll down a handful of blocks.
Distance Workshop -
“Nominating: Choosing Well for the Future” will discuss WLCJ recommended practices for identifying candidates and recruiting leaders via teleconference, on January 23. Participation is by advance registration so scroll down a handful of blocks, or go the WLCJ website for more information:
Torah Fund News
by Marsha Wasserman
Mid-Atlantic Region Torah Fund VP
…. The New Torah Fund
! All Torah Fund chairs/contact persons in our MAR Sisterhoods should have received a flyer announcing the new card, and instructions for ordering Torah Fund cards. The Torah Fund Office will be sending out a revised Greeting Cards order form, so this is a good time to take note of your supply of greeting cards, tzedakah boxes, written materials, post cards, shells, etc.
to all the Torah Fund chairs who continue to send me copies of the filled-out transmittal forms (some send copies of the checks). This helps ensure that all checks sent to the Torah Fund office are accounted for.
in being a part of next year's (2019’s) Torah Fund - Founders Day event? Please contact me by email:
Torah Fund Event
: No matter what kind of Torah Fund program your Sisterhood is planning - whether it will honor congregants, or feature a graduate student, teacher or clergy from JTS, or even involve a community service project -
please be sure to allow plenty of time!
You will need time to order the Torah Fund shells, to print invitations and programs, and to request speakers from the Jewish Theological Seminary or Zeigler.
This should be done 3 months prior to your event.
- To book a JTS student, contact Rabbi Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To book a Zeigler student, contact Rabbi Artson at email@example.com.
Please remember to invite Lori Snow (Region President) and me to your event!
Please feel free to contact me with concerns or questions you may have about your campaign:
WLCJ Financial Secretary
While I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, I do believe in setting goals. A few years ago, as I was about to retire, I was concerned about how I was going to fill my days. First, I joined the gym, something long overdue. I told my Sisterhood and Region that soon I would have more time available for volunteering. My husband and I began to make arrangements for a “bucket list” cruise and, most significantly, I knew that I would be able to make more frequent flights and lengthier stays with our grand-
children. Still, I wanted to mark this transitional time of life with a personal accomplishment.
A few weeks before my retirement, I was at Shabbat morning services. One of the men was celebrating a special anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah by chanting “his” Haftorah. It occurred to me that a number of our congregants have done this over the years, but never a woman.
I reflected on my Bat Mitzvah experience nearly 49 years earlier. Like many of my contemporaries, I had celebrated on a Friday night and read Haftorah. When my Cantor began by teaching me trope, he was quickly stopped by the Rabbi and others. There was no reason to give me the keys to this ancient code. After all, this was a one-shot deal and I would never use it again! And so, he taught me my part, line by line. It was like learning a song from the radio, rather than from the musical score.
As I sat in my usual seat that Shabbat morning, I realized what my first new goal of retirement would be. I would take the next year to learn both Torah and Haftorah trope and celebrate the 50th anniversary of my Bat Mitzvah with a repeat chanting of my Haftorah and the Maftir Torah portion. Each week, I set aside a special time and, with the aid of a few apps, taught myself how to decode those ancient markings and read the music of Torah. I invited family and friends to celebrate this milestone with me at a special luncheon following the service. It was a joyous day!
Since then, I have learned and read new Torah portions, but I had only ever learned one Haftorah, read twice, fifty years apart. It was time for a new goal. And so, this Shabbat, I shall be chanting
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORLD WIDE WRAP.
What is the World Wide Wrap?
The World Wide Wrap is an initiative begun by the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC) to encourage everyone to put on
for at least one day – usually Super Bowl Sunday.
FJMC, at their World Wide Wraps, have always encouraged men and women to put on
, but, this year, Women’s League for Conservative Judaism (WLCJ) and FJMC collaborated to create educational materials to truly educate and encourage women to don
, and embrace the
Under the leadership of WLCJ’s Executive Director, Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields,
, a 4-week crash course, is being prepared.
is the rabbi's passion, and a
that all should embrace, to bring each person into their own sacred, personal relationship with God, Torah, and Israel.
Please click on each link below for two
lessons - (the first two weeks). Each lesson includes 7 items about
– because 7 is an important number when donning
. Two additional lessons are forthcoming.
Sign Up Now for Distance Workshops!
Women’s League provides customized training on a variety of topics covering every area of Sisterhood business and leadership development. But Women’s League knows that the great training it offers isn’t always convenient for its members. And that is why we created
These innovative Distance Workshops use the technology of conference calls and online services to bring advice and first-hand experience directly into your home. In addition to saving time and money, all participants will be able to apply their new knowledge in their Sisterhoods immediately!
There is no charge but pre-registration is necessary. We recommend that you register before the day of the workshop, preferably 2-3 weeks prior.
Upcoming Distance Workshops
"Nominating: Choosing Well for the Future" on
Wednesday, Jan. 23
"Torah Fund: Investing in the Future" on
Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Distance Workshops are held on weekday evenings at
, Eastern time.
Participation is limited to members of Women’s League
Call-in information is sent upon registration.
Full list of 2019 Course Offerings
– Nominating: Choosing Well for the Future
– Torah Fund: Investing in the Future
– Programming and Membership: Close Relations for the Future
– Identifying and Cultivating Leadership
– Volunteerism: Alive and Well
– Meeting your Sisterhood’s Financial Needs (also of interest to Region Financial Teams)
For more information, e-mail co-chairs Harriet Merkowitz at
or Toby Maser at
Members can read scripts from past Distance Workshops by logging onto the website and clicking on
Download WLCJ Member Materials.
Join the next League Leadership Institute
Sunday-Monday, February 17 and 18, 2019
Temple Beth Torah Sha'aray Tzedek
5700 NW 94th Avenue
Tamarac, FL 33321
Hampton Inn & Suites Ft. Lauderdale West-Sawgrass Tamarac
5701 Madison Avenue
Tamarac, FL 33321
$199 per person
Cost of room, double occupancy per night is $105.
Contact Mimi Pollack, Chair
Announcing the next
Women's League Reads book!
Women's League Reads
for an exclusive discussion with
author Barbara Artson on Thursday, January 17 at 8:30 pm, Eastern time.
Membership in Women's League Reads is open
to members in good
standing of Women’s League-affiliated Sisterhoods, or to individual members who have paid dues directly to Women’s League.
You may subscribe by contacting Lois Silverman, Internet Services Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org, with your e-mail address, Sisterhood name/town/state, or individual member information, and thereby join the online group for book news and discussions.
2019 Women's League Shabbat Service
January 19/13 Shevat Parashat Beshalach
We are pleased to provide materials for Women’s League Shabbat 2019, a new D’var Torah focusing on this year’s Women’s League
and Torah Fund theme,
– Future, and readings for Shabbat (January 19) and for
You are invited to tailor the materials to meet the needs and goals
of your Women’s League Shabbat committee.
Enhance Your Jewish Knowledge!
From our Friends at Rabbinical Assembly
To assist in enhancing your Jewish knowledge and observance in 5779, the Rabbinical Assembly is making outstanding publications available to Women's League members, with many at a steep discount. You can order publications directly at
or via email at email@example.com.
Register for 2019 Days of Study in February!
Sign up now to join the
2019 Masorti Women’s Days of Study in Israel!
Sponsored by Women’s League and the Schechter Institutes, Masorti Women’s Study Day offers classes in Hebrew, Russian, English, and Spanish, and covers subjects including Torah, meditation, Jewish music, and social justice in Israel.
Women’s League members are all cordially invited to attend each year. This year’s theme is
Women’s Voices Changing the Discourse
, and speakers will include Professor Alice Shalvi.
WWOT - Weekly Words of Torah:
To inspire, guide, engage, enrich, and empower
Conservative Jewish Women
Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, Executive Director,
Women’s League For Conservative Judaism
Over the past two weeks, we have read in our Torah portions,
last week and
this week, a sum total of ten plagues, which fell on the Egyptians by the hand of God. We learn these stories from a very young age, and recount these stories every year at the Passover Seder.
It is the custom of many to drop a bit of wine or grape juice, using either one’s finger or a utensil each time we recite the name of a plague at the Passover Seder. This indicates that, even when the blood of our enemy is shed, we too shed blood and ‘cry’ for our enemies’ losses. We learn that we cannot rejoice if our enemies suffer, and so we remember that today, by pouring a little bit of
wine or grape juice each time we say a plague at the Seder.
What are our modern-day plagues? Should we do something similar when we reach this section in our weekly Torah reading?
Let us think about what plagues us today, and how we react when those plagues impact those we love, and those with whom we do not have as close a relationship. How can we see God in those relationships? And will we try to make a difference to decrease these plagues?
WWOT, Weekly Words of Torah will be a brief paragraph prepared weekly by our new Executive Director, Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, presented in our “
This Week @ Women’s League
.” WWOT will provide meaningful thoughts related to the Weekly Torah Portion, an event on the Calendar, a Prayer, or something of Jewish interest, to inspire, guide, engage, enrich, and empower Conservative Jewish Women. If you have any particular interest in future topics, or want to send Rabbi Wolintz-Fields an email, you can contact her at
. Read previous Weekly Words of Torah
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Current Calendar Diary SALE
The 2019-2020 Calendar Diary is about
to print soon, and the
2018-2019/5779 (current) edition is now marked down to only $6!
Featuring artwork from our own members, the 5779 pocket calendar includes Jewish holidays,
, and useful tips for all occasions.
Comes with plastic cover.
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MOMENTS TO SHARE
NOTICE OF BEREAVEMENT
We are saddened to inform the community of the passing of
Mildred (Millie) Blaine Gershen
, a frequent MAR delegate to International Convention. The funeral was held December 30 in Princeton, NJ.
Condolences are also extended to Shelley Szwalbenest on the loss of her beloved father,
. The funeral was held January 3 in Manalapan, NJ.
May these souls be bound in the bonds of eternal life, and may their loved ones be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Do you have a Simcha - Lifecycle Event - Memorial
to share with your Region Sisters?
Would your Sisterhood like to share an event with the Region?
Email us at:
and we'll include it.