Mazel Tov to the WRJ Or Ami Award Winners.

Congratulations to two Bronze Award winners, Kathy Young and Karen Smith and Temple Beth El Sisterhood in Knoxville, TN. for Matan Chaim/Gift of Life Day and Nancy Szabo and Temple Beth Emeth Sisterhood in Ann Arbor, MI for Feeding the Hungry.

Our Honorable Mention winners are Sarah Roberts and Isaac M. Wise Temple Sisterhood in Cincinnati, OH, and Sonja Kantor and Temple Sisterhood of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation in Indianapollis, IN for five projects: A Women’s Seder, Busted: Are you one of 85% Wearing the Wrong Size Bra? Chili Throwdown & Supper, Havdalah Hoedown and Mad Hatter’s Tea.
Central District is proud of our sisterhoods. The Or Ami Awards will be presented at the WRJ Assembly Dec. 11-15 in San Diego.

Send Us Your Central District Awards Nominees for 2014!

Sisterhoods, individuals and the District will be honored with the awards listed below at our Central Biennial Convention in Columbus, November 6-9, 2014. As leaders in your Sisterhood, please take a few minutes to read through the award categories and nominate your Sisterhood or individual. Award applications are due by August 1st, 2014.

The applications can be filled out with the applications on our website.

tzur2Individual Sisterhoods may apply for awards in both the President’s Award and the Innovative Programming Award and may submit an application for more than one program in either category. Award entries in each of those two categories are separated by size of sisterhoods: small (1-99 members); medium, (100-299 members); and large, (300+ members).

In addition, every sisterhood may select one of its members to receive a Deborah Honor in recognition of service to her sisterhood. Finally, a woman from within the Central District will be chosen for the Emerging Leader Award but nominations can be received from a Sisterhood or the District for this one honor…

Award Categories

Innovative Programming Award:

This award recognizes a sisterhood in each of the categories of small, medium, and large for an innovative, energizing, and original program.

President’s Award:

The Central District President determines the theme of this award. This biennial, the President’s award recognizes a Sisterhood in each of the categories of small, medium and large for a program or event which focused on and celebrated the WRJ Centennial.

District Emerging Leader Award:

One sisterhood woman from within the Central District will receive this award. A sisterhood may nominate a woman who exemplifies the strengths and has shown the skills, abilities, and willingness to accept a leadership role in her sisterhood, Central District, or WRJ in the recent time frame. This should be someone new to a leadership role.

Deborah Honor:

This award recognizes one woman from each sisterhood who has demonstrated extraordinary service and commitment to both sisterhood and Judaism based upon criteria established by the sisterhood. Each woman nominated by her sisterhood to receive the Deborah Honor will be given a Deborah certificate.

Chai Award:

This award is given to the woman awards in all categories of Programming, President’s Award, Emerging Leader and Deborah Honoree.

The three (small, medium, and large) sisterhoods winning the Innovative Programming Award, the three (small, medium, and large) sisterhoods winning the President’s Award, and the one woman winning the District Emerging Leader Award will each receive a Chai Five or a $90 credit toward a District event to be used on or before the next District Convention.

Programs must occur between November 2012 and November 2014. The deadline to submit an application is August 1, 2014.

WRJ CENTRAL DISTRICT AWARDS PROGRAM, NOVEMBER 2-4, 2012

WRJ Central District takes great pleasure in announcing the 2010-2012 Award winners. These Awards recognize Sisterhoods for their talent, ingenuity and commitment to the Women of Reform Judaism. Winning programs and/or projects are stimulating, resourceful and successful whether within their Sisterhoods, Temples or greater communities. We hope you will take these
booklets back to our individual Sisterhoods to use already proven and successful ideas for future programming.

Awards entries in Innovative Programming are separated by size of Sisterhoods: small (1-99 members), medium (100-299 members) and large (300+ members). A Sisterhood that is a winner in all areas and submits a Deborah Honoree will receive a Chai Award. The Chai Award is a $90 credit toward a District event to be used on or before the next District Convention.

This year’s nominations presented thoughtful and innovative projects and inspiring people. The awards committee congratulates all the winners and the Deborah Honorees.

Many thanks to the 2010-2012 Awards Committee for all their work and dedication.
The 2010-2012 Awards Committee: Elaine Frayman, Beth Lande, Karen Smith, Marci Delson, Rachel Lambermont

2012 AWARDS CATEGORIES AND WINNERS

Innovative Programming Award

This award recognizes a Sisterhood in each of the categories of small, medium and large for an innovative, energizing and original program.

Small Sisterhood, Temple Beth Shalom – Hudson, OH

Medium Sisterhood, Temple Beth El – Bloomfield Hills, MI

Large Sisterhood, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation – Indianapolis, IN

PROGRAMMING HONORABLE MENTION

Temple Beth El – Knoxville, TN
Temple Beth El – New Albany, OH
Temple Kol Ami – West Bloomfield, MI
Temple Tifereth Israel – Beachwood, OH
Temple Shalom – Louisville, KY

 

The President’s Award

The Central District President determines the theme of this award. This biennial, the President’s award recognizes a Sisterhood in each of the categories of small, medium and large for a program or event on women’s healthcare or women’s
issues.

Small Sisterhood, Temple Beth El – Knoxville, TN

Large Sisterhood, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation – Indianapolis, IN

District Emerging Leader Award

One Sisterhood woman from within the Central District will receive this award. A Sisterhood may nominate a woman who exemplifies the strengths and has shown the skills, abilities and willingness to accept a leadership role in her Sisterhood, Central District or WRJ.

SARAH FREEMAN, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation – Indianapolis, IN

DEBORAH HONOR

This honor recognizes one woman from each Sisterhood who has demonstrated extraordinary service and commitment to both Sisterhood and Judaism based on criteria established by the local Sisterhood.

ROBIN ROSEN-SHARP, Temple Beth Shalom – Hudson, OH

LYNN APPEL, Temple Israel – West Bloomfield, MI

LEONA STERN, Temple Adath Israel – Lexington, KY

SONJA KANTOR, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation – Indianapolis, IN

HEDDY TEITEL, Temple Shalom – Louisville KY

ANN ROSEN, Congregation Temple Shomer Emunim – Sylvania, OH

REVA KLAR, Congregation Shir Tikvah -Troy, MI

ILEEN KELNER, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple – Beachwood, OH

MARCIA PERSIN, Temple Kol Ami – West Bloomfield, MI

CHRIS ZIMMER, Temple Israel – Columbus, OH

BETTE ANDERSON, Temple B’Nai Israel – Kokomo IN

ILEEN KAMMER, TEMPLE TIFERETH ISRAEL – Beachwood, Ohio

SHAWN OLDS, Congregation Shaarey Zedek – East Lansing, MI

SHARON PRESSMAN, B’nai Shalom – Huntington, WV

PHYLLIS HIRSH, Temple Beth El – Knoxville, TN

DOLLY LAX, Temple Beth El – Bloomfield Hills, MI

CHAI AWARD

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis, IN,

AWARDED DUE TO ACHIEVEMENT OF RECEIVING AWARDS IN ALL CATEGORIES OF PROGRAMMING, PRESIDENT’S AWARD, EMERGING LEADER AND DEBORAH HONOREE.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL AWARD WINNERS AND HONOREE!!!!!