April 15-17, 2016
Goldman Union Camp Institute
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Day 1: Exec Board Meeting starts Friday 1:30. Rosanne Selfon is here as our guest for the weekend.
The Exec Board went through the minutes, reports and budget. We also agreed to two proposals that were brought to the board.
Day 1: We are all here now, including Lesley Sachs, from Israel, and Director of Women of the Wall who is also a great salesperson.
Lesley Sachs speaks to of us the happenings in Israel and the Kotel
Day 2: Saturday
Reading the Torah
WRJ certificate and gavel given to Congregation Beth Shalom, Carmel, IN
See what Rosanne said during this special presentation.– pdf
Working on a project- creating cards for those in need
Our Ambassadors from Israel
Sandy with Lesley Sachs
Walking around the camp
Rosanne M. Selfon
Served as WRJ President from 2005-2009. From 2009-2013, Selfon served as the WRJ Centennial Chair, creating and overseeing a year-long roster of events, activities and projects, and fundraising celebrating the 100th birthday of Women of Reform Judaism. “WRJ is the oldest religious Jewish women’s organization in the world. Its financial support for the Reform Movement throughout its 100 years translates into half a billion dollars. The number of volunteer hours cannot possibly be estimated. The lifelong bonds of friendship are priceless,” commented Mrs. Selfon.
She chaired The Torah A Women’s Commentary, a feminist commentary on Torah published by WRJ in partnership with the URJ Press in 2007. More than 30,000 commentaries have been sold to date. Mrs. Selfon was responsible for raising over $1.5 million to underwrite all costs associated with the publication.
A member of the Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) since 1994, Rosanne served as the Camp Harlam Council Chair from 2009 to 2015 and as Vice-Chair of the NAC, the North American Camping Committee of Reform Judaism. In 2004, she completed a four-year term as the president of the URJ PA Council which served Reform congregations in Pennsylvania and parts of West Virginia, New York and New Jersey.
Mrs. Selfon has served as president of her synagogue, Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, fourth oldest Jewish community in the United States, and her sisterhood. In 1997, she chaired the synagogue’s year-long triple anniversary celebrations. Consecutively, she chaired the temple’s Sefer Torah Project. In 2012, she retired from teaching Jewish Studies and weekday Hebrew after 32 years.
Mrs. Selfon, an honors graduate of Boston University, works with her husband David in several family businesses. She and David have two married daughters Lysa, 42, an attorney and principle in Puma Legal Placement, and Amanda, 39, a partner in Surface Restorations Service and the Senior Regional Director of Youth Engagement NFTY-PAR, the Reform Jewish youth movement. Their grandchildren, Madaline, 12, Lev 8, and Mila, 7, participate fully in Jewish life at their home congregations, Camp Harlam and Harlam Day Camp.
Mrs. Selfon believes that “the core strength of North American Judaism is rooted in congregations, organizations and groups which provide hands-on engagement in living Jewish lives that transmit tikkun o’lam to everyday life.”
News!! Lesley Sachs, from Women of the Wall will also be with us
Lesley Sachs, a leading activist in the movements for religious pluralism and advancement of women, will be awarded NCJW’s 2014 Jewel Bellush Israeli Feminist Award. The annual award was established by NCJW member Barbara Dobkin to salute Israeli feminists. Sachs is currently a leader and professional staff person for Project Kesher and Women of the Wall. Project Kesher Israel is a grassroots organization focused on training women who have moved to Israel from the former Soviet Union in leadership, self-sufficiency, mentoring, networking and activism on such issues as Jewish holiday celebrations, women’s health, and domestic violence prevention. Under Sachs’ leadership, Kesher has grown from one grassroots group of women to more than 15 groups in 12 Israeli cities, touching the lives of thousands of women.
In recent years, Lesley Sach’s arrests at the Western Wall in the name of women’s equal rights and religious freedom have made international headlines. Under her direction, Women of the Wall grew from a small prayer group of a couple dozen women into an international movement with hundreds of thousands of supporters and worldwide attention persistence led to the groundbreaking Jerusalem district court decision that maintained women’s right to pray freely at the public holy space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Sachs founded one of the first Israeli feminist organizations, Isha L’Isha (Woman to Woman) in Haifa, 25 years ago, and she has provided key leadership for a long list of other advances for women in Israel.
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