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President's Message
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WRJ Central  
Executive Board 2012-2014

President  
Marilyn Goldfein

Immediate Past President
Chair of Nominating and Finance Committees
Hilda Glazer

Past President
Vice Chair of Nominating
Royalyn R. Vert

1st Vice President
Sandy Adland

VP Development & Special Projects
Sheilah Abramson-Miles

VP Marketing & Communication
Michelle Simpson

Recording Secretary
Pamela Feldman-Hill

Corresponding Secretary
Jan Goldstein

Membership Secretary
Karen Smith

Treasurer
Lisa Singer

Bulletin Editor
Patty Rehfus
 
Parliamentarian
Elaine Frayman
 
Historian
Lisa Elyn Semen

Area Directors
Carol Anderson
Laurie Blinder
Lucy Gersten
Susan Glazer
Rachel Lambermont
Lizabeth McOsker
Trina Miller

WRJ Board Members
Sheilah Abramson-Miles
Sandy Adland
Laurie Blinder
Marci Delson
Hilda Glazer
Marilyn Goldfein
Hillary Handwerger
Rachel Lambermont
Lizabeth McOsker
Charlene Pfenninger
Karen Sim
Lisa Singer

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June 2014 
Coming Together
Apply for Awards!

Kallah Recollections

District Presidents' Council

 Reminder: 

Deadline for District Award Applications is 

Almost Here


Applications are due by August 1st, 2014!!  

  

 
Please take the time to honor your sisterhood and share your great ideas with with others by applying for awards. 

   

Questions? 

Contact Cindy Bolokofsky, Awards Committee Chair 

bolokofskyc@gmail.com 

248-431-8536 

or 

Michelle Simpson, VP Marketing and Communication 

mssdw810@flash.net  

 

 

President's Message

 

WRJ Central District Travels - The Past Two Years

 

What a time to be president! I was so lucky to visit many sisterhoods in our district. Heading northwest into Michigan: our convention was at Temple Shir Tikvah in Troy, Temple Israel in W. Bloomfield, and our Installation and workshops at Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills. Last summer I traveled west from Cleveland to Kokomo and W. Lafayette. In Kokomo, I visited with the sisterhood members and in W. Lafayette, I had the privilege of installing the 2013-2014 sisterhood board. The WRJ Central Executive Committee met in Columbus, so I traveled southwest to Columbus and then to Cincinnati for the WRJ Fried Leadership Conference. Last June I had the privilege of representing WRJ at the HUC-JIR, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. This year, Liz McOsker represented WRJ.

 

I was so lucky to have the WRJ Centennial during my district presidency. We all learned so much about the Women of Reform Judaism. We had many activities based on the centennial. Many sisterhoods held centennial events and many of our sisterhoods held WRJ Centennial Shabbat Services. Women of Reform Judasim (WRJ) had three Shabbat services available for the sisterhoods to use. You can still use the readings during meetings, services or events by going to the WRJ website at wrj.org. I visited south of Cleveland to Hudson for Temple Beth Shalom's centennial Shabbat service and New Albany for Temple Beth Shalom's Friday night Shabbat Service and Temple Israel in Bexley the same weekend for their Saturday morning Shabbat Service. Right in my neighborhood, I presented WRJ Centennial talks to the women of Temple Tifereth Israel and my own sisterhood, Women of Fairmount Temple. I traveled to Sandusky, Ohio to discuss Fundraising and the Centennial.

 

Traveling to Louisville, Lexington and Knoxville meant overnight stays. The women at Temple Shalom, Louisville, Temple Adath Israel, Lexington, and Temple Beth El, Knoxville, were so hospitable as my husband and I traveled to visit them.

 

During this summer, Sandy Adland, Michelle Simpson, Lucy Gersten and I will visit the women of Temple Shaarey Zedek in E. Lansing, MI. Sandy Adland, Sheilah Abramson-Miles, Liz McOsker and I will visit Huntington, WV and the women of Temple B'Nai Shalom. Sandy Adland is doing the sisterhood installation in Lexington at Temple Beth Israel.

It's been wonderful to visit, pray, install our women, discuss concerns, educate, dance, share dinners and lunches, spend time with the women of these sisterhoods and tour the temples.

 

Hint:

Your sisterhood can have WRJ Central District visitors, too. You can take advantage of the Speakers Bureau. We have many women looking forward to visiting your sisterhood to participating in any and all of the wonderful activities that you have planned. We are able to educate, present workshops, discuss concerns, present D'Var Torahs and support your sisterhood in any way possible.

 

Hint: 
WRJ Central District has Area Directors and expert women who will help you with Membership, Fundraising, Programming, Marketing, Communicating, and Conflict Resolution.
 
Marilyn Goldfein
President
WRJ Central District

 

 

Reflections on WRJ Central's Kallah, March 21 - 23

 

What is a Kallah? A Kallah is a retreat. For the Women of Reform Judaism, Central District, our first Kallah was a total success. We had a glorious time. We had three days at Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI). The 48 women who attended were vivacious, involved and "into WRJ and WRJ Central District." Sandy Adland, our First Vice President planned a wonderful weekend. Here are her thoughts she shared with us in her Kallah Wrap-up:

 

"The memories we made are still fresh in my mind. Sharing our stories, learning, laughing, singing, praying, playing and networking with my sisters is always so inspiring! Thank you for the part that each of you played in making our time together so very special."

 

Thank you to all the women and men who made this weekend so special. Sandy Adland was charged with planning the Kallah. Beth Lande was her right-hand person. Joe Slade made us feel welcome at GUCI and told a great story by the campfire. Leslie Gubitz was our songleader the whole weekend. Our student rabbi, Dana Benson, led us in our Shabbat morning services. Our Torah readers were Marilyn Goldfein, Lisa Ellen Semen, and Susan Ringel. Karen Smith, Bette Jo Stempel, and Royalyn Vert had the Aliyahs for the service.

 

We had workshops including "URJ Summer Camps and GUCI: Strengthening Jewish Identity for Generations" facilitated by Rabbi Mark Covitz and Shelley Schweitzer. "Change Should Be the Only Constant: Leading with Intention" facilitated by Shelley Schweitzer and Karen Sim. "Social Media for Sisterhoods" facilitated by Hillary Handwerger and Patty Rehfus, "The Nuts and Bolts of WRJ: How Can You and Your Sisterhood Benefit? facilitated by Laurie Blinder and Rachel Lambermont. "Better Communication Through the Right Technology" facilitated by Michelle Simpson and Jan Goldstein.

 

We had a Tikkun Olam Project, "Mitzvah of Words" facilitated by Royalyn Vert and Lisa Ellen Semen. Hilda Glazer led us in our Havdalah service. We had a Yom WRJ Quiz Bowl facilitated by Sheilah Abramson Miles, Susan Glazer,  and Judy Berzof. "YES Fund Around the Globe" and "Nearly New Handbag Auction" facilitated by Rachel Lambermont and Marci Delson. We always love spending time with our sisters, so we had a session entitled "Strengthening Our District: Area Directors Meet with Their Area Women." The Area Directors were Carol Anderson, Laurie Blinder, Lucy Gersten, Susan Glazer, Rachel Lambermont, and Trina Miller.

 

We thank all of the planners and facilitators for their successful contributions to our Kallah. We thank the volunteers from Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Temple B'Nai Israel in W. Lafayette and Temple Israel in Kokomo. They were fantastic hostesses and great bakers. We thank the GUCI staff for taking care of all our meals and meeting set-ups.

 

Let's do it again!

 

Marilyn Goldfein

President
WRJ Central District


 

Central District First VP, Sandy Adland, blows the shofar to signal the beginning of our Shabbat observance with Joe Slade and Leslie Gubitz

 

 

I was a camper at Union Camp Institute before it became Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI). I was raised in a city with a very small Jewish population. So I had a strong feeling of belonging surrounded by all of these Jewish campers before I even unpacked my camp trunk. I forced my two sons to go to GUCI. They fussed all the way. But before we even unloaded their trunks, they came running up to me telling me it was time for me to go. They loved their summers at the Reform Jewish Camp.

 

When I heard the WRJ Spring Kallah was being held at GUCI, I was determined to go. It was the best of worlds for me, being with my Sisterhood friends and spending time at GUCI.

 

I'm having trouble describing the weekend because it was so many meaningful things put together. It was moving, spending time with such intelligent and motivated women. It was fun, playing Maj, walking in nature, gabbing to friends, or competing to see who was going to get the winning bid on the purse auction. It was learning, through meetings, workshops, speakers, and from one another.  It was rejuvenating, spending time however we wanted in a beautiful setting with friends. It was rewarding, partaking in a social action activity, being involved with fundraising for WRJ, and discussing ways to improve our own Sisterhood. It was visioning, experiencing the camp and many of its traditions the way our children do.

 

I think there was something for everyone that weekend and for me there was everything.  I loved it and am so glad that I spent the time and got so much in return. 

 

Jan Goldstein

Corresponding Secretary

WRJ Central District

 

 

Kentucky Sisters

 

  

 What is there to say that hasn't already been said? Our district kallah at GUCI was (among other things) informative, inspiring, spiritual, delicious, humorous, musical, and constructive. In short, it was everything I've come to expect from a Central District event. As I've shared with some of you, the week before a meeting or convention I am almost always convinced that I don't have time in my busy schedule to travel to be with my fellow district board members. I'm sure I should stay home and attend to everything and everyone else that's demanding my time and attention. But once I get where I'm going, once I sit down to listen to the inspiring ideas of the smart, funny, solution-oriented women that make up our board, once I begin to celebrate Shabbat with my sisters, I'm reminded again that this is exactly where I should be. When I return to my family, job, and sisterhood refreshed, renewed and reenergized, I realize just how worthwhile and important these gatherings are. The GUCI kallah was no exception. Thanks to everyone who made the weekend possible!

 

 

Patty Rehfus

Bulletin Editor

WRJ Central District

 

   

Sandy Adland with Lisa Semen and Royalyn Vert, organizers of our Mitzvah of Words Tikkun Olam project

 

 

Israeli Dancing!

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by 

Lisa Ellen Semen

Historian

WRJ Central District

 

District Presidents' Council - Setting Sail

Each year there is a District Presidents' Council Meeting before the WRJ Board Meeting in May or June. Marilyn Goldfein, WRJ Central District President and Sandy Adland, WRJ Central District 1st Vice President attended the District Presidents' Council Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Blair Marks, Sandy Adland, Marilyn Goldfein and Susan Bass
This year, our meeting took place in Chicago, Illinois, but we were not land-locked at all. We set sail on a voyage of education and sisterhood. We shared highlights of the past two years, we talked about better communication, the new WRJ website which will come online in June, recruiting leaders, planning for the 2014-2016 boards, planning for the 2015 Fried Leadership Conference, discussing and preparing for the 2014 conventions, and preparing the present district presidents to be Immediate Past Presidents.

 

WRJ President, Blair Marks, WRJ 1st Vice President, Susan Bass,  WRJ Vice President Fredi B. Franks, WRJ Executive Director, Rabbi Marla Feldman, WRJ Manager of Service to Sisterhoods and Districts, Heather Lorgeree,  joined all the District Presidents and 1st Vice Presidents on a whirlwind two-and-a-half-day cruise. The best part of this voyage was the time with the eight district presidents and 1st vice presidents. 

 

 

Marilyn Goldfein

President
WRJ Central District
 

 

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Patty Rehfus
WRJ Central District Bulletin Editor