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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

August 2014
Looking Ahead

Save the Date!


November 6-9, 2014

Columbus, OH

WRJ Guest Speakers

Pat Blum Rabbi Marla Feldman

WRJ Secretary WRJ Executive Director

Calling all members of the WRJ Central District...

Registration for the 2014 WRJ Central District Convention is open!

Local arrangements chairs, Marci Delson and Bette Jo Stempel invite you to the WRJ Central District Convention to be held in Columbus November 6-9. Join the Women of Temple Israel, hosts for the weekend, for an exciting, informative and friendship building three days. Along with program chair, Sandy Adland and her committee, who are planning leadership and personal development workshops, some very special visitors will grace our meeting. Pat Blum, secretary of the WRJ Board of Directors, will be our WRJ representative. In addition, the Executive Director of WRJ, Rabbi Marla Feldman, will be attending the event. Two other very special guests will be part of the weekend as well.

Award-winning author of historical fiction series Rashi's Daughters and Rav Hisda's Daughter, Maggie Anton, will be our keynote speaker at the opening luncheon on Friday. She will be signing copies of her latest book, Enchantress, preceding lunch. Plan to arrive early so you can spend time speaking with Maggie. To learn more about her, visit her website, www.maggieanton.com.

Our other special guest, performing on Saturday evening, is Sally Fingerett. Sally is one of the founding members of the internationally known group, The Four Bitchin' Babes. She will be regaling us with selections from her new solo project, The Mental Yentl. After her performance, you will have the opportunity to meet Sally and purchase signed copies of her CDs and books. Read more about Sally and listen to some of her music at her website, www.sallyfingerett.com.

Don't delay...

Click here for the convention registration form and tentative schedule and sign up today.

It will be a great time for all who attend. Give yourself and your sisterhood members the gift of learning, laughing and building connections with other sisterhood women from across the district.

Reminder!

T he Deadline for District Award Applications
is Upon Us!

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

Thinking About Your Membership Drive

Stronger Together

is the feeling that all sisterhood members have; the feeling of being with sisters of like mind working for the good of their temple, their sisterhood and the community.

We want all women to be a part of their local sisterhood, the WRJ Central District and Women of Reform Judaism. It's been 100 years that WRJ has been working to educate, advocate and sustain our goals of enhancing the future of progressive Judaism in North America, Israel and around the world.

By reaching out to the women of your congregation, your Membership Committee is

increasing your sisterhood's membership. Set the goals for your membership drive. You need a committee to work together. Remember, "Stronger Together" works in every membership campaign.

The committee should decide how to do the "ask." Every time a woman is asked to come to a sisterhood event, to work on a project, you are asking her to consider joining sisterhood, without asking directly. Women want to be included in temple activities, but they might feel no one has asked. Do the "ask" and follow through by accompanying that prospective member to the event, so they will feel welcomed. Schedule an early Fall event that will draw many women of all ages.

Yes, you have to send out a flyer to the temple women, but make it interesting. WRJ has sample membership flyers that you can adjust to your needs. You can find them on the WRJ website at www.wrj.org.

Point out all the reasons for being a part of your women's group. Think about these:

  • Sisterhood is a place where women of all ages can come together; where there is mutual support; where we can learn and grow as individuals, sharing talents and developing new skills. Together we become a caring community, fulfilling the mitzvah of tikkun olam (repair of the world).
  • Sisterhood serves our temple.
  • Sisterhood reaches out to the larger community, standing at the forefront of social action, community service, and education.
  • Sisterhood has a collective voice that is strong and impactful. Working with and through WRJ, we advocate for critical issues, communicating with our elected officials, and participating in coalitions.
  • Sisterhood extends a personal hand and a feeling of belonging in a high-tech world.
  • Sisterhood offers a way for each woman to do her part to help to ensure the future of Reform Judaism. (From WRJ's publication, Membership Matters)


Marketing your sisterhood is so important in getting out your information to the temple women. Put articles in your temple bulletin. Be visible. Advertise your membership drive in flyers, posters, in your gift shop, and in e-bulletins. Keep your good works out in the open for all to see. Let the temple membership know if you sponsor Onegs, Break the Fast and projects for the community. Let everyone know the good works you do.

And then follow-up with a membership letter and a second dues letter, if necessary. Remember to ask. A phone call or a little talk (the "ask") will go a long way to bring more women into your sisterhood.

Good luck with your Membership Campaign. You can share your successes in your membership campaign, your fundraising and your programming by blogging about it at www.wrjcentral.org.

Marilyn Goldfein
President
WRJ Central District

Training Pointers for Your New Board

As we relax in the warmth of summer, it is a great time to start thinking about organizing and training your new board. The Fall will be here before we know it and with it comes the hectic pace of back to school, High Holy Days and the kick-off to running around to activities. One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give from my experiences as a Sisterhood President and an Area Director is to get organized! The following will provide some pointers for how you can get organized and start the year off on sure and confident footing.

"Know Your Job" As president it is important that you make sure every woman on your board knows her job description. If you don't have one in writing already take some time to meet with, or call each woman and discuss the expectations of her position. Get things down on paper or in an electronic file so there are no surprises throughout the term. Another resource for creating job descriptions is your Area Director. She will have resources to help you create clear position descriptions for each person.


"Supplies Ready" This can mean hard copy files, or binders or electronic files for each board member. The woman who had the position previously will hopefully have kept good documentation about the job to pass along to the new person. See that these hand-offs happen. If you are concerned that they are not going to happen organically then set up a drop-off meeting when the old and new member can exchange information. Also, if there is not good historical information being shared then start now. Create a file and work with your Area Director and new board member to decide what information should be kept for the future


"Hi, My Name Is..." This should be a fun and informative activity. Some boards have an actual retreat where they get away together to have some bonding time and get to know one another. If you don't have the time or funds to do something that elaborate how about meeting for cocktails or dinner at someone's home or a restaurant and spending some time getting to know each other. Often boards are made up of experienced and new women. It is important that the old and new get a chance to start the year united and equally valued. Having some purely social time can break down walls and let people be themselves. If you are having an extended retreat type gathering this is a wonderful time to call upon the District Speakers Bureau. The Speakers Bureau is a benefit of affiliation in WRJ and the Central District. Once every other year you can have a district speaker come and lead a session on a variety of topics. Board training is a great opportunity for a speaker. And the best part...it's free!

The best part about this time of year to me is the new beginnings. You can learn from the past and take the successes while making changes to old patterns that might not have been working. It is a fresh start for everyone and if you plan a little you will start the year and your term off with excitement and positive leadership.

Rachel Lambermont
Area Director
WRJ Central District

Central District Executive Committee and Chairs

2014-2016 Slate

PRESIDENT

Sandy Adland

PAST PRESIDENT

Marilyn Goldfein

VICE CHAIR NOMINATING

Hilda Glazer

1ST VICE PRESIDENT

Sheilah Abramson-Miles

VP DEVELOPMENT/SPECIAL PROJECTS

Beth Lande

VP MARKETING/COMMUNICATION

Rachel Lambermont

RECORDING SECRETARY

Liz McOsker

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY

Jan Goldstein

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

Royalyn Vert

TREASURER

Susan Singer

BULLETIN EDITOR

Alida Forshaw

PARLIAMENTARIAN*

Laurie Blinder

HISTORIAN*

Beth Goldstein

EASTERN MICHIGAN AREA DIRECTOR

Michelle Simpson

WESTERN MICHIGAN AREA DIRECTOR

Lucy Gersten

SOUTHWEST AREA DIRECTOR

Alison Auerbach

SOUTH AREA DIRECTOR

Sandy Heymann

WEST AREA DIRECTOR

Phyllis Winski

CENTRAL OHIO AREA DIRECTOR

Lisa Kalson

NORTHERN OHIO AREA DIRECTOR

Trina Miller

NORTHEAST OHIO AREA DIRECTOR

Lisa Singer

WRJ BOARD MEMBERS

Sheilah Abramson-Miles

Sandy Adland

Laurie Blinder

Marci Delson

Hillary Handwerger

Hilda Glazer

Marilyn Goldfein

Rachel Lambermont

Liz McOsker

Charlene Pfenninger

Karen Sim

Lisa Singer

Affiliates Chair

Judy Berzof

Advocacy Chair

Sue Korn

YES Fund Chair

Pamela Feldman-Hill

Speakers Bureau Chair

Lea Coleman

Website Manager

Hillary Handwerger

Awards Chair

Jan Muhlbaum

*Appointed position

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About Isha L'Isha

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Isha L'Isha is our attempt to communicate with you and your membership. Take the opportunity to talk to us and your area director; tell us your success stories. Let us know about the great things that are happening in your sisterhood!! Share your words of wisdom about communicating with your membership, temple and community.

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Our Facebook page is

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and let us know what you and your sisterhood have been doing. Register and then write your brief story. The blog is mediated, which means whatever you enter, the items have to be approved before they show up on the blog, but this is a wonderful opportunity to share and boast and get great ideas.

Send articles and images to patty@rehfwitz.com

Please submit articles for the October Issue of Isha L'Isha on or before September 15.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


Patty Rehfus
WRJ Central District Bulletin Editor