In This Issue
Speakers Bureau
What's Great About Your Sisterhood?
Your New Board
President's Message
Convention Wrap-Up
Central District Awards
News You Can Use - Programming
Meet Your District Officers
Submit an Article

SPEAKERS BUREAU WE COME TO YOU!

 

Central District Speakers are available to speak on many topics at your sisterhood events!

 

Do Installations! Do inservice! And much, much more!

 

Call or e-mail Bernice Goldman, Speakers Bureau Chair at 216-378-9478 or

 

 

For more on what WRJ Central has to offer your Sisterhood, visit our website at www.wrjcentral.org and read our blog, Sharing the Best  


Follow-up Links

 

WRJ  

 


We Want to Know What YOUR
Sisterhood is Up To!


Have you done an innovative program that you'd like others to know about?

What are your plans for the WRJ Centennial?

How have you increased your membership?

Is there a problem or issue that you would like to share?

Please let us know! 
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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
Joyce Alpiner

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
Mimi Kaufman
Rachel Lambermont
Lizabeth McOsker
Trina Miller

WRJ Board Members
Sandy Adland
Nancy Apfel
Laurie Blinder
Hilda Glazer
Marilyn Goldfein
Rachel Lambermont
Lizabeth McOsker
Karen Sim

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 

Awarded due to achievement of receiving awards in all categories of Programming, President's Award, Emerging Leader and Deborah Honor.

 

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation - Indianapolis, IN 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL AWARD WINNERS   

AND HONOREES!!!!!

  


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A Word from Our New District President:   

The Who, What and Why  

of Central District

 

What is Central District?  

Central District is the link between Women of Reform Judaism and thirty-six (36) local sisterhoods in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Eastern Tennessee and Eastern West Virginia. WRJ and Central District work as a team to work with local sisterhoods.

 

What does Central District Do?  

Central District has various meetings during a two-year period. There are three Executive Meetings, an Interim meeting and convention for the Central District. We use conference calls and e-mails to stay in contact.

 

Who is on the Central District Board?  

President, Vice Presidents, who work with Area Directors and chairs, secretaries, treasurer, and local sisterhood presidents. Please read biographies of our officers below and look for profiles of Area Directors and committee chairs in the next issue of Isha L'Isha.

 

Why do we have Central District?  

Area Directors and chairs have direct contact with local sisterhoods to assist the sisterhoods in any way possible. Area Directors report to Central District about the local sisterhoods. Central District reports to WRJ. Central District is here to make local sisterhoods the most they can be. Area Directors plan an Area Day each year to bring together local sisterhoods in close proximity for worship, study, and/or programming. Sisters around the area get to spend time together Jewishly.

 

Where is Central District?  

Central District is as close as our website, wrjcentral.org, for local sisterhood presidents, their listserv and for WRJ concerns, wrj.org WRJ has board meetings and we have eight women from Central District on the WRJ board.

    

Yours in Sisterhood,

 

Marilyn Goldfein 

President, WRJ Central District

 

For more words of wisdom from Marilyn, click here to read her wonderful speech, delivered on the occasion of her installation November 3, 2012. 


 

Central District Convention Was a Weekend to Remember!  

  Marilyn Goldfein

 
Our 2012 Convention, which took place in the Detroit area November 2-4, 2012, was received very well. We were in a lovely hotel and worshiped, studied, toured and visited with our Central District sisters. Everyone was thrilled to be back together again.

 

Pre-convention was highlighted with board training and a visit to Temple Israel, West Bloomfield Michigan where we

Mikvah at Temple Israel 

were graciously offered a continental brunch, a tour of the temple and their mikveh. We learned a great deal from Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny.

 

Our convention started with a wonderful lunch and remarks from Rabbi Paul Yedwab from Temple Israel. His speech Why Only Women Should Be Rabbis and Other Irreverent Musings From The Son of a True Feminist was meaningful and humorous.

 

Susan Bass, WRJ Vice President, Department of

Development and Special Projects, was a powerful presence the whole weekend. She kicked off the WRJ Centennial Year with us. She presented workshops on "Sorting Our the Finances" and "Marketing, " which were well-received. Susan helped with our Installation, led a Sharing Session on Programming, and helped with our YES Fund presentation.

 

We had many opportunities for the women of Central District to take information back to their local sisterhoods. We had Executive Committee meetings and Plenaries led by Dr. Hilda Glazer and Marilyn Goldfein. Sharing Sessions were key for our training of local presidents and sisterhood leaders.

 

We had Shabbat services led by Rabbi Arnie Sleutenberg

Shabbat Dinner at Congregation Shir Tikvah 

and a wonderful Shabbat dinner at Congregation Shir Tikvah in Troy, Michigan. Rabbi Daniel Syme led our Shabbat morning service. We spent the rest of Shabbat at Temple Beth El and Cantor Rachel Kalmowitz led our Havdalah service to close our Shabbat.

 

The piece de resistance was our Installation, Dinner, and Cantor's Concert at Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. We left Temple Beth El singing and dancing out the door to go party at the Hospitality Room.

 

Shabbat morning at Temple Beth El 

A huge sisterhood hug to all who helped put this weekend together. Cindy Bolokofsky and Rochelle Neslon, Michelle Simpson, Laurie Blinder, Dolly Lax, Cherie Blazoksky, Janelle McCammon, Abby Pook and many other from the Detroit area helped the convention run flawlessly. In some instances, the families have to be thanked, too, because our women were so busy with the convention planning that they were MIA at home.

 

Hillary Handwerger took great pictures that are on the website and in this article. Pam Levine helped Marilyn Goldfein plan the whole weekend and organized the participants notebook. Hilda Glazer, Karen Smith, Bette Jo Stempel, and Nancy Apfel were always there to give her expert counsel.

 

The women of Central District hope everyone will come to our convention in Columbus in 2014 for another inspiring experience.

 

For more photos of the convention, visit the
 Central District Website
and click on "Events". 

 

  

Central District Award Winners

 

Elaine Frayman

 

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.  

 

 

Awards entries in the categories of Innovative Programming and President's Award 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.  

 

These Awards are funded by the Central District Baker/Egelson Recognition fund, a combination of monies from the old District 10, District 11 and funds initially endowed by Anita Baker, August Egelson and other past

presidents of District 9.

 

This year's nominations represented 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 - Chair

Beth Lande - Vice President Marketing and Communications

Karen Smith - Vice President Programming

Marci Delson - Yes Fund Chair

Rachel Lambermont - Area Director

 

 
News You Can Use: Programming Ideas

  

Shining Star Project   

Last spring my Sisterhood (Shomer Emunim) participated in the Shining Star Project. This project was conceived by a team of educators from Israel and the U. S. We were given Star of David shaped canvases to decorate with any two dimensional medium of our choice.

  

On Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) all of the stars that had been decorated were displayed including those created by each grade of the religious school.

  

My Sisterhood's star included images of Miriam, Shabbat candles, and camp scenes. The Sisterhood believes strongly in the importance of our Temple youth attending Jewish summer camps.

  

After Yom HaAtzmaut all of the stars were sent to Western Galilee in Israel to be displayed in schools and centers.

  

This project was made possible by PARTNERSHIP2GETHER, a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel and Jewish Federation of North America. PARTNERSIP2GETHER promotes people to people relationships through cultural, social, medical, educational, and economic programs.

-Alida Marie Forshaw

Shomer Emunim,  

Sylvania, Ohio

  

  

WRJ - Israel Twinning Program 
In March of 2009, twenty-five congregations were members of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) and fifteen of those congregations had formal women's groups.

These women's groups have collectively been founded as "WRJ-Israel". Each of these WRJ-Israel members will determine its own goals and programs in order to energize the women of the congregation, support the congregation, reach out to one another, and empower their members, thus becoming stronger together.

In order to assist these sisterhoods in meeting their goals, WRJ is offering sisterhoods throughout North America the opportunity to "twin" with one of these WRJ-Israel sisterhoods; in essence building a long-term mutually beneficial relationship between the two sisterhoods. Today, twenty-five women's groups in Israel are affiliated with Women of Reform Judaism.

WRJ leadership can find further information on how to implement the program, in the leadership section.
-Submitted by Karen Smith,
Temple Beth El
 
Knoxville, TN
excerpted from www.wrj.org 
 
Meet Your Central District Officers

Here are the creative and talented women who will be serving our district as officers for the 2012-2014 term:
 
Marilyn Goldfein, President 

Marilyn Goldfein became Central District President in November, 2012. Previously, she was a local sisterhood president for the Women of Temple Emanu El (WOTEE) in Cleveland, Ohio. Presently, she is the Women of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple co-vice president of Membership. She has had other positions on the Women of Temple Emanu El board including Gift Shop co-manager, fundraising vice president and recording secretary. She has served on the Nominating Committee for Women of Reform Judaism, Central District and Women of Temple Emanu El.

Marilyn has had three positions in Central District. They are Membership chair, Area Director and Central District first vice president. All of these board positions locally and at district have helped her to understand why WRJ is so important to all sisterhood members and why Central District is the conduit between WRJ and the local sisterhoods. Additionally, she has served on the Local Arrangements Committee for the Central District Biennial Convention held in Cleveland in November, 2010. It was a wonderful experience which brought the women of four local sisterhoods together to work towards a common goal.

Goldfein's professional life included thirty years of teaching in the East Cleveland City School District as a second, third and fourth grade teacher for thirteen years and then seventeen years as a reading specialist. When she retired, she consulted in the same school district and at Kent State University. She shared years of teaching experience with new teachers as the chair of the Mentoring Program in the East Cleveland City Schools. She enjoyed working with young children and with new teachers.

Marilyn and her husband, David, have been married since 2000. David has two children and two grandchildren. The Goldfeins enjoy traveling and spending time with his children and with friends.

Marilyn is looking forward to being president. Her primary goal is to have the Central District board communicate with the local sisterhoods and be a link in the chain between WRJ and the local sisterhoods.

Hilda Glazer, Immediate Past President and Chair of Nominating and Finance Committees 

Hilda Glazer and her sisters grew up in a sisterhood family; her mother was President of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood and her "Aunt" Helen Dalsheimer was NFTS president. All there sisters have remained connected to their Judaism. Phyllis Lederman was also president of Baltimore Hebrew's sisterhood and is now on the Atlantic District Board. Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber lives in Westchester New York and teaches at the Academy for Jewish Religious and is an educational consultant

Hilda was a Board Member of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas and was Vice President of the Sisterhood of Temple Israel in Columbus, Ohio and President of the Women of Beth Shalom of New Albany, Ohio and currently the President of that congregation. She served in a number of positions on the Central District Board. Hilda was a member of the URJ Commission for Jewish Family concerns and the Bioethics Sub Committee of the Commission. Hilda has her Ed.D from Rutgers University in Educational Psychology and has an MS in counseling from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. She has held a number of academic positions including Dean of the School of Psychology of Walden University and she is currently the chair of Educational Psychology at Capella University. She has also developed a specialty in counseling grieving children and works with Mount Carmel Hospital and in her private practice on a part time basis. She is widely published and has presented in the United States and Europe on her work with children and her research in distance education.

Hilda and her husband, David, are empty nesters except for the cat and live in Bexley, Ohio. Matt, the oldest, is in Tampa and Josh and his wife Melissa are in Pittsburgh. They are active members of Temple Beth Shalom. David is an avid golfer and Hilda enjoys all sorts of needlework.   

 

Royalyn R. Vert, Past President and Vice Chair of Nominating  Committee 

Royalyn R. Vert is a past Central District President and has held the positions of Area Director and Alumnae Chair. While she was District President, she served on the WRJ Task Force to develop the new Operating Model. She was the chair of the District Task Force that developed the new organizational plan, which has just gone into effect. Royalyn is active in her synagogue, Congregation Shaarey Zedek in East Lansing, MI. She has been a member of the congregation's Ritual, Membership, and Tzedakah Committees. Royalyn has been an active member of her sisterhood and has held the positions of Vice President of Human Relations, Treasurer, and President (three times!). She is also proud of being Chairman of Sisterhood's Interfaith Day Committee. The Interfaith Day Executive Committee organizes an interfaith program each year and is sponsored by members of the Jewish, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant faiths. Royalyn has been the chair of this committee for three programs held at Congregation Shaarey Zedek over the last ten years. This program has been held on the fourth Tuesday in February for the last forty years!  Royalyn and her husband, Larry, currently reside in Lansing, MI and share their home with their calico cat, Ellie. In her spare time, she enjoys playing Mah Jong, reading, doing needlepoint and scrap booking. However, her favorite pastime is traveling to Detroit and Lexington to visit her 7 grandchildren.

 
Sandy Adland, First Vice President  
Sandy Adland grew up in Baton Rouge, LA. She received her Bachelor of Music Education in 1979 from The University of Texas at Austin. Her career began in Austin as an Instrumental Music teacher, and during that year met her present husband, Jon. After his ordination at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati in 1982, they spent 4 years in Indianapolis, and the following 17 years in Lexington, KY before returning to Indianapolis where they resided for the next eight years. Sandy and Jon moved to Canton, Ohio 1 1/2 years ago. Throughout these years, Sandy has served as a Music Educator, Preschool Teacher and Preschool Director, and has served on several community and regional boards, including the Child Care Council of Kentucky and the Goldman Union Camp Institute Joint Camp Authority, both of which she served as Chair, and Family Development Services, a Head Start organization, where she served as Vice Chair of their Board of Directors. Sandy is the Owner and Personal Caregiver for her business, B'Shert Home Care, LLC, assisting the elderly in their homes. She has also been a part-time Nanny for three families, and served as a Music Specialist and preschool teacher in her former congregations. She has served on the WRJ Central District Board for over a decade in a variety of capacities, and currently serves on the WRJ Board of Directors as Co-Chair of the Or Ami Committee. Sandy has been married for 31 years to Rabbi Jon Adland, and is the proud mother of Joshua, 28, and Rachel, 23

  

Sheilah Abramson-Miles, Vice President,  Development and Special Projects
Sheilah Abramson-Miles grew up in a Conservative Jewish home and affiliated with the Reform movement in 1970 when she married Stan Miles as he entered the HUC-JIR Rabbinical program in Cincinnati. He was ordained in 1975. Abramson-Miles and her husband have two children by birth and two who came into their life through marriage.  They have five grandchildren. Sheilah ha been very involved in Rabbi Miles's two pulpits and their sisterhoods:  Temple Sinai, Lake Charles, Louisiana, and, since 1978, Temple Shalom, Louisville, Kentucky.  In Women of Temple Shalom she served as fundraising vice president, co-president, and president.  Sheilah co-chaired two District 10 conferences for Women of Reform Judaism in Louisville.  In WRJ Central District, she served as corresponding secretary, area director, and affiliate committee chair.  In these capacities she has attended many conferences and WRJ Biennials.  Abramson-Miles works for Jefferson County Public Schools as a coordinator of early childhood education. She also serves as president of Paws With Purpose working with a local women's correctional facility to train service dogs for the disabled.
 
Michelle Simpson, Vice President, Marketing and Communication 

At the district level Michelle Simpson has held numerous positions, both VPs and Chairs. She loves to surround herself with the warm, talented, driven, and very giving women of our District!

On the personal side, Michelle lives in Rochester Hills, Michigan with her husband, Dave, and their two children; Ryan,18 and Caitlin,12. By day she is an IT manager at Hewlett Packard (HP) and by night she, like many of you, spends her time running the household, volunteering, and being the taxi mom. She is also engaged in her sisterhood and synagogue life at Congregation Shir Tikvah. Michelle hopes that she continues to grow and develop personally from her WRJ (District and Sisterhood) connections, as well as contribute to the growth of others and the mission and goals of the organization. May we be stronger together!

 

Joyce Alpiner, Recording Secretary 

Joyce Alpiner's Mother was involved and active in Sisterhood at Adat Shalom synagogue in Detroit, MI. Joyce and her husband joined reform temples as they moved around Michigan and Indiana and it was only natural for her to join the sisterhood. Their last move was to Cincinnati, OH. where they joined Isaac M. Wise Temple and she became active in sisterhood. She has served on her sisterhood board as Pastoral Committee member, and co-chair of the Bedtime Bundles project. Joyce has a daughter, Ellen and a granddaughter Alyssa, who is 16, and they are both joys of her life. Her daughter is now a member of sisterhood also. Joyce earned her Masters of Social Work from Indiana University in 1997, when she was 55 years old. Her career was in social work, first as a caseworker for the state of Michigan for 23 years. This was a challenging job which included working in all areas of Child Welfare, from Children's Protective Services, to Adoptions. She has counseled people of all ages, from tiny children to senior adults. Joyce retired in 2006 and now travels for fun. She plays the violin, and has recently started taking lessons again. This has been a lifelong hobby which brings much joy and challenge to her life. Joyce is looking forward to being on the board of the Central District as Recording Secretary.

 
Jan Goldstein, Corresponding Secretary 
Jan Goldstein is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with a Masters in Early Child Education. She taught from preschool to first grade for 11 years in Indianapolis. She spent one year as a staff member of the Tenth Pan American Games, became a Director at the Indianapolis Airport, a consultant for an engineering firm and Executive Director of a Jewish Federation agency. Then she met her husband on JDate and moved to Fort Thomas, Kentucky, across the river from downtown Cincinnati. Jan has been involved in the Jewish community since teaching religious school in high school. She is currently the part-time assistant at Valley Temple in Cincinnati, a perfect position because they allow her to travel frequently with her husband, Chuck Frank. Their passion is travel and international culture. In 2009-2010, she and Chuck spent the year living in India, France and Romania. She has visited 36 countries and will be going to Israel again in June 2013. Jan has hosted over 20 international exchange students and adults, mostly through Rotary Club. She has two sons: Ben who lives in Denver, and Jon who lives in Lexington with his wife and Jan's first grandchild, Oliver.

Karen Smith, Membership Secretary 

Karen Smith brings a wealth of experience to our board, having served as WRJ District 10 President from 2004-2006.   

Karen resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband, Brian, who is retired from Philips Consumer Electronics. Their older son, Jason and his wife, Hila, live in Costa Rica and have a son, Eli, and a daughter, Naomi. Younger son, Elliot and his wife, Sara, live in Nashville, Tennessee and have a daughter, Cassidy and another one due in May. Margo, a lovable 12 year old German Shepherd mix, rounds out the family. Karen was born in New York City, New York and grew up in Miami, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B. A. degree in Social Studies Education. She has been active in Temple life and Sisterhood since moving to Knoxville in 1988. In addition to holding many elected offices for her Temple's sisterhood, Karen has served as Sisterhood President several times. She has also been a member of the Temple Beth El Board of Directors and many of its committees. Her sisterhood nominated her as its "Deborah" for 2004-2006. In the Knoxville Jewish community, Karen has been a member of the Board of the Knoxville Jewish Alliance and chaired the Jewish Student Center/Hillel at the University of Tennessee. She is also a past chair of the Knoxville BBYO Commission. She was honored to be the installing officer at the 2012 Central District convention. Karen loves to read, cook, travel, do all kinds of needlework, and Sisterhood!

 
Lisa Singer, Treasurer 

Lisa Singer has been treasurer of the WRJ Central District since 2010.   Her responsibilities include paying all the District's bills and depositing all checks, preparing financial statements when needed, and preparing a budget every two years. Singer has changed the manner in which the District keeps track of its financial records by entering all the information into an accounting program called QuickBooks. She is also a member of the newly established Finance Committee. In her "spare" time, Lisa is the mother to Matthew, a recent graduate of The Ohio State University. Her family also has a 105-pound four-legged lab/retriever mix named Cooper. Lisa is co-president of her sisterhood at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, Ohio, and serves on the Temple board as treasurer. She has been married to Rick for over twenty-five years and they currently live in Medina, Ohio, having moved to Ohio six years ago from south Florida. Lisa is self-employed as an accountant. Lisa is very passionate about food. She considers herself a "foodie" and loves to cook, eat out at new restaurants, try new foods and recipes, go to an occasional cooking class, and buy new gadgets for her kitchen. She and her husband entertain a lot and spend as much time as they can on Lake Erie during the summer on their boat. Other passions include theater, travel, and reading. Lisa feels very blessed to have many friends in their lives.


Patty Rehfus, Bulletin Editor 

Patty Rehfus is relatively new to the District board, having served one term as Speakers Bureau Chair before taking on her current position. She is past president of Congregation Shir Tikvah Sisterhood, where she remains active. This year she is serving as her sisterhood's Centennial Ambassador, chairing the bylaws and nominating committees, and generally trying to make herself useful. Patty enjoyed a career as a high school teacher before taking eleven years off to focus on running her busy household, raising her two children, and volunteering at her synagogue and her children's elementary school. She has recently returned to the paid workforce as a Learning Support Assistant at Eton Academy, a private school serving students with learning disabilities and other challenges. Patty lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with her husband, Keith Hurwitz, her daughter, Sophie (age 13) and son Josh (age 11). Rounding out the family are two dogs, two cats, two leopard geckos, and two goldfish. When she is not working, volunteering, feeding people and/or animals, or playing chauffeur, she enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, practicing yoga, playing Mah Jong, and being outdoors.

 

Look for introductions to our Area Directors and Committee Chairs in the next issue of Isha L'Isha.  

  
WRJCentral.org

If you haven't already, check out our website;  there is lots of information and guidance to find on the site. 
  • WRJ Central -- who we are, our history, mission statement and more 
  • The Central District  Board
  • The Central District Sisterhoods
  • Member Sisterhoods and their presidents 
  • Isha l'Isha archives
  • Events-- both upcoming and those in the recent past-- with lots of pictures
  • Registration forms for conferences
  • Resources-- both national and local that can be of use to you and your Sisterhood
  • Awards information and applications 
  • WRJ, its history, projections and district information
  • Our blog-- Sharing the Best 

Check it out at www.wrjcentral.org  

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In essence, "100 for 100."

Ten decades of success have given us a unique perspective into the idea of strength in numbers. Collectively, we know we can reach our million dollar goal.

And for your generosity, you'll receive a unique limited edition pin to commemorate your participation. So if you see someone wearing the pin, you'll know why.

 

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About Isha L'Isha

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 and words of wisdom about communicating with your membership, temple and community. 

 

Our website is at  www.WRJCentral.org.   

Our Facebook page is  

http://www.facebook.com/pages/WRJ-Central/189678231045904  

 

Also, please take the time to visit our Blog, named "Sharing the Best"

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.

 

Deadline for the next issue, which is  

 Fried Leadership Conference and Centennial Highlights

Meet Your Central District Board, Continued

is

 

April 15, 2013  

Send articles and images to ishawrjcentral@gmail.com or patty@rehfwitz.com

 

Looking forward to hearing from you


Patty Rehfus
WRJ Central District, Bulletin Editor