WRJ Central District
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WRJ Central District
Executive Committee
2014-2016

President
Sandy Adland

Immediate Past President
Chair of Nominating and Finance Committees
Marilyn Goldfein

Past President
Vice Chair of Nominating
Hilda Glazer

1st Vice President
Sheilah Abramson-Miles

VP Development & Special Projects
Beth Lande

VP Marketing & Communication
Rachel Lambermont

Recording Secretary
Marci Delson

Corresponding Secretary
Jan Goldstein

Membership Secretary
Royalyn Vert

Treasurer
Susan Singer

Bulletin Editor
Alida Forshaw

Parliamentarian
Laurie Blinder

Historian
Beth Goldstein

Area Directors
E. Michigan - Michelle Simpson
W. Michigan - Lucy Gersten
Southwest - Alison Auerbach
South - Sandy Heymann
Central Ohio - Lisa Kalson
West - Charlene Pfenninger
N. Ohio - Trina Miller
N.E. Ohio - Ellen Half


WRJ Board Members
Sheilah Abramson-Miles
Sandy Adland
Alison Auerbach
Sally Blau
Laurie Blinder
Pamela Feldman-Hill
Hilda Glazer
Hillary Handwerger
Rachel Lambermont
Beth Lande
Lizabeth McOsker
Jerri Passo
Charlene Pfenninger
Lisa Singer

DON'T FORGET!

The Central District Speakers Bureau is here to serve YOUR sisterhood!

Installations

Shabbat Services

Training

Workshops

Leadership Development

Torah Study

Area Days

A district speaker can take your event to the next level!

Contact Rachel Lambermont,

rachellambermont@gmail.com

to find out more!


USE THESE LINKS TO STAY CONNECTED TO WRJ AND CENTRAL DISTRICT!

You will find helpful resources, toolkits, up- to-date information, and more!

Our website

www.wrjcentral.org

Our blog - Sharing the Best

Our Facebook Page

WRJ

www.wrj.org

The Heat Is On!
Look at All the Cool Things Going On In Our District!
From the President
What a busy spring this has been throughout Central District! These past three months have been filled with Area Days, "all-district" events, Jewish holidays, installations, and an abundance of wonderfully successful sisterhood programs. Here's a re-cap of what's been going on since our last publication:


April 2nd - Northeast Area Day in Hudson, OH - "Tequila and Technology", featuring Hillary Handwerger and Patty Rehfus, our district's technological gurus
April 15th-17th - Spring Kallah at GUCI - "Rites, Rituals and Ruach!" featuring Women of the Wall Director Lesley Sachs, WRJ Past President Rosanne Selfon, WRJ Manager of
Programs and Affiliate Development Heather Lorgeree, and Rabbi Jessica Wainer
(See highlights below)

April 29th-May 1st - Inaugural Sisterhood Service Retreat (SSR) at GUCI - 17 women from Central District and GUCI women alumnae joined together for a memorable weekend
of hard work, bonding, spirituality, WRJ/GUCI "informationals", and FUN!

May 15th - East/West Michigan Area Day - "Mimosas and Membership", with Guest Speaker
Liz McOsker, WRJ Secretary

May 18th-23rd - District Presidents Council (DPC) and WRJ Board Meeting at OSRUI,
Oconomowoc, WI.

June 24th-26th
- I represented Central District at the GUCI Advisory Board Retreat at GUCI

June 26th
- South Area Day in Lexington, KY - "Shop, Lunch, Learn, and Win!"


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Our deepest thanks to all those who have served on their sisterhood/women's group boards and who's term has concluded. Your tireless work has prepared us for our next steps. A hearty mazal tov to all who have been (and continue to be) installed on your sisterhood/women's group board for the next term. Our district leaders are ready to assist you with whatever you need.
I'm so proud to know that Central District is vibrant, engaged, and going strong year round. The
summer months are not only a time of rest and rejuvenation, but an opportunity to "ready" our new sisterhood boards and make plans for an exciting and remarkable year ahead! Our district leaders would love to assist you with board training, program planning, or any other key areas of sisterhood life. Just ask!
Kol hakavod - all the honor - to the members of our 2016-2018 Central District Slate of Officers (see list below). The election will take place at our District Convention in Louisville, KY, November 3rd-6th. Please mark your calendars now for this exciting event! May we continue to grow and go from strength to strength!
In Sisterhood,

















The WRJ Central District Convention Will Be Here Soon. Don't Miss The Boat!
By
Sheilah Abramson-Miles
WRJ ROCKS THE BOAT!
Make plans now to come to Louisville, Kentucky November 3-6, 2016 as WRJ Central District Rocks the Boat with our most exciting convention, ever. Why Rock the Boat? We celebrate the second Torah portion of the year, Noach, the Noah story.

Our speakers personify the themes of faith, goodness and courage we learn from Noah.
  • Rabbi Nadia Siritsky, Vice President of Mission from Kentucky One Health, will alert us to the tragic issue of Human Trafficking with our Friday Keynote. This is an issue where Tikkun Olam is sorely needed, everywhere.
  • fredi Bleeker Franks, Vice President of Development and Special Projects of Women of Reform Judaism will share an inspiring Dvar Torah on Shabbat morning, and will play a key role throughout the weekend.
  • Our Shabbat Keynote Speaker will be Tori Murden McClure, a true American heroine, the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean and author of the bestseller "A Pearl in the Storm". Tori will inspire us with her life personifying women's empowerment.
  • Our Installation Dinner will be at the world famous Muhammad Ali Center where you will be immersed in the life story of "The Greatest". Our entertainment will be Jonathan Wolff, a Louisville native, who composed all the iconic music for "Seinfeld" and over 70 other network series.
Louisville's Sisterhoods Temple Shalom's Women of Temple Shalom and The Temple's Women of Reform Judaism can't wait to share our "Derby City" with you this fall.

Registration details will come to you soon. Try to register ASAP to take advantage of our Early Bird discount.
For registration form, click here.
Take a Look at the 2016-2018
Slate for Our WRJ Central District Board

SLATE FOR WRJ CENTRAL DISTRICT BOARD 2016-2018
POSITION
PRESIDENT
Sheilah Abramson-Miles
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT CHAIR NOMINATING, FINANCESandy Adland
PAST PRESIDENT,VICE CHAIR NOMINATING
Marilyn Goldfein
1st VICE PRESIDENT
Rachel Lambermont
VP DEVELOPMENT/SPECIAL PROJECTS
Susan Glazer
VP MARKETING/ COMMUNICATIONS
Beth Lande
RECORDING SECRETARY
Marci Delson
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
Alida Forshaw
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARYSue Voos
TREASURER
Susan Singer
ASSISTANT TREASURER
Sue Voos
BULLETIN EDITOR
Alison Auerbach
PARLIAMENTARIAN
Judy Berzof
HISTORIAN
Jan Goldstein
EASTERN MICHIGAN AREA DIRECTOR
Hillary Handwerger
WESTERN MICHIGAN
AREA DIRECTOR
Cindy Bolokofsky
SOUTHWEST
AREA DIRECTOR
Ellen Half
SOUTH AREA DIRECTORJerri Passo
CENTRAL OHIO
AREA DIRECTOR
Lisa Kalson
WEST AREA DIRECTOR
Carol Bloom
NORTHERN OHIO
AREA DIRECTOR
Marilyn Goldfein
NORTHEAST OHIO
AREA DIRECTOR
Robin Rosen-Sharp
CHAIRS
AFFILIATES CHAIR
Sandy Adland
ADVOCACY CHAIR
Sue Korn
YES FUND CHAIR
Pamela Feldman-Hill
SPEAKERS BUREAU
Michelle Simpson
AWARDS
Beth Goldstein
WEBSITE MANAGER
Hillary Handwerger
CONVENTION FACILITATOR
Laurie Blinder
Spring Kallah Highlights
By
Rachel Lambermont


Just a couple of months ago approximately 60 women gathered together at Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) for our Spring Kallah, entitled "Rites, Rituals and Ruach". We shared the warmth of Shabbat with our sisters and spent the weekend learning and having wonderful experiences. A few of highlights for me were the special guests that were in attendance and the richness that they brought to the weekend.

Lesley Sachs, Director of Women of the Wall, told us about the decades long struggle to gain access for women to pray freely and in the manner they choose at the Kotel. She also was able to shed light on the difficulties in attaining a pluralistic area for prayer. As one friend put it, meeting with Lesley and hearing her amazing stories was "worth the price of admission." I feel a greater connection to Women of the Wall and to Progressive Jews in Israel after meeting Lesley and hearing her speak.

Heather Lorgeree, WRJ Manager of Programming and Affiliate Services also joined us for the weekend. Heather shared updates from WRJ and co-presented a workshop, "WRJ-Aleph to Tav." Heather's presence with us was so important to share the connection from the local sisterhood and women's group to the North American goings on at WRJ.

Rosanne Selfon, Past WRJ President, was the last of our special guests. Rosanne brought knowledge, humor and joy to our weekend. She also led a fascinating workshop on writing "Ethical Wills." We were all entranced as Rosanne read letters that she has written to her daughters and grandchildren. We all also had the opportunity to start our own Ethical Wills.

This was a fabulous weekend bringing together a variety of women from around our District. I hope that you will consider joining us for another fabulous experience in November, in Louisville, at our Central District Convention!

2016 District Convention Tribute Book
No, it's not too early to start thinking about this project. The 2016 District Convention, which takes place in Louisville, KY in November 2016 is just around the corner. This is a great way to honor sisterhood leaders, and especially those women who have led the Central District for the last two years and those who are ready to take over for the next two.
The 2016 Tribute Book is our opportunity to thank Sandy Adland our current District President, for a wonderful two years and welcome Sheilah Abramson-Miles as our new president, as well as thanking her for all the work she has done this past year as 1st Vice President. Not to mention our other officers and Area Directors- both past and new.

The book is also a way to honor your own sisterhood leaders. Brag about your sisterhoods; thank you's to local sisterhood boards and officers are very welcome.
We encourage ads from sisterhoods, congregations, temple boards, rabbis, husbands, families, friends, businesses, or others in the community. We hope you will be generous in your support of this project. To get ideas for what you can do, view our last convention's (our first) Tribute Book and Program at http://wrjcentral.org/wp-content/documents/2014tribute_book.pdf. Last year, we had a member say she didn't know her husband could take out an ad supporting her-so don't be in that position-YES they can.
Anticipated Sizes and Rates for your "tribute" are:
B&W
Color
Back cover
4.75 x 7.75
$360
$360
Inside Front/Back Covers
4.75 x 7.75
250
250
Center pages
4.75 x 7.75
180
220
Full page
4.75 x 7.75
150
175
Half page
4.75 x 3.75
54
68
Quarter page
2.25 x 4.75 or 4.75 x 1.75
36
48
Chai Mazel Tov
2 Lines - max 180 characters
18
Think creatively and be sure to budget for this in next year's planning. We will be sending out more information to the new boards early summer. We will be relying on the local sisterhoods to help promote this within your temples, congregations, and communities.

HT
Please Consider Your Outstanding Women as Nominees!

Sisterhoods as well as individual sisterhood members will be honored with the awards listed below at our WRJ Central District Convention in Louisville, KY November 3-6, 2016. As leaders in your sisterhood, please take a few minutes to read through the award categories and begin considering nominees for your sisterhood or individuals. Award applications are due by August 1st, 2016.

Individual sisterhoods may apply for both the Innovative Programming Award and the President's 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 (199
members); medium (100299 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, one woman from within the Central District will be chosen for the District Emerging Leader Award: nominations for the District Emerging Leader Award can be received from any Sisterhood for any woman in the district.

Award Categories - the following is a summary of each award

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.

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 an outstanding program or event on the theme "Limdu Heiteiv WRJ's Anthem". This anthem is based on the words of Isaiah 1:17 " Learn to do good, seek justice; relieve the oppressed. Uphold the orphan's rights; take up the widow's cause." Examples of programs illustrating the above biblical verse could include but are not limited to aiding under served populations, social justice issues (i.e. pay equity, immigration reform, paid family leave), women's and children's issues, etc.

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 Reward:
This reward is given to the sisterhood winning awards in all categories: the District Emerging Leader Award, the Innovative Programming Award and the President's Award.

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 2014 and November 2016. The deadline to submit an application is August 1, 2016.

Applications are now available on our Central District website, www.wrjcentral.org, under the Awards heading.

Please contact Jan Muhlbaum, WRJ Central District Awards Chair at ( 513) 252-3545 or email cdawards@gmail.com .

HT
Upcoming Events


Please submit articles for the October issue of Isha L'Isha
on or before September 15, 2016.

Articles and photos should be emailed to ishawrjcentral@gmail.com

It is very exciting to learn about all the great things going on in our district.
Keep the good things coming!

Alida Forshaw,

Bulletin Editor

WRJ Central District