2015 Or Ami Recipients
The WRJ Or Ami “Light of My People” Awards for Special Achievement in Programming recognizes exemplary social justice, community service, and educational programming that serves as a model for other WRJ Districts and sisterhoods. The awards are given biennially and coincide with the WRJ Assembly. A hearty mazel tov to our Central District sisterhoods who have either received an Or Ami Award in a particular category, or an Honorable Mention! The sisterhoods recognized at the 50th WRJ Assembly in Orlando:
Temple Sisterhood of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis, IN
Isaac M. Wise Temple Sisterhood, Cincinnati, OH
Women of Temple Shalom, Louisville, KY
Temple Sisterhood of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation (for three submissions), Indianapolis, IN
YES Fund Awards
Central District 2015 YES Fund Awards and Honor Roll
The YES (Youth, Education & Special Projects) Fund represents the collective financial efforts of individual donors and WRJ sisterhoods to strengthen the Reform Movement and ensure the future of Reform Judaism. Congratulations to our Central District sisterhoods who achieved YES Fund Awards and Honor Roll levels in 2014-2015!
Three of our Central District sisterhoods received YES Awards during the WRJ Assembly in Florida this past November. The Women of Temple Israel, Columbus, OH, received Honorable Mentions in two categories, including the Achat Award Category, given to the sisterhood that made the largest per-member direct contribution to the YES Fund over the last two fiscal years, and the Avodah Award Category, given to one sisterhood in each membership size category that made the largest direct contribution to the YES Fund over the last two fiscal years. Also receiving Honorable Mentions in the Avodah Award Category, for sisterhoods with over 450 members, were Temple Israel Sisterhood, of West Bloomfield, MI, and Isaac M. Wise Temple Sisterhood, of Cincinnati, OH.
WRJ also acknowledges sisterhoods with several honor roll levels, based on contributions and membership. Achieving the Roll of Chai honor, which represents a contribution of at least $18 per member, is Women of Temple Israel, Columbus, OH.
Achieving the Roll of Special Merit, which represents a contribution of at least $10 per member, are Temple Adath Israel Sisterhood, Lexington, KY; Temple Israel Sisterhood, Canton, OH; The Valley Temple Sisterhood, Cincinnati, OH; Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood, Hudson, OH; Temple Israel Sisterhood, Marion, OH; and B’nai Sholom Congregation, Huntington, WV.
Achieving the Roll of Honor, which represents a contribution of at least $5 per member, are Temple Israel Sisterhood, West Lafayette, IN; Temple Beth Emeth Sisterhood, Ann Arbor, MI; Congregation Shaarey Zedek, East Lansing, MI; Temple Israel Sisterhood, West Bloomfield, MI; Temple Kol Ami Sisterhood, West Bloomfield, MI; Temple Israel Sisterhood, Akron, OH; Isaac M. Wise Temple Sisterhood, Cincinnati, OH; The Women of Beth Shalom, New Albany, OH; and Temple Beth El Sisterhood, Knoxville, TN.
Mazal Tov to all of these sisterhoods for their continued support of the WRJ YES Fund. Central District takes great pride in these efforts!
– Pamela Feldman-Hill
– Central District YES Fund Chair