2017-18 Awards and Honorees

Or Ami Awards


Human Trafficking/Sanctum House
Women of Temple Beth El
Temple Beth El
Rochester Hills, MI

The sisterhood showed a film about human trafficking. At the end of the film they had a panel consisting of a survivor, law enforcement, and the founder of Sanctum House, a home for recovering survivors. A donation area was set up for monetary and items for the house.

Tzedakah Collective
Women of Temple Israel
Temple Israel
Columbus, OH

This tzedakah collective pooled smaller contributions together in order to create a larger financial impact as one. The projected increased awareness in and comfort with women’s philanthropy, disbursed funds to organizations worthy of support, placed an emphasis on education of the organization/cause. The group incorporated text study as the basis for selecting the supported institutions.


Buy a Bowl… Save a Soul
Temple Kol Ami Sisterhood
Temple Kol Ami
West Bloomfield, MI

The sisterhood collaborated with the religious school in “Buy a Bowl…Save a Soul.” Sisterhood supplied bowls; the students hand painted bowls for donation back to their families. Sisterhood provided hot soup for the event. The students were taught tzedakah. It was fun working together and giving back to the community.

Honorable Mentions

Women’s Seder
Women of Rockdale
Rockdale Temple
Cincinnati, OH

Women’s Freedom Seder
Temple Israel Sisterhood
Temple Israel
West Bloomfield, MI

YES Fund Awards

Congratulations to our Central District sisterhoods who achieved YES Fund Honor Roll levels in fiscal year 2017:

Chai Honor – $18 per member:
Temple Adath Israel Sisterhood, Lexington, KY
Women of Temple Israel, Columbus, OH
Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood, Hudson, OH

Special Merit – $10 per member:
Congregation Beth Shalom Sisterhood, Carmel, IN
Temple Israel Sisterhood, West Lafayette, IN
Beth El Temple Sisterhood, Muncie, IN
Women of Temple Shalom Sisterhood, Louisville, KY
Temple Israel Sisterhood, West Bloomfield, MI
B’nai Sholom Congregation Sisterhood, Huntington WV

Roll of Honor – $5 per member
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood, Indianapolis, IN
Women of Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor, MI
Temple Kol Ami Sisterhood, West Bloomfield, MI
Congregation Shaarey Zedek Sisterhood, East Lansing, MI
Temple Israel Sisterhood, Akron, OH
Temple Israel Sisterhood, Marion, OH
Temple Beth El Sisterhood, Knoxville, TN

Mazal Tov to all of these sisterhoods for their continued support of the WRJ YES Fund!

The YES Fund (supporting Youth, Education & Special Projects) represents the collective philanthropic efforts of individual donors and WRJ sisterhoods and districts. Central District acknowledges with great pride the individuals and sisterhoods within our district who have supported the YES Fund this year!

Pamela Feldman-Hill
Central District YES Fund Chair