2016 Central District Convention

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Louisville, KY–November 3-6, 2016

More pictures from this wonderful weekend can be found in the Album.

Opening lunch with Rabbi Nadia Siritsky talking about Human Trafficking and Social Action Initatives
The very informative talk given by Rabbi Siritsky on Human Trafficing.

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and share with your Sisterhoods and temple.

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”.

Our Installation Dinner was 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.


And…WRJ Vice President fredi Bleeker-Franks from Houston, TX was our guest for the weekend.

We once again held a silent auction of Gift Baskets to support the WRJ Youth, Education and Special Projects Fund.

And perfect weather and day for the bridge walk.

More pictures from this wonderful weekend can be found in the Album.

fredi Bleeker Franks

Franks, fredi B. is the Vice President of Affiliate Services of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). She has served on the WRJ board since 2003.

fredi first joined the board of District 22, now the Southwest District, in 1994, serving as chair of the religious school committee and the NFTY chair, as well as Parliamentarian. She was elected president of the Southwest District in 2003.

fredi is very active in her own congregation, Congregation Emanu El in Houston, TX. She served as president of Sisterhood from 1994 to 1996 and is a member of the Sisterhood board. She has served on her Temple’s board of trustees for over 10 years and was asked back on the board this year. She has chaired several committees at the temple, including youth activities, the inclusion committee, and Mitzvah Day and served a two-year term as president of the congregation’s PTA. Currently she serves as the chair of the Cantor Search Committee. In 2008, fredi was chosen as the congregation’s Congregant of the Year. fredi is also active in the local Jewish community. She chaired Yom Limmud, the citywide adult education day, for three years and continues to serve on the steering committee for this event. She and her husband attend the Melton School, which is a non-denominational adult education course offered at the Jewish Community Center and she is proud to be in the graduate program!

fredi is the chief business officer for the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the UTHealth Medical School. She manages the grant accounts and other departmental budgets, supervises the clerical staff, and handles all other departmental business. Currently she is running the quality improvement process for the clinic physicians and staff.


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 (1-99 members); medium (100-299 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.

Learn more about the award categories and requirements.

Programs must occur between November 2014 and November 2016. The deadline to submit an application is August 1, 2016.
Applications will be available online this spring.