WRJ Central District
In This Issue
Convention Details
Tribute Book and Program
YES Fund Auction
Convention Checklist
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WRJ Central  
Executive Board 2012-2014

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

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Pamela Feldman-Hill

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Jan Goldstein

Membership Secretary
Karen Smith

Lisa Singer

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Lisa Elyn Semen

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Carol Anderson
Laurie Blinder
Lucy Gersten
Susan Glazer
Rachel Lambermont
Lizabeth McOsker
Trina Miller

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Sheilah Abramson-Miles
Sandy Adland
Laurie Blinder
Marci Delson
Hilda Glazer
Marilyn Goldfein
Hillary Handwerger
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Lizabeth McOsker
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Lisa Singer



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**Special Edition**
Central District Convention
Learn More and Register Now!

This information is too good not to share. 
Please forward to your sisterhood membership.
Everyone is encouraged to attend!!

November 6-9, 2014

 Columbus, OH


WRJ Secretary, Pat Blum

Exitement is building as we finalize plans for the WRJ Central District Convention.  We are delighted to welcome both Rabbi Marla Feldman, Executive Director of WRJ, and Pat Blum, WRJ Secretary, as our guest speakers.  The weekend will feature a variety of sessions that will help us increase the success of our sisterhoods as well as outstanding opportunities for learning, worship, networking,

WRJ Exectutive Director, Rabbi Marla Feldman
tikkun olam, and (of course) fun.


Our opening speaker will be Maggie Anton, award-winning author of the Rashi's Daughters series. These historical novels are set in the household of the great medieval Jewish scholar, whose daughters studied Talmud when these sacred texts were forbidden to women. To learn more about Maggie Anton, including information about her latest book, Enchantress, visit www.MaggieAnton.com.

Maggie Anton



On Saturday evening, Sally Fingerett will perform for us. Sally is one of the founding members of the internationally known group, The Four Bitchin' Babes. She will be regaling us with selections from her new solo project, The Mental Yentl.  Learn and hear more at www.sallyfingerett.com





What are you waiting for?

Registration is now open.


Click here to download your registration form


Your registration fee for the convention, 
The Future is Ours to Create
includes all programming activities, lunches and dinners.  


Early Bird Registration is $150.00

After Oct 1, registration is $160. 

WRJ Central is subsidizing the cost for each registrant to keep the convention affordable.


The convention is to be held at The Columbus Airport Embassy Suites and Temple Israel, Columbus OH.

The address of the Embassy Suites is:

2886 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219

Phone Number: 1-614-536-0500


Hotel Accommodations
We have a block of rooms reserved for $129.00 plus tax per night, which includes breakfast each morning and complimentary Happy Hour.


Please contact the hotel directly (614-536-0500) and identify yourself as attending the Women of Reform Judaism Convention when making reservations. This will ensure the special rate of $129.00 plus tax per night per room. 
Hotel reservations must be made BEFORE 
October 7, 2014 to receive the special rate and to be guaranteed a room.




New this Year: Convention Tribute Book and Program

This year we are providing an opportunity to thank our sisterhood leadership for the work they have done and will do for us all by creating an ad for this beautiful book, which will be distributed at the convention. This is a great way to honor our 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. Ads can also be written to brag about your own sisterhood, thank and/or recognize your sisterhood board and officers, send a shout-out to your Deborah Award honoree, promote your business, etc...


We encourage you to promote this effort through communication with your sisterhood board, temple board and rabbis, family and friends of our Central District WRJ Board or your local sisterhoods, and businesses in your area.  




Download the form, print it out and/or email it on to anyone who has been impacted by your sisterhood's support or might find our membership the perfect audience for an ad.  The help you give us in this effort will come back to benefit you through additional subsidies of future Biennial Conventions.  

We hope you will be generous in your support of this project and pass the opportunity on!


ADVERTISING Sizes and Rates:

*Back cover                 $   360     4.75 x 7.75"

*Inside Front/Back            250     4.75 x 7.75"

Center pages                   180      4.75 x 7.75"

Full page                         150      4.75 x 7.75"

Half page                          54      4.75 x 3.75"

Quarter page                     36      2.25 x 3.75" or 4.75 x 1.75" 

Chai Mazel Tov                  18      2 Lines


The deadline for this project is October 6, 2014.  Forward your artwork (as jpg or pdf) to hhandwerger@yahoo.com and send your check and form to WRJ Central District c/o Hillary Handwerger, 3535 Sturbridge Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.



Yes Fund Auction - We Need Your Sisterhood!

One of the highlights of the the convention will be a lively auction of Gift Baskets to raise money for WRJ's YES Fund (Youth, Education and Special Projects). The Board is asking that each sisterhood create a basket that will inspire others to contribute to the YES Fund.


When planning your basket, please keep in mind that the bidding will start at $36.00. Some suggestions are: Wine and Cheese Basket, Movie and Game Night Basket, Baby Basket, Yoga Basket - the combinations are endless! Your sisterhood can be as creative as you wish. Individuals are also welcome and encouraged to participate by creating a basket for the auction. We can't wait to see what you come up with!


So please, at your next meeting, if not before, designate someone in your sisterhood who will be responsible for creating this YES basket. Please let Marci Delson, our YES Fund Chair, know who is going to be working on this and how she can get in touch with her/them. In addition, please indicate a description and approximate retail value of the basket.  Marci's email is marcildelson@gmail.com.

Convention Checklist

Don't delay! October will be here before we know it. Please take the time today to:

  • Forward this email to your sisterhood membership.
  • Download your registration form and send it in.
  • Reserve your hotel room(s) if necessary.
  • Spread the word about the tribute book and program.
  • Send in your ad and form to Hillary Handwerger to be part of the tribute book.
  • Start planning your sisterhood's auction basket and send contact information to Marci Delson.
  • Prepare for a meaningful and memorable weekend!