WRJ Central District has a wealth of resources to offer our local sisterhoods. Within our district under the areas of Development and Special Projects and Marketing and Communications we have six women responsible for chairing specific areas. Their role is as a resource and support person for every local sisterhood as well as supporting our district overall and WRJ.
If you have not worked with them or spoken to them we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to each of them and share with you their areas of responsibility and how they can assist you individually and your sisterhood.
Marketing and Communications - Rachel Lambermont -Vice President
Awards Chair - Jan Muhlbaum
Jan has the responsibility to coordinate and oversee our awards program to be presented to our local sisterhoods at our district biennial in Louisville in November of 2016. You will be hearing from her in early 2016 explaining the program and qualifications and asking for your local sisterhood submissions.
Jan lives in Mason, Ohio and is a member of Rockdale Temple. She has been very active in her temple and her local community. Jan has held positions as past sisterhood president, past Kulanu president for the Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School and held several volunteer positions at Mason High School.
Besides being an active volunteer, Jan is happily married to Steve and they are both University of Texas alums. They have three amazing children ranging from a junior in high school to young adults which keep them very busy as well. Jan brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to our board and we look forward to a great awards program in 2016 at our district biennial.
Web Site Manager/Chair - Hillary Handwerger
Hilary manages and maintains our Central District website. Hillary has created and developed our website and keeps it up to date. Hillary has done many presentations at our meetings and is available to help any sisterhood in creating and maintaining a website or anything else connected with social media.
Hilllary lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a member of Temple Beth Emeth. Hillary has held almost every position in her local sisterhood and is currently president of it for the fifth time!!!! Hillary has been on our district board for six years creating our current electronic version of our newsletter Isha L'isha as the bulletin editor in addition to our website. She has been on the national WRJ board since 2013.
Hillary is happily married to Ken. They have a grown son and daughter and one grandson and two step granddaughters. Hillary is a great resource to all of us for any and all electronic and social media needs for you and your local sisterhood.
Speakers Bureau Chair - Lea Coleman
Lea oversees and coordinates all requests for speaking and training engagements within our Central District. If your local sisterhood is looking for a program, presenter, speaker or any kind of resource with a person from our district coming to your local sisterhood, Lea is your contact and person to make it happen. Every sisterhood is entitled to one district speaker for presentations or training and development every two years at no cost to the local sisterhood. (This is also true at WRJ National level). Contact Lea with any requests or questions regarding a district resource. Always allow as much time as possible to coordinate schedules.
Lea lives in Carmel, Indiana and is a member of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation (IHC). Lea has held positions of treasurer, membership VP and is currently Yes fund chair at her congregation. Lea is also the Youth programming director for IHC which keeps her very busy all year round.
Lea is happily married to Justin and they have a daughter who is now 16 and spending this semester in Israel with EIE. Please reach out to Lea for ideas, guidance and direction with your local speaker and training needs so we can provide support within our district.
Development and Special Projects - Beth Lande -Vice President
Affiliate Development Chair - Judy Berzof
Judy has held this position for three years on our district board. Judy's role is to work with our district to engage and obtain new sisterhoods as WRJ affiliates and coordinate their introduction to WRJ and keep them engaged. Judy has helped in adding three new affiliates in the last few years with Congregation Beth Shalom from Carmel, Indiana most recently in July of 2015.
Judy lives in Louisville, Kentucky and is a member of Temple Shalom. Judy has held many positions in her sisterhood which is the Women of Temple Shalom. She is the immediate past president and has held positions as VP fund raising, VP membership, and recording secretary. She has also held positions on her temple board. In our district prior to this position, Judy was an area director.
Judy is happily married and both Judy and her husband are retired journalists. Judy loves playing Maj Jongg and loves being a part time trainer for a yellow lab service dog through Paws with Purpose. Please reach out to Judy if you have any questions about WRJ affiliation for you or a Sisterhood not affiliated at this time.
Advocacy and Social Justice Chair - Sue Korn
Sue is responsible for this area and has an extensive background in social justice and helping others. Sue's role is to act as a resource in our district and keep us informed of any focus or causes in our district and nationally with WRJ. Sue can provide ideas and direction for education and social justice ideas for your local sisterhood throughout the year.
Sue lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan and is a member of Congregation Shir Tikvah in Troy, Michigan. Sue is an active member of their sisterhood and was involved in creating the by-laws, was secretary and then president for three years. Sue worked at the University of Detroit Mercy Hospital for over 30 years as faculty in the nursing department where social justice was a major part of their curriculum. This role is a natural area for her to help develop for our district.
Sue is happily married with two grown children and three grandchildren. Sue is available as a resource with ideas and to assist locally with your sisterhood in any advocacy/social justice events or programming.
Yes Fund Chair - Pamela Feldman-Hill
Pamela brings to us a wealth of knowledge and passion as she oversees our Yes fund initiative and goals for our district. Pamela's role is to act as a resource for our local sisterhoods regarding promotional materials and programming to help educate sisterhoods not familiar with the purpose and goals of YES Fund. Sisterhoods contribute to the YES Fund by making direct contributions throughout the year with overall honor roll goals of $18/member for Chai honor roll, $10/member for Special Merit and $5/member for Roll of Honor. All these contributions support the YES Fund which contributes internationally to Youth, Education and Special Projects (YES) throughout the world.
Pamela lives in Gahanna, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus) and is a member of Temple Israel and very active in the Women of Temple Israel sisterhood. Pamela is currently the VP of Communications, Marketing an Outreach and has held many other positions. On our district board she was the recording secretary before chairing YES Fund. Pamela teaches Hebrew and is an artist, specializing in Judaic art and Ketubot.
Pamela is happily married to her husband, Greg and they have one grown daughter who works at a Reform Congregation in Maryland as their Youth engagement Director.
Pamela is available as a resource and can provide information to your local sisterhoods to support your education on YES Fund and help you achieve your goals that ultimately impact so many organizations and people throughout the world with WRJ's funding.
In summary please know that our district and these very talented and knowledgeable women are here for all of you to support and educate your sisterhoods. Please reach out to any and all of us with your questions, needs and ideas as they arise. We look forward to working with each and every one of you as some point during the next year.