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WRJ Central  
Executive Board 2014-2016

Sandy Adland

Immediate Past President
Chair of Nominating and Finance Committees
Marilyn Goldfein

Past President
Vice Chair of Nominating
Hilda Glazer

1st Vice President
Sheilah Abramson-Miles

VP Development & Special Projects
Beth Lande

VP Marketing & Communication
Rachel Lambermont

Recording Secretary
Liz McOsker

Corresponding Secretary
Jan Goldstein

Membership Secretary
Royalyn Vert

Susan Singer

Bulletin Editor
Alida Forshaw
Laurie Blinder
Beth Goldstein

Area Directors
E. Michigan - Michelle Simpson
W. Michigan - Lucy Gersten
Southwest - Alison Auerbach
South - Sandy Heymann
Central Ohio - Lisa Kalson
West - Charlene Pfenninger
N. Ohio - Trina Miller
N.E. Ohio - Lisa Singer

WRJ Board Members
Sheilah Abramson-Miles
Sandy Adland
Laurie Blinder
Marci Delson
Hilda Glazer
Marilyn Goldfein
Hillary Handwerger
Rachel Lambermont
Lizabeth McOsker
Charlene Pfenninger
Karen Sim
Lisa Singer


The Central District Speakers Bureau is here to serve YOUR sisterhood!



Shabbat Services



Leadership Development

Torah Study

Area Days


A district speaker can take your event to the next level!


Contact Lea Coleman,


to find out more!




You will find helpful resources, toolkits, up- to-date information, and more!


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Our blog - Sharing the Best


Our Facebook Page





Autumn 2015
You Don't Want To Miss The Exciting Programming Our District Has Planned
From the President
A Special Gift

In recent weeks, Central District has been the recipient of a very special gift. Anshe Hesed Sisterhood in Erie, PA, once an affiliate of WRJ and Central District, is no more, and they have closed their Judaica shop as well. Not knowing just what to do with the several large boxes of Judaica, they have offered to donate the collection to Central District, with the understanding that the proceeds from the sale of the items will be used in any number of ways to strengthen Central District. A task force has been established to address this very special acquisition, and I have written Anshe Hesed President Jackie Breakstone a thank you note on behalf of Central District. Stay tuned for details on how we can all purchase this wonderful Judaica and in doing so, support Central District.

WRJ Creates Partnership with Chai Mitzvah Project for Exciting New Programming 
     WRJ is partnering with Chai Mitzvah  to help build and deepen Jewish connections within your sisterhood, congregation and community.  This program is easy to implement, and has an established curriculum using facilitator guides and resources from Chai Mitzvah educators. The program is also adaptable to the needs of and interests of your community with relevant, text based topics of study.
     There are many reasons to become a Chai Mitzvah.  This program encourages members to live a Jewish life in a meaningful way while creating new and lasting bonds among members of the sisterhood and congregation.  This program engages the community through learning and volunteering.There are additional materials and webinars specifically for WRJ-affiliated groups.
     It is easy to become a Chai Mitzvah.  An ideal group would consist of 10-12 interested and dedicated members, but there is no requirement.  Appoint a designated Chai Mitvah liason to register your group on the Chai Mitzvah websitehttps://www.chaimitzvah.org/organization_registration_form.   The cost is $72 for group registration and $25 per person per year.  WRJ-affiliated groups can register now with a special 10% discount: $65 per group (plus $25 per person per year). 
For more information about this exciting program go to the web site

Central District Executive Committee Update

Lisa Singer has submitted her resignation as Central District Northeast Area Director, effective November 1st, so that she can focus on her upcoming duties as WRJ Treasurer. Elaine Frayman will be taking over as Northeast Area Director.
Liz McOsker has submitted her resignation as Central District Recording Secretary, effective November 1st, so that she can focus on her upcoming duties as WRJ Recording Secretary. Marci Delson will be taking over as Central District Recording Secretary.  We extend our deepest thanks and a hearty mazel tov to Lisa and Liz in their new positions on the WRJ Executive Committee, and we welcome Elaine and Marci in their new positions on the Central District Executive Committee! 

 Upcoming Events 

Save the Date!
WRJ Central District Kallah
April 15-17, 2016
Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI)
Zionsville, IN



  Northeast Ohio Area Day

 Please join the Sisterhoods from: 
Rodef Shalom, Youngstown 
Temple Beth Shalom, Hudson 
Temple Israel, Akron 
Temple Israel, Canton
On Saturday, October 31 at 10:30 at the: Kent State University Fashion Museum 515 Hilltop Drive Kent, OH 44242
Price: $4.00 for a tour of the Museum
Lunch to Follow at the Pufferbelly Restaurant 152 Franklin Street Kent, OH 44240 (each person will pay for their own lunch from a predetermined menu with gluten free options available)
Please RSVP by October 16 to: Lisa Singer at lisasinger@aol.com or 330-241-9612
*At the museum we will have a meet & greet and a short Shabbat service followed by a tour of the museum.


         Northern Ohio Area Day

Join us for a guided tour of "Violins of Hope" Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 6 p.m. at Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH 44122

This fall, Violins of Hope, a remarkable exhibit and series of concerts and programs featuring violins restored from the Holocaust, arrived in Cleveland, only the second time this exhibit has been in the United States. On Nov. 11, join other members of the WRJ, Northern Ohio Area, at the Maltz Museum for a special presentation with guest speaker Roman Frayman, a Holocaust survivor. We will meet at 6 p.m. for a short introductory film, followed by a guided tour, and then a dessert reception. To learn more about Violins of Hope, visit www.violinsofhopecle.org. 

Please RSVP by Nov. 2. Thank You!!
Name: ____________________________________________Phone: __________________________________
Temple Affiliation: ____________________________________________________
Cost is $10/person. Please make check out to WRJ Central District and mail with this form to: Trina Miller, C/O Women of Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, OH 44122.
Questions? Call Trina at 440-537-7115.

       West Area Day
         West Area Day will be held in Terre Haute, IN on Sunday,December 13th. We will meet at United Hebrew Congregation at 1:00pm, have lunch, and then have a private tour of the Candles Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

Please submit articles for the January issue of Isha L'Isha 
on or before December 15, 2015.

Articles and photos should be emailed to ishawrjcentral@gmail.com

It is very exciting to learn about all the great things going on in our district. 
 Keep the good things coming!

Alida Forshaw, 

Bulletin Editor 

WRJ Central District

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