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Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is the network for all women who support our mission of enhancing Jewish knowledge, engaging in Jewish life, expanding communal involvement, and supporting Klal Yisrael. It is for those who belong to affiliated sisterhoods and those who join directly. As an active arm of the Conservative / Masorti movement and the largest synagogue-based women’s organization worldwide, Women’s League provides services to thousands of women and hundreds of women’s groups.

 

WLCJ UPCOMING EVENTS

#GivingTuesday – December 1st

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is proud to announce that this year our Masorti Women’s Study Days will be held in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first female Jewish Supreme Court Justice (z”l). Due to the coronavirus, this year’s Masorti Women’s Days of Study will be held virtually over Zoom, with a pertinent central theme of ‘trailblazers to inspire us at home and in the world through uncertain times. A range of subjects, chosen to reflect the ideas of our dedicated region planning committees, including a workshop by Rabbi Amy Levin to address the challenges of supplementing children’s Jewish education at home and “Creating a Family Haggadah” will be offered. Please consider donating to support this unique and exciting educational experience on #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2021! You can donate online here, or send a check to the WLCJ office indicating that you are donating to the “Masorti Women’s Fund.” We look forward to seeing you there!

Also on Tuesdays:
February 9, February 23, and March 2, 202112:00pm – 2:55pm EST
via Zoom

Click HERE to DONATE for #GivingTuesday

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Virtual Candle Lighting
December 14th @ 7 PM EST

We invite all of our members to join us for a virtual lighting on the evening of Monday, December 14, at 7:00 pm EST. We invite you to join us via Zoom link provided.

After candle lighting, author Judy Petsonk joins us to explore her new historical novel JUSTICE: MACCABEES AND PHARISEES. 

What happened when the Maccabees became kings? How did Jews begin the transition from a religion of animal sacrifice to being the People of the Book? How did the women of Judea in the first century BCE take the first small steps toward legal rights for women? Judy tells the story through the strong voice of a fictional narrator, Sarah, wife of the leading Pharisee, Shimon ben Shetakh (a historical figure cited in the Mishna). Sarah paints a vivid picture of the lives of women in ancient Judea.

We remind you to please not publicly share the Zoom link for any WL events or programming. In these unprecedented times, we look forward to gathering together to celebrate!

 

Hanukkah Meet & Greet for Individual Members and Region Presidents
December 16th @ 6:30 PM EST

 Celebrate Hanukkah on December 16, at 6:30 EST, by attending a Meet and Greet for Individual Members and Region Presidents! We will be hosting a virtual menorah lighting in honor of Hanukkah and Mathilde Schechter’s birthday. You will be hearing from our WL International President and and the International Individual Membership Chairs, as well as participating in a meet and greet for Individual Members and Region Presidents. In addition, our Executive Director will be delivering a D’var Torah. This is a great opportunity to make new connections! We will engage in a thoughtful conversation about the challenges of individual membership, and discuss the potential for forming interest groups that will continue to meet throughout the year.  

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Beginning on Monday, January 11, 2021, at 3 PM ET,
we are pleased to offer a three-session series
led by Lois Silverman.

The first session will be “The Beginnings–1948-1960.”

Jews have always used humor to survive difficult time. When they came to the USA in huge numbers and had to fight to survive in a strange and hostile environment, they used this coping mechanism to persevere and thrive.

From the Yiddish Theater to the Borscht Belt, they created entertainment for themselves; however, it was only through the medium of television that they were given the opportunity to share their humor and comedy with the whole world and especially in the audience’s own living rooms.

Through film clips, this course will explore the history and role of Jewish entertainers in television from the beginning of the industry .

Participation in this program is a benefit of your WL membership.

Ellen Kaner Bresnick       Julia Loeb
Education Co-Chairs

To REGISTER, click HERE.

 

WL Reads- January 18 @ 7 PM EST
THE GUEST BOOK

by Sarah Blake
 

Instant New York Times Bestseller
Longlisted for Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence
2020 New England Society Book Award Winner for Fiction

“A family saga that illuminates the great divide, the gulf that separates the rich and poor, black and white, Protestant and Jew. Spanning three generations,  Blake masterfully lays bare the memories and mistakes each generation makes while coming to terms with what it means to inherit the past.”

TO REGISTER, click HERE.
 
 
Paula Shoyer Program
SAVE THE DATE: Jan. 25 @ 2:30 PM EST

WLCJ is thrilled to have Paula Shoyer, known as “the Kosher Baker” cook with us in celebration of Tu B’Shevat on Monday afternoon, January 25, 2021, at 2:30 PM (ET), Tu B’Shevat, is the birthday of the trees, so we will be highlighting plant-based recipes. Paula will be demonstrating three delicious recipes with us.

The author of The Kosher Baker, The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, The Holiday Kosher Baker, The New Passover Menu and coming out very soon, Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook, Paula has a degree in French pastry from Paris. She is also a freelance writer, cookbook editor, and social media influencer and has done cooking classes all around the world. Honored by Jewish Women International as a “Woman to Watch”, Paula competed on Food Network’s Sweet Genius and has appeared on TV over 44 times, including in Israel.

She is a favorite of WLCJ and has presented at several WLCJ International Conventions.

To make this a truly educational program, Rabbi Ellen Wolintz-Fields, WLCJ Executive Director, will teach us about the mitzvot of Tu B’Shevat and Julia Loeb, WLCJ Education Co-chair share her insight on vegetarianism.

 
The cost for this member’s program is $18.
To REGISTER, click HERE.
 
 
Psalms, Pirkei Avot, and Kaddish
 

Monday-Friday 12PM Noon ET; 11AM CT; 9AM PT; 10AM MT

 
 
 
 
 
 

We are excited that four institutions of the Conservative/Masorti Movement — the Rabbinical Assembly, USCJ, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies — have created a joint initiative to offer high quality adult education opportunities to all those interested in participating.

 
ScholarStream is an exciting series that will give individuals and communities the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading scholars and engage deeply with our texts and traditions.
 
For more information on the ScholarStream, please click here to 
 
 
 
 

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