Message from Rita Wertlieb, President
"Uri! Uri! Awake! Greet the New Dawn!"
This is the Women's League theme for 5772 (2011-2012). It meshes beautifully with our commitment to hiddur mitzvah, the enhancement of the observance of our traditions.
Many of us remember how our grandmothers prepared for Shabbat each week and for the holidays each in their own season. We recognize that these observances went through changes in every generation as they passed from our grandmothers, to our mothers, to us, and now to our children and grandchildren. As we transmit them, we celebrate each family's unique customs, but we also add our individual perspectives and creativity. For modern Jewish women this is indeed a "new dawn."
Unlike our mothers and grandmothers who faced challenges running a Jewish household, we modern women must contend with maintaining the delicate balance between work, communal activities and family. It is our hope that visiting the Women's League website regularly, and especially WLCJforYOU that contains material just for members, will be a great help and constant resource for you.
Look for Jewish study and observance opportunities with Divrei Hochmah, The Women's League Hiddur Mitzvah Project, Mitzvah Yomit, guidelines for Rosh Chodesh groups, and extensive materials for Days (or seasons) of Study on the five Megilot, Psalms, the Environment, and more. Seasonal materials will help you celebrate the holidays with unusual insights and resources.
Expand your commitment to Israel and learn more about the Masorti Women's group your region supports; look for our on-line Israel updates and articles.
Enjoy our Creative Jewish Arts
patterns and directions. For book lovers, BookMarks offers author interviews and reading lists, while Orpah's List has study guides for our annual book selections in honor of Jewish Book Month.
Sisterhood leaders will find a complete array of materials for programming, membership, Z'havah (women under 45ish), publicity, and fundraising.
I invite you to join with the multitudes of women throughout North America and Israel who share your interests, values and ideals. I am sure that you will find a treasure trove of material that respects the traditions so central to our Jewish heritage, yet ready for today's on-demand world.