Convention Day-by-Day

Sunday, July 23

9:30 AMRegistration opens
9:30 AMJudaica/Crafts Fair and Bid ‘n’ Buy open
11:00 AMFJMC Israel Advocacy Workshop – Goals, Perspectives, Strategies, Challenges, Resources, Organizing
12:30 PMSisterhood Presidents Meet & Greet
First Time Delegates Meet & Greet
Meetings for Region Treasurers and Torah Fund Vice Presidents
2:00 PMOPENING PLENUM – Elections, State of the League
The Women’s League Centennial and Tribute to Past Women’s League Presidents
4:00 PMMinchah
Communications One on One  (make an appointment Sunday morning)
6: 00 PMINSTALLATION of the 2017-2020 Officers and Board of Directors
with musical presentation by Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro

Carol Simon, Outgoing President

Margie Miller, Incoming President

Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro

7:30 PMDINNER honoring the Officers & Board of Directors
10:00 PMRegion Parties  

Monday, July 24

7:00 AMTEFILLOT and study with Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson. Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro will be leading Hallel and Musaf.

There also will be an alternative service which will join with the main service for study with Rabbi Artson.

Canadian Caucus
10:00 AMPLENARY: BIG BOLD STEPS – Looking forward to the next 100 years of Women’s League

Melissa Rosen, Sharsheret

Dana Marlow, Support the Girls

Rabbi Abby Sosland, Solomon Schechter High School of Westchester

12:15 PMTORAH FUND LUNCHEON – Ma Tovu:  How Good It Is to Celebrate 75 Years

Special Guests:
Chancellor Arnie Eisen (Jewish Theological Seminary)
Rabbi Bradley Shavit-Artson (Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and Zacharias Frankel College)
Rabbi David Golinkin (Schechter Institute)
Rabbi Ariel Stofenmacher (Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano)


  • Communication-Innovative Marketing Tools
  • Into the Depths: Mikvah in Conservative Communities
  • Creating New Models for Sisterhoods
  • Judaica Shops: Bring Your Shop into the 21st Century
  • Membership Matters: Building a Better Sisterhood
  • Programming-Everything I learned about programming I learned in kindergarten
  • Sisterhood/Synagogue Relations
Sisterhood Presidents: A special 4-part track designed just for presidents
Region Torah Fund Vice Presidents
Region Presidents
Tevye’s Daughters: Snapshots from the History of Jewish Women in America
I: Coming to America: Making Homes, Making Families, Making Lives
Study with Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Pamela Nadell (Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History, Chair Department of History, American University)

  • Communications-Using Social Media
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Creating a Caring Community
    • Part I: Shiva Support
    • Part II: Chevrah Kaddisha
  • Creating a Program for Healing: Healing through Consolation
  • Finances for Sisterhoods
  • Sharsheret: A Community for Comfort and Support
  • Fundraising Sharathon (bring your ideas and find new proven ones)
Sisterhood Presidents: A special 4-part track designed just for presidents
Torah Fund for Sisterhoods
Region Presidents
Tevye’s Daughters: Snapshots from the History of Jewish Women in America
Session II: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Out of Tragedy Comes Social Justice
Study with Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Pamela Nadell
5:15 PMMinchah
Communications One on One  (make an appointment Sunday morning)
Creative Judaic Arts Open Studio
5:45 PMMeet JTS Chancellor Dr. Arnold Eisen,  Ziegler Dean Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, and Rabbi Ariel Stofenmacher (Seminario in Buenos Aires)
6:30 PMDINNER honoring Region Presidents
8:00 PMPLENARY: A CENTURY OF CHANGE From the kitchen to the pulpit, how did Jewish women become their own best advocates?
Tribute to Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner with the presentation of the Mathilde Schechter Award

An intimate conversation with Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner, Dr. Pamela Nadell and Rabbi Cheryl Peretz, moderated by Rabbi Abby Sosland
10:00 PMReunions for region/branch presidents, WLCJNet, PrezNet, Women’s League Reads, Leadership Institute graduates, Sisterhood Presidents Council, Judaica ShopNet

Tuesday,  JULY 25

7:15 AMTEFILLOT and study with Chancellor Arnold Eisen


  • Beyond Guilt  — A Panel Discussion on Caregiving
    Mitzvah (obligations) and Lo Alecha (limits), with Dr. Joanne Crantz, Carolyn Eichberg Ph.D, Leslie Kessler (LCSW-C)
  • Books and Authors Fiction: Pam Jenoff (The Orphan’s Tale)
  • Women’s Spirituality: Building a Practice of Gratitude, Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
  • Handcrafts studio: Project Wired Ribbon Kippah (pre-registration required)
  • Yoga (mats not provided)
Sisterhood Presidents: A special 4-part track designed just for presidents
Tevye’s Daughters: Snapshots from the History of Jewish Women in America
Session III: The Synagogue shall Hear the Call of the Sister
Study with Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Pamela Nadell

  • Books and Authors Non-fiction: Meredith Jacobs (Just Between Us) and Rabbi David Fine (Passionate Centrism: One Rabbi’s Judaism)
  • Everything a Caregiver Should Know: Dr. Joanne Crantz
  • The Mitzvah of Morah: Enabling Our Parents’ Faces to Shine: Caronly Eichberg, Ph.D.
  • A Place Called HOme: Decisions & Transitions for Our Parents and Us: Leslie Kessler
  • Putting your Heart into Mindfulness — Approaching Your Health Holistically: Dr. Barbara Levin
  • Handcrafts studio: Project Mosaic Hamsa (pre-registration required)
  • Sisterhood Presidents: A special 4-part track designed just for presidents
  • Tevye’s Daughters: Snapshots from the History of Jewish Women in America
    Session IV:
    Yentl – From Yeshiva Boy to Syndrome
    Study with Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Pamela Nadell
  • Yoga (mats not provided)
1:45 PMPLENARY: NORTH AMERICAN JEWRY AND ISRAEL: Opinions, Attitudes and Concerns
A panel of female Middle East analysts discuss settlements, the two state solution, Jerusalem, and religious pluralism

Mira Kogen Resnick, House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rebecca Shimoni-Stoil, Historian and journalist

Guest authors
Pam Jenoff:  The Orphan’s Tale
Rabbi David Fine: Passionate Centrism: One Rabbi’s Judaism
Debra Band: Kabbalat Shabbat, The Grand Unification: Illuminations and Commentary
Meredith Jacobs: Just Between Us: Mother & Daughter: A No-Stress, No Rules Journal; and Just Between Us: Grandmother & Granddaughter: A No-Stress, No Rules Journal
Paula Shoyer: The Healthy Jewish Kitchen: Fresh, Contemporary Recipes for Every Occasion (late 2017) and Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts
5:00 PMMinchah
Communications One on One  (make an appointment Sunday morning)
Creative Judaic Arts Open Studio
2017-2020 Consultants Meeting
5:30 PMSIYYUM after completing the year-long study of Eikhah
6:00 PMDINNER honoring the Convention Committee
8:00 PMHISTORY HOP – In celebration of the Women’s League centennial, a romp through 100 years of women’s history. Pick your favorite decade and dress the part!

Midis to Minis: 20th Century Women’s Fashion
Anna Yanofsky, fashion historian and Collections Management Assistant at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
What to wear? What to wear? Join the discussion about a topic near and dear to women’s hearts–their clothes: from short to long, clingy to billowing, flat chests to big shoulders. (Don’t clean out your closets before hearing this talk!)

I Feel Positively Naked Without My Lipstick
Rima Riedel, Creative Expressive Therapist
How do women use cosmetics to fashion their own self image? Theater make-up specialist will demonstrate how a woman’s “look” is influenced by iconic figures — from Clara Bow’s lips, to Marilyn Monroe’s “cat eyes and Diane Keaton’s au naturale appearance.

From Prune to Wasabi Hamentaschen
Paula Shoyer, cookbook author and pastry chef
Calling all cooks, bakers and foodies! This acclaimed pastry chef will discuss how Jewish cooking and eating customs have evolved over the century – refining and recreating beloved recipes of old, and adapting recipes and eating trends from beyond the Jewish kitchen.

Women’s Health Through the Century: The Good, the Bad and the Sometimes Ridiculous
Annette Ramírez de Arellano, Ph.D, health researcher
While women’s health has improved significantly over the past century, there have been mishaps, scandals and serious setbacks. Hear about some of the historical milestones and forces that shaped the current situation, including feminism, technology and policy-making.

Help Is On the Way: Advice Columnists Through the Ages
A New Take on Wine & Whine
Harriet Kantrowitz (North Atlantic Region)
What to do about your trouble-making in-laws? How much should you spend on a gift for a wedding you don’t attend? How do you tell a co-worker that she needs a shower? Problems and advice through the years.

More Than Chick-Flicks: 100 Years of Women’s Film
Lois Silverman, instructor in media studies at SUNY-IT
Watch the changes of society’s view of women and their views of themselves.

Wednesday, July 26

7:15 AMTEFILLOT and study with Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
9:15 AMBreakfast
Together with religious, medical and legal experts and in partnership with Jewish Women International, Sharsheret and Planned Parenthood, develop strategies and actions to protect and preserve long standing women’s health policies.

Bernice Balter, Former Executive Director, Women’s League

Rabbi Cheryl Peretz

Melissa Rosen, Sharsheret

Sasha Bloch, Seaboard USY

Miri Cypers, Americans for Responsible Solutions

Meredith Jacobs, Jewish Women’s International

Alana Kasindorf, Sigma Delta Tau

 12:15-1:15 PM2017-2020 Board of Directors Meeting