This month we asked Margie Miller, Women’s League trainer extraordinaire, about how sisterhoods can grow their leadership.
Our sisterhood can’t seem to find a new president or fill other key positions. What can we do?
In my experience, I have found that every sisterhood is different. To help your sisterhood find the leadership it needs, you might consider one of these options:
EXCUSE I don’t have time/ I work/ I have other responsibilities.
EXCUSE BUSTER Validate her situation. Identify the positives. Brainstorm how she could fit this opportunity into her life: conference calls instead of meetings, sending emails after hours.
EXCUSE I don’t have enough experience.
EXCUSE BUSTERS Mentors, advisors and/or partners will guide you. Training is available through the region and Women’s League’s Leadership Institutes (the next one is January 26-28, 2014 in Maitland, Florida, near Orlando) and Distance Workshops. Chairs and officers from other sisterhoods can be consulted.
EXCUSE I can’t afford it.
EXCUSE BUSTER Sisterhoods should budget for presidents and leaders to attend conventions, conferences and training.
EXCUSE I don’t know enough people.
EXCUSE BUSTER This is a great way to meet people and expand your circle.
EXCUSE I don’t have the confidence.
EXCUSE BUSTER Attend the Leadership Institute. It is a great confidence builder.
EXCUSE I am not a good public speaker.
EXCUSE BUSTER Speaking gets easier with practice and you can share responsibilities with others. Build your speaking skills at a Leadership Institute. Ask for a coach from the Women’s League training department.
EXCUSE Sisterhood is not my priority. I am involved in other things.
EXCUSE BUSTER This is an incredible opportunity for growth. Identify all the personal positives (opportunity to make a difference, personal growth, skills acquisition).
Women’s League has several publications available to help you recruit the best leaders and potential leaders for your sisterhood in an orderly and appropriate way. Log onto WLCJforYOU and scroll through the materials under LINKING: Strengthening Sisterhoods.
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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!