December 11 Message

“Giving is a universal opportunity. Regardless of your age, profession, religion, income bracket and background, you have the capacity to create change.” – Laura Arrillage-Andreessen


Shabbat Shalom and Happy Chanukah!

This is the time of the year, that we are inundated with requests for end of the year giving from a variety of charities, all doing good work, all with a goal to raise more than last year and all with a goal to touch you, the donor in some way. Each of these charities talk about what your donation will mean to them.

For the first time, WLCJ participated in #GivingTuesday several weeks ago. Did we have a goal that we hoped would touch your heart and others as well, absolutely! We talked about supporting our sisters in Israel, when they come together to study, in four different languages. We heard from women from all North America…we provided an opportunity to make a difference, to help touch and change the lives of our Masorti women in Israel.

Each of us working together can create opportunities and change…and that is the goal and vision of our annual Torah Fund campaign. Each year we encourage our members to make a donation to help create opportunities for the students whether at Zeigler, JTS, Schechter or the Seminario. And this year is no different, yet what is different is that Torah Fund has a very special project for the next two years. Our “Seeds for the Future” campaign is our opportunity to truly make a difference and create change at both Zeigler and JTS. The change will be different at both institutions but we have the opportunity to create that change with our support.
Ask your sisterhood Torah Fund chair, for details on our two year special project.

Change occurs because we are passionate about the goal. Change occurs because we understand that each of us can have a part in it. We still have a few nights of Chanukah to celebrate…make one of those nights a Torah Fund night…so take the opportunity to create change by making a donation to Torah Fund and/or our “Seeds for the Future” special project.

Wishing each of you a very peaceful and meaningful Shabbat,

Carol S. Simon,
WLCJ International President