Women's League

As you are relaxing and enjoying the summer, we are already planning for an exciting year for Women’s League.

Monthly meetings of Women's League offer diversified programs of interest to a broad spectrum of our membership.  Women's League strives to broaden our members'  knowledge of Judaism and tradition, educate ourselves on current issues affecting us as Jews and bring us closer to one another. A Women's League Shabbat is an annual event. The Women's League maintains a complete Judaica shop whose display cases are always full of new and interesting items of Judaica. A complimentary membership is offered to women during their first year as members of Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael.

Thank you to all of the women who worked so hard during the past year. We added many new meeting activities and had great attendance at our programs. Some highlights included Vodka & Latkes, Paid-up Membership, Progressive Dinner, Jewish Genealogy, Mindfulness, Donor Dinner and our annual Pasta Dinner. We also offered Zumba classes and had a great Rachel Coalition meeting, partnering with our other Springfield synagogues.

There were many successful fundraisers this year, including the Ad Calendar, New Year’s Greetings, Lord & Taylor and the clothing drive. Thanks to Esther Avnet and our many benefactors, we again had a great year supporting Torah Fund. Women’s League has continued in the tradition of supporting many Temple functions, including underwriting the TBAY Passover Seder, supporting the Temple budget, providing funds to retain our Congregational Nursing Program, providing Oneg Shabbat and contributing a substantial donation to the L’Dor VaDor campaign. We also awarded a scholarship to a Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael graduating high school senior, as well awarding a scholarship to an outstanding Jonathan Dayton graduating senior. This year’s TBAY winner is Cory Scherzer. In addition, we are helping some TBAY high school students fund summer programs to Israel through our Youth Scholarship Fund.

We are planning an exciting 2015-2016 program year, building upon the success of our interesting programs and speakers this past year. Don’t forget about Women’s League over the summer. We need everyone’s help with the following:

  1. Buy vouchers for ShopRite, Kings, or Stop & Shop (and start earning donor credit)
  2. Solicit ads for the calendar (and earn lots of donor credit)
  3. Send back the ad blanks with your family’s birthdays, anniversaries, or memorials (and get donor credit for this too!)
  4. Complete your Women’s League membership form when you get it and return it promptly.
  5. Fill out your New Year’s greeting form, which will be in the mail with the membership form.

SAVE THE DATES of Upcoming Meetings:

Board Meetings: October 13

Autumn in the Sukkah:  October 1

Clothing Drive: October 18

Paid-up Membership Dinner: November 18

White Elephant Hanukkah Party:  December 1

If anyone has programming or fundraising ideas or would like to get involved, please call or e-mail either one of us.

Helen Jenys hjenys@comcast.net or 973-467-9739
April Modlinger modlinger@verizon.net or 973-715-3457

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