Services to Members
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Women’s League provides a wide array of services and materials to its members. Materials are updated regularly and you are invited to return often for the latest information, or ask to be on our mailing list and receive notification whenever new materials are posted.
Love to Read
For specific information about our extensive books programs, contact Chair Janet Kirschner.
Women’s League Reads – A world-wide conversation about books of interest to today’s Jewish women. To enroll, send us your name, email, and sisterhood, or let us know that you are an Individual Member of Women’s League (not through a sisterhood).
Listen to discussions with these featured authors:
Special bonus: conversations with the chosen authors and scholars.
- Deborah Tannen, author of You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships
- Betsy Lerner, author of The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir
- Inter-generational conversation with Erica Perl, author of When Life Gives You OJ
- Cooking lesson with Mollie Katzen, author of The Moosewood Cookbook
- Lauren Belfer, author of And After the Fire
- Sarit Yishai-Levi, author of The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, click here.
- Joy Ladin, author of Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders
- Phyllis Chesler, author of An American Bride in Kabul
- Gina Nahai, author of The Luminous Heart of Jonah S
- Interactive, inter-generational program for Sydney Taylor’s All of a Kind Family
Orpah’s List – A selection of works of fiction of interest to Jewish women with study guides.
BookMarks – A semi-annual publication listing new books of interest, interviews with authors, and more.
The Book Corner – A growing list of new titles for your reading pleasure.
- Creative Judaic Arts – Members of Women’s League have been designing beautiful crafts projects that fulfill the mitzvah of hiddur mitzvah (enhancing the observance of mitzvot) for many years. Suggestions and directions for hundreds of projects are available here.
- The Hiddur Mitzvah Project is a compilation of fresh approaches to enhancing the observance of the mitzvot, organized around the Jewish calendar and life cycle.
- Seasonal Materials to enhance your personal and family celebrations
Take Care of Yourself
- Nat’ah Karem – She plants a vineyard recasts the biblical models found in Eishet Chayil (from the last book of Proverbs) to women whose work is beneficial, not just to those immediately in their orbits but to future generations, as well. The planting of vineyards is about the present and the future; it suggests present day productivity as well as ongoing legacies.
- Mishpachah: The Modern Jewish Family explores the diverse character of Jewish families and encourages our communities to be welcoming, inclusive and open-hearted. Whether it is two parents with children, couples with no children, same-sex unions, singles, joined families, a Jewish family is a Jewish family and should be embraced as such.
- The Wellness and Learning initiative was born from understanding the need to bring together one’s physical, emotional and spiritual selves. The program encourages women to strive for personal wellness and growth in their Judaism through individual study and group support.
Join the Online Conversations
- WLCJNet: The Sisterhood Without Walls Need advice for stimulating programs? Run out of fundraising ideas? Looking for a sisterhood connection while on vacation? Want suggestions for growing your membership? Answers to all of these and more can be yours by joining WLCJNet, Women’s League’s email discussion group. It’s an online meeting, open every day except Shabbat and Jewish holidays, where we share ideas, exchange opinions, and discuss “out of the box” innovations. To sign up, email WLCJNet moderators Martha Katz-Hyman or Lois Silverman with your name, e-mail address, sisterhood’s name and region. We’ll add you to the list, and you can join the conversation!
- PrezNet is open to sisterhood presidents only. You can ask questions, voice opinions or frustrations and get helpful suggestions from other presidents who have grappled with the same issues. It is an excellent tool for new presidents and a valuable contribution from those with more experience. To sign up, email Moderator Karen Block. Join us and let your voice be heard.
- Kolot BiK’dushah We are justifiably proud of the accomplishments women have achieved in our synagogues over the past 25 years. We are also very proud that our membership has grown exponentially in Jewish learning and ritual skills. The society of Kolot biK’dushah is our way of recognizing members who have acquired skills as either baalot tefillah (prayer leaders) or baalot kri’ah (Torah readers).
- Attend an inspiring Leadership Institute that will expand your skills as a leader and enhance your knowledge as a Jewish woman while strengthening your connection to Women’s League, your sisterhood, your community, and Klal Yisrael. Network with other women. Enhance your personal style of communication. Challenge yourself by studying with prominent scholars. The next Leadership Institute is scheduled for October 29-30 at the Merrick Jewish Center, Merrick, New York.
- Women’s League Institutes are offered in several regions across the country, offering university-level courses taught by faculty and students of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Ziegler School and Schechter Institute.
Add Your Voice
Women’s League has a long tradition of involvement in the issues of the day. It encourages women to merge their Jewish values, practices and lifestyle with the larger world. Members advocate, organize and educate about Israel, about world affairs impacting both Jew and non-Jew alike, and about government policies that affect us locally and worldwide. On the Women’s League agenda, as well, is a commitment to helping those without a voice or representation on the world stage.
Masorti women throughout Israel participate in four Women’s League Days of Study, which are sponsored by both Women’s League and the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, with classes in Hebrew, Russian, English, and Spanish. If you plan on being in Israel in February or June, you are cordially invited to attend one of the Days of Study.