An essential element of the mission of Women’s League is to reinforce bonds with Israel and Jews worldwide by nurturing a real sense of ahavat Zion (love of Israel) among its members. To that end, the Israel Affairs department promotes a Six Point Program for Israel:
Women’s League members are asked to sign onto the Jerusalem Program that expresses our unifying and comprehensive support of the Jewish homeland.
Sponsored by Women’s League and the Schechter Institutes, Masorti Women’s Study Day offers classes in Hebrew, Russian, English, and Spanish, and covers subjects including Torah, meditation, Jewish music, and social justice in Israel. Women’s League members are all cordially invited to attend each year. Though the Spring 2019 Days of Study have already occurred, the theme was Women’s Voices Changing the Discourse: Bible to Today, and speakers included Professor Alice Shalvi, Rabbi Amy Levin, and Prof. Bat-Sheva Margalit Stern.
The most recent Masorti Women’s Study Day was held Friday, June 21, 2019, in Jerusalem at the Schechter Institute. Information on the next Study Day will be available here soon – check back for updates!
Watch a video of “Who is Left Outside? Three Rabbis Discuss the Other in Judaism,” a panel discussion hosted by Professor Alice Shalvi, former rector of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, on the “other” within different streams of Judaism. Rabbanit Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld, spiritual leader in Efrat, spoke about Orthodoxy’s approach to singles and families without children. Rabbi Myra Hovav of Ramot Shalom in Beer Sheva spoke about the Reform movement and issues facing Israelis of Ethiopian origin. Schechter Rabbinical Seminary faculty member Rabbi Diana Villa discussed Judaism’s relationship with other monotheistic religions.
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Donate here to Masorti Days of Study, or send checks to Women’s League made out to “Women’s League for Conservative Judaism.” Please indicate the name of the program you are donating to in the memo line of the check (i.e. “Masorti”).
Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, brought about the establishment of the State of Israel, and views a Jewish, Zionist, democratic and secure State of Israel to be the expression of the common responsibility of the Jewish people for its continuity and future.
The foundations of Zionism are:
Women’s League regions are matched up with sister congregations in Israel – see the complete list.
Masorti Women International is a vital outgrowth of Women’s League’s commitment to enhance connections with Conservative/Masorti communities and congregations in Israel. Through Masorti Women International, personal relationships develop creating a true sense of a shared mission.
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. The days of study offer classes in Hebrew, Russian, English, and Spanish. If you plan on being in Israel, you are cordially invited to attend one of the Days of Study.
To watch some of the classes from last year’s Days of Study, please click here.
Women’s League has been committed to MERCAZ-USA and MERCAZ-Canada since their inception. MERCAZ is the Zionist membership organization of the Conservative movement, the voice of Conservative Jewry within the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Zionist Movement, and the Jewish National Fund. It supports religious pluralism in Israel and strengthens the connection between Israel and the Diaspora.
Check out these easy-to-use websites to find congregations and hear the latest news: