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Women’s League Convention 2014


July 17-20, 2014
Hanover Marriott
Whippany, New Jersey

Kodesh v’Chol: Balancing the Sacred and the Everyday

For the first time, members of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism will gather for an international convention during the summer and over Shabbat. As in years past, they will enjoy four days of outstanding speakers and leading scholars, inspiring services, valuable workshops, in-depth training and leadership development, region meetings and parties. All this, and an incomparable Shabbat experience with choices for services, study and relaxation.

Experience a true balancing of the sacred and the everyday!

Registration is open! Log on here.

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Vendors register here for one-day Judaica Fair, Thursday, July 17.

Some of the outstanding programs:

  • Balancing the Sacred and the Everyday Keynote, by Rabbi Gordon Tucker (Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, New York, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Honorary Chair of the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel)
  • Women, Israel and Identity plenum featuring Rabbi Diana Villa (lecturer at the Schechter Rabbinical School, where she coordinates the Mishlei program, and she represents Schechter at the International Coalition for Agunah Rights) and Rabbi Debra Cantor (of B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom in Bloomfield, Connecticut who was detained for reading Torah and wearing a tallit at the Kotel)
  • Celebration honoring Evelyn Auerbach, a past president of Women’s League
  • Special Tribute to Rabbi Neil Gillman, one of this generation’s outstanding authorities on Jewish philosophy
  • A Shabbat experience to remember, with moving services and inspirational programs. Special guest Cantor Ronit Wolff Hanan whose unique warmth, unaffected voice, and accessible davening will get you in the mood from the moment Kabbalat Shabbat begins and we move from the everyday to the sacred.
  • Gala Jewels in the Crown presentation honoring our sisterhoods
  • Learning with Rabbi Judith Hauptman (E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at JTS) and Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson (Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles)

Evelyn Auerbach


  • Speedfest: See how much you can learn about making your sisterhood thrive and how Women’s League can help. All that, and a rollicking good time!
  • Innovative workshops for personal fulfillment
  • Keep It Kind: Stop Bullying tikkun olam project
  • Specialized programming for sisterhood presidents
  • Authors corner
  • Installation of officers and board
  • One day Judaica fair (Thursday) with great shopping for Judaica, toys, books, jewelry, and more

Click here for a look at the Convention at a Glance.

Click here for costs and registration information.

Click here to register at the Hanover Marriott.

Click here to register for Creative Judaic Arts workshops at convention.


President: Carol S. Simon (Florida Region)
Vice Presidents: Meryl Balaban (Garden State Region), Marilyn Berkowitz (Pacific Southwest Region), Karen Block (North Atlantic Region), Ellen Kaner Bresnick (Seaboard Region), Barbara Ezring (Southern Region), Reva Gershon Lowy (MetroNorth Region), Debbi Kaner Goldich (MidAtlantic Region), Anne Nicolson (North by Northwest Region), Renee Ravich (Pacific Southwest Region), Illene Rubin (Mid-Atlantic Region), Randy Schwartz (IntraContinental Region), Anna Tractenberg (Mid-Atlantic Region)
Recording Secretary: Molly Chernofsky (BQLI Region)
Financial Secretary: Rusty Zackheim (International NorthEast Region)
Treasurer: Francine Abramoff (Florida Region)


The 2014 Convention Tikkun Olam Project

Bullying effects us all in one way or another. We unfortunately are acquainted with its perniciousness – either experiencing it personally or through family members, or indirectly, through the many unspeakable stories in the news. The scars from childhood bullying endure, often into adulthood, which can affect productivity, relationships and emotional stability.

The focus of bullies knows no bounds: from geographic, ethnic or religious diversity, sexual preference and social and economic disenfranchisement, to personal attributes such as physical disability or body type.

Silence and/or apathy, when individuals are being ridiculed, marginalized or openly persecuted, makes bystanders complicit. Conversely, when we are knowledgeable and proactive and speak out against bullying, we are engaged in tikkun olam.

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is proud that we are devoting the 2014 Convention chesed project to increasing awareness and providing activities to combat bullying. Over the next few months you will be receiving information and suggested activities from a number of anti-bullying organizations that will be highlighted during convention.

Join us at the Sunday morning convention plenary devoted to bullying.  A panel  of experts in the field will discuss their work and offer programmatic suggestions for combating bullying that delegates can bring back to their home communities.

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