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    Reva Gershen-Lowy, Region President September, 2009 / Tishri 5770 Barbara Schreiber, Editor

    Dear MetroNorth Region Sisterhood Members,

    As the MetroNorth Region of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism begins its second year of existence, I would like to congratulate and thank all of the women who have worked together to help make our inaugural year a success.

    During our inaugural year we began the task of melding two branches consisting of Sisterhoods in Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester and Rockland Counties, the Mid Hudson area and two Sisterhoods in Connecticut into a single group, the MetroNorth Region. We have met with many successes and faced many challenges. The Executive Committee has spent countless hours working on completing the task of merging our two branches and has put together a strong base for the future of our Region. Much still remains to be done, and I hope that your will join in this endeavor. Planning is well underway for this upcoming year. We already held our Board Orientation of July 17 . Duringth

    this meeting we discussed the goals, the future direction of our Region, our responsibilities as members of MetroNorth Region and how the Board can work together to solidify our program and meet our goals for the next two years.

    On Page 3 in this edition of the MetroNorth Express we have enclosed a copy of our calendar of programs for the upcoming year. This year we decided to host programs and events throughout the Region, thus affording all of our members the opportunity to attend and meet others from throughout the Region. We hope that you will refer to the enclosed calendar when planning local Sisterhood events so that they will not conflict with Region events.

    Additionally, we will focus on increasing and strengthening membership in our Sisterhoods, the Region and Women’s League. It would be wonderful if all of our Sisterhoods would take advantage of the various training opportunities that are available though Women’s League. Women’s League has created a strong training services department which affords each Sisterhood the opportunity to receive training throughout the year for their boards and Sisterhood members. This training is invaluable and I strongly urge you to take advantage of it. If you are interested in learning more about these exciting training programs, contact Judi Kenter, Training Services Chair at

    I am looking forward to not only seeing you at our planned events throughout the year, but also to working with each of you and the entire membership of the MetroNorth Region during the next two years of my Presidency.

    B’ Shalom,

    Reva Gershen Lowy President, MetroNorth Region Women’s League for Conservative Judaism



    Listed below are the members of the Executive Committee and each of the Area Directors of the MetroNorth Region with their contact information. Feel free to contact any of these women with

    questions regarding our upcoming events and programs.


    President Dr Reva Gershen Lowy

    Membership V.P. Florence Wolpoff

    Torah Fund V.P. Mary Sanders

    Education V.P. Tamara Spolan

    Area V.P. Lucy Becker

    Comm. Secretary Claire Gondelman

    Financial Secretary Dr Elizabeth Gittman

    Admin. Secretary Vitina Biondo

    Treasurer Arlene Krawitz

    Imm. Past President Ilene Kirschner Madwed

    Imm .Past President Carol Green


    Metropolitan Victoria Friedman

    Westchester Gaye Altman

    Rockland Susan Orlando

    Mid Hudson Lisa King-Smith


  • MetroNorth Region Calendar

    2009 - 2010

    Saturday/Sunday, September 19-20, 2009 - Rosh Hashanah

    Monday, September 28, 2009 - Yom Kippur

    Saturday/Sunday, October 3-4, 2009 - Sukkot

    Saturday, October 10, 2009 - Shemini Atzeret

    Sunday, October, 11, 2009 - Simhat Torah

    Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - Parlor Meeting-Metropolitan Area

    Sunday, October 25, 2009 - Region Education Event Tour of Synagogues in Manhattan, with lunch

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009-Parlor Meeting - Westchester Area Home of Reva Gershen Lowy

    Thursday, November 5, 2009-Metropolitan Area Torah Fund dinner

    Sunday, November 8, 2009 - Region Education Event - Theodore Bikel performance

    Monday, November 9, 2009 - Parlor Meeting-Rockland County Area New City Jewish Center

    Monday, November 16, 2009 -Evening with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Sponsored by the Rockland Area Sisterhoods - New City Jewish Center

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - Parlor Meeting-Mid Hudson Area - to be confirmed

    Tuesday, December 3, 2009-Westchester, Rockland and Mid-Hudson Torah Fund Event Bet Torah, Mt Kisco

    Sunday, January 10, 2010 - Region Education Event Environmental Program - Congregation Sons of Israel - Upper Nyack

    Sunday, February 21, 2010 - Region Education Event Tour of Jewish Heritage Museum, with brunch

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - Region Board Meeting Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Dobbs Ferry, NY

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - Tuesday April, 6, 2010 - Passover

    Sunday, May 2, 2010 - Spring Conference Jewish Theological Seminary

    Please forward this information to all your members.

    Contact people for the events are the following: Education -Tamara Spolan, Edu cation VP,

    Parlor Meetings - Lucy Becker, Area VP, Torah Fund events - Mary Sanders, Torah Fund VP,

    If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me. Reva Gershen-Lowy, President, MetroNorth Region



    The 2009-10 Torah Fund campaign is off and running! Our overall goal for this campaign is to raise $2.5M for the benefit of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and Seminario Rabinico

    Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires.

    Our theme this year is “Le Avdah ul Shamrah – To plant and to preserve” and there will be a focus on the environment. In keeping with this theme, a beautiful new Torah Fund pin has been designed. It is configured

    in the shape of a gold leaf, and the Hebrew letters of the theme are cut into the gold.

    This is the time of year to make your annual pledge to Torah Fund – which can be paid out in any way that you choose before June 30, 2010. Please contact your Sisterhood Torah Fund Chair to make your pledge and

    receive your pin.

    We have 2 regional Torah Fund events scheduled this year: A dinner on Thursday, November 5, 2009 in the Metropolitan Area

    A dinner on Thursday, December 3, 2009 to be held at Bet Torah in Mt Kisco Please save the dates and watch for further details to follow.

    If you have any questions relating to Torah Fund, please contact Mary Sanders, MetroNorth Region Torah Fund VP, at 917-861-0688 or email

    EDUCATION EVENTS for Our 35-Synagogue-Strong

    MetroNorth Region

    Education Quiz:

    You are building a new community place of worship. Would you choose the style of your forebears, the major culture where you are living, or a place you esteem.

    Your family comes from Eastern Europe and suffered from cold, hunger, religious/ethnic persecution and/or assimilation. Which of the above four is true?

    Your children or grandchildren tell you to turn off the lights to save energy. They learned it from school but you learned it in synagogue. Where is this from in the Tanaach?

    You want to know about Jews from earlier communities. Where can you find out?

    Save Sundays, October 25 afternoon, November 8 late afternoon, January 10 , 2010 and February 21st,th th th

    2010, to find out the answers. Sign up asap when you get invitations to MetroNorth Educational Events. Meet your sister Women’s League’rs from 35 synagogues around our Region!!

    Call Tamara Spolan, Education VP, for additional information: 917-596-8599 or email .



    From the Membership Vice-President of MetroNorth Region, Florence Wolpoff

    My name is Florence Wolpoff and I am your vice-president of membership for our MetroNorth Region of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. As your membership vice-president, it is my duty to assist you in developing strategies to keep our members in good standing, to reach out to our past members, and to invite new women to join with us.

    This past spring our nominating committee created the positions of area directors in charge of membership to assist me. I would like to welcome Lita Sabin as the area director of the Metropolitan area and Pam Rosman as the area director of Westchester. Jackie Walzer, past president of the Hudson Valley Branch, was named as our retention chair.

    With these women on my team, we hope to provide hands-on assistance to our Sisterhoods. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: ( .