308 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022

Women's League

Welcome to E55 Women’s League, a chapter of the national Women’s League for Conservative Judaism!

Women’s League is about women connecting with women, sharing social and educational events, and making a difference to the many Jewish communities in which we function: our own synagogue, Conservative synagogues throughout the metropolitan area, and the national organization. Our programs and projects are geared to education, religious observance, and Israel. Through our participation in the Torah Fund, we raise funds to support the three Conservative seminaries: the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

We are an active branch within our own synagogue, sponsoring several programs and events throughout the year. Annual highlights include our Sukkot “Supper in the Sukkah," our summer book discussions, and Women’s League Shabbat. We are especially proud of our Purim Sh'lach Manot project (our only fund raiser); last year we delivered more than 200 Sh'lach Manot within Manhattan, and mailed many more to friends and relatives out of town. The money we raise each year enables us to make gifts to the synagogue for the enhancement of our religious and communal life. See our synagogue Bulletins for monthly reports on our activities.

Through our affiliation with the MetroNorth region, we experience the wealth of Jewish life in the NYC area, including book reviews and study sessions with area rabbis, and we share and learn with women throughout the metropolitan area. Our membership in the national organization, WLCJ, further broadens our horizons. This year we were privileged to participate in a concert at the Jewish Theological Seminary, celebrating 25 years of female cantors, as well as Vashti’s Banquet – a unique Purim celebration featuring leading women scholars.  Every two years, the national biennial convention brings together hundreds of women from around the world for a thrilling exchange of ideas, stories, and “best practices.”

The E55 Book Club meets in participants' homes, and is open to interested E55 members. We invite you to join our Women’s League branch as an active participant, a supporter of our functions or simply to stand up and be counted as a Conservative Jewish woman. Contact Sandy Koppell for more information.

Upcoming Events

Synagogue Book Club, February 27th.

The Synagogue Book Group will be meeting Monday, February 27. We will be reading Beauty Queen Of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi. It is a tale of mothers and daughters, and the ties that bind four generations of women. Gabriela's mother Luna is the most beautiful woman in all of Jerusalem, though her famed beauty and charm seem to be reserved for everyone but her daughter. But as Gabriela uncovers shocking secrets, forbidden romances, and the family curse that links the women together, she must face a past and present far more complex than she ever imagined. This is a powerful story of love and forgiveness—and the unexpected and enchanting places we find each.

Shalach Manot Project, March 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th and 9th.

We are now diligently working on the annual Shalach Manot project. We organized a wonderful group who in record time sent out a mailing with our packets of information. Now we are shopping “on line” and by the end of February we will complete the shopping with trips to Costco and Brooklyn. We will need those of you who are in town to help make and deliver our packages. We will need help as follows:

3/1/17:  3:30-5:00 PM and 6:30-9:00 PM
3/2/17: 1:00-3:00 PM and 6:30-9:00 PM
3/3/17: 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Delivering (We need drivers and runners to accompany them and walkers):
3/7, 3/8 and 3/9
Please contact Heris Stenzel, hstenzel@verizon.net or Sandy Koppell, safta18@aol.com, 212-758-7445 if you are available.

The annual Torah Fund event will be a luncheon held on Sunday, April 23 at Sutton Place Synagogue. We are very proud to honor Edith Clamant, who is one of the founding Women’s League members. She has supported us from the beginning, working on and attending almost every event. Last year she did an amazing job as chair of the Supper in the Sukkah. She is also a very important part of our Shalach Manot team. Save the date and join us where she will be honored together with the other recipients from MetroNorth Women’s League.

We have just confirmed the date for Women’s League Shabbat. Save June 10th. We can celebrate the newly renovated bima, which should be completed by the end of May. This is always a special Shabbat where we honor our new members, women receive most of the honors and we host the kiddush.

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