WRJ Fried Leadership Conference 2018

Program & Schedule

 

*This schedule is subject to change.

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Thursday, March 2

  • 4:00 - 7:00 pm: Optional Pre-conference programs begin - Speaker's Development (PROGRAM FULL*) or Social Media Intensive (PROGRAM FULL*) (++ pre-registration required with extra cost)

Friday, March 3 

  • 8:30 - 11:30 am: Optional Add-On Training Programs (++ pre-registration required with extra cost)    
  • 9:00 am – 5:30 pm: Registration open  
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: WRJ District Presidents Meeting       
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm (SOLD OUT*& 1:00 - 2:00 pm (SOLD OUT*): KKBE Coming Street Cemetery Pre-Conference Tour (++ pre-registration required with extra cost)                                           

Please arrive at the hotel no later than 2:30 p.m. to check-in and pick up your registration materials before the conference officially begins at 3:30 p.m.!

  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm: Workshop Block A
  • 4:40 pm: District Gatherings
  • 5:50 – 6:50 pm: Opening Greetings & Activity
  • 7:00 pm: Dinner
  • 9:00 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Led by Rabbi Esther Lederman, with Music by Debra Winter

Saturday, March 4

  • 7:30 am: Yoga
  • 7:45 – 8:45 am: Torah Study Options Over Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 11:15 am: Shabbat Services Led by Rabbi Esther Lederman, with Music by Debra Winter
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Workshop Block B
  • 12:45 pm: Lunch
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm: Workshop Block C
  • 3:50 pm: Depart on Buses for City Tour of Charleston
  • 5:15 – 6:45 pm: Havdalah & Visit at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
  • 7:00 pm: Return to hotel on buses
  • 7:45 pm: YES Fund Dinner & Dance featuring live music by Nefesh Mountain

Sunday, March 5

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast at your leisure; Drop-In time with WRJ Leadership
  • 9:00 – 10:00 am: Workshop Block D
  • 10:10 – 11:10 am: Workshop Block E
  • 11:20 am: Closing Program
  • 12:30 pm: ADJOURN
  • Optional donor event at Middleton Place (++pre-registration required with additional $250 cost)
     

 

Workshops at FLC

​^ = denotes sisterhood skills session

 

Block A Workshops

Purge Your Inner Wonder Woman 

Jennet Robinson Alterman, Board Chair of the S.C. Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network
Most of us at some time have tried to juggle everything and do it well, and most of us have learned the hard way that that is impossible to do so. During this workshop we will discuss ways to free yourself from the “Wonder Woman Syndrome” and how to enjoy life more. 

^ Fluidity in Finance
Lisa D. Singer, WRJ Treasurer; Cheryl Raskind-Hood, WRJ Southeast 1st Vice President, Immediate Past District Treasurer
Learn the process of preparing your Sisterhood's budget that is in alignment with your Sisterhood's mission statement.  Understand the different parts of the financial statements and what each part means. Learn how to analyze your finances using historical data while simultaneously looking ahead to building a strong future.

Gather Together and Hear: Planning Your Legacy with Ethical Wills

Deborah Radin, WRJ Board Member; Rosanne M. Selfon, Camp Harlam Council Immediate Past Chair, WRJ Past President
We will begin by considering preparation for end-of-life, introducing some of the primary legal and medical documents one may wish to use to express and prioritize preferences and values. The workshop will then focus on ethical wills: How they are different but related to the legal and medical documents, how to write one, sharing prompts to get the creativity flowing, and spending some time putting pen to paper. Attendees will leave with a working document and samples for further drafting and sharing with their own sisterhoods.

^ WRJ Aleph-Tav: Foundations, Mission, and Vision
Trina Novak, WRJ Board Member, First Vice President, WRJ Northeast District; Lucretia Levy, WRJ Board Member, First Vice President, WRJ Mid-Atlantic District
A nuts and bolts workshop exploring general information about WRJ including resources and benefits available to our members. Learn about the who, what, when, where, and why of WRJ, and use this knowledge to educate and inform members of your sisterhood/women’s group and others about the advantages of WRJ membership.

All Aboard!: Action Plans for Engaging All Members
Sharon K. Benoff, Executive Committee, Individual Member Chair; Sharon Zydney, Executive Committee, Or Ami Chair
How do we entice the diversity that reflects the women of our Congregations to become active and engaged members of our Women's Groups?   We will discuss strategies of engagement and benefits for all to embark on the journey of Membership within our Women's Groups.  Actions steps will be brainstormed with consideration of an overall action plan. Don't be left on shore!  

Journeying to Racial Justice: Lessons Learned
Rabbi Stephanie M. Alexander
While the issue of racial justice is one with which our entire country must grapple, in many ways Charleston has become its epicenter in the past two years. In this workshop, Rabbi Stephanie Alexander will reflect upon the involvement she and her congregation have had in working toward racial justice in South Carolina - the challenges, successes and, most importantly, lessons learned - lessons to take home to congregations and communities around the country. 

^ 4 Tricks for Effective and Efficient Meetings
Laurel FisherPresident, WRJ Southwest District; Denise Levine, WRJ Northeast District Immediate Past President
Not sure if you have the skills to run a great meeting? Do your meetings seem out of control? This workshop will give you the tools that you need to run an efficient, effective meeting.  We will pay special attention to time management and controlling discussion as well as focus on bringing Jewish values to the table.  

 

Block B Workshops

^ Tried & True Fundraising 

Sandy Anderson, Northern California Area Rep; Cheryl Barenberg, Southwest District Vice President; Marlene Motola, WRJ Rep for Temple Beth El Sisterhood, Tacoma WA; Kadie Black, WRJ Manager of Development
Women from three different Sisterhoods will share their successful fundraising ideas, including a mah jongg tournament, Deli Day, and Mishloach Manot. There will be time available for audience members to share ideas followed by a Q & A.   

^ Conflict Management - Getting Along in the Sandbox
Liz McOsker, WRJ Secretary; Jerri Mobley, WRJ North America Board, WRJ Central District Yes Fund Co-Chair & Area Director (South), Secretary Women of Temple Shalom; Alison Auerbach, WRJ North America Board, WRJ Central District Interim Senior Area Director & Bulletin Editor 
It's not always easy playing nice in the sandbox. Sometimes the potential for conflict seems to loom in every corner. Help is here! We'll give you the tools you need to avoid common problems so you can build a great sandcastle/Sisterhood. We will show you how to:
1. Identify methods for improving collaboration and fostering good citizenship in your congregation. 
2. Accommodate and incorporate diverse personalities and enhance the volunteer experience.
3. Navigate the processes of one's congregation by identifying key aspects of the culture. 

All Aboard!: Action Plans for Engaging All Members
Sharon K. Benoff, Executive Committee, Individual Member Chair; Sharon Zydney, Executive Committee, Or Ami Chair
How do we entice the diversity that reflects the women of our Congregations to become active and engaged members of our Women's Groups?   We will discuss strategies of engagement and benefits for all to embark on the journey of Membership within our Women's Groups.  Actions steps will be brainstormed with consideration of an overall action plan. Don't be left on shore!  

The Jewish Women’s Archive: Where Past and Present Meet 
Karla Goldman, Sol Drachler Professor of Social Work and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
The Jewish Women’s Archive provides unmatched access to the history and experience of American Jewish women. This workshop will tour some of the collections available on JWA’s pioneering website and open a conversation about how to use these resources to create conversation, gather stories, inspire b’nai mitzvah students, and build dynamic programs and celebrations. JWA has been working for more than twenty years to provide access to stories of resilience, activism, and impact. As we face the challenges that 2017 will bring, the lessons and perspective provided by these stories are more important than ever.

Engaging Youth in Your Congregation
Kathryn Fleisher, NFTY President; Imogene Winkleman, NFTY-NAR Regional Advisor; Debra Winter, Musician in Residence; NFTY SAR Teen Members
How is your congregation effectively engaging its teen members in synagogue life? Are many staying involved after b'nai mitzvah? If this is an area of concern in your congregation, how can you open meaningful lines of communication to engage and empower your teen members as partners? In this workshop, work WITH local teenagers, the current NFTY President, and other youth professionals to troubleshoot and explore best practices for youth engagement in congregational life.

Upgrade Nominating: How A Better Process Can Improve Your Organization
Lynn Magid Lazar, WRJ Immediate Past President; Sherri Feuer, WRJ VP Affiliate Services
Learn how you can energize and motivate your women's group by creating a better and more successful nominating process. It's so much more than appointing a committee!  

The First Hundred Days: Advocacy for the New Era
Rabbi Marla Feldman, WRJ Executive Director; Maya Weinstein, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Eisendrath Legislative Assistant 
The first hundred days of the Trump presidency will set our advocacy agenda for the coming years. Find out what WRJ's high priorities will be and how to become a strategic advocate for our shared values.

 

Block C Workshops

Travel the World without Leaving Home: YOU are Part of the Progressive Jewish World

Lynn Magid Lazar, WRJ Immediate Past President; Jane Taves, WRJ Board member, Co-chair WUPJ North American Advisory Board
Learn about the richness of the Progressive Jewish world beyond North America, and the strong partnership between WRJ and the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Take that knowledge back to your community!  You will leave this workshop with a program you can replicate in your sisterhood or district. As the author Henry Miller said, "One's destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things."

WRJ's Social Justice Advocacy Work From Global to Local: How You Can Make a Difference!
Abigail Fisher, WRJ Executive Committee, Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism; Leslie Brier, WRJ Executive Committee, WRJ United Nations Representative; Rabbi Esther Lederman, Director, Communities of Practice, URJ 
Learn about WRJ’s advocacy efforts: from our role at the UN to our presence in Washington, and how you can act in your state/province or local community.  Together we can fulfill the command to pursue justice from our own backyard to the global stage. For over a century, Women of Reform Judaism has tirelessly advocated for social justice.  From the fight for the vote to today’s hottest issues of reproductive and economic justice, WRJ has been and continues to be a voice for progressive causes and women’s rights.

From Volunteer to VP: Translating Volunteer & Un-paid Work into Jobs That Pay

Susan C. Bass, WRJ 1st Vice-President; Jennet Robinson Alterman, Board Chair of the S.C. Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network
WRJ has dedicated volunteers who have a lot of tools and skills that are useful in the workplace. Do you know how to explain your volunteer experience on your resume? At the end of this workshop, you will have an inventory of your skill set and concrete examples of how to apply them to advance your current career or change direction.

Get NETworking!: Making Social Media Work For Your Sisterhood​
Madi Hoesten, Immediate Past President Southeast District; Becky Markowitz, Immediate Past President Atlantic District
This workshop will share ideas, examples and various ways to utilize social media to market your sisterhood and interact with current and potential members.

Connecting the Dots: Southern Jews, Civil Rights, and Jewish Women’s Organizations in the Fight for Racial Justice
Dr. Karla Goldman, Sol Drachler Professor of Social Work and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan  
Atlanta’s Hebrew Benevolent Congregation (a.k.a. The Temple, featured in “Driving Miss Daisy”) was home to many courageous voices who questioned the South’s segregation and racism. This workshop will explore connections between the congregation’s strongly anti-segregationist rabbi’s outspokenness to its women activists, who had long-served as leaders in Atlanta’s anti-lynching and anti-segregationist groups. We’ll examine their relationship to Jewish women throughout the South who took leadership in anti-segregation efforts. We’ll seek the key to this activism in their participation in Jewish women’s organizations, which connected Southern Jewish women both to national movements and to female activism in their own communities. 

The Sacred Table: Reform Jews, Food, Ritual, Ethics, & Choice  
Rabbi Mary L. Zamore, Executive Director, Women's Rabbinic Network
A discussion based on the award winning anthology, The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic. Navigate through the choices of eating and food production, while creating a rich dialogue about the intersection of Reform Judaism, food and food production. The definition of Kashrut, the historic Jewish approach to eating, is explored, challenged and broadened through the Reform lens in order to integrate values such as ethics, community, and spirituality.  Through the ideology of individual choice, learn to shape your personal Kashrut, mixing ritual and ethics.

Bright Ideas for Intergenerational Programming
Jennifer Daley, First Vice President WRJ Southwest District; Michelle Scheinkopf, First Vice President of WRJ Midwest District; Nicole Villalpando, WRJ Executive Committee Member
Pick up many ideas for programs that meet the needs of different ages of women. We'll help you answer these questions: What are they looking for? What excites them? How can you make one program work for many different type of women? And how can you get them to come?

 

Block D Workshops

What Is Your Heritage and the State of Its Preservation: A Case Study of the Moïse Family of Charleston, South Carolina

Anita Moïse Rosenberg and Barry L. Stiefel
“What is Your Heritage and the State of its Preservation?” is an approach developed for genealogy that uses research to look beyond simple names, dates, and succession of ancestors. For this, participants need to ask profound questions to guide their inquiry, such as “Where (as in a specific spot) did my ancestors come from?” and “What cultural traditions were important for them?” Following this the participant explores “What is the current state of preservation?” of these places and things, and “how do we interpret them?” The case study that will be conducted is the Moïse Family of Charleston, South Carolina. 

Fluidity in Finance
Lisa D. Singer, WRJ Treasurer; Cheryl Raskind-Hood, WRJ Southeast 1st Vice President, Immediate Past District Treasurer
Learn the process of preparing your Sisterhood's budget that is in alignment with your Sisterhood's mission statement.  Understand the different parts of the financial statements and what each part means. Learn how to analyze your finances using historical data while simultaneously looking ahead to building a strong future.

Communities of Practice: How We Innovate and Experiment in Congregations 
Rabbi Esther Lederman, Director of Communities of Practice, URJ; Stephanie Fink, Associate Director, Family Engagement, URJ
The Union for Reform Judaism networks congregational leaders in communities of practice to develop a culture of innovation and experimentation. We will highlight best principles from our work, including some case studies. In addition, we will share how this work is impacting congregations and how we measure success through relationship, impact and meaning.  

Get NETworking!: Making Social Media Work For Your Sisterhood​
Madi Hoesten, Immediate Past President Southeast District; Becky Markowitz, Immediate Past President Atlantic District
This workshop will share ideas, examples and various ways to utilize social media to market your sisterhood and interact with current and potential members.

The First Hundred Days: Advocacy for the New Era
Rabbi Marla Feldman, WRJ Executive Director; Maya Weinstein, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Eisendrath Legislative Assistant 
The first hundred days of the Trump presidency will set our advocacy agenda for the coming years. Find out what WRJ's high priorities will be and how to become a strategic advocate for our shared values.

Let's Talk!: L'Shem Shamayim: Resolving Sisterhood Conflicts by Appreciating Arguments and Learning to Listen
Louise Johanson, Certified Mediator, Prince George's County, MD, WRJ Consultant in Conflict Resolution; Karen Goldberg, WRJ Board member
Conflict happens. It is inevitable whenever you have people with different opinions and expectations, and it would be an unusual synagogue sisterhood without any differences of opinion and personalities. The trouble isn't necessarily with conflicts but with how we deal with them. Often, one problem leads to another. Dealing effectively with confrontations can result in a stronger and more productive sisterhood. This workshop will provide participants with skills and techniques for dealing with conflicts and sorting out disagreements that arise within their sisterhoods. Participants are encouraged to share issues and conflict situations for discussion and brainstorming directed by the presenters.

4 Tricks for Effective and Efficient Meetings
Laurel FisherPresident, WRJ Southwest District; Denise Levine, WRJ Northeast District Immediate Past President
Not sure if you have the skills to run a great meeting? Do your meetings seem out of control? This workshop will give you the tools that you need to run an efficient, effective meeting.  We will pay special attention to time management and controlling discussion as well as focus on bringing Jewish values to the table.  
 

Block E Workshops

Enticing, Enriching and Engaging Programs for WRJ Women

Sara B. Charney, WRJ Vice President; Andrea Cannon, WRJ Board Member; Stephanie Fink, Union for Reform Judaism; Sandi Firsel, WRJ Board Member; Lori Hoch Stiefel, Engagement Officer for Underserved Markets, PJ Library
When was the last time you asked yourself what a meaningful Jewish life would look like to you? Please join us as we experience 3 different engagement opportunities with a WRJ twist. If you love discussion groups and want to recharge your adult Jewish life, the WRJ Lilith Salons and WRJ Chai Mitzvah programs are for you. If you are parents or grandparents of children ages 6 months through 12 years and are looking to build social connections through inter-generational programs, the WRJ PJ Library programs are for you. For a fun and resource-filled hour, come learn from our experts. 

The Future of Feminism & What We Can Learn From Working With Youth
Miriam Chilton, URJ Vice President of Youth; Kathryn Fleisher, NFTY President  
Our youth are leading the way in areas of social action/justice and creating change in the world.  While feminism means different things to different people, come and hear perspective on what it means to a whole new generation of youth and how we can harness their activism to help lead change in our own communities.  Join NFTY President Kathryn Fleisher and URJ Vice President of Youth, Miriam Chilton, to learn more about how youth are working with issues of feminism, leadership and change. 

The Gender Wage Gap Within the Reform Movement

Rabbi Mary L. Zamore, Executive Director, Women's Rabbinic Network
Learn about the Gender Wage Gap within the Reform Movement, as we explore challenges, causes, and solutions. Participants will gain a full understanding of this problem, as well as achievable interventions to bring to home congregations, Jewish institutions and even the secular workplace. This is a problem that we can all help fix!

Working Together - Side by Side: Sisterhood Alternate Leadership Models
Facilitated by: Sandy Adland, WRJ Board Member, Immediate Past President, WRJ Central District  Panelists: Pamela Lear, WRJ Board Member, WRJ SE District Board Member, Immediate Past President, Sisterhood of Temple Beth Am, Pinecrest, FL; Beth Quinn, Co-president of the Women of Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El; Ali Rhodes, Co-President, Temple Shalom Sisterhood, Dallas, TX; Marilyn Shebshaievitz, Co-president of the Women of Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El, Area Director of WRJ Northeast District; Lonna Rae Silverman, Co-President, Temple Shalom Sisterhood, Dallas, TX  
Panel discussion with ideas for alternate leadership models to tackle the challenges we face when there is not a single president for a Sisterhood. Different plans for different size groups will be shared along with interesting and unique innovations in how we might think about coordination in the future for our Sisterhoods.

Ensuring Meaningful, Mindful Values Based Women's Organizations
Lindie Henderson, WRJ Board Member, Pacific District Past President
Conversation about and insight into the intersection of personal and Jewish values with mindfulness and meaningful experiences, opportunities, and connections in our sisterhoods/women's groups. Exploring concepts relating to experiences, creativity, curiosity, roles as Jews and women as we grow and enhance our roles as leaders and participants, as individuals, in our families, and in our communities. This opportunity is open to anyone who wishes to see involvement from a slightly different perspective.

Book Group Discussion: Wherever You Go - Israel in Our Hearts and Minds 
Marla Goldberg, WRJ Executive Committee, Israel Education and Advocacy Committee Chair; Blair Marks, WRJ President
This is a discussion about the book selection:  Wherever You Go by Joan Leegant. We will be talking about issues that arise for the Americans characters while in Israel and entertain such questions as: Why are these important? Could this novel have happened elsewhere? What do we discover about the characters and ourselves? What more is there to learn? Please join us--as we explore together these pertinent considerations facing Israeli life and culture. Sponsored by the WRJ Israel Education and Advocacy Committee.

Upgrade Nominating: How A Better Process Can Improve Your Organization
Lynn Magid Lazar, WRJ Immediate Past President; Sherri Feuer, WRJ VP Affiliate Services
Learn how you can energize and motivate your women's group by creating a better and more successful nominating process. It's so much more than appointing a committee!  ​
 

Torah Study Options

Hands-On Torah Study: Hebrew Scribal Arts – The Art of Hebrew Calligraphy

Pamela S. Feldman-Hill, WRJ Board Member & Professional Artist/Calligrapher
This Torah study will be a hands-on exploration of the Hebrew scribal arts. In addition to learning about the traditional writing of a Torah scroll, participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at Hebrew calligraphy. All materials will be provided.

Modern Midrash Torah Study
Kathryn Fleisher, NFTY President

Torah Study with a Feminist Slant
Miriam Chilton, URJ Vice President – Youth

Traditional Torah Study
Rabbi Esther Lederman, URJ Director of Communities of Practice

Social Justice Torah Study
Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, WRJ Executive Director  

Interactive Discussion Torah Study: "If You Build It, I Will Come”
Addie Schneider, Temple Kol Emeth Sisterhood Vice President, Marietta, GA
In this week's Torah portion, God instructs Moses to have the people "build Me a sanctuary so I may dwell among them." Does that mean that God only exists within the walls of the sanctuary? Let's talk about that - and other interesting aspects of the whole "sanctuary" issue.

Torah Study using Chai Mitzvah: Mindfulness & Conscious Living
Andrea T. Cannon, WRJ Board Member & Chai Mitzvah Facilitator

Torah Study using The Torah: A Women’s Commentary
Rabbi Mary Zamore 

Yoga
Bonnie Friedman
Please bring a towel/mat and dress comfortably

 

Questions? Visit the FLC 2017 FAQs page. If you do not see the answer to your question, email wrjregistrar@wrj.org or call 212-650-4050.
*To join the waitlist, email wrjregistrar@wrj.org