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October 7, 2016  RSS feed
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Reform women to hold regional confab Oct. 27-30 on Clearwater Beach


Lesley Sachs, executive director of Women of the Wall, will be the keynote speaker Lesley Sachs, executive director of Women of the Wall, will be the keynote speaker Women of Reform Judaism’s Southeast District will hear an address from Lesley Sachs, executive director of Women of the Wall, during its biennial convention at the Sheraton Sand Key from Oct. 27-30.

Sachs will speak on the successes and challenges of women having a place and a voice at the Kotel.

Attendees will also install new officers, including Ellen Petracco of Temple B’nai Israel of Clearwater, as president, and several other women from the Tampa Bay area. The Southeast District comprises the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Other topics up for discussion will be challenges facing the Jewish community in the 21st century and advancement of women’s leadership.

The women will celebrate Shabbat with a traditional dinner and services at Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. WRJ President Blair Marks will present a D’var Torah to offer her insight on the week’s Torah portion. Saturday morning will continue with an opportunity to explore women’s spirituality at Shabbat services held at the hotel.

Convention events will also include a beach walk on Friday morning, Oct. 28, to raise funds for the WRJ YES Fund (Youth, Education, and Special Projects), benefiting Reform Jewish institutions and individuals worldwide to enhance Jewish life through financial support of clergy, women’s leadership, advocacy and programming.

On Saturday evening, Oct. 29, the new Southeast District board for 2016-2018 will be installed. Besides Petracco, other officers are: Cheryl Raskind-Hood of Atlanta as first vice president; Harriet Katz of Congregation Beth Am in Tampa and Angela Banker of Alabama, state vice presidents; Judith Mish of Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa, vice president of marketing and communications; Lynne Merriam, also of Schaarai Zedek, vice president of development; Madelyn Davidson of Congregation Beth Am, treasurer; Rebecca Lochenbach of Tallahassee, recording secretary; and Betsy Garfield of Temple B’nai Israel, communications coordinator.


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