Baltimore Hebrew sisterhood, with president Sandy Raskin, hosted an enjoyable and informative Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations of Maryland meeting, with Harriet Meier M.D. at the helm of leadership.
Rabbi Jessy Gross, Director Charm City Tribe, committed to a career in our Jewish Community, discussed "We're Not Your Bubbie's Organization - Engaging young adults in their 20's and 30's, in their Jewish journey and community."
These young adults - many professionals, living and/or working in our downtown area - have available for them a friendly, young and "with it" Rabbi Gross, who is spiritually oriented, guiding those with Jewish identity and involvement.
They do not meet in synagogues. They meet in local/area establishments. It could even be in a office, restaurant, bar, etc., wherever it is convenient for them to meet and discuss issues of importance to them. They have great camaraderie! Rabbi Gross feels the value of religion is that it's not relegated to a space or time.
After multiple committee reports including Sheila Derman's informative legislative update; Betty Samuels Seidel, Serv-A chair, reminded every constituent organization/sisterhood, that it is greatly appreciated they contribute $75 yearly to Serv-A to benefit Jewish men and women serving abroad, as well as encouraged individual simcha and memorial contributions. Lynda Weinstein, a past Federation president, now community representative and nominating committee chair, then updated everyone of the new slate of incoming Federation officers this spring, that includes:
Sheila Derman (Hadassah), president; Helene Waranch (Baltimore Hebrew Congregation sisterhood) first vice president; Sheila Mentz (Kappa Guild), vice president; Rochelle Bohrer (Moses Montefiore sisterhood), vice president; Debbie Shpritz (National Council Jewish Women), recording secretary; Linda Roedel (Levindale Auxiliary), corresponding secretary; Rae Shalowitz (Beth El sisterhood) corresponding secretary; Arlene Mazer (Oheb Shalom sisterhood) continues as their very trusted and respected treasurer; Lynne Lichtig (Chizuk Amuno sisterhood), auditor; outgoing very efficient Federation president, Harriet Meier, M.D. will be the organizations community representative.
A very large crowd of leadership women attend the Federation meetings. Baltimore is the largest and most successful and united Federation organizations for Jewish women's organizations/sisterhoods, in our country.
Thank you, Debbie Shpritz (NCJW) meeting fotog.
For more info/updates regarding Federation, Eve Vogelstein, a past dedicated president and the organizations top notch webmaster encourages you to visit their website at
Jennifer Lippens Novak R.N., had the very special honor of receiving the prestigious "DAISY AWARD" for her professional work and leadership in her nursing profession, in the Operating Room at Franklin Square Hospital! Congrats!