The Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations of Maryland hosted a very informative opening meeting at Temple Oheb Shalom, located in Pikesville.
Federation President Harriet Meier M.D. joined Adele Cohan, president of Temple Oheb Shalom sisterhood in welcoming a capacity attendance at the Federation's very first meeting 2012-2013.
Sheila Derman, vice president of the Federation is great with legislation information and issues! Always thorough, she discussed the current political arena without bias and stressed the importance of the upcoming national election!
Karen Engerman, Social Action chair, encouraged membership to do a mitzvah, share and donate at every Federation meeting!
And they did! Last year Social Action distributed food to the homeless through GEDCO, school supplies to the Baltimore City school children, supplies to the residents at Hackerman-Patz House plus winter hats, gloves and scarfs to homeless shelters. Great job Karen and the Federation women!
Eve Vogelstein, a past Federation president and proud new grandmother of a handsome grandson, is Federation's ace webmaster! Eve informed the attendees of the information that is available on the Federation's website. The website is a good resource for everything pertaining to the Federation, and keeps her updated and informed regarding each of the members individual organizations and sisterhoods, as well as their current and projected activities!
Betty Seidel is the SERV-A chair, this organization supports the needs of Jewish men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces scattered throughout the world!
SERV-A, a national program, is administered by the Chaplains Council of the Jewish Welfare Board.
The chaplain's mission is to see that Jewish troops are able to remain fully connected to Jewish life regardless of where they are stationed. Chaplains lead services, conduct Seders, provide kosher food, ritual observance items and most importantly offer comfort to our Jewish personnel. Note: There are 10,000 U.S. Jewish troops serving our country!
Federation does contribute to the Chaplains Council. If any of my readers would like to mail a contribution to benefit our Jewish military, you can mail your contribution to Jewish Chaplains Council, 520 Eighth Ave., New York, N.Y. Zip 10018. For more info, visit their website at http://www.jcca.org/jwb.
Frada Wall, Friends of Federation chair, encouraged membership. It only takes a contribution of $18 a year to be a "Friend of Federation."
Linda Hurwitz, an eloquent speaker, chair of the Associated Department of Community Planning and Allocations, discussed the exciting Jewish Federations of North America's 2012 General Assembly, Sunday, Nov. 11 through Tuesday, Nov. 13th at the Baltimore Convention Center! Participants from all over the world will be visiting Baltimore!
Meetings and workshops will include discussions of key issues facing Jewish communities. Approximately 3,000 delegates are expected in Baltimore!
Members of Federation of Jewish Women of Maryland were encouraged to attend this interesting General Assembly. Volunteers for three-hour shifts, aka community ambassadors, are also needed with bonus perks for their volunteerism.
For more info, call Bonnie Garonzik at 410-369-9210 or visit http://www.associated.org/ga.
Ruth Guggenheim is the top-notch executive director of "Jews for Judaism" literally "Keeping Jews Jewish!" Jews for Judaism is Jews For Judaism, a non-denominational organization that preserves and strengthens Jewish identity and pride through interactive educational programs and community services; at the same time, they work to counter the efforts of individuals and groups that target Jews for conversion.
A 30th anniversary banquet honoring Jews for Judaism volunteers is planned October 21, 2012 at Beth Tfiloh Congregation.
For more info/reservations call 410-602-0276.
All the above listed speakers were interesting! An added bonus this a.m., was guest speaker, Vicki Almond, second district councilwoman, Baltimore County Council, discussing "Inside the County Council."
Almond is doing a great job of taking care of constituent needs. Resolving "Foundry Row" was one of the Councils major decisions!
Local developers, Irwin Greenberg, Brian Gibbons, Len Weinberg and Brian Glaser, were the leaders of this project. This insured that the Solo Cup redevelopment would be lead by people from Pikesville and Owings Mills who sincerely and genuinely care in its success!
With tremendous pressure on Almond and the whole Council, with a 6-1 vote to rezone, the winners will be the residents of Pikesville, Owings Mills and surrounding communities!
Foundry Row will be a 52-acre shopping center with retail and office space, and is expected to open Spring 2015!
Many people are very excited about Wegmans supermarket being available in our community! There are some people concerned about the impending traffic problem. Hopefully, this will be resolved with advance road work improvement traffic plans!
Among the large Federation of Jewish Women attendees at this interesting meeting in addition to above listed speakers Lynda Weinstein, Arlene Mazer, Carol Caplan, Judy Rosenberg, Sheila Mentz, Sonia Maltinsky, Lynne Lichtig, Sheila Stern, Edie Meyers, Rochelle Bohrer, Marcie Udell, Cathy Litofsky, Adele Trowe, Ann Cohen, Fran Selzer, Lois Steinberg, Shirley Goodman, Annafaye Joffe, Ferne Rogow, Toba Falk, Adele Maier, Judy Pachino, Marcia Bornfriend and others too numerable to list due to space limitations.
Special thanks Baltimore Hebrew Sisterhood and Miriam Lodge organization, co-sponsors for the enjoyable bagel breakfast. The flower table centerpieces were beautiful! Also Adele Cohan, Arlene Mazer, Shirley Rollins and Carole Needle welcoming everyone prior to this meeting at Temple Oheb Shalom.