It was a beautiful sunny spring day for the Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations of Maryland's lovely 96th annual convention, themed "Justice, Justice Shall you Pursue," at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Pikesville.
A brief reminder: Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations of Maryland is an umbrella group of more than two dozen nonprofit organizations and sisterhoods. Our Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations of Maryland is very successful, and the one and only organization like this in our country!
Two sessions are always offered at this full-day convention. The morning's agenda is always strictly business, with wrap-up of yearly committee reports. An added bonus this year, was our very efficient and active County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who extended greetings and appreciation to everyone for what they have accomplished to benefit our community.
Plus, ultra-interesting Deborah Adler, area director Greater Washington American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), discussed "Pro-Israel Advocacy and Justice for Israel."
Overall, Adler said that the safety and security of Israel depends on us. Israel is our one true friend in this area. Note: Hatred for all Jews is still being taught! Frequently, hundreds of rockets a month are directed at Israel with sole destination to kill Jews, men, women, children.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is the only American organization whose principal mission is to lobby the U.S. government about legislation that strengthens the relationship between the United States and Israel.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization has 10 regional offices focused on bringing its message to legislators throughout the country.
AIPAC is working to promote strategic cooperation between the U.S. and Israel, to develop sound U.S. anti-terrorist policies and to stop rogue nations such as Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.
For more information, contact area director Tara Brown at 410-223- 4190, or firstname.lastname@example.org
During the morning reports, there was special recognition to Sheila Derman, chairwoman resolutions committee, always doing an outstanding job. Also to Betty Seidel, chairwoman Serv-A-Awards.
For community members who do not know, Serv-A is a fund-raising project that enables the Jewish Welfare Board Jewish Chaplains Council, to provide supplies for Jewish soldiers in the U.S. military to observe Jewish holidays throughout the year.
Receiving Sabbath and holiday ceremonials, prayer books, and traditional holiday goodies reminds our troops that they are cared for and appreciated.
There are currently more than 10,000 Jewish men and women serving our country in the U.S. military on active duty at more than 5,000 military installations and VA Medical Centers.
Note: Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrants, birthdays, holidays and any special occasion, you can donate to Serv-A, to benefit our Jewish men and women. For more info, call Betty Seidel, at 410-542-2323, or e-mail email@example.com.
Accolades to Lynda Weinstein, outgoing Federation president, for her outstanding leadership!
The afternoon session was four-fold, including the release of outgoing Federation officers, installation of new officers 2012-2013, presentation of the prestigious E.B. Hirsh Lifetime Achievement award, and the distribution of yearly prestigious Tzedek Awards to one selected member representing every organization that is a member of Federation.
Incoming Federation leadership includes Dr. Harriet Meier, president; Sheila Derman, Sheila Mentz, Hilda Yankelov, vice presidents; Rochelle Bohrer, recording secretary; Rae Shalowitz and Sheila Stern, corresponding secretaries; Arlene Mazer, treasurer; Lynn Lichtig, auditor; Lynda Weinstein, immediate past-president, is now community representative.
The E.B. Hirsh Lifetime Achievement Award is in honor/tribute to the late very respected E.B. Hirsh, role model, mentor, 24th president of Federation of Jewish Women. This fourth E.B. Hirsh award was presented to well-deserving, charming, and eloquent Linda Hurwitz, a dedicated professional volunteer and dedicated community leader for many years.
Recipients of this years Tzedek Awards: Linda Boteach, Adat Chaim Sisterhood; Pearl Greenbaum, Amit, Sarah Ribakow/Tikvah Chapter; Shirley Simon, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood; Marlene Siegel, Beth El Sisterhood; Judi Dickman-Narrows, Beth Israel Sisterhood; Ina Legum, Beth Tfiloh Sisterhood; Lea Fischer, B'nai Jacob/Shaarei Zion Sisterhood; Anita Potemkin, Brandeis Univ. Nat'l Women's Committee; Edna Crystal, Chizuk Amuno Sisterhood; Phyllis Gold, Covenant Guild; Wilma Alpert, Dorothy Friedman Caplan Guild; Sylvia Gamerman, Edith Rosen Strauss Organization; Ruth B. Hurwitz, Hadassah of Greater Baltimore; Suzy Robinson, Har Sinai Sisterhood; Musia Bibliowicz, Jewish Caring Network; Jacqueline Wilen, Jewish Women Interntional; Rusty Heyman, Kappa Guild; Barbara Hyatt, Levindale Auxiliary; Lynn Fram, Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation; Norma Samson, Miriam Lodge, K.S.B.; Toba Falk, Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Sisterhood; Anne London, National Council of Jewish Women; Charlene Jacobson, Ner Tamid Sisterhood; Diane Stoler, Sinai Hospital Auxiliary; Elizabeth Yarsky, Temple Emanuel Sisterhood; Bunny Kravitz, Temple Oheb Shalom Sisterhood; Allison Magat, The Associated Women; Seema Goldbergh, True Sisters, Baltimore No. 35. Mazel Tov all!
Among the Federation members and convention guests were many politicos, plus Izzy Patoka representing our governor, plus the Adler family, Steve Hurwitz and son, Andrew plus Faye and Abe Adler, Dotsey Roth, Beverly Stappler, Paula Scherr, Susan Hackerman, Marlene Resnick, Sheila Stern, Goldie Teeitelbaum, Sandy Raskin, Marlene Greenebaum, Florence Schwartzman, Nadine Goldman, Frida Fraiman, Marilyn Sherr, Sandy Shannon, Fannie Marder, Adele Maier, Stacey Goldenberg, Marcia Levey, Frada Wall, Helene Waranch, Fran Retsky, Betsy Felsenberg, Cathy Litofsky, Ruth Denick, Cantor Ann Sachs.
Plus, listing a few of the many men: Rabbis Andrew Busch, Elan Adler, David Greenspoon, Cantor Robbie Solomon, Bob Meyserson and Jeff Legum.
Carol J. Caplan and Ann Cohen did a great job co-chairing the convention committee that included very efficient Rochelle Bohrer, Eve Vogelstein, Lynne Lichtig, Jane Davis, Sheila Derman. Janice Gold and Arlene Mazer, reservations for the 400 attendees!
Marcia Bornfriend and Alice Trosch did a fab job coordinating the gorgeous colorful room décor in hot pink/raspberry and the beautiful floral centerpieces.
Registrars were Fran Gimbel, Sheila Mentz, Vera Mitnick, and Rae Shalowitz.
Captain Heber Watts was event photog.