Message from the President

Welcome to Women of Temple Etz Chaim!


We are a group of vibrant and multi-faceted women of all ages and at all stages of life.  We support and enhance our congregation with our connection and commitment to the synagogue, religious school, preschool, and USY programs. We provide programming for women in many areas -- everything from social events to social action, activities that can be cultural or religious, community service-oriented, educational, and entertaining.  We are also connected to Jewish women across the country through our membership in the Pacific Southwest Region of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, and provide support for Conservative seminary students through our participation in WLCJ’s Torah Fund campaign. 

Women of TEC has so much to offer you!  Please consider joining a committee or volunteering in our Judaica Shop, or just attending one of our many programs!  Our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at the Temple, and are open to all WOTEC members.  I, along with all WOTEC Board members, am always available to speak with you and to answer any questions you might have.  Please feel free to contact me any time at womenoftec@templeetzchaim.org.  I look forward to seeing you all at our events and at Temple.




Cindy Scherr, President


Torah Fund Campaign

2019 - 2020 (5779)


Every year the Torah Fund has a theme, and this year it is ATID, which means "Future".  As Women’s League for Conservative Judaism enters its second century, Torah Fund begins its 78th year, and the State of Israel enters its 72nd year. We look forward with joy to our future together.


Please make a difference in preserving Conservative Judaism by supporting Torah Fund, the dedicated philanthropy of the Women's League For Conservative Judaism.  The goal for Women of TEC is to have 100% participation in the 2019-2020 Torah Fund Campaign.  Torah Fund donations go directly to support the education of the future rabbis, cantors, educators, and scholars who will serve as the gifted leaders and innovators of the Conservative Movement.


Torah Fund has raised more than $95 Million since its inception and the work to keep education going is still at the forefront. Individual donors at the Benefactor Level ($180) or higher receive the distinctive Torah Fund ATID pin in recognition of their gift.  Please donate today. All donations are appreciated and no amount is too small!


Thank you to all our members who have already donated and to the members who still want to, please encourage your entire family and children to become involved.  We look forward to achieving our donation goals this year!


Our future depends on you.


Linda Hutchings


(805) 844-5624

Torah Fund Vice-President

Women of TEC Scholarship

WOTEC awards scholarships to students of temple members (Elementary to entering 12th grade). Students participating in the following program, for the FIRST time, may apply for the following scholarships:
• Jewish Overnight Camps (Day Camps Excluded)
• Organized Summer Jewish Student Trips to Israel (i.e., March of the Living, Ramah Israel, USY on Wheels, etc.)

Download a 2019-2020 Application here.

Please submit completed applications to Laura Bailin (lrbailin@aol.com) by March 29, 2020

Keep Students Connected to TEC


Do you have students attending college, graduate school or studying away from home?  Women of TEC would like to help your children stay connected. WOTEC will be sending out cards and care packages, in time for Hanukkah, Purim and the Jewish New Year to let your children know we're thinking of them.


Tribute Cards


Anyone interested in giving a tribute to someone need only contact the Women of TEC member below and a beautiful Tribute Card will be mailed with your message. Notification will be submitted to the TEC Newsletter. It’s that easy! The cost is only $3 per card (postage included) or you may purchase 6 cards for $18. Your tribute will be sent AFTER we receive your donation. A tribute representative will also be available at Board and General Meetings to take your Tribute order.


Please contact Bonnie Rothman at brothman@ix.netcom.com 

Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Wedding Invitations


Looking for Bar/Bar Mitzvah or Wedding invitations, don't forget you can purchase through WOTEC volunteer Ann Ross (805-449-4200). You will receive a 25% discount and help support the Temple and the Women of TEC.

Our Board of Directors


President Cindy Scherr
Youth VP Laura Bailin
Recording and Corresponding Secretary Pam Friedman
Executive VP and Co Torah Fund VP Linda Hutchings
Programs and Education VP Sarah Karamas
Membership VP, Past President and Parliamentarian Elissa Lazarus
Co Torah Fund VP Esther Pullan
Treasurer Jen Sonnenberg Rhim
Financial Secretary Etta Weinstein

Past Presidents


Elissa Lazarus 2014-2018
Phyllis Dankberg 2010-2014
Sheila Chadroff 2006-2010
Wendy Halpert 2004-2008
Karen Roberts 2002-2004
Wendy Margolis 1998-2002
Barbara Ungar 1996-1998
Joan Sandoval 1994-1996
Linda Alpert 1992-1994
May Wexler 1990-1992
Etta Weinstein 1988-1990
Sarah Karamas 1998-1990
Ronae Fink 1986-1998
Linda Zweig 1984-1986
Evie Alpert 1982-1984
Shirley Smith 1980-1982
Ferne Blaugrund 1978-1980
Tziporah Lutzker 1977
Babe Dunaier 1975-1977
Barbara Scherr 1973-1975
Joan Karp 1971-1973
Renee Steele 1970-1971
Susan Schwartz 1968-1970
Barbara Roman/Krupin 1966-1968
Mary Polowchak 1966
Edith Bond 1964-1966
Tula Funk 1962-1964
Libby Giniger 1960-1962

Upcoming Events

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