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Message from the President

Welcome to Women of Temple Etz Chaim (WOTEC)!

 

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.

 

B’Shalom,

 

Cindy Scherr, President
womenoftec@templeetzchaim.org

 


Our Schedule of Events

Watch Monthly Bulletin, Constant Contact and Weekly Email Blast for further information...

December 15, 2019

Dinner and a Movie at TEC (Ladies Night Out!)

January 14, 2020

Wine & Line Dancing

February 11, 2020

Tu B'Shevat Seder / JNF Information

March 22, 2020

Women of TEC Tea

April 22, 2020

Game Night

June 5-6, 2020

Women of TEC / Men's Club Shabbat

June 2020 (Date TBD)

Woman of Valor Lunch

June 2020 (Date TBD)

Installation & Transitional Board Event


Torah Fund Campaign 2019-2020 (5780)

 

Women of Temple Etz Chaim is excited to announce our 2019-2020 Torah Fund campaign raising funds to ensure our legacy to future generations of Conservative Jews by providing: Rabbis, Cantors, Educators, Administrators, Social Workers, Scholars, Professional and Lay Leaders, Researchers and more. Torah Fund supports higher Jewish learning at:

 

JTS - The Jewish Theological Seminary (New York)

Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles)

Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem)

Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires)

Zacharias Frankel Seminary (Potsdam, Germany)

 

This year’s theme is CHESED which means “kindness” in Hebrew. The word can also be translated as “lovingkindness,” to convey the deep love that animates Jewish acts of kindness, done without thought of reward. The rabbinic tradition enacted many laws to formalize our commitment to kindness, making chesed one of the three central pillars of Jewish life, as Shimon HaTzaddik taught: “The world rests on three things, on Torah, on service of God, and on deeds of kindness” (Pirkei Avot 1:2).

 

The 5780 (2019-2020) Torah Fund pin depicts a heart surrounded by three circles, one larger than the next. This symbolizes the heart of kindness, which Jews enact in ever-widening realms of generosity: from family, to community, to the larger world; from North America, to Israel, to the world; or from sisterhood, to region, to the larger world of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. And as it is said in Psalm 89, may we build a world of kindness. A donation of $180 or more will provide you with the gift of this year’s Torah Fund Chesed pin.

 

Please make a difference in preserving Conservative judaism by supporting Torah Fund, the official philanthropy of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. Torah Fund has raised over $95 Million since its inception and the work to keep educational needs funded is still at the forefront.

 

Of course we encourage and welcome any and all donations of any amount. Please make checks payable to Temple Etz Chaim and write Torah Fund in the memo.

If the donation to Torah Fund is being made in memory of a loved one, please add a note with the check so you can be recognized in the Temple Bulletin. All donations can be sent to the Temple with attention Torah Fund on the envelope or with the envelope and pledge card provided. If you let us know in advance you are coming with a check or pledge card, we will make sure to have a Torah Fund pin waiting for your pick up in the Synagogue office (for donations of $180 or more). Contact us with any questions at 805.844.5624 (Linda) or 818.585.6890 (Esther).

 

B’Shalom and Todah Rabah,

 

Linda Hutchings & Esther Radom Pullan

Co-Chairs, VP, Torah Fund


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

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