Torah Fund

Save the Date!  Saturday, May 19, 2018 is the annual Torah Fund/Sisterhood Shabbat. 

 

The Torah Fund Pin (which can also be worn as a necklace] is now available.  The Torah Fund theme is for 5778 (2017-2018) is Mah tovu, which means “how good!”, is a phrase that originates in the Torah, in Numbers 24:5. Quoted in our prayer book, it forms the basis of the opening prayer that is sung when we enter the synagogue.  The full phrase is Mah tovu ohalecha Yaakov, mishk’notecha Yisrael, “How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel!” It is a spontaneous exclamation of joy and appreciation, said when gazing at the nation of Israel, dwelling in peace and mutual respect.

To inquire about making a pledge to become a benefactor for Torah Fund and receive this beautiful pin, please contact Amy Leibowitz at amyleibowi@aol.com or  Torah Fund Co-Chairs Esther Nathan at fredericknathan@sbcglobal.net  /  Ferne Farkas at frumi@aol.com.



Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is celebrating its 100th year as well as the end of the 75th year of the Torah Fund Campaign.  Did you know that Torah Fund has raised $99,000,000 over the past 75 years to help support rabbinical institutions at a JTS institution?  How amazing is that!?


Need a card to send to someone for their birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, etc.?  Well you don’t need to schlep to the store anymore!  You can purchase Torah Fund cards directly from CAT Sisterhood!   Please contact Amy Leibowitz to purchase your card(s).  All proceeds go directly to Torah Fund.

 

What is Torah Fund? The Torah Fund campaign began in 1942 as a scholarship fund. In 1963, it merged with the Mathilde Schechter Residence Hall campaign that provided housing for undergraduate students. In time, the campaign identified needs and raised funds for specific projects, including:

 

  • Women’s League Educational Pavilion (Kripke Tower)
  • Women’s League Seminary Synagogue
  • Mathilde Schechter Residence Hall Renovations
  • Goldsmith Hall
  • Residence Hall at the American Jewish University
  • JTS Quadrangle
  • JTS Library Bookshelves
  • Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies Garden


For the past several years, funds raised by Torah Fund have gone toward scholarships to all the schools. There are continuing opportunities for sisterhoods and individuals to provide support to all four institutions through Torah Fund. Thousands of dedicated volunteers have contributed to the spiritual, esthetic and material well-being of these educational communities by supporting Torah Fund projects.

Women’s League’s support of the Torah Fund Campaign helps strengthen Conservative/Masorti Judaism throughout the world and enhances the Jewish community by recognizing and appreciating our diverse families. For more information about Women’s League, please visit their website at http://wlcj.org/.


Please contact Torah Fund Co-Chairs Ferne Farkas at frumi@aol.com or Esther Nathan at fredericknathan@sbsglobal.net for additional information about Torah Fund.