Women of Emanu-El

Mission Statement

  • To foster and further the highest ideals of Judaisim and Jewish life as expressed by Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun.
  • To promote closer fellowship among WE members.
  • In cooperation with CEEBJ, be a mentor for religious, social and education activities inside and outside of Sisterhood.

For years the CEEBJ Woman of Emanu-El has worked to advocate for social justice; promote spiritual identity; raise funds for Jewish education and youth programs; and support the dreams and ideals of the next generation.

Specifically we help organize programs and provide fun fundraisers like: Mah Jong and Munchies, Little Black Dress event, Shana Tova Card Fundraiser, Rosh Hashanah Honey fundraiser, Special Needs Luncheon, Foreign Exchange Shabbat Service.

WE meets the First Thursday of the month at 7pm. All are welcome to join the meeting.

Questions? Suggestions?? Contact Ruth Treisman by email: [email protected]

What We Do

WE connects with the Congregation by supporting the following activities:

  • Family Programs (YACHAD)
  • Teen Programs
  • Social Action Committee
  • CEEBJ Salinsky Program
  • Caring Committee
  • Mitzvah Meals
  • Adult Chavurah

WE connects with the community by supporting the following programs:

  • Tikkun Ha-Ir (Healing the city)
  • Mazon (A Jewish Response to Hunger)
  • OSRUI (Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute Camp for children of all ages)
  • URJ (Union for Reform Judaism)

2016 – 2017 Officers and Board Members

Executive Committee

  • President: Ruth Treisman
  • Vice President –Programing and Fundraising: Sara Cherney
  • Vice President- Membership: Pam Treisman
  • Treasurer: Jean Lauterbach
  • Secretary: Amy Stone
  • Immediate Past President: Nikki Levin
General Board

  • Leila Silverberg
  • Estelle Felber
  • Yakira LeeVan
  • Florence Fishman
  • Ruth Rosen
  • Cindy Memmel
  • Phyllis Dorf
  • Margie Canham
Honorary WE Members

  • Debra Gorra Barash
  • Rabbi Jessica Barolsky
  • Debbie Carter Berkson
  • Rabbi Toba Schaller
  • Marian Weinberg

Judaica Shoppe

  • Manager/Buyer: Bobby Cohn
  • Co-Treasurer: Harriet Marcus and Judy Lerner
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Nadine Zuckerman
  • General Board: Naomi Arbit

Knitting Circle

Fall has arrived and the WE Knitting Circle has prepared its annual donation of hats to Milwaukee Public Television’s Annual “Mittens & More” Community Service Drive, which are distributed to children and families in the Milwaukee area.

This year we are going international with a donation of hats to the Open Arms for Children orphanage in Komga, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Phyllis Dorf told us that she had accompanied her late husband Shelly when he donated his dental expertise for the children residing there. In December we will be making a donation to Tikkun Ha-Ir for distribution at women’s shelters in the city and to the Grand Avenue Club.

In addition, we are knitting comfort shawls which the clergy distribute to our congregants who are ill. Please consult the monthly calendar in Ha-Kol for dates of Knitting Circle meetings.

For any questions, please feel free to contact Brenda Safer at 414-462-5367 or by email at [email protected].

Beth Wynn College Outreach Program

Please call Toni at the synagogue office, (414)228-7545, as soon as you have the new information on the address of your college student so we can keep in touch with him or her for the High Holy Days, Hanukkah, and Passover. Gift boxes will be mailed to your son/daughter for each of these holidays. We need to update our address list each year as many students move and change their addresses. Thank you for your prompt reply with this information.

Stronger Together

The Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), The Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, is the voice and presence, and arena of action of the women of Reform Judaism in the synagogue, the larger community, nationally, and internationally. WRJ is a federation of independent Sisterhoods, numbering approximately 550 in the United States and Canada, with a cumulative membership of nearly 75,000 women organized into 12 District Federations. Our three key projects are: YES Fund (Youth, Education, and Special Projects), World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), and JBI International (formerly Jewish Braille Institute of America).