I want to thank the Baltimore Jewish Times for its coverage of our 97th annual convention, which took place on May 2 (“Happy Birthday Maryland Jewish Women,” May 10). Ellen Lightman, recipient of our E.B. Hirsh Lifetime Achievement Award, embodies the mission statement of the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland. We could not have chosen a more deserving person. Special thanks go to our convention co-chairs, Joanne Goldsmith and Sheila Stern.
We are an umbrella group of 28 nonprofit organizations and sisterhoods committed to leadership training, support of the Jewish community and advocacy for issues of major concern. Each of our organizations honored a special woman with the Women of Strength award. As we approach our 100-year anniversary, we must thank the Baltimore Jewish community for its strength. We are the only Jewish women’s federation still in existence, in great part due to our diversity and mutual respect. Women from all religious areas come together to learn from each other and work toward bettering our communities. It is an honor to serve you.
Harriet L. Meier, M.D.
President, Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland