Jewish Ladies Aid Society (J.L.A.S.)

What is Jewish Ladies Aid Society?

The Jewish Ladies Aid Society was founded on July 5, 1874. Its primary purpose, then as now, was to support Temple Israel. Its other goals were meeting needs in the larger community of Columbus, Georgia. It provided milk to the schools through its Milk Fund, and furnished glasses and other aid through its Blind Fund. For several years it had a braille class, which learned braille so its members could produce books for the visually impaired.

JLAS was a founding member of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods in 1913. In the 1940′s some members tried to change “Jewish Ladies Aid Society” to “Temple Sisterhood.” The move was defeated, and the group retained its name. (NFTS has become Women of Reform Judaism).

We are a group of women of various ages who support Temple Israel and Reform Judaism.

Our programs, activities and donations benefit our congregation, community and local and national causes. As members of JLAS, we join with Women of Reform Judaism supporting issues affecting women and families around the world. We are one of over 500 sisterhoods and 65,000 women who are members of this National Organization.

We have open, informal meetings, informative programs, luncheons, evening programs and our annual fundraiser, Deli Day.

JLAS offers financial support to Temple Israel and the religious school; provides food for the Yom Kippur Break Fast, various Temple functions, bereavement meals, Congregational Passover Seder; chairs Oneg Shabbats and Shabbat Dinners; provides babysitting for various Temple functions; makes food and money donations to the Wynnton Neighborhood Network and Ft. Benning Onegs, and collects needed items for Hope Harbour.  JLAS also operates the Temple Gift Shop and is staffed by volunteers. Deli Day is our major fund raiser.

JLAS supports the Y.E.S. Fund which is the Youth, Education and Special Projects, part of the Reform Movement. A portion of the JLAS dues applied towards membership in the Women of Reform Judaism organization, the Federation of Temple Sisterhoods on a national and district level. The remainder of the dues goes to operating JLAS.

You determine your own level of participation from financial support through dues and donations to our special funds and leadership opportunities. There are women who join even though they may not have the time to participate, but they believe in what WRJ and JLAS stand for and they want to show their support. There is no requirement for meetings, but joining helps support the Temple and other interests of sisterhood.

Annual dues are $30 and may be sent to Temple Israel, JLAS Treasurer.

For more information, please contact Eloise Hersh, JLAS President, at 706.568.0260.

***We are pleased to inform you that Fran Morton and Regina Block will be serving as JLAS's 1st VP and 2nd VP, respectively, for the coming 2015-16 year.

      Also, Rayna Goodman has, once again, volunteered to chair the JLAS Library Committee. Ronnet Rice will serve, along with Rayna, on that committee.



PRESIDENT…… Eloise Hersh






SECRETARY……Rayna Goodman


TREASURER……Vicki Lieberman



DIRECTORS……Gloria Cohen, Barbara Corman, and Babette Rothschild