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Torah Fund


The Torah Fund Campaign is the dedicated philanthropy of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, its members and its affiliated sisterhoods in Conservative Congregations across North America.  Torah Fund supports scholarships and programming at these Conservative/Masorti institutions of higher Jewish learning:  Jewish Theological Seminary (New York), Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles), Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem), Seminario Rabinico Latinamericano (Buenos Aires), and Zacharias Frankel Seminary (Potsdam, Germany).

Women’s League and Torah Fund are proud to support the education of the future rabbis, cantors, educators, and scholars who will serve as the gifted leaders and innovators of the Conservative Movement.  Torah Fund has raised over $105 million since its inception as a grass-roots fund raising campaign.  Beth Yeshurun Sisterhood is one of the largest Sisterhood contributors in North America.

Martha Lea Stein Woman of Achievement Award Recipients


Linda Atzil is an active Sisterhood Volunteer and is currently the Beth Yeshurun Day School (BYDS) Controller.
Originally from the Northeast, Linda and her parents, Rosalyn and Donald Saron Z”L, moved to Houston in 1976. Linda graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Accounting. She was drawn to Beth Yeshurun as Rabbi William S. Malev officiated her father’s Bar Mitzvah in New York. Over the years, she has been an active PTO board member of both BYDS and Emery/Weiner. Linda volunteers annually at the Beth Yeshurun Purim carnival, the ERJCC Jewish Book & Arts Festival, and the Jewish Federation. She is a life member of Hadassah and President of the Annie Leff group. She enjoys her time with Sisterhood and participating in their numerous activities, especially Sisterhood Shabbat and the Robyn Shkolnick Sisters in the Hut Sukkot program. Previously, Linda served as Sisterhood’s financial secretary and co-treasurer.  Her children, Aaron, Mauria, and Amanda are all graduates of BYDS and had their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs at Beth Yeshurun.

Sharon Segal is a native Houstonian and grew up at Congregation Emanu El.  Congregation Beth Yeshurun became a significant part of her life when she began dating Michael Segal during high school. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders.  She then received a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Houston.  Sharon enjoyed working mainly with stroke patients in a hospital setting. She is currently retired. Sharon married Mike in 1987, and soon became an active member and volunteer of Congregation Beth Yeshurun and the Sisterhood.  She served on the Sisterhood Board for many years and held various leadership positions; including Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Programming Vice-President, and Torah Fund Event co-chair.   She was also a member of the synagogue Board of Directors. Sharon and Mike have one daughter, Shawn, who married Eedan.  Sharon volunteered at and supported all of Shawn’s schools through the years, including Beth Yeshurun Day School.  She became a BBYO advisor while Shawn was an active member of BBG #63, and remained the #63 advisor for 10 years! Segal is a life member of Hadassah, and held several leadership roles on the local Annie Leff chapter Board.  In addition, she co-chaired the Federation of Greater Houston’s Women’s Jewish Philanthropy Collage Event and currently supports various Jewish and secular organizations. Sharon is extremely blessed by her husband Mike, and children Shawn and Eedan.  She is joyously anticipating the arrival of her first granddaughter this coming February!

Judy Yambra is a life-long member of Beth Yeshurun where she was active on the day school and synagogue boards and was President of the Congregation in 2006 and 2007. She has chaired the Purim Carnival, congregational concerts, picnics and the Renewing the Promise Torah Scribing event that celebrated the synagogue’s 120th anniversary. On any given Tuesday morning she can be found volunteering in the synagogue gift shop, where she has for at least the last 12 years. A major supporter of Hadassah, she is a past President of the Emma Lazarus Group and of the Houston Chapter of Hadassah from 1999-2000. She has also served on the board of Camp Young Judaea in Wimberley Texas. As a volunteer with the Jewish Federation, she co-chaired the Israel@60 Parade as well as one of the Collage women’s luncheons. Still currently actively involved with Seven Acres Senior Care Services, she has co-chaired two galas and two gala auctions, and served as it’s 29th President from 2016 through 2018. Happily retired from the family meat business, Judy and her husband Ronnie and are celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary the end of October and are the proud parents of Amy and Gage Mueller, Steven Yambra, Lauren and Jason Lourie and Lisa Yambra.  Judy’s favorite title is GG to their 5 grandchildren, Layla, Myles, Bryce, Max and Seth.

Tue, January 31 2023 9 Shevat 5783