The Women’s Cultural Alliance (WCA) is an affinity group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples. The WCA provides the opportunity to meet others who share similar interests in a wide variety of social programs.

 

Membership in the WCA also makes each woman an official member of the Federation. We always welcome new members and hope you will join us...soon! 

 

If you have questions about WCA, please contact

President Elaine Soffer at 215-820-6697 or wca.information4u@gmail.com

The 2018-2019 Program Guide is here!

 

Click here to view the program guide in PDF format.

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to be directed to Dropbox for WCA pictures from 2016-2017

 

Please click on Download to see the pictures.

There are many WCA groups.

 

Click below to find out more information for each group.

 

WCA Couples

WCA Foodies

WCA North

WCA Single Girlfriends

WCA South

 

 

 

 

WCA Single Girlfriends

  • Dinner at Cafe Milano

  • Brunch at Cypress Woods Country Club Sunday

  • Audrey Olsen at our tour of the art and sculpture at Artis Naples

  • Single Girlfriends at Bricktops for Dine Out

WCA South

A trip to the Botanical Gardens

 

WCA Couples

Couples

 

WCA North

  • WCA North Book Discussion

  • Sharing Shakespeare

  • Sharing Shakespeare

  • Ladies who Brunch

  • Ladies who Brunch

  • Mah Jongg

A Two-Way Affair in Paradise
 
Life is good in Southwest Florida. Although we moved here for the weather, our Florida lifestyle is enhanced by the wonderful women and activities that make up WCA. However, belonging to a group with so many members and events is a two-way affair.
 
Please help yourself maximize your WCA experience and also help WCA maintain its high quality by following these guidelines.
 

 

 

WOMEN'S CULTURAL ALLIANCE

2018-2019

BOARD of DIRECTORS

 

Officers

 

President..... Elaine Soffer
Vice President..... Patti Boochever
Treasurer......Barbara Suden
Secretary...... Sue Dean

 

Directors

 

Communications......Nancy Kahn
Couples Group......Phyllis Strome
Federation Liaison...... Arlene Sobol
Membership...... Hope Abels
Programming......Patti Boochever
Publicity...... Susan Pittelman
Special Events...... Linda Simon
Technology......Maureen Schaab
Volunteers...... Harriet Kleinman
WCA North...... Dina Shein
WCA South...... Lenore Greenstein

 

Advisory Committee

Lea Bendes

Barbara Karp

Mary O’Haver

How to make the most of your Affair with WCA:


Pay your dues promptly.
 

Wear your name tag to all WCA events.
 

We are all volunteers. Please be respectful and treat our volunteers as you would like to be treated.
 

Involve yourself as a volunteer for at least one activity: host an event, be a liaison, help with check-in, take reservations or respond to other volunteer activities as they arise.
 

Share your unique skills and talents like writing, speaking or organizing with WCA.
 

All paid-up members of WCA are eligible to register for all offered programs, activities or events.

 

You must register to attend a program, activity or event. Only WCA members may register, unless the announcement specifically says “guests welcome.” Guests include partners and spouses (even if they are members of another organization) and must be accompanied by a WCA member. This policy is not merely a matter of space concerns but reflects our members’ preferences that events are for the women of WCA.No guests will be permitted if an event is sold out. Keep checking the eblast; sometimes an event opens up to guests after it has been advertised for a period of time.

 

When arriving at an event, you must check-in before taking a seat. Registered members have priority. If an unregistered WCA member wants to attend an event as a walk-in, she may be able to fill an empty seat after all of the registered members have checked in. No guests or spouses will be admitted to an event unless it hasbeen specifically stated that guests are welcome.

 

Please remember to cancel your registration if you find you cannot attend an event.
 

Sign-up information for each offering is either in the Program Guide or will appear in a Thursday eblast closer to the date of the event.
 

It is necessary to RSVP to the liaison for each interest group, program, activity or event you want to attend. Although some programs continue year-round, members must sign up for each
new season.

When registering for a lecture or event, let the response-taker know if you would volunteer to be a greeter or attendance-taker.
 

Last season WCA began using the web event tool Eventbrite to have attendees sign up for selected events. Instructions for Eventbrite are on the eblast sidebar.

Enter the event, date, time and liaison into your calendar when you register for an event.

Be aware that many groups limit the number of participants due to venue size or to enable each member to have a quality experience.
 

No-shows continue to be a problem. Be respectful of your colleagues, activity leaders and presenters. If you cannot attend an event after registering, cancel as soon as possible. Prompt cancellation allows a member on the wait list to attend, and the leaders and presenters to have the requisite number of attendees. If you registered on Eventbrite, you can cancel on Eventbrite. Instructions for Eventbrite are on the eblast sidebar. 

 

Be certain to include your email and phone number (and any other requested information) when registering. The liaison should acknowledge your registration; if you do not hear back, follow-up.

For events requiring payment, please send your check promptly. Remember, your check, not your email, is your reservation.

 

Take care to note the location of a program, activity or event; they meet at different venues.
 

Seating at all social events (except as otherwise noted) should be at random, using a drawing system to encourage meeting new members.
 

Refrain from wearing fragrances to WCA events for the comfort of those with aroma sensitivities or allergies.

 

Sales of tickets are limited to two tickets per member to enable as many members as possible to attend ticketed events.
 

Keep your eyes and ears open for interesting speakers or activities and convey your ideas to a board member.
 

Remember that the membership of WCA is eclectic, allowing for different points of view. Be sensitive if discussing controversial topics at any events and be respectful of others.
 

Use WCA as your springboard to experience and learn.
 

Enjoy the fellowship of the outstanding women who belong to WCA!


 

 

Don’t Miss These Cultural Happenings

Look for registration and further information about these events as well as additional happenings in the Thursday eblast closer to the event.
 
✦ Attend a two-session illustrated, informative and interesting presentation about art looted by the Nazis during World War II and the search for the "spoils of war"
 
✦ Listen to “Sagacious, Seditious, Seductive: The Untold Stories of Our Biblical Matriarchs” – a presentation by our Welcome Back Luncheon Speaker
 
✦ Learn about Peggy Guggenheim’s impact on the art world
 
✦ Tour an eclectic collection of spectacular musical instruments
 
✦ View films about local Jewish icons "The Labodas of Fort Myers" and "Stuart Kaye, A Mensch for All Reasons"
 
✦ Make an Ikebana arrangement to take home
 
✦ Hear “Lessons from Our Miss Americas”
 
✦ Learn about and enjoy performances of the operas "Aida," "Carmen" and "The Deserted Island"
 
✦ Visit the Dali and new James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art
 
✦ Hear about plans for the new Gulfshore Playhouse
 
✦ Visit the Wick Costume Museum and attend a performance of "Funny Girl"
 
✦ Attend performances at Artis—Naples

If it weren’t for WCA . . . 

 

. . . I would not have had the opportunity to continue to further my intellectual curiosity and have had as much fun doing so! I never could have met so many fabulous women. ~ Barbara Karp

 

. . . I would never have met women who were so interesting, stimulating, diverse, and filled with a desire to do and to learn. WCA has enriched my life with art, music, crafts, reading, lectures, and food and fun. True Paradise . . . ~ Gail Nizin

 

. . . I would ask myself, "What will I do today?" rather than "Which book club, lecture, art tour, craft activity, luncheon or day trip should I choose to do today?" ~ Linda Simon

 

. . . our Jewish community would not be as vital and vibrant as it is. Because of WCA, our community engages more than 1,000 women in cultural, educational, social and philanthropic activities from which they benefit AND so does our entire Jewish community! 
~ Jeffrey D. Feld, President/CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

 

. . . I would have to fly back North for every holiday. But now I have a second family here. ~ Marilyn Litz

 

. . . I wouldn't feel so alive and involved. ~ Nancy Kahn

 
 
. . . Naples wouldn't feel like home and life here wouldn't be as exciting.  ~ Sue Dean

 

. . . I wouldn’t have met so many interesting, delightful and caring women; plus I wouldn’t so quickly have found all the wonderful artists and art venues around Naples.  ~ Dee Bittman

 

. . . I would not feel connected to so many women. We share a common bond, common interests, common experiences – the perfect ingredients to make friendships grow. ~ Maureen Schaab

 

. . . my life would not be so full and rewarding! ~ Lea Bendes

 

. . . I would not have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful individuals and to participate in the wide variety of enjoyable and enriching activities. WCA is a blessing. ~ Judy Fant

 

. . . I wouldn't have been on a catamaran, off Captiva, gazing at the night sky with an astronomer telling us about the stars, planets and vast universe. . . ~ Barbara Suden

 

. . . my life would not be as exciting and my perception of Southwest Florida would be very different. My participation in a wide variety of activities has given me the opportunity to make wonderful friends who encourage me to try different programs. ~ Elaine Soffer

 

 

 

. . . I would not have met the tremendous cache of fantastic women who make up WCA. My life is richer for the experience. “My Big Fat Greek Family” has surely grown. We have shared a lot – even a swamp walk! ~ Andrea

 
. . . I might never have had the opportunity to find wonderful new friends and to have the endless exciting and informative experiences that make life in Naples so fabulous and enriching! Kudos to the incredible women who run this organization as well as to Past President Jane Hirsch! ~ Nina Iser

 

. . . and WCA’s very generous support, JFCS of Southwest Florida would not be able to support so many individuals and families with emotional, social and financial needs in our community.
Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, President/CEO, JFCS of Southwest Florida

 

. . . I would have a hole in my intellectual and cultural stimuli and inspirations. ~ Dina Shein

 

. . . Naples would not feel like home. ~ Phyllis Strome