Founded in 2009 by WRJ Board member Resa Davids, WRJ-Israel’s initial goal was to ensure there would be a women's track of workshops at the international World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) Convention in Jerusalem that year. At that time, 15 out of the 25 Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) congregations had formal women’s groups and, from those groups, 50 women attended the inaugural meeting. Later that year, at the WRJ 2009 Assembly in Toronto, Canada, each of these 15 Israeli women’s groups was given a gavel and a charter as an official WRJ affiliates.
“Some of our groups are already quite active, while some are still trying to establish themselves. It is very important to state that we are not trying to imitate WRJ Sisterhoods. We are culturally different. Our communities are not mirrors of North American Reform Congregations—we are building an Israeli Movement.”
—WRJ-Israel Founder and WRJ Board member Resa Davids, 2012
Today, WRJ-Israel has grown to include 27 WRJ-affiliated women's groups. Each of these groups has its own goals and runs its own programs in accordance with the WRJ-Israel Mission Statement (in the sidebar). Although WRJ-Israel affiliates differ culturally and structurally from their North American counterparts, they have the support of WRJ in their journey to build an Israeli Movement that promotes the roles of Israeli women in Reform/Progressive Judaism. WRJ-Israel holds an annual national meeting and periodic programs in local communities.
The WRJ-Israel Twinning Program allows WRJ-Israel women’s groups to partner with North American sisterhoods to build a long-term, mutually-beneficial relationship to help both groups grow and thrive.
To become involved in a local WRJ-Israel women’s group or find one while traveling abroad, please search the "Find a Sisterhood" Database (in the sidebar), view the contact list (below), or contact WRJ Programs and Communications Associate Micaela Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.650.4060.
Ohel Sarah of Kehillat Ohel Avraham
Kehillat Shirat HaYam
Kehillat Kol HaNeshama
Kehillat Yedid Nefesh
Kehillat Ma’a lot Tivon
Mevasser et Zion
Kehillat Emet VeShalom
Nashot Noam, of Kehillat Darchei Noam
Kehillat Achvat Yisrael
Kehillat Bavat Ayin
Kehillat Rosh Pina
Kehillat Tzur Hadassah
Kehillat Har Halutz
Mitzpeh Har Halutz