fredi Bleeker Franks

fredi Bleeker Franks serves as the Chair of RAC-TX. She belongs to Congregation Emanu El in Houston, TX where she volunteers on the congregation’s Social Justice Core Team and is the congregation’s treasurer. She is a long-time board member of the Women of Reform Judaism. In addition to those volunteer activities, fredi is a volunteer/docent at the Holocaust Museum Houston. She lives in Houston with her husband Paul and their pandemic puppy Tillman.

Parashah D'varim

fredi Bleeker Franks
July 16, 2021


Try to imagine Moses as he stands with the Israelites on the other side of the Jordan looking into the Promised Land; the land he will not be allowed to enter.

WRJ Voices: B'midbar

fredi Bleeker Franks
June 7, 2019

B’midbar, or "in the wilderness," is the name of both this week's Torah portion, the opening chapters of the Book of Numbers, and the fourth book of the Hebrew Bible.

First Impressions of Home: Women’s Journey to Israel

fredi Bleeker Franks
May 23, 2017

There were so many details to work out - work budgets, social plans for my husband, flights and hotel for graduations, two weddings to plan for - that I really did not have time to think about my upcoming trip.

Voices of WRJ: Parashat Korach

fredi Bleeker Franks
June 20, 2014

In this week’s parashah, Korach, Moses’s cousin, and his followers lead a rebellion against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. God punishes the rebels by burying them and their families alive. The people blame Moses and Aaron for bringing death to the rebels. Once again, God brings a plague on the people and so the chief of each tribe deposits his staff inside the Tent of Meeting. Aaron’s staff brings forth sprouts, produces blossoms, and bears almonds. The Kohanim and Levites are established and assigned the responsibility of managing the donations to the Sanctuary. This is the third time that I have delved into the story of Korach and this time, I found different meaning about how to handle conflicts and reach a consensus that works for all.