By by Rhoda London, Communications Coordinator, Congregation Ahavath Chesed Jacksonville, FL, 2/18/2021
Tucked away in the back of our Temple building is our busy braille room. Normally, the group meets once a week to make materials that are used locally, regionally, and nationally. What began over 60 years ago to meet the needs of a Temple member has turned into the Temple Sisterhood Braille Group. This group may possibly be the longest-running Or Ami winner* ever - and it's still going strong!
Recently Holly Cleveland, current President, and Lynnette Taylor, Past President, did a Zoom presentation for us about how they managed the program during the pandemic. We also learned more... Read More
By Becky Markowitz, 1/29/2021
I am an out-of-the-box thinker and passionate about the work we do at Women of Reform Judaism. I truly believe that we are stronger together and can do so much more by working together.
One thing that 2020 taught us is how vital personal connections are and how critical it is that WRJ engages with more people. The dictionary defines the word engage as “to occupy, interest, or involve someone’s interest or attention.” The WRJ Speakers Bureau, or the District Speakers Bureau, is the perfect opportunity to engage with others by having a WRJ leader share their knowledge, expertise,... Read More
By Brian Doyle-Du Breuil, 12/11/2020
My name is Brian Doyle-Du Breuil, born Brian Doyle in Scotland in 1956 and ‘hyphenated’ after marriage to Peter Du Breuil earlier this year. I have pursued a modest academic career teaching biblical Hebrew, Hebrew Bible, and Judaism at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium for almost 30 years. After discovering the progressive and very inclusive International Jewish Centre (IJC) in Brussels – now my Jewish home – I became a committed volunteer at many levels. My rabbi at the time – Nathan Alfred – encouraged me to consider rabbinical studies, and I applied to Abraham Geiger... Read More
By Leslie Brier, 12/10/2020
As the religious school co-chair at my synagogue, Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, PA, I listened to a speech by a member of our temple’s sisterhood. At the end of her talk, she mentioned we could join sisterhood for only $36. I decided to write a check to be gracious but with no intention of participating because I was already active at the temple. I couldn’t have imagined when I first got involved in sisterhood that it would lead me to engage at a global level.
Upon joining sisterhood, I got “the phone call.” You know the one, thanking... Read More
By Carol Newman, 12/08/2020
WRJ has been a big part of my life for 36 years. When I became a member of Women of Temple Solel in Bowie, Maryland, I became an active member and took on (sisterhood) leadership positions, including president and treasurer. After I retired, I attended Mid-Atlantic District events, expanded my circle of friends, and became a district board member where I have served as treasurer and now as Marketing and Communications Vice President.
In 2017, I attended the Fried Women’s Conference in Charleston and was asked to apply to the North American Board. A year later, I was installed in... Read More