By Debra Goetz and Julia Weinstein, 4/30/2021
Women of Reform Judaism has a long tradition of advocating for social justice, including racial justice. WRJ’s ongoing commitment to fighting prejudice and racism is currently reflected in its partnership with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) on the 2021 Racial Justice Campaign, which formally launched this past Wednesday. The purpose of this campaign is to address systemic racism by demanding policy change on both the state and federal levels.
To do this work effectively, the RAC put together two teams representing a demographically diverse, multi-racial cross... Read More
By Tali Deaner, Jewish Youth Climate Movement Founding Member and Director of Campaigns and Public Policy, 4/22/2021
It is our pleasure to share this meaningful piece written by Tali Deaner, a Founding Member and Director of Campaigns and Public Policy for the Jewish Youth Climate Movement (JYCM). Penelope Kopp, from the JYCM Actions & Advocacy Team, spoke at Fried Women's Conference 2021 about her experience as a youth activist and organizer, and Bella Weksler, JYCM Education Director, participated in Pacific District's Climate Change Panel.
In winter 2020, my friend and I were asked to lead a session and have a booth at a conference called “The Intersection of Climate and... Read More
By By Andrea Kulikovsky, Executive Director, UJR-Amlat, 3/08/2021
I remember going to synagogue with my grandfather as a little girl. He was my hero, my safe harbor, and the synagogue was our space.
He was also the head of the religious committee. At that time, our synagogue was divided into women’s and men’s sections, but I stayed with him and all the men and never felt awkward.
After my grandfather died, I kept attending Shabbat services with a friend. I was part of the tnua (youth movement) and later became one of our temple’s first female members of the religious committee. I was following in my grandfather’s... Read More
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