WRJ Voices: Va-eira

This parashah describes G-d appointing Moses and Aaron as the ones to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage to freedom. Moses did not feel he was a good candidate for the position, but Adonai believed in him.

We have the ability to shake off our own chains. To be free to reach our potentials. The Women of Reform Judaism and our sisterhoods helped me be free of my shyness and insecurities through the confidence they had in me. The leaders who came before mentored and inspired me so that by the time I was asked to take on the office of District President I felt secure enough to say yes.

Being involved in WRJ opened up vistas and opportunities plus lifelong friendships. It provided pathways for spiritual growth- I became an adult bat mitzvah in 2010 with my daughter - and I learned how to be pro-active through social action projects - marching for reproductive rights, joining the Million Mom March, and just this past January adding my voice to the Women’s March for human rights.

I have been a member of sisterhood for over fifty years and have a special place in my heart for WRJ and the women who inspired me to take this journey and now I hope to inspire others.


Elaine Saperstein

Elaine was raised in Los Angeles where she resides with her husband Mort, and their two kids and their families. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She managed a dental office for 38 years and now manages an 18-unit apartment building. Elaine is a Past President of the WRJ Pacific District (1998-2000). She has served as a sisterhood president, and as a member of the WRJ board and the WRJ Pacific District board. She also served on the URJ regional board. Elaine is currently a member of Temple Akiba, Culver City, CA.

Published: 1/12/2018

Categories: Voices of WRJ