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Refugees Building New Lives in Israel

Tamar Roig
January 24, 2023

On February 24, 2022, rabbinical student Miriam Klimova and the Reform Jewish community of Israel, together with the rest of the world, were shocked by the outbreak of war between Ukraine and Russia. This wasn’t any war, but a battle that hit close to home for

Fighting for the Rights of Women to be Seen

Orly Erez-Likhovski
December 9, 2022
I have been fighting gender segregation and the exclusion of women for 18 years since I joined the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC). The attempts to treat women differently and prevent them from enjoying equal rights are incomprehensible in a democratic state. WRJ has stood by IRAC in the struggle for a more equal, just, and pluralistic Israel. Together, we will make this vision a reality.

The Leo Baeck Education Center: A WRJ YES Fund Story

October 14, 2022
The children went to typical summer camp activities like movement workshops, clowning, capoeira, ball games, crafts, etc., as well as special events, included a “Joker Day” in the circus, a day of culture through music and food, a day of challenges in Acco Park, a bilingual performance at the Acco Theater, and a movie at Movieland Haifa. Through all of this and more, 99 Arab and Jewish children we able to put down shared roots, create friendships, and build tolerance that will change how Arabs and Jews see and understand one another for generations to come.

From the RAC to Rabbinical School: A WRJ YES Fund Story

Ally Karpel
July 22, 2022
My relationship with WRJ began with a business card. It was June 2018, and the URJ Board of Trustees was convening in Austin, TX, for their annual Board meeting. As a recent graduate and former student leader at the University of Texas Hillel, I was asked to lead Shabbat morning services for the URJ Board before joining Board members for lunch and a discussion on how to best engage college students in the Reform Movement.

Wee Jam for Justice: It's Never too Early to Start

Carla Friend
May 31, 2022
In 2014, I founded Tkiya to create participatory music experiences that meet families where they are - physically, psychologically, and spiritually – and find their unique connection to Jewish culture and community. One thing I’ve always been proud of is Tkiya’s reputation for making Judaism welcoming, accessible, and inclusive. However, it wasn’t until a few years ago that we started to learn how to articulate and incorporate JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) in a more intentional way. This year, we received a grant from WRJ to deepen this work through our Wee Jam for Justice program. The learnings that we’ve had through this experience have had an incredible impact on Tkiya and the communities that we serve in such a short time.

Paying it Forward: A YES Fund Story

Rabbi Igor Zinkov
April 26, 2022
I became a YES Fund scholarship recipient during my studies at Leo Baeck College (LBC) in London from 2014 to 2019. I am deeply appreciative and endlessly grateful for your ongoing support of young rabbis like me. Your partnership goes far beyond providing financial help – your sacred work puts fundamental Jewish principles into action – the principles of community, learning, and mutual responsibility.