With so much attention devoted to the URJ Biennial convention in National Harbor, MD it is easy to overlook the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) Assembly taking place concurrently. As the incoming Executive Director for WRJ, this is not my first chance to work with our Movement’s sisterhoods, but it is my first opportunity to participate fully with them at this historic assembly. Over 500 sisterhood representatives from congregations throughout North America are gathered for the WRJ 48th General Assembly, with a full program of meetings, workshops, resolutions and speakers. I have been awed by the vibrancy, energy, enthusiasm and professionalism of this group of women. Frankly, I have been surprised to see the diverse age range of participants. Like many, I shared the presumption that this is still our grandmothers’ sisterhood. In fact, the women at this Assembly, who are the leaders of our sisterhoods and districts, run the gamut from young women to grandmothers with lots of baby boomers in between. And their range of interests and activities is as diverse as any group within the Reform Movement. They strive to create meaningful spiritual and education programs for their sisterhoods even as they work to support their local congregations’ activities, fund youth groups and religious schools and, at the North American level, help fund the Reform Movement through support of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, NFTY, the World Union for Progressive Judaism, and the URJ. I have been especially impressed to learn of the growth of WRJ in Israel, with 25 Israeli sisterhoods recently joining our ranks. These active Israeli Reform women are bringing the best of what the Women of Reform Judaism has to offer to the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism. In conjunction with our sisterhoods in South America, we are truly becoming a global movement. Watch out world, here we come!
December 1, 2023
As we head toward the end of the calendar year, there are many programs to attend, lots of holidays to prepare for, and plenty of important work to contribute to. One facet of the important work that Women of Reform Judaism continues to commit itself to, for we can always do more and better...
November 17, 2023
Five days after the deadly attack by Hamas on Israel, Sisterhood of Congregation Emanu El, Houston hosted a program. I’m not sure Jewish life as we knew it would ever be the same, but it was meaningful for me to come together for a program in our temple.