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Parashah Lech L'cha

Marilyn Morrison
October 14, 2021
Abraham’s journey and our quest to know ourselves are the same. In truth, it’s not a journey we take only in our formative years as teens or young professionals; it’s a journey we take time and time again. We are always on that journey.

Heather's How to: Challah Bake Program Tips

Heather Lorgeree
October 13, 2021
One of the advantages of remote work has been the ability for me to make challah each week for Shabbat. As people started noticing my new hobby, they asked me if I could lead Zoom challah tutorials. Zoom challah baking is a lot of fun and can sometimes be easier than baking challah as a group in person. Here are a few tips for your online challah baking programs:

WRJ Connections Can Make A Difference

October 8, 2021
Tory served as the Cantorial Soloist/Music Director with Congregation Gates of Prayer outside of New Orleans for 30+ years, aiding her congregants as they dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Fast forward, Tory now lives in Chicago but is still connected to her WRJ Southwest District sisters. As Hurricane Ida rolled through, she felt many things, but mostly the instinct to help.

Parashah Noach

Joanne B. Fried
October 8, 2021

Interpreting the words, "Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generations," Rabbi Johanan taught that Noah was considered righteous in his generations, but would not have been considered righteous in other generations.

Parashah B'reishit

Trina Novak
October 1, 2021
Being an orderly person, I am drawn to Genesis, Chapter 1. God eliminates chaos, provides separation to make space and maximize potential and begins the creation process. Each day brings something new, each with its own unique value to sustain life.

My Life as a Progressive Jew

Giddy Lief
October 1, 2021
I was born into a family of charity workers and, from a young age, was encouraged to help out wherever I could. When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always said, “A teacher!”

Join us in Rallying to Defend Reproductive Rights on October 2nd

Lillie Heyman
September 24, 2021
The right to abortion is meaningless if it is not accessible. On September 2, 2021, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold Texas’s anti-abortion legislation, the most restrictive in the country. This new law is a novel strategy to restrict abortion access by banning abortions after six weeks and giving people the power to sue abortion providers. In fact, private citizens are incentivized to sue, as anyone who successfully sues an abortion provider, or anyone suspected of helping someone access an abortion, is entitled to at least $10,000 plus their legal fees. Anti-abortion politicians in other states are eager and ready to follow suit, with Florida legislators already drafting their own bill.

Get Involved in Advocacy

Trish Joseph
Trina Novak
September 24, 2021
Are you interested in Advocacy but uncertain how to proceed? Are you overwhelmed by the number and frequency of advocacy requests? Do you feel like you do not have enough time or can’t afford to be involved? Many women have these concerns. Read about how you can fit advocacy into your life and your sisterhood.

Parashah Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot

Diana Mann
September 24, 2021

Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot recounts the story of the Golden Calf, the destruction of the tablets, and Moses’ interceding on behalf of the Jewish people for reconciliation with God.

The portion makes it clear that Moses is an ordinary human with ordinary faults.