We are inspired by the desire to make the world a better place for all, but may have difficulty determining how to proceed. This is true whether it is our first steps on an issue, or the next step in our engagement with it.. There is so much we can do to help those in need, but before we can act, we need to be educated. Thus, the WRJ Education to Action (E2A) Advocacy Committee was formed to help us in our advocacy journey.
Fear of the stranger and the consequences of this fear are a theme of Sh’mot. And we, the Women of Reform Judaism, are still fighting this fear today, advocating for policies promoting: comprehensive immigration reform including a path to legalization for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States, humane treatment for all detained immigrants, including proper medical care and educational and other services for children in detention, and improving the processes for visa renewal and family reunification.
From the inception of NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) has been helping to support Jewish life for teens in the Reform Movement. From local synagogue youth programs to regional and North American NFTY programming, WRJ’s YES Fund has helped NFTY sustain its efforts and continue to grow.
Let’s be honest. We have all told a white lie at one point in our lives—probably many of them over the years. White lies are usually intended to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. Other times, it may be to be sure we aren’t “found out.” And, frankly, I am sure that many of us have actually stopped to think, “Was that ok?” because no one was hurt, and it was done, for the most part, with the best of intentions.
One December day, many years ago, I was approached by a member of my congregation who was extremely agitated and needed to speak with me immediately. “We need to boycott Starbucks!” he asserted. After some gentle probing as to the source of his anger, he explained that when he picked up his daily cup of joe, it was handed to him in their red-with-stars cups for the Christmas season.
Bright and early on the sunny Wednesday morning of December 1st, members of the faith community joined together for a moment of grounding to celebrate our support for abortion access and honor the dignity of those seeking care.
When reading Torah, sometimes when we skip to the end, we find unexpected things that were not part of the “main plot” in that week’s portion. It happened as I was skimming Parashah Vayigash … a familiar story … Joseph and his brothers are reconciled, Joseph and Jacob are reunited, Joseph deals with Egypt’s famine, Joseph settles his family in the best part of the land and provides them with food during the famine, and Joseph enslaves the Egyptian people. WAIT, WHAT??!!
Hi, I’m Michelle Singleton. I am a woman, I’m bi-racial, a Reform Jew, a mother, a wife, and a working professional. It’s a mouthful. And while I belong to all these minority groups, I would not change a thing. I’ve had experiences many others will never enjoy. I’ve had the privilege to walk in the shoes of many.
I chose to write this Voices piece because I felt the date was convenient, little did I pay attention to it as part of Joseph’s story. My son Jesse’s Hebrew name is Josef, and his Bar Mitzvah Torah portion was Vayeishev, part of the Joseph story. Now I am writing a Voices piece about Parashat Mikietz. Coincidence?
We wake every morning and pray, Modeh ani le-fa-necha, with gratitude and joy, thanking G-d for allowing us to open our eyes and embrace this new day. Traditionally, we are to find 100 things a day to recognize and be grateful. During this last year, I began a journal to help me recognize and thank G-d for special people, actions, places, and feelings that fill my soul and for which I am eternally grateful.