Parashat Mishpatim

Shoshana Dweck, VP of Social Justice, Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford Corners, NY
February 17, 2023
The word “mishpatim” means “laws” – a list of 53 laws, to be precise, mostly in the arena of civil law and damages. Coming immediately after the revelation at Sinai, Parashat Mishpatim digs into the details that move us from the high principles in the Ten Commandments to the nuts and bolts of an implementable system of governance with specific rights and obligations.

We All Stood Together

Merle Feld
February 10, 2023

My brother and I were at Sinai

He kept a journal

of what he saw, 

of what he heard,

of what it all meant to him.


I wish I had such a record 

of what happened to me there

It seems like every time I want to write

I can't —


Resources for Repro Shabbat

February 7, 2023
The RAC and WRJ are proud to sponsor NCJW's Repro Shabbat February 17th-18th (Parshah Mishpatim), when the Reform Jewish Movement will join with the wider Jewish community to recommit ourselves to reproductive health and rights.

The Collab: A New Chapter for URJ’s NFTY Leadership

Leora Cohen-Rosenberg
February 6, 2023
The URJ Teen Leadership Collaborative (The Collab) took place at URJ’s Camp OSRUI - created and run by teen leaders to empower and teach other teens the art of community organizing. The weekend program served as the beginning of a new chapter in NFTY and for the whole Reform Youth Movement. This event could not have happened without the generous support of the WRJ YES Fund and its philanthropy.

The Intersection of Climate Change, Gender, and Poverty

Andrea Stillman
February 3, 2023
Jewish teachings, portions of the Torah, and our own Jewish values have reinforced our duty to protect our planet, including those animals that inhabit it, the atmosphere, and the water. An oft-quoted Midrash reads, “Do not destroy My world, for if you do, there will be nobody after you to make it right again” (Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13). This conveys a sense of urgency and importance that if we are derelict in this, we will destroy humankind as we know it for future generations. WRJ works with other organizations to fulfill this duty and has passed 11 resolutions between 1969 and 2011.

Parashat B’shalach

Rosanne M. Selfon
February 2, 2023
Our prophetess Miriam had the right idea! In fact, Song of the Sea is so essential to us that it is written in a special manner in the Torah in two columns, a reminder of the waters of the Reed Sea parting. And when we read or chant those words annually, it is tradition to stand and recall the miraculous traversing to safe if we were crossing ourselves. And we, you and I, surely know that Miriam gathered all the women with their drums and joyfully praised God, singing (thank you, Debbie Friedman, z’l), “We’ve just lived through a miracle…we’re going to dance tonight!” How many times has that music roused you?

Mentoring and Stepping Back

Nicole Villalpando
January 27, 2023
22. That’s the number of years I served on my Sisterhood board. When I started in 2000, I was six weeks pregnant. That baby has now graduated college, and his younger sister graduated high school. A lot happened in the years I served on my Sisterhood board, both in my life and the life of my Sisterhood. By the Fall of 2022, it was time to step back. It was time to get out of the way of other women so they could lead. Could you be holding back future leaders? Are you the one who is afraid that if you don’t step up, no one will take your place?

Parashat Bo

Marilyn Price
January 27, 2023
How many times have all of us convinced someone, or tried to convince them, they have to continue to GO even when they don’t want to - because it is the right thing to do? Finish the course, take the next step, and don’t fall back even if you want to. Chances are this conversation is not with God but comes from the learning, the education that has been planted within us.

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

Parashat Va-eira

HarrietAnn Litwin
January 20, 2023
Belief in one’s own ability to be a leader does not come easily to many of us. I recall, many years ago, the first time my supervisor at work put me in charge of a major project, which called for me to lead my peers and some co-workers who were at higher levels than I was at the time. I questioned whether they would follow me. But, with support and encouragement, I gathered my wits and developed clear directions, goals, and deadlines. My path in WRJ has been similar.