I Grew Up With A Spare Leg In The Closet

Trina Novak
July 26, 2023

You shall not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind… Leviticus 19:14


I grew up with a spare leg in the closet. It belonged to my father, Sidney Novak, who was an amputee army veteran from WWII.

On April 14, 1945, Sidney was...

Parashat D'varim

Judy Wexler
July 21, 2023

Recently, I was bicycling with my husband, and we looked up to see a flock of birds sailing across the sky in formation.

Handmaids Show Up for Israeli Democracy

Shoshana Dweck, VP of Social Justice, Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford Corners, NY
July 18, 2023


That is the word acclaimed author Margaret Atwood chose to describe images of protestors marching as “handmaids.” It is astonishing and inspiring to see the sea of red and white in the middle of the protests. It is astonishing and...

Jan Shaw: A WRJ Leadership Spotlight

Jan Shaw
Gracie Cohen
July 14, 2023

This week, we feature Atlantic District President Jan Shaw in WRJ's Leadership Spotlight.


Watch what Jan advises for future WRJ leaders:


How did you come to be a leader at WRJ?

The beginning of my WRJ sisterhood journey was kind of funny and

Leading as My Authentic Self

Erica Kushner (they/them)
July 14, 2023

As a socialist-Zionist youth movement, Hebrew is sprinkled throughout many of our machanot (camps), seminars, and programs of Habonim Dror North America (HDNA). Hebrew is an incredible connecting point for us to our Judaism and to Israel. Hebrew is also an...

Parashat Matot-Mas’ei

Marsha B. Moller
July 14, 2023
As part of a sisterhood/women’s group, we achieve consensus, agree to accept a decision, and move forward. Maybe the deliberations are difficult. But, these challenging conversations allow for the betterment of the group. We accept the imperfect and agree to amend when needed. These five courageous sisters in this parashah provide an example of women united in sisterhood. It takes courage to state one’s position. It takes compromise to reach a consensus. It takes skill and willpower to keep looking forward.

Parashat Pinchas

Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch (she/her)
July 7, 2023
Perhaps there are wise women in your life — mothers, grandmothers, aunts, relatives, ancestors, or friends — who have guided you in some way, large or small, on your journey. This week, as I begin my new role as Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism, I am grateful to the wise leaders who have come before me in WRJ’s 110-year history.