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Learning & Traveling with WRJ

Rozan Anderson
Besides traveling with friends and being with our amazing educator, Shari Robins, what makes these tours especially appealing to me are the opportunities to meet with our partner and beneficiary organizations. There’s nothing quite like seeing our YES Fund dollars in action and hearing from those whose lives are impacted by our work. In addition, we often visit sites off the beaten path where many other groups and individuals wouldn’t know to go.

WRJ Leaders Attend RAC's Day Of Action

Earlier this month, Women of Reform Judaism attended the Religious Action Center's Day of Action as part of the Power for Purpose: The Reform Movement's Campaign for Climate Justice. The event began with words of inspiration from Rabbi Jonah Pesner, LaTosha...

Commission on Social Action Meeting Recap

Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab

WOW! I have just attended my first in-person Commission on Social Action (CSA) meeting. I have attended several meetings on Zoom, but it is different in person. There were many expert speakers who came in to talk with the group. The topics were serious but...

Leadership Spotlight: Phyllis Strasberg

As May is Jewish-American Heritage Month, watch what Phyllis has to say about her Jewish-American special customs and traditions. We also interviewed Phyllis about her leadership experience. Find out how she describes her leadership, who she admires, and her advice for future leaders. 

Parashat Naso I

Cantor Sarah Beck-Berman
If we read this passage from the perspective of a society which has conquered inequality, then perhaps we would be justified in dismissing it as entirely irrelevant to us. If we read it, however, from the perspective of a society which still struggles and strives for equality, then what can we learn from this and other places in the Torah which step toward egalitarianism or equality without fully embracing it?

Parashat B'midbar

Deb Radin, Temple Beth Am Los Altos Hills, CA
This parashah reminds us that each of us holds a Tabernacle inside us. Our interoceptive thoughts protect this holy vessel, like the Levites, keeping our most precious feelings safe and available to us when needed. Our exteroceptive thoughts, like the vast tribes of Israel, keep us rooted in our world, striving for a better future. We are not always organized or aware as we toil each day, so reminders to take a census of ourselves and reflect on our strengths, challenges, and opportunities are vital.

WRJ Israel Trip Recap - Part II

Deb Lelchuk, WRJ Board Member

Last week, several WRJ women finished up their tour of Israel on WRJ's “Women Off the Beaten Path” journey. They have been sending photos and stories about their adventures all week, and we have been posting them on social media. Here is a complete recap of...

WRJ Speaks Up for Democracy in Israel

When I signed up to join the Women Off the Beaten Path: WRJ Goes to Israel journey, I knew it would be a meaningful experience. I looked forward to the joy of being in Israel and celebrating her 75th birthday with that special mix of sisterhood, spirituality, and social justice that is Women of Reform Judaism. Then everything changed and changed again. Being in Israel with WRJ at this particular moment in time has taken on a far deeper meaning.