My Journey from Altar-Girl to Cantorial Soloist

Kyra Goldman

I was born a Goldman, and always knew I was Jewish on my dad’s side. Although my whole family was spiritual in their own way, the Jewish side of my family didn’t have warm feelings towards religion, and the only thing  passed down to me was the Jewish humor


I Grew Up With A Spare Leg In The Closet

Trina Novak

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 leading

Parashat D'varim

Judy Wexler

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


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.

Jan Shaw: A WRJ Leadership Spotlight

Jan Shaw
Gracie Cohen

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)

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.