WRJ Fried Women's Conference 2020

What to Expect

Join hundreds of Reform Jewish women from throughout North America and around the world, hailing from dozens of different sisterhoods and communities, as we gather in Phoenix, AZ to learn, share, pray, connect, and demonstrate that we are stronger together.

FWC will feature unique workshops and sessions for women of all experience levels to sharpen their skills and expand their horizons. The following are just some examples (see the Program & Schedule page for more):

Workshops to teach crucial, practical leadership skills to rising and current sisterhood leaders in areas such as:

  • Membership growth & retention
  • Programming best-practices
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing & communications
  • How to be a new sisterhood president

Sessions to fine-tune skills for experienced sisterhood, District, and WRJ leaders:

  • Listening campaigns
  • Conflict resolution
  • Leadership development & transition
  • Alternative governance models

Learning opportunities for personal growth and enrichment on topics including:

  • Public speaking training (two-part “intensive”)
  • Reproductive justice
  • Progressive Judaism in Israel
  • Immigration advocacy
  • Storytelling
  • Gender identity
  • Aging successfully and finding “what’s next”
  • Jewish learning and text study

“Workshop presenters were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, made the topics interesting, and I learned something new!”
- Kathleen Doctor, Portland, OR

FWC will provide a chance to hear from and meet with women who lead the Reform Movement. We will be inspired by speakers such as Susan C. Bass, WRJ President; Rabbi Leora Kaye, URJ Director of Program; and Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of the HUC-JIR Jerusalem campus. Learn first-hand from these strong, impressive leaders.

“Hearing from women who are doing such important work was inspiring.”
- Mel Birken, Northridge, CA

FWC will move you when you experience the powerful prayer of hundreds of women worshipping together on Shabbat. Led by musician-in-residence Chava Mirel, our worship will lift you spiritually as you witness the magic of women praying and singing as one in services created just for FWC 2020. Expand your Jewish learning by attending one of several Torah study options on Saturday morning, or join the WRJ Choir!

“Shabbat services were so peaceful and so powerful. This was my first WRJ experience and being with so many women was empowering.”
-
Wendy Rhodes, Highland Park, IL, first-time WRJ event attendee

FWC will afford you the opportunity to reconnect with sisters from your own women’s group and District, while meeting new friends from around the world! Gather together with your District on Friday morning, and then branch out over the weekend. If you are a first-timer at FWC, don’t worry – we’ll match you up with a “buddy” beforehand and you’ll get to experience WRJ’s infamous “audacious hospitality.”

“I was new to this experience and I was welcomed with open arms. I was alone at the beginning of [the conference] and never feel that way again.”
- Anonymous first-time WRJ event attendee

FWC will demonstrate the importance of the YES Fund and bring you back to your camp days! The WRJ YES (Youth, Education, & Special Projects) Fund represents the collective financial efforts of individual donors and WRJ-affiliated sisterhoods to strengthen and ensure the future of Reform Judaism through grants.

“[This conference was] a wonderful [weekend] full of knowledge, wisdom, engagement, respect, joy, and connectivity that only a community of Jewish women can create.”
- Sheila Silver, Santa Ana, CA, first-time WRJ event attendee

FWC will let you have a "taste of Phoenix" while supporting WRJ's important work. Sign up in registration to attend the Thursday afternoon Fundraising Event at the wonderful Heard Museum, a world-renowned location for American Indian art and history. Join us for lunch and a traditional performance by Southwest Native Americans, and then explore the museum's extensive collections. More information on how you can attend and support WRJ is available on the Schedule page.

“I appreciate how being a member of WRJ has helped me to become a better leader and as a woman an active participant in Reform Jewish Life.”
– Michelle Scheinkopf, Glencoe, IL

FWC will give you the tools you need to become an empowered Reform Jewish woman. Learn. Share. Pray. Connect.Grow.Register for FWC today