WRJ Fried Women’s Conference (FWC) 2021 will occur from Friday, March 12, 2021, at 12:00 pm ET through Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 5:30 pm ET. The panel discussion on the COVID-19 Pandemic will take place on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. A fundraising event with Judaica artist, Gary Rosenthal is scheduled for March 23, 2021. Check the Schedule for more events and information.
Who should attend?
This conference is for current and rising sisterhood leaders, individual WRJ members, WRJ Board members, WRJ Chai Society members and Board alumnae, and any woman aged 18 and older who are interested in sharing this incredible experience (whether you are a member of WRJ or not)!
Why should I attend?
Connect with like-minded Reform Jewish women and get the tools you need to improve your leadership and personal skills and benefit your sisterhood/community. From “nuts and bolts” tools for incoming leaders to advanced skills for experienced members, this conference has something for everyone! And for those interested in personal or professional growth and advanced Jewish topics, FWC features these sessions as well. It is not to be missed!
How can I access the conference? What technology do I need?
After you register, you will be given access to the private Yammer group, where you can connect with other FWC registrants, ask questions, and share resources. Closer to the conference start date, you will be invited to the Whova mobile event app and webpage. You will set up an account to access all of the live, online conference programming taking place. The Whova app allows you to network with attendees, schedule 1:1 and small group virtual meetups, and have online discussions.
To join this virtual conference, you will need a computer, tablet, and/or smartphone to access both Zoom and Whova. Because of the length and nature of conference presentations, we recommend that you use a computer or tablet (not a phone), if possible.
How much does it cost to attend FWC? What does my registration include?
The registration fee is $54. For women ages 18-36, the registration fee is $18. Please email the WRJ Registrar to receive the necessary coupon code before completing your registration.
All registration fees are USD, and non-U.S. attendees must pay in USD or the equivalent amount in their local currency.
Your registration fee includes all FWC 2021 programming plus access to the event on Whova (mobile and web-based app) and the Yammer (online networking) group. In addition, all workshop and session recordings that WRJ has permission to share will be posted online for attendees.
Participation in the WRJ Choir requires pre-registration but does not have an additional cost.
Registration does not include any donation to WRJ or access to the Fundraising Event (which requires a separate sign-up and payment).
How can I register and pay for FWC?
FWC 2021 registration will be available online soon. Registration will open in January 2021 and close on March 9, 2021. All registrations must be completed on an individual basis (no group registrations) on our secure online website and paid for in full by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express) when submitting your registration. Once registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email.
If your sisterhood covers your registration fee, please make the appropriate arrangements to enable you to pay at the time you register.
If you wish to pay by check, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive instructions.
Can I attend part of FWC and pay a lower fee?
WRJ does not offer partial attendance packages or pro-rated registration rates, except for the Saturday night Havdalah and Installation Ceremony. More details below.
Can I bring a guest with me to some or all of FWC?
FWC attendees installed to the WRJ Board of Directors and Executive Committee may invite non-registrants to join them for the Saturday night Havdalah and Installation Ceremony. Donations to WRJ are encouraged for those who sign up to participate. If you’re interested in bringing a guest(s) with you, please contact email@example.com to learn more.
Does WRJ offer any financial assistance?
WRJ does not have any financial assistance available for the 2021 conference option. However, we offer a “Sisterhood Delegation Rebate Incentive Program,” which will provide a rebate on the next WRJ in-person conference registration for sisterhoods that register a certain number of members for the 2021 conference. See the Fees and Registration page for more details.
What happens if I need to change or cancel my registration?
If you register for FWC 2021 and are no longer able to attend, you must email the WRJ Registrar with your cancellation request and include the reason for the cancellation. A full refund of the amount originally paid will be processed; please allow up to six weeks.
Fundraising Event Registration Refunds: all money collected from the fundraising event sign-up will be marked as a donation to WRJ. If you can no longer attend the event, your payment will be kept by WRJ as a donation; no refunds will be processed.
What is the schedule for the weekend? What types of workshops are being offered?
The tentative conference schedule can be viewed here.
Do I have to pre-register for individual workshops?
No. Workshops do not require advance registration. An attendee may choose to attend any workshop on the day of the conference - if space remains in the “Zoom room” (on a first-come, first-served basis).
Are there any special add-on programs available?
FWC 2021 features a fantastic, post-conference fundraising event. More details to come. The Fundraising Event is also open to people who are not attending FWC.
What is the WRJ Choir?
The WRJ Choir provides women an opportunity to sing with FWC attendees during the conference's worship services and share their love of music with us all. The choir sign-up for the 2021 FWC is now closed. Choir members will have one introductory and rehearsal Zoom session on Thursday, January 21 at 8 pm ET that all choir members are strongly encouraged to attend. Please save the date and make all efforts to attend this choir session. The link to join will be sent out a few days beforehand. You will receive more information at this Zoom meeting about how to record and submit your choir songs, which will be due by February 5.
How do resolutions or constitutional amendments get proposed at the Legislative Body Meeting?
Resolutions adopted by the Legislative Body (LB) serve as policy guidelines for programming, advocacy, and action by local sisterhoods and WRJ Districts. Sisterhood presidents will receive a copy of the drafted, proposed Resolutions that will be voted on during the WRJ Legislative Body Meeting (LBM), no later than 60 days before the LBM.
Proposed amendments to the constitution are considered or offered by the Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revisions. As stated in Article 20 of the WRJ Constitution: “All proposed amendments agreed to by the Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revisions, along with explanatory material, shall be submitted to the WRJ Board of Directors for approval. The agreed-upon amendments to the constitution shall be sent to all affiliated sisterhoods and women’s groups, and district presidents no less than thirty days before the WRJ Legislative Body meeting. If adopted by a two-thirds vote of the WRJ Legislative Body delegates, amendments shall become part of the constitution.”
Who is eligible to vote on resolutions and constitutional amendments at the LBM?
Sisterhood presidents will be asked to identify voting delegates and alternates from the sisterhood's WRJ registrants before the LBM. A list of registrants from every sisterhood will be sent to the respective president of the sisterhood about a month before the LBM. Registered groups are entitled to their full complement of votes. Individual members will be notified regarding eligibility to serve as a delegate. Only appointed delegates will be eligible to vote in the LBM. Voting will take place electronically during the 2021 LBM.
If you have questions regarding your sisterhood/women’s group eligibility, please contact WRJ Manager of Engagement, Heather Lorgeree, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will I know how many votes my sisterhood is entitled to?
Voting delegates are determined according to Article 5 of the WRJ Constitution: “Each sisterhood/women’s group shall have delegates and alternates to the WRJ Legislative Body in the following proportion to membership:
1-99 members of the sisterhood: 5 voting delegates
100-149 members: 6 voting delegates
150-199 members: 7 voting delegates
200-299 members: 8 voting delegates
300-399 members: 9 voting delegates
400-599 members: 10 voting delegates
600-799 members: 11 voting delegates
800 members and over: 12 voting delegates plus 1 additional delegate for every 200 additional members.
Alternates in equal number to delegates may be appointed. There is no limit on the number of official visitors without the power of voice or vote at a meeting of the WRJ Legislative Body."
Does FWC 2021 offer accessibility accommodations?
In accordance with WRJ’s Accessibility Policy, we strive to make FWC accessible and meaningful for everyone. If you require any accommodations, please enter them into your online registration and contact Amanda Feldman at email@example.com or 212-650-4054 by February 22, 2021, so that we can support you throughout the conference.
What is the dress code?
The dress code is Zoom-friendly attire. Attendees often wear their WRJ/District pins and on Shabbat, their tallitot/kippot, if it is their custom.
For any unanswered questions about WRJ FWC 2021, please contact WRJ Registrar or call 212-650-4050.