In addition to our Wednesday evening Schmooze fests, sisterhoods throughout the district planned activities that are fun and educational. Sisterhood members participated in a Trivia Night and a "Let's Do Lunch" cooking event.
Future events include a presentation by author Tobey Devens on July 1 at 7 P.M. and our Mid-Atlantic District Book Club, "Sisters, Wine, and Words" on Wednesday, August 5 at 7 PM. The first book: All Adults Here by Emma Straub.
Check our district Yammer Group and the Online Programming Group for more details.
WRJ Districts were established in 1925 in order to serve as liaisons between the local sisterhoods and the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS, now WRJ). Initially called “State Federations,” these groups represented sisterhoods located in geographic regions of one to four states, each with a designated number. By 1926, there were 25 Districts that covered sisterhoods in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and Eastern Canada. Sisterhoods were not yet located in Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, or Vermont, and Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states. In 1948, NFTS held its first meeting for these regional groups.
Over time, State Federations expanded, divided, and consolidated to accommodate the growth of WRJ. The new millennium brought an initiative to consolidate and rename the State Federations, replacing the numbered system with geographic designations. Today, eight WRJ Districts group WRJ's affiliated sisterhood throughout North America, each named for the region they represent: Atlantic, Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Pacific, Southeast, and Southwest.
Did your sisterhood have an outstanding program that you want everyone to know about? Has your sisterhood been involved in a social action program that you feel deserves recognition? Do you have women who have stepped up to serve year after year? Do you have women who are rising leaders?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to nominate your sisterhood and its members for recognition of programming and individual achievements. Awards will be announced in conjunction with the District Convention.
Below is a list and descriptions of the awards and recognitions along with a link to nomination forms. All nominations are due October 1st, 2020.
Richard Sternberger Award – This award is presented to a sisterhood who has facilitated a unique or highly effective program or project in the field of social justice (hunger, homelessness, etc.) between July 1st, 2018 – June 30th, 2020.
Programming Award – This award recognizes a sisterhood for an innovative, energizing, and original program that has occurred between July 1st, 2018 – June 30th, 2020.
Presidential Award for Programming -- This award is given by the District President for programming based around a theme. This year’s award will go to a sisterhood that has held an outstanding virtual program that has occurred between July 1st, 2018 – June 30, 2020.
Women of Valor Award – This award recognizes one woman from each sisterhood who has demonstrated extraordinary service and commitment to both sisterhood and Judaism based upon criteria established by the sisterhood. Each woman nominated by her sisterhood to receive the Women of Valor Honor will be recognized and given a certificate.
Emerging Leader Award – This award will recognize several women from within the Mid- Atlantic District. A sisterhood may nominate a woman who has shown the skills, abilities and willingness to accept a leadership role in her sisterhood, Mid-Atlantic District or WRJ between July 1st 2018 – June 30th, 2020. This should be someone new to a leadership role.
Please click and fill out this form with your sisterhood's most up-to-date leadership and their contact information so that WRJ and your WRJ District can keep you informed with news, events, leadership tips, and more.
Go to the Sisterhood News to check our what our sisterhoods are doing.
For more details, click on this link Sisterhood News
Sisterhoods are encouraged to invite speakers to their events. Sisterhoods in good standing with both WRJ and their WRJ District are qualified to have a WRJ North American Representative or a Mid-Atlantic District Executive Board member visit for no charge once every two years. For District Speakers, complete the following form. To invite a WRJ North American Representative follow the link to this form. Requests must be submitted at least three months in advance of your requested date.
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