The Northeast District is one of the eight districts of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). WRJ is the collective voice and presence of women in congregational life. Stronger together, we support the ideals and enhance the quality of Jewish living to ensure the future of progressive Judaism in North America, Israel, and around the world. READ MORE ABOUT "WHO WE ARE"
When I was 10 years old I was told that I was celebrating Shabbat incorrectly. I did not understand – my family lit candles, sang Kiddush, and said the motzi. We ate a meal together, often with my grandparents. My father and I went to Shabbat evening services, and we sat together as we prayed.
At the time, I was one of a few girls in my religious school class at a Conservative synagogue. On Sundays we would be asked, “Who went to Shabbat services?” and I would proudly raise my hand and earn a star on the class chart. Yet, one Sunday I was challenged by my male classmates who had not seen me in attendance. When I explained that I went every Friday night I was told that attending Shabbat services only counted if one went on a Saturday morning. I was taunted and told that my stars did not count. Needless to say, it didn’t take long before my parents granted me permission to leave religious school. I remember my father telling the rabbi that he would not let him or anyone else bully me into doing things their way.
After Jim and I were married, we decided to join Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Massachusetts. The community attracted me for two main reasons –first, because the sisterhood welcomed me with open arms, and second, there seemed to be opportunities in the Reform community for women to take on leadership roles. I was exposed to the bigger picture of what could be through Women of Reform Judaism, or WRJ, and the rest, as they say, is history.
This weekend we have been celebrating ten years together as a district. Our theme, “Ten Years Together – Growing Our Community,” reflects the efforts by our women, who first envisioned, and then built, an effective and well-run district, driven by common goals and love for Women of Reform Judaism.
Since we have completed ten years together I decided it might be fun to explore the significance of the number ten. I first turned to examples from our Jewish traditions: CONTINUE READING –>
Read our newsletter... NEWS FROM THE NORTHEAST is sent via email to sisterhood presidents, individual WRJ members, Kevuda Society members, and the board of the Northeast District on the first Tuesday of each month. Ask your sisterhood president to forward it to you, so that you can keep up with all the news in the Northeast District. Or you can read it HERE.
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Follow is on Twitter... @WRJNortheast to get up-to-the-minute information on happenings around the Northeast District and of interest to Jewish women.
Join the conversation on Yammer... THE YAMMER WEBSITE allows WRJ sisterhood leaders and individual members to connect with one another, ask questions, and share strategies and programming. Once you have joined Yammer, you are able to join our group, WRJ Northeast District. It is an open group. To request access to Yammer, email email@example.com. If you are a sisterhood leader, please also include the name and location of your sisterhood as well as your own contact information.
Become a member of the Kevuda Society... Former members of the boards of District 1, District 3, and the Northeast District can stay in touch by joining the Kevuda Society. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Contact us by email... Write to us at email@example.com with your comments and questions, and tell us what is happening in your sisterhood or community. We would love to hear from you!
Last but not least, visit our website often... It provides helpful information about the district and its resources.