Leadership & Board

Officers, Executive Board & Board Members

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Learn more about how you apply and use your talents and skills to enhance our organization as a member of the WRJ Board. 

Sara Charney

WRJ President
wrjpresident@wrj.org Elected in March 2021, WRJ President Sara Charney is the organization's first Canadian president. She has been actively involved in WRJ since becoming local sisterhood president at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Karen Sim

First Vice President
Karen Sim is the WRJ First Vice President. She is a member of Isaac Mayer Wise Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lillian Burkenheim Silver

Vice President of Philanthropy
Lillian Burkenheim Silver is the WRJ Vice President of Philanthropy. She grew up in NFTY, engaged in the Reform Movement and pursing tzedek/justice.

Shoshana Dweck

Vice President of Advocacy
Shoshana Dweck is WRJ Vice President of Advocacy. A recovering lawyer and engineer, she served as sisterhood president of Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford Corners, New York, and on the WRJ then-District 3 Board.

Jane Taves

Vice President of Engagement
Jane Taves is the WRJ Vice President of Engagement. She is an active member of Temple Beth El in Madison, Wisconsin, where she serves on the sisterhood Executive Board and the congregation’s Executive Committee.

Judy Wexler

Vice President of Member Services
Judy Wexler serves as Vice President of Member Services. She also currently serves as WRJ Midwest District Vice President of Social Justice and is a past sisterhood president.

Susan C. Bass

Immediate Past President
Susan C. Bass is the immediate past President of WRJ. An Atlanta native, she currently lives in Houston.

Jennifer Daley

Executive Committee
Jenn Daley is a Member At Large of Women of Reform Judaism’s Executive Committee and a member of the North American Board. She currently serves as the Marketing and Communications Chair.

Andrea Gingold

Executive Committee
Andrea Gingold was elected to the WRJ North American Board in 2015 and is now serving her second term as a Member At Large of the Executive Committee.

Michelle Scheinkopf

Executive Committee
Michelle Scheinkopf is a Member At Large of the Executive Committee of the North American Board of Women of Reform Judaism.

District Presidents

WRJ Atlantic District
Lori Motis
Congregation Beth Or
Maple Glen, PA

WRJ Central District
Lizabeth McOsker
Isaac M. Wise Temple
Cincinnati, OH

WRJ Mid-Atlantic District
Marilyn Morrison
Temple B'nai Shalom
Fairfax Station, VA

WRJ Midwest District
Zabe Williams
Temple Beth El
South Bend, IN

WRJ Northeast District
Sharon Sobel
Temple B'nai Chaim
Georgetown, CT

WRJ Pacific District
Cher Krichmar
Temple Beth Ohr
La Mirada, CA

WRJ Southeast District
Madelyn Davidson
Congregation Beth Am
Tampa, FL

WRJ Southwest District
Cheryl Barenberg
Temple Emanuel
Beaumont, TX
 

District First Vice Presidents

WRJ Atlantic District
Jan Shaw
Rodef Shalom
Pittsburgh, PA

WRJ Mid-Atlantic District
Andrea Stillman
Temple Rodef Shalom
Vienna, VA

WRJ Midwest District
Rozan Anderson
Temple Beth El
Madison, WI

WRJ Northeast District
Carmen Holzman
Congregation Beth Israel
West Hartford, CT

WRJ Pacific District
Carol Schuster
Temple B'nai Torah
Bellevue, WA

WRJ Southeast District
Faith Alexander
Congregation Schaarai Zedek
Tampa, FL

WRJ Southwest District
Phyllis Strasberg
Temple Israel
Memphis, TN
 

District Immediate Past Presidents

WRJ Atlantic District
Annice Benamy
Temple Sinai of Bergen County
Tenafly, NJ

WRJ Central District
Alison Auerbach
Rockdale Temple
Cincinnati, OH

WRJ Mid-Atlantic District
Lucretia Levy
Congregation Ner Shalom
Woodbridge, VA

WRJ Midwest District
Michelle Scheinkopf
North Shore Congregation Israel
Glencoe, IL

WRJ Northeast District
Trina Novak
Temple Beth Shalom
Needham, MA

WRJ Pacific District
Dana Adler
Congregation Or Chadash
Tucson, AZ

WRJ Southeast District
Cheryl Raskind-Hood
Temple Kol Emeth
Marietta, GA

WRJ Southwest District
Jennifer Daley
Congregation Gates of Prayer
Metairie, LA

WRJ Past Presidents

Constance Kreshtool
Congregation Beth Emeth
Wilmington, DE

Lynn Magid Lazar
Temple Sinai
Pittsburgh, PA

Blair C. Marks
Temple Kol Emeth
Marietta, GA

Judith O. Rosenkranz
Congregation Shaarai Zedek
Tampa, FL

Rosanne M. Selfon
Congregation Shaarai Shomayim
Lancaster, PA

Judith Silverman
Cape Cod Synagogue
Hyannis, MA

Helene H. Waranch
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
Baltimore, MD

Dolores Wilkenfeld 
Congregation Emanu El
Houston, TX

WRJ Members

Carol Berger
B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim
Deerfield, IL

Yvette Bergman
The Community Synagogue
Port Washington, NY

Vivian Blumstein
Temple Am Echad
Lynbrook, NY

Ruth Bohm
Shirat Miriam
São Paulo, Brazil

Leslie Brier
Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim
Wynnewood, PA

Shari Carruthers
Peninsula Temple Sholom
Burlingame, CA

Flo Cohen
Temple Sinai
Glendale, CA

Rachelle Weiss Crane
Temple Emanu-El
Dallas, TX

Pamela Feldman-Hill
Temple Israel
Columbus, OH

Linda Ferguson
Congregation Beth Ahabah
Richmond, VA

Allison Fine
Sleepy Hollow, NY

Sandi Firsel
Temple Chai
Long Grove, IL

Laurel Fisher
Temple Shalom
Dallas, TX

Sally Frank
Temple B'nai Jeshurun
Des Moines, IA

fredi Bleeker Franks
Congregation Emanu El
Houston, TX

Joanne B. Fried
Congregation Gates of Prayer
Metairie, LA

Abby F. Gilbert
Congregation Beth Or
Maple Glen, PA

Debra Goetz
Temple Emanuel
McAllen, TX

Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman
Garden City Jewish Center
Garden City, NY

Josie Hertz-Ackerman
Temple Rodef Shalom
Falls Church, VA

Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab
Cumberland, MD

Dr. Patricia Joseph
Isaac M. Wise Temple
Cincinnati, OH

Jane Karlin
Temple Israel of the City of New York
New York, NY

Alyse Kirshen
Temple Beth Tikvah
Fullerton, CA

Deborah Lelchuk
Temple Beth David
Westminster, CA

Beth Levin
Congregation Schaarai Zedek
Tampa, FL

Estelle "Giddy" Lief
Bet Menorah
Pretoria, South Africa

Robin Lilien
Temple Israel of Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

Shelley Lindauer
Temple Shaaray Tefila
New York, NY

HarrietAnn Litwin
Congregation Beth Emeth
Wilmington, DE

Diana Mann
Congregation Gates of Prayer
Metairie, LA

Ellen Miller
Washington Hebrew Congregation
Washington, D.C.

Sabrina Miller
Temple Israel of the City of New York
New York, New York

Sharon Miller
Temple Beth-El
San Antonio, TX

Luisa Narins
River Vale, NJ

Maryali Osiason
Congregation Schaarai Zedek
Tampa, FL

Sandi Pelly
Thornhill, ON, Canada

Holly Plotnick
Temple B'nai Shalom
Fairfax Station, VA

Marina Polinovsky
Shiryat HaYam
Haifa, Israel

Michelle Rosen
B'nai Israel
Southbury, CT

Ellen Y. Rosenberg
Riverdale Temple
Bronx, NY

Rachel Roth
Temple Chai
Long Grove, IL

Dr. Lisa B. Schwartz
Yardley, PA

Jacquie Schwitzer
Temple Emanu-El
Temple Shalom
Dallas, TX

Lauren Shapiro-Milana
Temple Adat Shalom
Poway, CA

Robin Sobol
Congregation Beth Emeth
Albany, NY

Dana Spiel
Temple Emanuel of Tempe
Tempe, AZ

Gail Spivack
Isaac M. Wise Temple
Cincinnati, OH

Lori Wise
Washington Hebrew Congregation
Washington, D.C.

Sharon Zydney
Temple Emanu-El
Westfield, NJ