Board Service Application

WRJ North American Board Service Information
Thank you for your interest in applying to the WRJ North American Board! We are excited to learn more about you and how you can use your talents and skills to enhance our organization. 

 

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Below, please find information about the role, our timeline, and the application process. For more information about Women of Reform Judaism, please review our mission statement and core values, our history, and advocacy initiatives. If you have any questions about Board service or the application process, please email us at wrj-board@wrj.org.

 

Role of the WRJ Board

  • To be educated regarding the current work of WRJ and support the WRJ mission.

  • Promotes WRJ: its purpose, programs, and projects, locally and beyond.

  • Establishes policies to be implemented by the WRJ staff.

  • Approves and adopts the annual budget.

  • Motivates and inspires women as potential leaders locally, regionally, and nationally.

  • Participates in thinking and discussion about the future of WRJ.

  • Raises funds to keep WRJ financially sound.

  • Elects the WRJ Executive Committee every three years.

Benefits of WRJ Board Service

  • Gain invaluable experience that will improve and enhance your leadership and public speaking skills
  • Provide input on the direction of social justice initiatives for the Reform Movement 
  • Contribute your area(s) of expertise to WRJ workshops, committees, and more
  • Weigh in on WRJ priorities and projects
  • Participate in the future of Reform and Progressive Judaism
  • Connect and build community with women from across North America

Criteria for WRJ Board Service

  • You are Jewish and identify as a woman.

  • You are a member of a WRJ through a WRJ sisterhood/women’s group in good standing and/or an individual WRJ member.

Responsibilities of a WRJ Board Member

  • Serve one (1) three-year term. 

  • Participate in our "L’Atid" onboarding program during your first year. This includes approximately six (6) Zoom sessions, lasting 60-90 minutes each.

  • Attend the annual in-person or virtual Board meetings during your term. These meetings will either be a stand-alone event, connected to a WRJ North American conference (i.e., Fried Women’s Conference, Social Justice Conference) or held virtually. Board members are responsible for airfare, hotel, and a registration fee for the Board meeting, separate from conference attendance, when applicable.

  • Attend four (4) to six (6) virtual (Zoom) Board meetings and training webinars per year. 

  • Potentially serve on committees of interest, skill, or expertise with separate virtual meeting schedules.

  • Each WRJ Board of Directors member will donate or solicit and obtain a minimum annual contribution of $360 USD to be applied to the General Fund.

  • Board members are highly encouraged to participate in our Lifeline program, YES Fund giving, and Ner Tamid Society (WRJ's planned giving), although not required.

Board Service Application Timeline & Important Dates

  • July 6, 2021: Applications open

  • October 5, 2021: Applications are due.

  • October 12, 2021: Endorsement forms are due from your reference person.

  • January 2022: Decisions are announced.

  • Spring 2022: Board meets to elect and install new Board members.

Application Questions

Please consider these questions before beginning your application. Please allow for 30-45 minutes to complete the application in one sitting, as it cannot be saved and revisited.

  • Sisterhood/Women’s Group involvement

  • District involvement

  • WRJ North American involvement

  • Other Jewish communal involvement (e.g., congregational, philanthropic, professional, other nonprofits)

  • Information about your business or professional experience, educational interests, talents, and abilities that could be of service to WRJ and our communities.     

  • Your other skills or talents that would benefit WRJ (i.e., teach religious school, excellent computer skills, professional expertise)

  • Please describe what you see as a challenge and an opportunity facing WRJ and your suggestions for addressing it. Where do you feel that WRJ is the most effective and impactful, and how do you see WRJ being able to build further upon that?

  • Please note if there are circumstances that might prevent you from attending important WRJ events- particularly the annual WRJ Board of Directors meeting.

  • Be ready to provide the name and contact information for a reference, who we will contact to discuss your qualifications and complete an endorsement form on your behalf by October 12, 2021. Your reference could be a Sisterhood/Women's Group leader, a WRJ District leader, a WRJ Board member, a Jewish communal leader, or a Rabbi familiar with your qualifications.

Application Questions if you previously served on the WRJ Board

  • Explain why you want to return to or continue on the Board and what you hope to accomplish in a new term.

  • Are there any WRJ projects you are currently involved with that require additional/continued Board service?

The WRJ North American Board adopts an equal opportunity stance. We welcome all candidates that fit our criteria for serving a Board term. We are committed to creating an equitable, inclusive environment for all within WRJ that is representative of the rich diversity of the Reform Movement across North America.

 

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