About the Speakers Bureau
The WRJ Speakers Bureau offers an opportunity to bring a dynamic, experienced WRJ leader to your sisterhood, women’s group, or district. Our speakers can discuss various topics with your group, including, but not limited to, leadership development, advocacy, WRJ history and priorities, and fundraising.
We encourage you to take advantage of this program, which aims to help develop leadership skills, provide education, and bring spirituality to your local community. Right now, our visits are all virtual. Once we can gather again, you can request a speaker to visit in person, often participating in multiple events during a weekend. Sisterhoods in good standing with both WRJ and their WRJ District are qualified to have a WRJ North American Representative visit for no charge once every two years.
Speaker Bureau FAQs
What is a District Speaker?
She is usually a member of the district board of directors.
What expenses does the local Sisterhood incur by having her?
The expense is minimal. Treat her as you would a guest in your home. Assist her in making transportation connections if she is not driving. The District pays all other costs. If she prefers to stay at a hotel, assist in those arrangements.
What will she speak about?
She may speak about any subject pertaining to sisterhood activities. She may participate in the installation of officers, in Sisterhood Shabbat, or conduct a Leadership Workshop. It is advisable to utilize her services at a Board meeting specially scheduled, if possible, at the time of her visit for other purposes.
How often is a District Speaker available to a local Sisterhood?
Just as with Women of Reform Judaism, the District can only honor one request per sisterhood on alternate years. This allows every sisterhood to have either a WRJ speaker or a district speaker each year. WRJ sisterhoods are also entitled to a WRJ speaker. Please visit the WRJ Speakers Bureau webpage for more information.
How is a District Speaker requested?
Requests for a district speaker should be submitted to the District President AND Laura Fehl at least eight (8) weeks before the date desired.
How is a District Speaker honored?
A voluntary contribution to a WRJ Atlantic District Fund, in honor of the speaker is recommended.