Who We Are

Atlantic District

WRJ Atlantic District seeks to:

  • Promote the aims of Women of Reform Judaism and support its projects;

  • Bring the District sisterhoods into closer cooperation and association with one another; 

  • Further their respective activities to help sisterhoods participate most effectively in the activities of Women of Reform Judaism;

  • Serve as a liaison between local sisterhoods and Women of Reform Judaism, and

  • Assist in the organization of new sisterhoods in the District.

CLICK HERE to read Understanding Our Heritage, A District History of the Atlantic District.

CLICK HERE to read Understanding Our Purpose

CLICK HERE for the Jeannette Miriam Goldberg Youth Fund History

Our Leadership

President: Jan Shaw, Women of Rodef Shalom, Pittsburgh, PA

First Vice President: Abby Gilbert, Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen, PA

Vice Presidents:

Area Director CO-VP - Susan Cohen, Women of Temple Sinai, Pittsburgh, PA

Area Director CO-VP - Debbi Sager, Temple Emanu-El, Edison, NJ  

Marketing & Communications VP - Sharon Zydney, Temple Emanu-El, Westfield NJ 

Philanthropy VP - Cheryl Harper, Beth David Sisterhood, Gladwyne, PA 

Advocacy VP - Linda Kline, Old York Road Temple Beth Am, Abington, PA 

Secretary - Evelyn Fair, Old York Road Temple Beth Am, Abington, PA

Treasurer - Ellen Mirbach, Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen, PA

Assistant Treasurer - Carol Woolford, Women of Temple Sinai, Pittsburgh, PA

Immediate Past President - Lori Motis, Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen, PA

Area Directors/Sisterhoods

Area Directors (ADs) are your connection to the Atlantic District and WRJ.

Cindy Postilnick

  • Women of Temple Shalom – Aberdeen, NJ

  • Women of Temple Emanu-El – Edison, NJ

  • Temple Beth-El Sisterhood – Hillsborough, NJ

  • Women’s Connection of Temple Har Shalom – Warren, NJ

  • Temple Sinai of Bergen County Sisterhood – Tenafly, NJ

Annice Benamy

  • Temple Sholom of West Essex Sisterhood – Cedar Grove, NJ

  • Barnert Temple Sisterhood – Franklin Lakes, NJ

  • Adath Emanu-El – Mount Laurel, NJ

  • Beth Am Shalom – Lakewood, NJ

Luisa Narins

  • Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood – Westfield, NJ

  • Women of Kol Dorot – Oradell, NJ

  • Congregation B’nai Jeshurun Women’s Association – Short Hills, NJ

  • Beth Haverim Sisterhood – Mahwah, NJ

Mindy Miller

  • Kol Ami Sisterhood – Cherry Hill, NJ

  • Monmouth Reform Temple Sisterhood – Marlborough, NJ

  • Shirat Hayam – Ventnor, NJ

  • Temple Shaari Emeth Sisterhood – Manalapan, NJ

Debbi Sager

  • Women of Shaarai Shomayim – Lancaster, PA

  • Women of Shir Ami – Newtown, PA

Margie Kopins

  • Temple Sholom Sisterhood – Broomall, PA

  • Beth David Congregation Sisterhood – Gladwyne, PA

  • Temple Brith Achim Sisterhood – King of Prussia, PA

  • Beth Chaim Reform Congregation Sisterhood – Malvern, PA

  • Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim Sisterhood – Wynnewood, PA

Terry Starrett

  • Temple Ohev Shalom Sisterhood – Allison Park

  • Temple Shalom Sisterhood, Wheeling, WV

  • Women of Temple Sinai – Pittsburgh, PA

  • Congregation Oheb Shalom Sisterhood – Wyomissing (Reading), PA

Rebekah Siegel

  • Women of KI – Elkins Park, PA

  • Sisterhood of Old York Road Temple-Beth Am – Abington, PA

  • Women of Rodef Shalom - Pittsburgh, PA

  • Temple Ohev Shalom Sisterhood – Harrisburg, PA

Susan Cohen

  •  Congregation Keneseth Israel Sisterhood – Allentown, PA

  • Congregation Beth Or Sisterhood – Maple Glen, PA

Committee Chairs

Alumnae - Becky Markowitz

Budget - Janet Katz

District Documents Editor - Janet Katz

Electronic Archives & Digital Storage - Janet Katz

Photographer - Janet Katz

Fundraising/Philanthropy - District Funds & Tributes - Carol Woolford

Fundraising/Philanthropy - YES Fund - Heather Lorgeree

Retreats & Meeting Arrangements (2024 Interim) - Annice Benamy

Newsletter/E-blast Editor - Lori Motis

Speakers Bureau -  Anita Gordon

Sunshine/Caring Fund - Barbara Gibson

Membership/New Affiliates - Lori Motis

Fundraising/Philanthropy: Grant Writing - Annice Benamy

Open chair positions:


District Convention: Local Arrangements

District Convention: Program Chairs

District Scholarship/Leadership Development

Or Ami/Incubator Grants 

Members of the WRJ Board of Directors:

  • Lori Motis

  • Lynn Magid Lazar

  • Lisa Schwartz

  • Leslie Brier

  • Jan Shaw

  • Abby Gilbert

  • Rosanne Selfon

  • Sharon Zydney

  • Luisa Narins

Board Resources

Please check out our Dropbox for the following password-protected documents.