Welcome to Heartland District!

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Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) strengthens the voice of women worldwide and empowers them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values.

Welcome to the WRJ Heartland District website! Whether you are a member of Women of Reform Judaism, leader of a WRJ-affiliated women’s group/sisterhood, WRJ leader, or someone who shares our common goal of ensuring a vibrant future for Reform Jewish women, we hope you will find helpful information and resources on this site.

Heartland is a new WRJ district, bringing together the Central and Midwest Districts, beginning with our inaugural district convention in Itasca, IL, on March 9-12, 2023. Our new district comprises all or parts of 14 states, including Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, W Virginia, and Wisconsin.

As you explore the site, you will find:

  • Information on the upcoming programs and events held within our district that provide opportunities to connect with each other through praying, learning, and engaging with one another at regional conferences and local gatherings. 
  • Tools and resources to help you in your leadership role. 
  • Access to district leaders who are available to support you as advisors, consultants, teachers, and program speakers. Our Executive Committee members and committee chairs, as well as the staff at the WRJ office, are available to assist you as needed.
  • Opportunities to share and network with other WRJ members and leaders throughout the Heartland area. 

Please be aware that we are in the process of creating the Heartland District, and this website has not yet been fully developed (for example, our officers have not yet been elected). As we move into our future, this website will grow. In the meantime, please consult the Central District and Midwest District web pages for current information that you might not find here.

I am so excited to help lead our new Heartland District into the future. I look forward to hearing from you and learning about your passion for WRJ, and discovering what inspires you to join in. I am sure it will be a time for us to gain knowledge from each other and share in our success as women’s groups, as leaders, and as individuals.

Welcome to the WRJ Heartland District! 

 

Rozan Anderson
WRJ Heartland District President 2023-2026

wrjhdpresident@gmail.com 

Heartland District Convention

Lev el Lev: Heart to Heart - Strengthening One Another

The WRJ Heartland District Convention Committee has planned a fabulous weekend of leadership development, motivation, recognition, networking, prayer, and the blessing of joining together as a community of dedicated Jewish women. 

For more information, check out the event flyer or click the registration button below. 

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Logo for district convention is a tree with hearts for leaves.

Upcoming Events

IEC Presents: Tu BiShvat Virtual Tour with Shari Robins

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14 Shevat 5783
Tu BiShvat in Israel is most often associated with the planting of trees. Another name for the holiday is the New Year of Trees when Israelis celebrate their connection to Nature and the fruits of the Land. At this time, almond trees are in bloom.

WRJ says STOP: Educating and Empowering People about Sexual Harassment

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17 Shevat 5783
Join us for the second installment of the WRJ says STOP series. In this webinar, we will be joined by our partner, Keshet, who will share an overview of definitions and language pertaining to bullying and sexual harassment. In addition, you will have the opportunity to complete upstander training.

WRJ Updates

Mentoring and Stepping Back

January 27, 2023
22. That’s the number of years I served on my Sisterhood board. When I started in 2000, I was six weeks pregnant. That baby has now graduated college, and his younger sister graduated high school. A lot happened in the years I served on my Sisterhood board, both in my life and the life of my Sisterhood. By the Fall of 2022, it was time to step back. It was time to get out of the way of other women so they could lead. Could you be holding back future leaders? Are you the one who is afraid that if you don’t step up, no one will take your place?

Parashat Bo

January 27, 2023
How many times have all of us convinced someone, or tried to convince them, they have to continue to GO even when they don’t want to - because it is the right thing to do? Finish the course, take the next step, and don’t fall back even if you want to. Chances are this conversation is not with God but comes from the learning, the education that has been planted within us.

Find a WRJ Sisterhood

Sisterhoods are dedicated to a wide variety of religious, educational, social, philanthropic, and advocacy efforts. They are also an outlet for Reform Jewish women and an integral part of any congregation. Find a sisterhood in your area today!