Mid-Atlantic

This District includes the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina (except Charlotte and Davidson), Virginia, and Charleston, West Virginia.

Welcome to WRJ Mid-Atlantic District!

Greetings from Andrea Stillman, Mid-Atlantic District President

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I am honored to serve as your District President for the next three years.

In March 2023, we prayed, learned, sang, and socialized together at our Making Waves Together District convention in Ocean City, Maryland. From the moment we began at our Ice Cream Social Thursday evening, the excitement was palpable. Long-time members saw and hugged their friends for the first time in many years. Perhaps even more heartwarming was watching these same members welcome and embrace those joining us for the first time.

During a beautiful installation ceremony, the baton was passed from a wonderful executive committee led by outgoing president, Marilyn Morrison, to the new district leaders. While I am so proud to work side-by-side with a group of talented and enthusiastic group of ladies, I want to reiterate my deep-rooted belief that the WRJ Mid-Atlantic District is really about all of us supporting each other and working together. I want to meet as many of you as possible; I want to hear your needs; I want to hear your ideas; and I want to hear your constructive criticism. Without you, success will be elusive.

I began doing that just that this past weekend by joining the Ohef Sholom Temple Sisterhood in Norfolk, VA, for their beautiful Women’s Shabbat service and the next day luncheon. There was so much positive dialog, and I believe I saw many idea bubbles appear, starting with my own. Please invite me to come to your sisterhood events and/or your Board meetings. I will always do my best to join you.

Non-profit organizations rely on volunteerism to run, and the district is no exception. I understand we are all so busy, and we have made so many of our opportunities into huge commitments of time and other resources. I am dedicated to expanding ways you can get involved by meeting you where you are. Volunteering brings you closer to our mission and enables opportunities for personal growth and friendship. You are all valuable; we do not measure your value in the number of hours you have to give. With all that is going on in our country and abroad, this is an opportune time to join together as Reform Jewish women.

To close, I want to thank Marilyn Morrison, Margee Greenfield, and Louise Johanson for their service to the MAD Executive Committee. Notice I did not say goodbye. Marilyn will be active as our Immediate Past President, and Margee and Louise are just a phone call away, always willing to help.

I end by extending a heartfelt welcome and thank you to the new Executive Committee. You will meet all these extraordinary women on our website, in the Candle, at meetings, and Zoom programming over the course of the next few months.

In Sisterhood,

Andrea

WRJ News

Covenant of Justice

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Photo of typewriter with information about accepting written admissions for a new Covenant book

Calling all passionate voices for justice: the link to submit pieces for our new Covenant book is officially open! WRJ and CCAR Press are co-publishing a Covenant book to shape the narrative of social justice. Submit your stories, powerful essays, song lyrics, and poetry before May 1. For submission guidelines and details, check out the submission form below. Let's amplify voices and ignite change together!

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Starburst of colors with title Just For This with Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch

Just For This, a new podcast, inspires women in leadership to talk about women and leadership. Hosted by Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch, executive director of Women of Reform Judaism, Just For This is committed to sharing powerful stories of women who stand out in their fields.

Order Your District Cookbook

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Cookbook Cover

Over 80 tried and true recipes were collected from our sisterhood members for our virtual cookbook. The recipes include appetizers, sides, entrees and desserts. Also included are tips and tricks and menu ideas. Proceeds from the sale of our cookbook will be used to help women who don’t have the means to send their children to Jewish camp and allow those leaders to attend district meetings and conventions. Funds will also support social action and advocacy projects at those events. We hope you find inspiration in these pages!

Advocacy

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Leading with the principle of Tikkun Olam, WRJ mobilizes collective action on a variety of causes to create a more just and compassionate world for people of all backgrounds and identities. 

  • sign UP FOR ADVOCACY MATTERS - WRJ'S SOCIAL JUSTICE E-NEWSLETTER.

  • Learn about the extensive WRJ Social Justice platform.
  • Sign up for Mighty Networks and join the main social justice group.
  • Read this blog about getting involved.
  • SAVE THE DATE: May 2, 2024, 2:30 pm ET

Abortion Access Before the US Supreme Court Again:
What Jewish Advocates Need to Know

Join National Council of Jewish Women as we discuss the legal and medical implications of the two cases: one that could take away access to medication abortion and one that threatens the availability of emergency abortion care. This webinar will dive into what happened during oral arguments and the details of the cases themselves — with a little bit of Jewish panache. These cases threaten what is left of federal abortion access.

REGISTER HERE

After the event, we will send a recording to all who registered.
 

Supporting Israel from Afar: WRJ Resources

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Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut

WRJ stands with the people of Israel during these difficult and challenging days and pray for the safety and immediate release of all of the hostages.

As the war persists in Israel, we urge you to keep up to date on what we are doing and ways you can help.

On the WRJ Blog

Celebrating 100 Years: A Journey Through Time

This year my congregation is celebrating a very special milestone: the 100-year anniversary of our community. Temple Israel Long Beach in southern California was chartered in February 1924. For this important anniversary, the temple has been celebrating with many events throughout the year.