Events

Mid-Atlantic District

DISTRICT EVENTS

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   The Reform Movement’s Every Voice, Every Vote        Campaign: Sending Postcards to Voters
   A Summer 2024 Initiative for the Mid-Atlantic District

Postcard Parties - Standing Up for Reproductive Rights

and Women's Health

Our WRJ Mid-Atlantic District is hosting a few virtual postcard parties to protect reproductive freedom, beginning with Florida. Get ready to turn postcard writing into a positive and supportive virtual gathering of members of the Mid-Atlantic District. Picture this: Gathering with sisterhood members of WRJ MAD virtually, with pens and postcards in hand, all fueled by support for reproductive health and rights! Our virtual parties are not about scribbling addresses and stamps, it is about weaving connections and strengthening bonds.

 

MID-ATLANTIC POSTCARD PARTY #1: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 7:30 PM

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYof-mgrDIrH9Zx-nQ2RbHhiPgeTONXbZbQ 

The Zoom link will be sent at a later date.

 

MID-ATLANTIC POSTCARD PARTY # 2: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 7:30 PM

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvcemurTIjHtMOVqyoYTggE7GsGKChsC2o 

The Zoom link will be sent at a later date.


Depending on demand, we will add additional postcard party opportunities! The first Mid-Atlantic District VIRTUAL postcard party will begin with the viewing of the 2023 film, Under G-d, a documentary short film about the national Jewish response to the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization U.S. Supreme Court decision.  The film premiered in January 2023 at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.  Under G-d weaves together the stories of a Jewish mother and activist in Indiana, a Rabbi in Florida, and lawyers throughout the country who are seeking to fight abortion bans in part by placing them in the legal and cultural context of religious freedom.  

To view the trailer of Under G-d, click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4aB-3Bxw3c 

Our Jewish tradition is clear: “A ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted” (Babylonian Talmud Berachot 55a). We believe our democracy is strongest when every voice is heard, and every vote is counted.  We hope you, as a member of your Sisterhood in our Mid-Atlantic District, will participate in our virtual postcard party.  Your participation supports the work of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) in partnership with RAC-Florida (FL), Women of Reform Judaism, Florida Yes on 4 and the Floridians Protecting Freedom Campaign to protect reproductive freedom through a November ballot amendment. The postcards we write will encourage voters to vote YES on Issue 4 to limit government interference with abortion access.  

Please visit the order page for additional details and to order your Florida postcards.  Here is the link: https://urj.tfaforms.net/1464 Join us and make a difference.  Order your postcards now. 

 

Click Here for Questions and Answers regarding Postcard Parties

 

Still need help? Contact WRJ MAD VP for Social Justice and Advocacy, Fran Thalheimer at fot51@aol.com or at 304.545.7967(cell)


SISTERHOOD HAPPENINGs

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   Drop-in Mah Jongg at Temple Beth ami 

     and Temple Rodef Shalom 

 

 

 

Temple Beth Ami

14330 Travilah Road
Rockville, MD

Please join us on Mondays from 1 - 3 pm when the temple is open for a fun afternoon of Mah Jongg. All players are welcome from beginners to experts. Please note this is not a teaching class. There is no cost to participate. For more information, contact Rachel at rmaryn@verizon.net

Temple Rodef Shalom

2100 Westmoreland Street
Falls Church, VA

Each and every Wednesday, the Women of TRS welcome our own Temple Rodef Shalom members, as well as members of the community (new and experienced players) for some Mahj. We come to play the game, increase our skills, see old friends, and make new ones. We supply the tables and Mah Jongg sets; you need to bring your own Mah Jongg card. We would love for you to become a "regular". No advance registration is required; just show up. Cost is $5 per drop-in session. All proceeds go to charity. This is a major fundraiser for our sisterhood. It also fosters friendship and community. For more information, contact Debbie Droller at 703-790-9635.

WRJ Events

 

Spring Virtual Salon

Tuesday, July 16

8:00 pm ET | 5:00 pm PT

 

The "Disability and Judaism Today" issue takes a deep look into disability and Judaism today, with more stories and ideas to come in 2024 and 2025. Our discussion will be centered around the following two articles: The Rest of My Life: Long Covid’s Poignant Reminders by Mariah Guevin and Our Embryos Weren’t Children by Rabbi Jen Gubitz. They discuss an account of long COVID and its lifelong impacts and what IVF means to those who need it.

Sign Up for the Discussion

RAC-FL Reproductive Freedom Campaign July Zoom Phone Bank Thursday, July 25

6:00 pm ET | 3:00 pm PT

 

You play a critical role in ensuring folks know how to request their vote-by-mail ballot and protecting the vote for ALL Floridians. Join WRJ as we call Florida voters who want to continue voting by mail to ensure they know they are now required to request a vote-by-mail ballot after every general election cycle. Participants will need a computer and a cellphone for the evening.

Phone Bank for Reproductive Freedom

WRJ and the Mid-Atlantic District are committed to Social Justice. It stands proudly beside our tenets of Sisterhood and Spirituality. Please save the date to join WRJ women from around North America and the globe as we come together for our second gathering dedicated to social justice, the Marla J. Feldman Social Justice Conference, scheduled to take place in Washington, DC, April 4-7, 2025. It is exciting to be able to attend a large WRJ gathering within our district’s borders, and we hope to have a large contingency turnout. Stay tuned, more information will be coming later this year!