Midwest

IA, IL, Northwest IN, MN, NE, ND, SD, and WI

Welcome to WRJ Midwest District!

Headshot of District president, Zabe Williams

A Welcome Message from our President, Zabe Williams

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 Midwest 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 just shares our common goal of ensuring a vibrant future for Reform Jewish Women, we hope you will find the information and resources available on this site helpful.

 

As you explore the site, you will find:

  • Information on the many 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. 
  • Due to the current constraints on in-person events because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved all events and programs to the Zoom online platform for the foreseeable future. We even recently held a very successful Virtual Convention in October, 2020.
  • Leadership and personal development through participation in educational programs. 
  • 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 Midwest. 

Our goal is to make meaningful connections by building and fostering our WRJ-wide family where every member has an opportunity to learn, grow and feel part of a nurturing community of Reform Jewish women. This website is part of making that happen. We invite your ideas and suggestions on how we can make this website even more user friendly.

I am looking forward to hearing from you and learning about your passion for WRJ and discovering what brings you to the WRJ table.  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. We truly are Stronger Together! 

Welcome to WRJ Midwest District! 

Zabe Williams
WRJ Midwest District President 

Events

Collaborating for Social Justice in 2023

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7 Kislev 5783
WRJ is honored to be joined by two dynamic speakers: author and activist Dr. Tarece Johnson, Ed.D., and Deputy Director of ADL Connecticut Marji Lipshez-Shapiro. Together, they will share their experiences and show how collaboration is used as a social justice tool.

Women of the Wall Presents "Sacred Feminism"

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12 Kislev 5783
Women of Reform Judaism and Women’s League for Conservative Judaism are excited for Women of the Wall (WOW) to share their new curriculum, “Sacred Feminism,” which was made possible by a WRJ YES Fund grant.

WRJ Updates

Parashat Tol'dot

November 25, 2022
In the US, slavery and segregation meant that Blacks and whites lived as ‘2 peoples’ where whites prevailed over Blacks. While laws have been passed to remove barriers to equal justice, centuries of racial subordination and discrimination do not end just because laws are passed to prohibit them. There is still much work to be done to ensure that all persons have their civil rights and that, unlike the blessing Isaac conferred on Esau, they can live freely wherever they wish to reside. We can help affect change through participation in any number of social action and social justice initiatives.

Parashat Chayei Sarah

November 18, 2022
On the recent WRJ Civil Rights Journey (CRJ), the theme of legacy was repeated over and over. As our tour guide, Billy Planer wrapped up our powerful five-day experience, he asked this poignant legacy question, ‘How will you live your life so that when you die, you have a legacy of justice for the next generation to remember you by?’

Lori Motis: A WRJ Leadership Spotlight

November 18, 2022
Supporting our local congregations and communities is what makes Sisterhood membership so rewarding. WRJ expands on this by connecting us to other sisterhoods and communities in this amazing network. Our impact in the world is magnified by our involvement in the organization.