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

Havdalah and Conversation

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10 Tammuz 5782
Join WRJ for a Havdalah ritual and an open conversation about the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization to overturn Roe v.

Virtual Lilith Salon

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13 Tammuz 5782
Join us as Peggy Martin facilitates our discussion on the following two articles from the Spring issue of Lilith Magazine: Portraits of Power: Celebrating 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate and How to Visit.

Midwest District Kallah

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13 Elul 5782 to 16 Tishri 5783
To be held at OSRUI in Oconomowoc, WI. Details to come!

WRJ Updates

The Facts About Abortion

June 24, 2022
FACT: Life begins at birth. FACT: Until birth, the fetus is part of the mother. FACT: The life and well-being of the mother will always take precedence over the fetus until the point at which the fetus's head fully emerges from the womb, and it becomes a living baby. These are the facts as I believe them to be, based on my faith, tradition, and understanding of Jewish law. While I understand that some people may hold different religious views, they are not binding on me. Until now.