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 

Blog Posts

Parashah Shof'tim

August 12, 2021
In this week’s Torah portion, Shof’tim, we find, as part of his final speech, Moses’ instructions to the People of Israel for setting up a justice system.

Voices of WRJ: Vayeishev

December 11, 2020
In a society where women lack power and influence, how can they create change and get people to follow the correct path? That is the question that confronted Tamar in this week’s Torah portion, Vayeishev.

Events

Pink Challah Bake

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2 Heshvan 5782
WRJ is partnering with Sharsheret to bring you a special program in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Midwest District Kallah

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9 Heshvan 5782 to 11 Heshvan 5782
The theme of this Kallah is Everyday Miracles. We are excited to welcome Robin Arbetman, Temple Educator at Oak Park Temple as our guide to exploring these miracles.

WRJ Updates

Get Involved in Advocacy

September 24, 2021
Are you interested in Advocacy but uncertain how to proceed? Are you overwhelmed by the number and frequency of advocacy requests? Do you feel like you do not have enough time or can’t afford to be involved? Many women have these concerns. Read about how you can fit advocacy into your life and your sisterhood.

Parashah Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot

September 24, 2021
Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot recounts the story of the Golden Calf, the destruction of the tablets, and Moses’ interceding on behalf of the Jewish people for reconciliation with God.

Parashah Haazinu

September 17, 2021
As a high school teacher guiding my students in the art of essay writing, I often stress the importance of a strong conclusion. “You can’t just leave everyone hanging,” I tell them, “or wrap things up too quickly.