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Our History

On January 21, 1913, 156 delegates representing 52 congregational women’s groups met in Cincinnati, OH to organize the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS, now WRJ). Since then, as a leader in the Reform Movement, WRJ has had an illustrious history promoting women leadership, working tirelessly toward a variety of social justice initiatives, and continuing to expand Progressive Judaism in North America and around the world.

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"One hundred years to live, to learn, to grow. Every moment we make history as we lead with openness... Women of Reform Judaism. Our Hearts keep their promises. Generations support each other, inspired and strengthened as they grow. Stronger together... 100 years."

—WRJ Honorary President Norma U. Levitt

On January 21, 1913, 156 delegates met in Cincinnati, OH to organize the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, now WRJ. Since then, WRJ continues to support its affiliates, pursue social justice, and cultivate women's leadership.

In 2013, WRJ celebrated 100 years since its inception in 1913 through a variety of collaborative projects, informative projects, and festive events that allowed sisterhoods and others in the Movement to honor WRJ's work.

Over the years, WRJ has created signature products to help raise funds to support the organization, the YES Fund, and other WRJ initiatives, and make great gifts for family, friends, fellow members/congregants, and clergy.