WRJ Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of their Or Ami "Light of My People" Awards

New York, NY – Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their prestigious Or Ami “Light of My People” awards. For its golden anniversary, 20 programs and projects were selected as award recipients and will be recognized at WRJ’s District Conventions held in March and April 2023. Download a copy of the brochure to learn about the anniversary and the winners here. 

Established in 1973, the WRJ Or Ami “Light of My People” Award recognizes exemplary social justice, community service, and educational programming within sisterhoods in North America that serve as a model for other WRJ districts and women’s groups. The first winning projects in 1973 were a Shabbat experience of joy and friendship for the young children of a congregation, a program to recruit and train volunteers to help non-English speaking people improve their writing and reading skills, and a social and recreational program for Holocaust survivors. 

WRJ’s Vice President of Engagement Jane Taves shares: 

"The programs created by our districts and women’s groups are so meaningful to WRJ. They teach us, they inspire us, they entertain us, and they bond us together–demonstrating sisterhood, spirituality, and social justice in every way. The Or Ami Award winners will be honored at their District Conventions this year, the first in-person conventions since 2018. An Or Ami Award is a great honor for districts, sisterhoods, and women’s groups who receive them. These awards also raise up successful programs which can be replicated by other groups.  We are so proud of all of them." 


Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) is a network of Jewish women working together to empower women and communities worldwide through the bonds of sisterhood, spirituality, and social justice. WRJ, founded in 1913, is the women’s affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America.