Registration for 2018 WRJ Southwest District Biennial is now OPEN. Click HERE to join us as we celebrate our connection as women of WRJ Southwest District at our 6th Biennial Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.


  Thursday, November 1 at 5:30pm to Sunday, November 4 at 10:30am

  • Outgoing Executive Committee Members are asked to arrive by 3:00pmThursday
  • Incoming Executive Committee Members are asked to arrive by 10:00amThursday
  • Biennial add-on, Speakers Development Workshop attendees are asked to arrive by 2:00pm Thursday
  • Biennial add-on, Jazz Brunch Support Our Sisterhoods (SOS) Fundraiser at Brennan's in the French Quarter is Sunday at Noon

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton HotelNew Orleans

The room rate for all nights of the convention is $139 per night (+ tax), which includes up to quadruple occupancy. Rooms with 2 queen beds and 1 king bed are available in the WRJSW block.
Early Bird Registration Costs (through October 1, 2018):  $325*

Additional Biennial Convention Highlights:

  • WRJ Southwest District gatherings always include dynamic speakers, prayerful Shabbat Services, educational and inspirational workshops, and an assortment of projects, advocacy opportunities, WRJ business and entertainment.  
  • Step Up to the Mic:  Speaker Development Training (Biennial add-on) -- Thursday, November 1 at 2:30pm.  This pre-conference workshop will be facilitated by Southwest District's own WRJ President Susan Bass. "Step Up to the Mic" is an opportunity for you to improve your public speaking and workshop delivery skills for your sisterhood, congregation, District or WRJ at large. Sign up for this special training session to help you present with confidence & assurance. This seminar will include short presentations by participants (you will receive instructions beforehand). Light snacks and drinks will be served. Space is limited and reserved on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Visit to the critically acclaimed World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans on Saturday afternoon. Tickets and transportation included in biennial conference registration.
  • Presentation from Kenneth Hoffman, Executive Director of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, who will speak on the journey to opening the new museum in downtown New Orleans, formerly housed at Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi.
  • Y.E.S. Fund Karaoke Mardi Gras Masquerade Party -- Saturday evening, wear your best costume and join us for a fun Mardi Gras evening, while we raise money for WRJ's Y.E.S. Fund!
  • Jazz Brunch Fundraiser (Biennial add-on) -- Join us for a traditional New Orleans Jazz Brunch at the famous Brennan's in the heart of the French Quarter, while we raise money for the Southwest District's Support Our Sisterhoods Fund (S.O.S.). S.O.S was created by Congregation Gates of Prayer Sisterhood of Metairie, LA to aid other sisterhoods with leadership scholarships and dues relief. Brennan's New Orleans, 417 Royal St. Transportation provided. Sunday, November 4, 12:00pm-2:00pm


 Featured WRJ Guest

Madi Hoesten
WRJ Vice President of Affiliate Services
Sisterhood Kol Tikvah, Coral Springs, Florida 


   Madi Hoesten

How can I support the WRJ Southwest District Biennial Convention?

The most important way you can support the Convention is by your attendance. We want to see YOU there!

You can also support the Convention by purchasing a Tribute Ad in our Program Book or contributing at a Sponsorship Level for the Biennial Conference. Purchasing your ad or contributing as a sponsor can be done by clicking the green TICKETS button in the online registration formAll tribute ads and artwork is due by October 15, 2018 and emailed to: Phyllis Gregory at psg1973@gmail.com.

You can add one or more of these options and pay by credit card within your conference registration, or simply mail a check to our WRJ Southwest District Convention Treasurer, Sue Berne, 5746 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.  Email:  susanlberne@gmail.com.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact:  

Jennifer Daley, WRJ Southwest District First Vice President and Biennial Convention Chair
Yael Sasley, Biennial Convention Coordinator & Programming Co-Chair
Susan Scharff, Local Arrangements Chair


We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!



Are you a current or incoming sisterhood president? If so, please join us on Thursday, June 21st at 8:00pm Eastern for a Sisterhood Presidents Webinar. Please register here: https://urj.zoom.us/meeting/register/820fabbfd4f3d1ff34538d7d4481ef37

Topics will include leadership development, engaging volunteers, resources available for sisterhoods, working with your congregational board, and tips on running a meeting and working with your board, including building consensus for decision making.

This webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

Do you have a new Sisterhood president?  Please fill out the change of leadership form.