Women's Empowerment Awards 2022 Event Guide

Workshop Block One: 2-3 pm ET

Choose one:

Lay Leaders Making an Impact and Inspiring Others to Join in the Work

A panel discussion with:

  • Becky Markowitz, member of Shir Ami, Newtown, PA
  • Julia Weinstein, member of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ronnie Cook Zuhlke, member of Temple Sinai, Pittsburgh, PA

Moderator: Shoshana Dweck, WRJ VP of Advocacy, and member of Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford Corners, NY


Leading from the Pulpit or the Podium: Using Your Position to Inspire and Create Social Change

A panel discussion with:

  • Ellen Cohen, member of Congregation Beth Israel, Houston, TX
  • Rabbi Susan Shankman of Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, D.C.

Moderator: Susan Bass, Immediate Past President of WRJ, and Congregation Beth Israel, Houston, TX


Workshop Block Two: 3:30 to 4:15 pm ET

Choose one:

Educating & Championing Inclusivity in our Reform Communities 

A conversation with Past President of WRJ, Blair Marks, Author, Marra Gad, and Social Justice Champion, Liz Dunst


Empowered Millennials: Defining Our Future

A panel discussion with:

  • Eliana Rubin, HUC student and trans-advocate and ally from Los Angeles, CA 
  • Rachel Schulties,  COO of Marketsmith, Inc. and a member of Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, NJ
  • Tani Prell, 18 Doors Chicago Director and a member of Congregation Etz Chaim in Chicago, IL

Moderator: Barbara Weinstein, Associate Director of The Religious Action Center, and Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism


VIP Experience, Keynote Session & Pre-Shabbat Music 

  • 4:30 pm - VIP private session with Dana Bash
  • 5:15 pm - Welcome 
  • 5:25 pm - Dana Bash, keynote speaker
  • 5:45 pm - Women's Empowerment Award Honoree highlight video (Part 1)
  • 5:50 pm - Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director of WRJ and Honoree speaks 
  • 6:00 pm - Women's Empowerment Award Honoree highlight video (Part 2)
  • 6:15 pm - Celebration Concert with Fourtelling
  • 7:00 pm - Thank you and Shabbat Shalom!