WRJ sisterhoods are grouped into eight geographic regions, WRJ Districts, each of which holds many of its own events throughout the year across North America. The WRJ Districts’ flagship event is the WRJ District Convention, held biennially during even-numbered years, along with other regularly-scheduled events detailed below:
These biennial conventions, held in the fall of even-numbered years, are the main gatherings of WRJ sisterhood members and leaders on a regional level. At these conferences, attendees have the opportunity to get acquainted with other leaders within their region and continue their growth as WRJ leaders during several days of learning, connecting, worshipping, and decision-making (which includes voting for new WRJ District officers, the next fiscal budget, and any constitutional changes).
These day-long events, held on a weekend and organized by a WRJ District Area Director for a group of local area sisterhoods, are opportunities for members to learn about current initiatives happening throughout WRJ and gain new skills to take back to their own sisterhoods. These events typically feature WRJ speaker(s) and/or scholar(s)-in-residence presenting on topics ranging from educational to fun, and include a luncheon to facilitate making new friends and connecting with old ones.
If the event occurs on a Sunday, it is usually called an “Area Day,” while if it is held on a Saturday, it is usually called a “Shabbaton.” Shabbatons are Area Days that traditionally start with Shabbat morning services and Torah study.
These weekend-long events, which go by a variety of names and are held in between WRJ District Conventions, often occur at a URJ camp so that attendees can experience other parts of the Reform Movement.
Usually open to all sisterhood members, these events give the opportunity for WRJ District members to gather to share ideas, celebrate Shabbat, attend educational workshops, and build new friendships. Sometimes though, these events are planned specifically for WRJ District Board members to conduct District business, grow leadership skills, and promote board bonding.