WRJ-Israel Affiliates

Founded in 2009 by WRJ Board member Resa Davids, WRJ-Israel’s initial goal was to ensure there would be a women's track of workshops at the international World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) Convention in Jerusalem that year. At that time, 15 out of the 25 Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) congregations had formal women’s groups and, from those groups, 50 women attended the inaugural meeting. Later that year, at the WRJ 2009 Assembly in Toronto, Canada, each of these 15 Israeli women’s groups was given a gavel and a charter as an official WRJ affiliates.

“Some of our groups are already quite active, while some are still trying to establish themselves. It is very important to state that we are not trying to imitate WRJ Sisterhoods. We are culturally different. Our communities are not mirrors of North American Reform Congregations—we are building an Israeli Movement.”


—WRJ-Israel Founder and WRJ Board member Resa Davids, 2012

Today, WRJ-Israel has grown to include 27 WRJ-affiliated women's groups. Each of these groups has its own goals and runs its own programs in accordance with the WRJ-Israel Mission Statement. Although WRJ-Israel affiliates differ culturally and structurally from their North American counterparts, they have the support of WRJ in their journey to build an Israeli Movement that promotes the roles of Israeli women in Reform/Progressive Judaism. WRJ-Israel holds an annual national meeting and periodic programs in local communities.

To become involved in a local WRJ-Israel women’s group or find one while traveling abroad, please search the "Find a Sisterhood" database, view the contact list (below), or contact WRJ Engagement Associate Jenny Levy or 212.650.4060.

 

WRJ-Israel Women's Groups

Kibbutz Lotan
Arava Valley
info@klotan.co.il
www.kibbutzlotan.com

Kibbutz Yahel, Arava Valley
www.yahel.org.il

Tefillat Ha’Adam, Caesarea
ayalasamuels@gmail.com

Kehillat HaShahar, Even Yehuda
nknoa21@gmail.com

Kehillat Yuval, Gedera
aefraimi1@gmail.com

Ohel Sarah of Kehillat Ohel Avraham, Haifa
ohel@leobaeck.co.il

Kehillat Or Hadash, Haifa
rabbi@or-hadash-haifa.org.il
www.or-hadash-haifa.org.il

Kehillat Shirat HaYam, Haifa
dlimor@gmail.com

Kehillat Har-El, Jerusalem
office.kharel@gmail.com

Kehillat Kol HaNeshama, Jerusalem
kolhaneshama@kkh.org.il

Kehillat Yedid Nefesh, Carmiel
yedid_nefesh@014.net.il

Kehillat Birkat Shalom, Kibbutz Gezer
info@birkatshalom.net
www.birkatshalom.net

Kehillat Ma’a lot Tivon, Kiryat Tivon
maalottivon@gmail.com

Kehillat Kamatz, Mevasser et Zion
Info@kamatz.com

Kehillat Yozma, Modi’in
yozma@yozma.org.il
www.yozma.org.il

Kehillat Emet VeShalom, Nahariya
emet.veshalom.nahariya@gmail.com

Kehillat Natan-Ya, Natanya
rabbiedgar@gmail.com

Kehillat Ra’anan, Ra’ananah
office@beit-shmueli.org.il

Nashot Noam, of Kehillat Darchei Noam, Ramat HaSharon
liana.dothan@gmail.com

Kehillat Achvat Yisrael, Rishon Letzion
achvatisrael@bezeqint.net

Kehillat Bavat Ayin, Rosh Ha’ayin
office.bavatayin@gmail.com

Kehillat Rosh Pina, Rosh Pina
maayan1885@gmail.com

Kehillat Beit Daniel, Tel Aviv-Jaffa
office@beit-daniel.org.il
www.beit-daniel.org.il

Tefillat HaLev, Tel Aviv
hadaslevin@yahoo.com

Kehillat Tzur Hadassah, Tzur Hadassah
kehilat.tzur.hadassah@gmail.com

Kehillat Har Halutz, Mitzpeh Har Halutz
lori10@012.net.il

WRJ-Israel Mission Statement

WRJ-Israel, part of the global connection of WRJ, is a collaborative effort of dedicated individuals who are members of IMPJ congregations. We strongly encourage, empower, and support women to realize their potential as community leaders within Israeli society. Our guiding principle is always to be cognizant of women’s issues and perspectives. Our goals include:

• Enhancing Jewish knowledge and abilities

• Promoting Jewish values through action

• Strengthening congregational life

• Educating for pluralism

• Deepening relationships between Israel and the Diaspora

• Ensuring the growth of Progressive Judaism throughout the world