Sisterhoods are the core of WRJ. First uniting in 1913 under the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS, now WRJ), sisterhoods sought to represent the voice and interests of women in Reform Jewish synagogues. Fifty-two sisterhoods from across the United States were represented at the Founding Convention of NFTS; today, WRJ, which just celebrated its Centennial, supports hundreds of sisterhoods throughout North America, Israel, and the world.
Sisterhoods—sometimes referred to as women's groups—are groups of active and engaged women who belong to a Reform Jewish congregation and work together toward a common cause. All sisterhoods affiliated with WRJ pay dues to WRJ and their WRJ District based on their number of members, which can vary greatly from one group to another. They provide an array of opportunities for women to be leaders in their congregational communities; most sisterhoods maintain a voting seat on their congregation’s Board of Directors.
Each sisterhood has different local interests, but they are all dedicated to a wide variety of religious, educational, social, philanthropic, and advocacy efforts. They are an outlet for the vibrant energy, creativity, and passion of Reform Jewish women, a social hub of Reform Jewish life, and an integral part of any congregation. WRJ supports the women who lead and make up our sisterhoods and provides a global network through which these groups can leverage their resources to advance their shared values.
To become involved in a local WRJ Sisterhood or find one while traveling around the world, search the “Find a Sisterhood” Database (see sidebar). Also be sure to learn how to form a sisterhood (if one does not exist in your local community) and the many benefits of affiliating with and who is included in the expansive WRJ network.