Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) is the women’s affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America. Established in 1913, WRJ now represents more than 65,000 women in nearly 500 women’s groups around the world. With a mission to ensure the future of Reform Judaism, WRJ works to educate and train future sisterhood and congregational leadership about membership, fundraising, leadership, advocacy for social justice, and innovative and spiritual programming.
In the WRT community, WRJ brings new programming and speakers who challenge and spark our thinking and discussion. We celebrate a variety of annual events, including Thanksgiving for the visually impaired, the women’s seder, and Confirmation. Weekly, we celebrate and recognize every Bar and Bat Mitzvah. We also raise tzedakah through efforts such as running the WRT Judaica Shop and annual holiday boutique. We are the Women of Reform Judaism and we are stronger together. Join us.
Upcoming WRJ Events:
Rosh Chodesh 5782
Led by Cantor Kleinman and Cantor Rodnizki
Tuesday, December 7 at 11:30 am (via Zoom)
Join our cantors and a diverse group of women for a monthly, midday infusion of community, ritual, sharing, and study as we mark each new month on the Hebrew calendar. This year, Rosh Chodesh will include opportunities to learn in the style of our “And She Said” class, to celebrate happy occasions, and to hold space for one another in times of challenge or healing. To be added to the email list and receive the Zoom link, please email Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org.
Friday, December 10 at 12:00 noon (via Zoom)
Upcoming dates: January 14, and February 11
You don’t want to miss this opportunity to study with Rabbi Baken! In this class, she will guide us in our spiritual study and heighten our understanding of the principles of Mussar. Mussar elevates our spiritual perspective as well as a offering insights into the discipline of transformative practices. Mussar asks that we engage in thoughtful interaction with our soul traits (middot). These include qualities such as humility, generosity, trust and many others.
We will examine lessons from Jewish scripture and apply techniques like journaling, chanting and meditating as methods to balance our middot. According to the practice of Mussar, all character traits (even anxiety!) are valuable to our lives, but we can manage the levels to which they affect our being. Together we have the ability to make use of our challenges so we can flourish in our lives. This class is for anyone seeking depth, looking to discover more about themselves, or interested in analyzing Jewish scripture with a new lens. ALL ARE WELCOME. Please register here for login information.
Thursday, December 16 (via Zoom)
Meet and Greet at 6:45 pm, Author Book Talk at 7:00 pm
Join WRJ online for an online book talk with the author of “Concealed: Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America.” Author Esther Amini grew up in Queens, New York during the freewheeling 1960s. She also grew up in a Persian-Jewish household, the American-born daughter of parents who had fled Mashhad, Iran. In Concealed, she tells the story of being caught between these two worlds: the dutiful daughter of tradition-bound parents who hungers for more self-determination than tradition allows. Sign-up here.
General Meeting and Winter Program
Tuesday, January 25 (via Zoom)
General Meeting at 12:00 noon, Program 12:30 pm
The Word Mavens: A humorous look at Jewish Culture and language.
Save the date for this special zoom event. More information to follow.