WRJ's critical issues and resolutions
For a comprehensive list of WRJ's critical issues and resolutions, here is the link: http://www.wrj.org/Advocacy/default.aspx
Reform Jewish Voice of New York
Reform Jewish Voice of New York State (RJV) is the collective voice for social justice in New York. Their mission is to promote state legislation and governmental actions that embody the principles of the Reform Jewish Movement through education on the critical issues facing the state and advocacy in local legislative districts and in Albany. RJV is modeled on the nationwide efforts of the Commission on Social Action and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the legislative office of the Union for Reform Judaism. For more information visit RJV.
Representing You at Reform Jewish Voice of New York
Last year, Abby Fisher, our former president of the Northeast District of WRJ, asked me if I would be interested in representing the NE District on the steering committee of The Reform Jewish Voice of New York State. I accepted the offer and I am now about to complete my first year as your representative. I wish to thank Abby for giving me this opportunity. The learning curve has been somewhat steep and very worthwhile.
The Reform Jewish Voice of New York State, also known as RJVNY or RJV, advocates in support of legislation, on the state level, that is in agreement with the values of the Reform Jewish Movement. This year on the sixth of May, supporters of RJV will be traveling to Albany to meet with New York State legislators, Democrats and Republicans, from the State Senate and the Assembly. Prior to these small group meetings we will be given information to help us more fully understand the legislation we will be advocating in support of. This legislation includes:
1) The Woman's Equality Agenda
a) The Reproductive Health Care Act
b) Enacting Pay Equality for Women
2) Campaign Finance Reform in New York State Elections
If you would like more information about RJVNY, I will do my best to answer your questions. You will also find helpful information online. It is so important that we communicate with those who represent us in Albany. We have a voice, and we should use that voice to help influence the way our state is governed. Of course this is true in every state.
Rona Weinstein (email@example.com)
Canadian Perspective from Lyn Feldman, Toronto
It is my honour to give the report on the Canadian Perspective this year. For the past number of conventions, this task has been so admirably executed by Pnina Margolese, from Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. Now that Pnina's term on the district board and executive is completed, I have been charged with this task, and Pnina is a hard act to follow. I must confess that I did approach Pnina for advice in preparing the report.
The Trip of a LifetimeIn May of 2010, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a volunteer service mission in the village of Atiaba, Sudan. It all began with the 2009 Or Ami Award winning project "Pads for Power," sewing cotton personal hygiene pads for the young girls in Atiaba, so that they could attend school without a monthly break. Click here to read Judy's compelling story.