Welcome to the WRJ Northeast District
Under One Tent, In the Company of our Sisters
Over the weekend of April 26-28, Sisterhood and WRJ leaders throughout the Northeast District gathered in Norwalk, Connecticut for our biannual Retreat - a time to refocus our efforts, renew our commitments, and have the opportunity to meet and greet friends who share our interests and goals. Because the weekend took place just after the Boston Marathon bombing, we were able to offer comfort and support to our "sisters" who joined us and live in Boston. We were joined by our spiritual leader for the weekend, Emma Goldin, a cantorial student at HUC, and a wonderful example of the talented and enthusiastic leadership coming from our movement.
Click here to read the rest of the story.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island Area Day
On Saturday, March 16, 2013, around 60 women from Massachusetts and Rhode Island gathered at Temple Beth Shalom, Needham, MA to participate in a WRJ Northeast District Area Day. The women in attendance represented sisterhoods from Andover, Belmont, Brookline, Framingham, Lexington, Needham, and Newton, Massachusetts, as well as Providence, Rhode Island. Katie Roeper, WRJ Board member, presented her workshop entitled "Sisterhood is Like a Box of Chocolates," which covered suggestions on how to best market our sisterhoods.
But wait ... there's more. Click here.
Reform Jewish Voice of New York State
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)
Celebrations of Centennial
Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood, Needham, MA, in collaboration with the Temple Beth Shalom Children's Center, has collected over "100 for 100" pajamas and books, which have been donated to a local shelter participating in the Pajama Program, which provides pajamas and books for children living in difficult circumstances.
Seated - Children from the Temple Beth Shalom Children's Center, Ellen Dietrick, Director of the Temple Beth Shalom Children's Center Standing - Trina Novak, TBS Centennial Ambassador, WRJ Northeast District VP of Area Management, Betty Weiner, WRJ Board Member, Alison Davis, TBS Sisterhood Social Action Liaison
Welcome to the WRJ Northeast District
Welcome to Women of Reform Judaism's Northeast District. Women of Reform Judaism, an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, is the collective voice and presence of women in congregational life. Stronger together, we support the ideals and enhance the quality of Jewish living to ensure the future of progressive Judaism in North America, Israel and around the world.
The Northeast District is one of eight districts of Women of Reform Judaism. It is composed of 81 affiliate Sisterhoods representing approximately 9,600 women that come from New York and New England in the United States and Ontario and Quebec in Canada.
The Northeast District serves as a link or liaison between the many local sisterhoods and WRJ. We are here to encourage understanding and support of the programs, activities, and projects of WRJ and to provide direct services to our district sisterhoods.