Tag Archives: social justice

Double Booked: Perspectives from the President of WRJ

This piece originally appeared on March 25, 2014 for the RACblog’s special Double Booked series. With a demanding professional career managing the ethics and compliance training, communications and external engagement for a Fortune 500 company, some people think I am crazy for having agreed to serve as the President of Women of Reform Judaism.  Sometimes I would […]

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WRJ and LGBT Rights: A Brief History

By Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell From its founding in 1913, The National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods has served as a powerful and effective vehicle for Reform Jewish women to share their commitment to and advocacy for increasing justice in the world. As such, the women of our movement have been long-standing advocates for the rights of […]

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Voices of WRJ: Vayeitzei

by Sandi Firsel In Vayeitzei , Genesis 28:10-32:3, there are many emotionsto consider: love, deceit, sibling rivalry, jealousy, betrayal, thievery,  lies, trickery, and reconciliation. As the parashah begins, Jacob meets Rachel and falls in love. However, he must marry her older sister, Leah, first. Jacob continues to work for his father-in-law, Laban, for seven years […]

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Domestic Violence: Our Problem Too

By Sarah Krinsky Think of four women you know. They can be anyone – friends, sisters, classmates, colleagues. Got it? Great. Now think – if the women you chose were four average American women, statistics predict that one of them has been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Add one more woman […]

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Lifting Our Voices and Urging the Senate End Workplace Discrimination for the LGBT Community on September 17th

For many years, Women of Reform Judaism, alongside the Reform Movement, has been dedicated to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals enjoy the rights they deserve as people and as citizens. These rights include but surely are not limited to equal access to civil marriage and all the related federal protections, protection from […]

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Chazak Chazak V’nitchazek: WRJ and Social Justice

By Rabbi David Saperstein In the opening verses of Jeremiah, Chapter 1, (the haftarah reading traditionally used when this week’s Parshat Mattot is read on its own), we read: “…Before you were born, I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet concerning the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). The rabbis asked why do we speak about just […]

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Consultation on Conscience: Ambassador Susan Rice

Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, told attendees at the RAC’s Consultation on Conscience Sunday night that not only does she love her work, but she feels it is a huge privilege to work on so many significant world issues while representing the United […]

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Consultation on Conscience: WRJ President’s Report

It’s WRJ’s Centennial year and some days I wake up and I’m not sure what city I am in! Today though, I am very clearly in Washington, D.C. attending the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)’s flagship conference, Consultation on Conscience. We began last night with an exciting keynote speaker in our historic and […]

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WRJ Centennial Trip: Reform Judaism in Israel (A Report)

Editors’ Note: This speech was given at the 5th Annual WRJ-Israel National Meeting at Beit Daniel in Tel Aviv on Friday, March 8th and is centered around Kehillat Emet VeShalom, Nahariya and Temple Emanu-El of Tuscon, AZ’s participation in the WRJ-Israel Twinning Program. Two years ago, Kehillat Emet VeShalom, Nahariya and Temple Emanu-El, Tuscon, AZ’s […]

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Doing Justly: WRJ’s Advocacy Agenda

By Carolyn Kunin Social justice advocacy has formed an integral component in WRJ’s organizational life since its founding as The National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS) one hundred years ago in 1913. (NFTS, was renamed Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) in 1993.) WRJ involvement in social justice issues stems from who we are — Reform Jewish […]

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