October 5, 2022 ()

Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ)

Welcome to Temple Emanuel Women of Reform Judaism

The Temple Emanuel Sisterhood, also known as Women of Reform Judaism(WRJ), welcomes you to join us in the many activities we offer.  We invite women of all ages to become active members of our congregation’s Women of Reform Judaism. It is a wonderful way to meet other congregants in a small group setting, form lasting relationships among members, contribute to the life of the temple, and to support those in need. We are committed to strengthening our temple’s sense of inclusiveness, community, and friendship by offering programs and services designed to meet the needs of our congregation and our community.

We are:

  • An outlet for the vibrant energy, creativity, and passion of Reform Jewish women.
  • A social hub of Reform Jewish life.
  • An integral part of our congregation.

We look forward to your participation in WRJ! Email us at wrj@templeemanuelmd.org.

Click Here for Membership Registration and Event Information.

Who are the Women of Reform Judaism?

Founded in 1913 as an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, WRJ strengthens the voice of women worldwide and empowers them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values. To fulfill this vision, WRJ engages tens of thousands of women through a global network of hundreds of sisterhoods and women’s groups. Stronger together, we ensure that these women make a difference in the world.

WRJ represents women in 500 Sisterhoods throughout the United States, Canada and 13 other countries. Our strength lies in 65,000 women coming together to make the world a better place, to effect change, and to make sure our voices are heard on social justice and women’s issues.

Through our YES Fund (Youth, Education, and Special Projects), WRJ provides financial support to rabbinical students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, to the youth programs of the Reform Movement, and to programs benefiting women and children in Israel and the Former Soviet Union.

WRJ Mission Statement

Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) strengthens the voice of women worldwide and empowers them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values.

Ongoing Activities and Events

Stepping Stones Shelter – WRJ “adopted” the Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville as one of our mitzvah/social action projects. Stepping Stones is a family shelter that provides opportunities for homeless men, women, and children to regain their independence. They offer food, training and shelter in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. We collect needed items and deliver them to the shelter.

WRJ Readers’ Salon – We discuss articles from current publications. Come for great company, a casual meal, and interesting conversation.

Sunday Bagel Table – WRJ sets up and runs the Bagel Table every Sunday when Religious School is in session.

Mah Jongg – Join us on Monday nights for fun and friendly games of Maj, participate in our annual TE Maj tournament and order your card through our WRJ. Players of all levels are welcome.

Rosh Hodesh – One Sunday evening a month, members engage in a brief service and a discussion about a specific topic.

WRJ Service – Join other WRJ members as we lead a special Shabbat service.

Annual Women’s Retreat – The Retreat is a time to renew old friendships, meet new people and participate in a spiritual renewal. Every January 50+ women spend the weekend learning, laughing and sharing.

Women’s Seder – This annual Seder is for Sisterhood women and their daughters, mothers, and friends. Enjoy reading from the Women’s Haggadah, singing, and learning more about Passover rituals from a woman’s perspective.

Dinners, Brunches, Speakers, Book Discussions, Movie Discussions, Knitting Circle – Join us for some or all of our activities!

Upcoming Events

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