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Women of CRJ
2013-2014 Sisterhood Officers and Advisors
President: Helen Becker
VP of Membership: Cathy Lieblich
VP of Fundraising: Beverly Smith
VP of Programming: Carolyn Sadowsky
Treasurer: Kristin Abramson
Gift Shop Treasurer: Jean White
Recording Secretary: Joan Kaspin
Corresponding Secretary: Rachel Sachs
Advisor: Ava Maxwell
Advisor: Louise Frankel
Advisor: Norma Ball
Advisor: Wendy Silver
Advisor: Alison Levie
Who we are: The sisterhood at CRJ is an affiliated member of the national organization Women of Reform Judaism. WRJ is the women’s affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism in North America. We are a fun group of smart Jewish women who care about our Judaism, our families, our congregation and our world.
Our history: WRJ has a rich history. It was established in 1913 as the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS). The intent of the organization was to educate and train female leadership to ensure the survival of the reform movement. This was organized during a time of intense struggle for recognition of equality for women politically in the USA, as well as in their religious practices. WRJ is responsible for founding NFTY, and establishing youth groups in the reform movement.
Exploring membership: Sisterhood is a way to bring the women of the congregation together through social, advocacy and spiritual gatherings. Sisterhood is a great place to encourage networking for personal, professional, political and humanitarian causes, leadership opportunities, support for Israel, and educational activities. Most women who join our sisterhood are involved in programs and planning sporadically. We are a diverse group of women who are professional, family-oriented, and busy. Our programming realizes that “one size does not fit all” and we try to offer quality programs on many topics at different days and times to accommodate the busy schedules of our members. This allows for smaller groups, as well as more intimate and meaningful interactions. Got an idea? Contact us! We’ll try almost anything once!
Benefits of affiliation: Membership gives you the communal voice to be linked with 75,000 Jewish women nationwide who are like-minded….talk about a “power trip!” You can be provided with information through the WRJ website to keep you informed on current issues and gender sensitive spiritual concerns. Whether you attend many or just one of our events, your membership money is put to good use. We donate most of our budget directly back to the temple in the form of scholarships, underwriting youth events, contributions to planned activities, or providing emergency funds for unplanned expenses. There is no reason not to join because you benefit in so many different ways.
(Informational resources for this document were provided via the WRJ website at: womenofreformjudaism.org)
Looking for a special gift for an upcoming Simcha? Planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Ready to begin lighting Shabbat candles or making Havdalah as a family? Whatever your need, the Women of CRJ Sisterhood Judaica Shop is the first place you need to look!
Our Judaica Shop is located across from the Temple’s Main Office and features many one-of-a-kind designs, art and beautiful items of Judaica from around the world. The shop carries a wide variety of items - from a new Tallit to a shofar, Shabbat candlesticks to a beautiful mezuzah for the door of your new home, exquisite artwork to adorn your home and jewelry to complement your outfit!
Sisterhood has invitations for every occasion as well as many other items for B’nai Mitzvah and weddings. Stop in at the Shop on your next visit to Temple.