Awards & Grants

WRJ Central District Awards

The Deborah Honor

This award recognizes one woman from each sisterhood within Central District who has demonstrated extraordinary service and commitment to both sisterhood and Judaism based upon criteria established by the sisterhood. Each woman nominated by her sisterhood to receive the Deborah Honor will be recognized at our District Convention.

Deborah Honor Nomination Form- 2020

Central District Programming Grants

    • WRJ Central District is committed to supporting our affiliated sisterhoods and women’s groups in developing programs that foster connections to Sisterhood, Spirituality, and Social Good. Sisterhoods from WRJ Central District are encouraged to submit one grant request per district term, for up to $500.  Additional information and application materials can be found here:


WRJ Awards

There are a variety of awards and grants available for WRJ affiliated sisterhoods who have shown effective leadership skills, brought innovative programming to their communities, or are looking to engage membership through the development of skills and furthering of education.

WRJ Or Ami Award:

Established in 1973, the WRJ Or Ami “Light of My People” Award for Special Achievement in Programming recognizes exemplary social justice, community service, and educational programming that serves as a model for other WRJ Districts and sisterhoods.

WRJ YES Fund Honor Roll:

Each fiscal year, WRJ honors those sisterhoods and women’s groups who have gone above and beyond in their YES Fund donations.

WRJ Conference Grants:

A variety of grants are available to attend the Fried Women’s Conference and other programs.

See additional information on the Or Ami Awards, YES Fund Awards, and available WRJ Grants on the WRJ website at:

WRJ Incubator Grants

    • Incubator Grants is an initiative designed to inspire and enable “outside the box” programs and provide new ideas for all WRJ sisterhoods and Districts. Many of our sisterhoods have projects they would like to pursue and share but do not have the resources to create them. WRJ will be providing incubator grants in order to enable the enacting of programs which create caring communities, promote Reform Jewish values, cultivate spiritual or personal growth, or give more women the opportunity to do tikkun olam, repair the world.

Grants will be awarded to sisterhoods in good standing with WRJ and their WRJ District who submit applications with creative thinking and new and innovative ideas. Applications can be for one-time projects or ongoing initiatives, though it is a one-time grant. The grant may be used to fund program expenses from $500–5,000 USD, though the WRJ Incubator Grants Committee will determine the amount of the award.

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