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Voices of WRJ: Chukat July 15, 2016 WRJ Guest Blogger by Alison Auerbach In this week’s parsha, Chukat 19:1−22:1, we read the following: 20:1 The Israelites arrived at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin. Miriam died and was buried there. These two lines on the death of Miriam seem a short shrift for a woman Rabbi Charles P. Sherman, in his sermon A Woman Worth Remembering describes thusly: Friends, this was no ordinary lady – not by any means. Yes, she was a fallible human being with faults. On occasion Miriam liked a juicy word of gossip – who doesn’t? But she was a woman of enormous love of life and of exemplary courage, and she played a central role… Continue reading
In 2008, the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) honored WRJ, naming it as the first organization ever to receive the International Humanitarian Award. Former URJ President Rabbi Eric Yoffie presented the award that evening in NY saying, “I have faced many difficult challenges in my years at the Union, but I have never had a more impossible task than the one that I have been given today: to pay a comprehensive tribute to the Women of Reform Judaism, doing full justice to their achievements while staying within a time framework that absolutely, positively is not to exceed five minutes. It cannot be done. And so I apologize in advance for the many things that will not be said…” Rabbi… Continue reading
On Tuesday April 5th Temple Israel Sisterhood hosted its first ever Women’s Freedom Seder that underscored human trafficking as the modern day form of slavery. About 85 women from Temple Israel in West Bloomfield along with women from Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit who came as our guests, attended and participated in this social action Passover seder. Rabbi Marla Hornsten and Rabbi Arianna Gordon conducted the seder and the Sisterhood’s Social Action Committee organized the event. The four cups of wine became social action oriented – cups of awareness, human dignity, hope and action. We watched a DVD that told the story of Theresa Flores, who was sexually trafficked as a 15-year-old attending Groves High School in Birmingham, MI… Continue reading
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We are so fortunate to be able to announce that WRJ Vice President fredi Bleeker-Franks from Houston, TX will be our guest speaker for the weekend. Continue reading
WRJ Central District Retreat (Kallah) April 15-19, 2016 Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) Zionsville, IN Rights, Rituals and Ruach Application for 2016 Kallah is now available. Download now at wrjcentral.org/wp-content/2016/KallahApplication2016.pdf Looking forward to seeing you all at this year’s Kallah!! If you are interested in staying at the Hampton Inn rather than the camp, make your reservations- http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/indiana/hampton-inn-indianapolis-nw-zionsville-in-INDZVHX/index.html. Continue reading
Temple Beth Emeth Sisterhood in Ann Arbor just had a fantastic Brisket BakeOff and Fundraiser this last weekend. This was our 3rd one. And fun! We had ten contestants who entered recipes and briskets for our panel of judges. Judging was like that on Iron Chef, though no one knows whose brisket is being judged at any time. The judges take this very seriously. Our judges were Justin Hiller, VP of Hiller’s Market, Mary Bilyeu, Ann Arbor’s “Food Floozie” and contributor to AnnArbor.com, and Lisa Saulles, last year’s winner. We had great prizes for the winners– we give first through 4th prize (nice inducement for buying and cooking a 6-8 lb brisket). The value of the prizes we are able… Continue reading
TBE Sisterhood invites our sister-Sisterhoods to come to both TBE’s Sisterhood Shabbat on Feb 20th and our Workshop held at TBE on Saturday, Feb 21, from 9:30 – 2:00. Sharon K. Benoff is currently WRJ Vice President of Development & Special Projects, has been on the WRJ Board of Directors since 2003, with prior roles as WRJ Vice President of Programming and Advocacy and WRJ Vice President of Service to Sisterhoods. In 2012-2013, Sharon served as the WRJ Centennial Fundraising Chair, responsible for raising millions of dollars to secure WRJ’s future. She is also working with women groups in South America helping them organize and join the WRJ organization. At home, she has been an active member of Women of… Continue reading