Development & Special Projects

The Department of Development & Special Projects encompasses the areas of:

  • YES Fund
  • Affiliate Development
  • Speaker’s Bureau
  • Awards and Grants

The District Vice President of the department is Pamela Feldman-Hill.

YES Fund/ World Union Chair (WRJCD.YESFund@gmail.comis knowledgeable about the YES Fund and World Union for Progressive Judaism enabling her to make sisterhoods aware of how we support the Progressive Jewish Movement throughout the world and in Israel. She can provide ideas for sisterhoods to support and educate their members about the important work being done by these organizations that are under the umbrella of URJ. Through contributions to the fund from sisterhoods, we
ensure the future of the Reform Movement for our children and grandchildren. Information on what the money raised by the YES Fund supports and how individual sisterhoods can raise money for the YES Fund, including holding a YES Fund event, is available through this department.

Affiliate Development Chair’s role is to work with our district to engage and obtain new sisterhoods as WRJ affiliates, coordinate their introduction to WRJ, and keep them engaged.

Speaker’s Bureau Chair ( arranges visits from district speakers for sisterhoods. Speakers can help with board orientations, leadership development, YES Fund events, and installations. Speakers’ costs are paid for by the district and are a benefit of your district dues. Download more information and a request form. The Speaker’s Bureau chair can help you arrange for a WRJ Speaker as well.

Awards Chair ( oversees the Deborah Award Honors program and the District Programming Grants process. For the Deborah Awards, she publicizes the awards, collects and publishes the winners’ information, and oversees the presentation of awards at the appropriate District event. For the District Programming Grants, she publicizes grant opportunities, collects, and provides information to the applicant sisterhoods, and chairs the grants committee.

To request information from any of the chairs, send an email to them directly as shown, or contact



  • Manager of Philanthropy oversees the organization’s fundraising efforts, including the YES Fund & Lifeline Endowment and Annual Campaign.
  • Philanthropy Associate supports the Philanthropy efforts of the WRJ through programs such as Ner Tamid, Chai Society, and the YES Fund.

Programming and Affiliates

To contact a WRJ Associate: