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A Letter From The President

June 2022

Say YES to WRJ
Our Board discussed having an in-person event this summer but decided not to try to schedule something with the uncertainty of the pandemic still looming. This event would have involved a Fundraiser for WRJ’s YES Fund. The Youth, Education and Special Projects Fund combines donations from Sisterhoods and individuals to strengthen the Reform Movement. Here are just a few of the programs and organizations supported by the Fund that promote social justice and fight for a safer world:
Youth Education
  • Scholarships for rabbinical and cantorial studies are given to future leaders of Reform Judaism at seminaries and institutions around the world
Special Projects Since we are not meeting in person, the Fundraising team is planning an exciting “Pop-up Shop” for August with some really great vendors. Stay tuned to hear about supporting the YES Fund by shopping!


Lori Motis
WRJ Atlantic District, President


DEVELOPMENT VP - Cheryl Harper

Pay it Forward
Do you know that every sisterhood is saving $2 per member because of the generosity of Joanne Fried, a WRJ North America Board Member who is covering District dues for 3 years? What to do with all that extra cash??
The Atlantic District suggests that each sisterhood contribute the $2 per member and invest it in our youth by making a donation to the Jeanette Miriam Goldberg Youth Fund (JMG)! Send your contributions to: Atlantic District Treasurer, Ellen Mirbach at 6207 Meridian Blvd, Warrington, PA 19067
The Jeanette Miriam Goldberg Youth Fund is dedicated to supporting the youth of our district. Goldberg was a prominent and active member of both Temple Rodeph Shalom Sisterhood in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (PFTS). She was greatly concerned with the welfare of Jewish youth. A fund was established in her name which currently donates money to the North American Federation of Temple Youth in the Atlantic District
As URJ Youth’s signature year-round program, more than 8,000 North American 6th-12th graders participate in the NFTY programs that teach compassion, fight injustice, engage with Israel, and build community. NFTY is the safe, home-away-from-home that inspires our teens to become their best selves and empowers them to change the world.

ADVOCACY VP - Barbara Gibson

Every Voice, Every Vote!
There are months when there are just too many things that need our attention and actions. WRJ helps us focus on our high priority issues with E2A – Education to Action. Our next education opportunity will be June 14th, Active Allyship: Reform Jews Showing Up for Fundamental Rights, click here to register! Join Keshet, WRJ, and the RAC to learn how current trends in anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-abortion legislation and threats to bodily autonomy are interconnected and how we, as Jews, can be active allies and fight against these bills.

WRJ is also supporting and participating in the “I Wear Teal” campaign. Teal is the color of both sexual assault and PTSD awareness. Why would you wear teal? To be an ally? Because awareness is critical? Because a friend was assaulted? Let’s raise our own awareness.
Date to Save: September 20th WRJ launches WRJ Says STOP with the 1st webinar in the series.
Date to Note: June 27th – PTSD Awareness Day (wear teal!)

Action Items:

  • Click here to urge the Senate to pass the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act
  • Click here to tell Congress to end discrimination against pregnant workers by passing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
  • Download and print Reform Jews Fight for Reproductive Rights Poster, click here
  • Download the WRJ 2022 Reproductive Health & Rights Guide, click here
  • Have you had a social action project? Gone to a rally? Collaborated to help others? Send in your photos so we can celebrate your efforts and share your ideas with other Sisterhoods and Districts! Be proud of what you do!

Our very own Cover Girl, Becky Markowitz, graces the cover of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. Turn to page 28 to read how Women of Reform Judaism is honored Markowitz with its Women Empowerment Award. Markowitz told writer Sasha Rogelberg how empowerment has been a lifelong theme in her career.


Save the date for a special Zoom program with Maggie Anton as she discusses her new book, The Choice.
Oct 30, 2022, at 12:00 PM EST (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Books will be available for purchase after the meeting! Download this flyer.

Join us for an off the beaten track tour by star tour guide Shari Robins. Virtually visit incredible and meaningful sites often overlooked in traditional tours. These are two examples of the treasures we will explore.  REGISTER TODAY


Fused Glass Mezuzah Making & Mimosas
Please join us as Beth Chaim welcomes back Leanne Purkis, owner of Magic Arts Studio. Leanne specializes in Glass Arts; Mosaics; Jewelry Making; Ceramics and more.
Anyone Who Wants to Create Something Special for Yourself or as a Gift. No experience necessary.
Design and create your very own, one-of-a-kind fused glass mezuzah with instructor guidance.
We will greet you with a morning mimosa, but this is a BYOB* event. (*Bring Your Own Bagel)
Your finished piece(s) will be put into a kiln to ensure the integrity of the glass and strengthen the longevity of your design.
The mezuzahs will then be available for pickup at the temple a few weeks after the class. You will be absolutely amazed at how gorgeous these come out!
Sunday, June 12, 2022, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Beth Chaim Rotunda
Weather permitting or we will move indoors
RSVP: $36 per person (includes instruction, equipment, tools and glass)
Advance registration required.
Email Judy Loeb by June 1, 2022 to reserve your spot.

June 2022

Week of June 1st – June 7th
WRN Journey to 50 Speaker Series Thursday, June 2nd
7:30 PM EST
Week of June 8th – June 18th
Atlantic District Board Meeting Sunday, June 12th
7:30 PM EST
Pride Month Webinar
Active Allyship: Reform Jews Showing Up for Fundamental Rights
Thursday, June 14th
7:30 PM EST
Week of June 19th – June 30th
Father’s Day Sunday, June 19th
Israel Education Presents a Virtual Tour of ANU - The Museum of the Jewish People Wednesday, June 22nd
12 noon EST
Giving Wisely: Understanding Ways to Give Monday, June 27th
7:30 PM EST

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The Jeanette Miriam Goldberg Fund provides funds to the NFTY for URJ camp scholarships for teens within our District. The Nanci Pompan Leadership Development Fund provides financial assistance for women within the Atlantic District to attend Atlantic District leadership events.
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