Sisterhood

Meet women with similar interests, have fun, and build lasting friendships at the same time!

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Welcome to Temple Emanuel Women of Reform Judaism

The Temple Emanuel Sisterhood, also known as Women of Reform Judaism(WRJ), welcomes you to join us in the many activities we offer.  We invite women of all ages to become active members of our congregation’s Women of Reform Judaism. It is a wonderful way to meet other congregants in a small group setting, form lasting relationships among members, contribute to the life of the temple, and to support those in need. We are committed to strengthening our temple’s sense of inclusiveness, community, and friendship by offering programs and services designed to meet the needs of our congregation and our community.

We are:
An outlet for the vibrant energy, creativity, and passion of Reform Jewish women.
A social hub of Reform Jewish life.
An integral part of our congregation.

We look forward to your participation in WRJ!
wrj@templeemanuelmd.org

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Ongoing Activities and Events           Who are the Women of Reform Judaism?
WRJ stepping stones Stepping Stones Shelter               Founded in 1913 as an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, WRJ strengthens the voice of women worldwide and empowers them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values. To fulfill this vision, WRJ engages tens of thousands of women through a global network of hundreds of sisterhoods and women’s groups. Stronger together, we ensure that these women make a difference in the world.
    WRJ represents women in 500 Sisterhoods throughout the United States, Canada and 13 other countries. Our strength lies in 65,000 women coming together to make the world a better place, to effect change, and to make sure our voices are heard on social justice and women’s issues. 
    Through our YES Fund (Youth, Education, and Special Projects), WRJ provides financial support to rabbinical students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, to the youth programs of the Reform Movement, and to programs benefiting women and children in Israel and the Former Soviet Union.
    WRJ Mission Statement
Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) strengthens the voice of women worldwide and empowers them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values.
WRJ “adopted” the Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville as one of our mitzvah/social action projects. Stepping Stones is a family shelter that provides opportunities for homeless men, women, and children to regain their independence. They offer food, training and shelter in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. We collect needed items and deliver them to the shelter. We also prepare a Chanukah meal for the families.          
         
WRJ readers salon WRJ Readers’ Salon          
We discuss articles from Reform Judaism magazine. Come for great company, a casual meal, and interesting conversation.          
         
WRJ bagel table Sunday Bagel Table          
Please join us every Sunday when the Religious School is in session for coffee and bagels while socializing at our Cafe outside the Social Hall. Part of the proceeds will be used for Sisterhood tzedakah projects.          
         
WRJ gift shop WRJ Judaica Gift Shop          
We sponsor a Gift Shop, selling items from Israel and Africa, as well as featuring local Jewish artists. Perfect for wedding gifts, bar/bat mitzvah gifts, or something for yourself. WRJ recruits volunteers to staff the Gift Shop. It is a great time to meet other Temple members while helping the Sisterhood.          
         
WRJ mah jongg Mah Jongg          
Join us on Monday nights for fun and friendly games of Maj, participate in our annual TE Maj tournament and order your card through our WRJ. Players of all levels are welcome.          
         
WRJ rosh hodesh Rosh Hodesh          
One Sunday evening a month at different members’ homes with discussion of spiritual issues.          
         
WRJ service WRJ Service          
Join other WRJ members as we lead a special Shabbat service, developed by WRJ members and Cantor Rosalie Boxt.          
         
WRJ retreat Annual Women’s Retreat          
The Retreat is a time to renew old friendships, meet new people and participate in a spiritual renewal. Every January 50+ women spend the weekend learning, laughing and sharing.          
         
WRJ seder Women’s Seder          
This bi-annual Seder is for Sisterhood women and their daughters, mothers, and friends. Enjoy reading from the Women’s Haggadah, singing, and learning more about Passover rituals from a woman’s perspective.