WRJ-Israel

Founded in 2009 by WRJ Board member Resa Davids, WRJ-Israel’s initial goal was to ensure there would be a women's track of workshops at the international World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) Convention in Jerusalem that year. At that time, 15 out of the 25 Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) congregations had formal women’s groups and, from those groups, 50 women attended the inaugural meeting. Later that year, at the WRJ 2009 Assembly in Toronto, Canada, each of these 15 Israeli women’s groups was given a gavel and a charter as an official WRJ affiliates.

“Some of our groups are already quite active, while some are still trying to establish themselves. It is very important to state that we are not trying to imitate WRJ Sisterhoods. We are culturally different. Our communities are not mirrors of North American Reform Congregations—we are building an Israeli Movement.”


—WRJ-Israel Founder and WRJ Board member Resa Davids, 2012

Today, WRJ-Israel has grown to include 27 WRJ-affiliated women's groups. Each of these groups has its own goals and runs its own programs in accordance with the WRJ-Israel Mission Statement (in the sidebar). Although WRJ-Israel affiliates differ culturally and structurally from their North American counterparts, they have the support of WRJ in their journey to build an Israeli Movement that promotes the roles of Israeli women in Reform/Progressive Judaism. WRJ-Israel holds an annual national meeting and periodic programs in local communities.

The WRJ-Israel Twinning Program allows WRJ-Israel women’s groups to partner with North American sisterhoods to build a long-term, mutually-beneficial relationship to help both groups grow and thrive.

To become involved in a local WRJ-Israel women’s group or find one while traveling abroad, please search the "Find a Sisterhood" Database (in the sidebar), view the contact list (below), or contact WRJ Programs and Communications Associate Micaela Russell at mrussell@wrj.org or 212.650.4060. 
 

WRJ-Israel Women's Groups

Kibbutz Lotan
Arava Valley
info@klotan.co.il
www.kibbutzlotan.com

Kibbutz Yahel
Arava Valley
www.yahel.org.il

Tefillat Ha’Adam
Caesarea
ayalasamuels@gmail.com

Kehillat HaShahar
Even Yehuda
nknoa21@gmail.com

Kehillat Yuval
Gedera
aefraimi1@gmail.com

Ohel Sarah of Kehillat Ohel Avraham
Haifa
ohel@leobaeck.co.il

Kehillat Or Hadash
Haifa
rabbi@or-hadash-haifa.org.il
www.or-hadash-haifa.org.il

Kehillat Shirat HaYam
Haifa
dlimor@gmail.com

Kehillat Har-El
Jerusalem
office.kharel@gmail.com

Kehillat Kol HaNeshama
Jerusalem
kolhaneshama@kkh.org.il

Kehillat Yedid Nefesh
Carmiel
yedid_nefesh@014.net.il

Kehillat Birkat Shalom
Kibbutz Gezer
info@birkatshalom.net
www.birkatshalom.net

Kehillat Ma’a lot Tivon
Kiryat Tivon
maalottivon@gmail.com

Kehillat Kamatz
Mevasser et Zion
Info@kamatz.com

Kehillat Yozma
Modi’in
yozma@yozma.org.il
www.yozma.org.il

Kehillat Emet VeShalom
Nahariya
emet.veshalom.nahariya@gmail.com

Kehillat Natan-Ya
Natanya
rabbiedgar@gmail.com

Kehillat Ra’anan
Ra’ananah
office@beit-shmueli.org.il

Nashot Noam, of Kehillat Darchei Noam
Ramat HaSharon
liana.dothan@gmail.com

Kehillat Achvat Yisrael
Rishon Letzion
achvatisrael@bezeqint.net

Kehillat Bavat Ayin
Rosh Ha’ayin
office.bavatayin@gmail.com

Kehillat Rosh Pina
Rosh Pina
maayan1885@gmail.com

Kehillat Beit Daniel
Tel Aviv-Jaffa
office@beit-daniel.org.il
www.beit-daniel.org.il

Tefillat HaLev
Tel Aviv
hadaslevin@yahoo.com

Kehillat Tzur Hadassah
Tzur Hadassah
kehilat.tzur.hadassah@gmail.com

Kehillat Har Halutz
Mitzpeh Har Halutz
lori10@012.net.il