Most Important Resolutions of Our First 100 Years

This list explores how our previous struggles have successfully triumphed to forge new paths in advocacy and social justice.

Over the past 10 decades, Women of Reform Judaism has led the Movement in social action advocacy. WRJ Resolutions have preceded policy in many areas, such as women's and civil rights and economic justice. 

In 2013, in honor of WRJ's Centennial Year, WRJ Vice President Sharon K. Benoff, WRJ Board member & WRJ Resolutions Committee Chair Professor Sally Frank, WRJ/RAC Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Sarah Greenberg, and WRJ Board member & Resolutions Committee Chair Dr. Jane Seigel, z''l, put together a list of the 12 most important resolutions from WRJ's first 100 years. This list explores how our previous struggles have successfully triumphed to forge new paths in advocacy and social justice.

1915: Immigration Bill

1923: Representation of Women on Union Boards and Commissions

1933: On Cooperation with the Jewish Braille Institute

1935: Birth Control Literature

1949: Genocide

1950: Civil Rights

1963: Ordination of Women as Rabbis

1969: Israel

1975: Rights of Individuals

1985: AIDS

1991: Rights of Gay Men and Lesbian Women

2001: Complete Health: Mental and Physical

2006: Ending Global Poverty

Resolution Archive

Resolutions & Statements: 2010 - 2018

2018 Child Marriage Affordable Housing 2017 Pluralism in Israel Sexual Violence in Schools Racial Profiling Human Trafficking 2016 Zika Virus Supreme Court Vacancy 2015 Distracted Driving Paid Family & Medical Leave Pay Equity The Crisis of Syrian and Other Refugees from the Middle East The Crisis

Resolutions & Statements: 2000 - 2009

2009 Economic Priorities for the New Administration and Congress Elder Abuse Food Production and Distribution Immigration Statement on Child Marriage 2008 Paid Sick Leave 2007 Divestment Policy to End Genocide in Darfur Drug Policy Global Warming Human Rights and the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp

Resolutions & Statements: 1990 - 1999

1999 Children as Soldiers Crisis in the Balkans Equal Justice and Equal Protection Hate Crimes Health Issues School Vouchers 1997 Apprehension and Prosecution of War Criminals Child Abuse in the Home Children's Issues in North America Continuing Tragedies of the Shoah End of Life Care Gay and

Resolutions & Statements: 1980 - 1989

1989 East-West Relations International Literacy Year Israel North American Federation of Temple Youth Protecting the United States Constitution Reproductive Rights Substance Abuse - Health Hazard Women at the Wall 1987 Bicentennial of the Constitution Civil Rights Restoration Act Ethics in Science

Resolutions & Statements: 1970 - 1979

1979 Boat People Children's Rights Commitment to Jewish Values Diplomatic Immunity - Hostages in Iran Energy Holocaust Human Rights Israel and Peace in the Middle East Kampuchea-Cambodia National Association of Temple Educators North American Federation of Temple Youth Salt II Soviet Jewry Troubled

Resolutions & Statements: 1960 - 1969

1969 Environmental Pollution Hunger Israel (A Most Important Resolution of Our First 100 Years) Priorities for Peace Religious Education The Activism of Youth 1967 Anti-Poverty, Crime, and Firearm Legislation Interreligious Dialogue Israel Representation in the UAHC The United Nations and Human

Resolutions and Statements: 1950 - 1959

1959 Capital Punishment Discrimination in Housing Immigration Peace and Disarmament 1957 Disarmament Immigration The Middle East The Worth of the Individual 1955 Arms to the Middle East Desegregation Disarmament Genocide Immigration Individual Liberties Spiritual Rededication Technical Assistance

Resolutions & Statements: 1940 - 1949

1949 Displaced Persons Genocide (A Most Important Resolution of Our First 100 Years) Human Rights Jerusalem and its Holy Places Regulations of Armaments and Control of Atomic Energy The Sabbath The United Nations 1948 Displaced Persons Human Rights International Trade Organization Charter Sabbath

Resolutions & Statements: 1920 - 1929

1929 Director of Young Folk's Activities Participation in World Friendship Project Peace Prayer 1927 Arbitration Urged Bezalel School Eliminate Compulsory Military Training Endorse Treaty of Traffic in Arms Conference Flag Association Endorsed International Disarmament Urged International Justice

Resolutions & Statements: 1913 - 1919

1919 A Book of Biblical Selections and Prayers Attendance at Religious Services Religious School Libraries Subscription to Jewish Periodicals University Extension Work 1917 Free Religious Schools 1915 Celebration of Passover and Sabbath Eve Immigration Bill (A Most Important Resolution of Our First

Our History

A Brief WRJ History On January 21, 1913, 156 delegates representing 52 congregational women’s groups met in Cincinnati, OH to organize the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS, now WRJ). Carrie O. Simon was chosen to serve as temporary chairwoman and later as the first president.