Southwest District Blog Posts

Engaging Young Women with WRJ

Rachelle Weiss Crane
November 26, 2021

A tapestry of generations—that’s one of the taglines our Temple Emanu-El WRJ Sisterhood has used to reflect the importance of including women* at every age and stage in our sisterhood.

WRJ Connections Can Make A Difference

October 8, 2021
Tory served as the Cantorial Soloist/Music Director with Congregation Gates of Prayer outside of New Orleans for 30+ years, aiding her congregants as they dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Fast forward, Tory now lives in Chicago but is still connected to her WRJ Southwest District sisters. As Hurricane Ida rolled through, she felt many things, but mostly the instinct to help.

Parashah Noach

Joanne B. Fried
October 8, 2021

Interpreting the words, "Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generations," Rabbi Johanan taught that Noah was considered righteous in his generations, but would not have been considered righteous in other generations.

Future of Judaica Shops within Synagogues

Kay Schachter
August 19, 2021
As synagogues reopen and life splutters anew with more simchas, we return to temple for classes, programs, and worship. So, the question remains: What has been the impact of COVID on our business, and how do we see the future of Judaica shops within synagogues?

Spring Cleaning Your Social Media

Jenn Daley, WRJ Executive Committee, Marketing & Communications Chair
April 16, 2021


Ah, Spring – the flowers are blooming, and birds are chirping. Spring cleaning is traditionally when we are busy decluttering and organizing our home.