Who We Are
The Northeast District is one of eight districts of Women of Reform Judaism. It is composed of sixty-six affiliate sisterhoods and women's groups representing over 6,000 women in New York, New England, and Eastern Canada. We also welcome individual members of WRJ who reside in the Northeast District.
Our members are women from every walk of life. What they share is that they are Reform/Progressive Jews, and they are committed to liberal Jewish values and community.
Stronger together! We aim to help our sisterhoods and individual members grow – with the support of the many dedicated district officers and area directors, and the wonderful resources from Women of Reform Judaism.
The EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of the Northeast District is made up of officers and area directors. Officers are the president, first vice president, four additional vice presidents, a treasurer, recording secretary, corresponding secretary, membership secretary, and the immediate past president.
The BOARD OF DIRECTORS includes the Executive Committee, committee chairs, past presidents, WRJ Board members residing in the Northeast District, and the president of each affiliated sisterhood or women's group in good standing, or her duly appointed representative.
LIAISON. We support and implement the vision of WRJ by serving as the liaison between WRJ and WRJ-affiliated sisterhoods, women’s groups, and individual members in the district.
ASSOCIATION. We bring WRJ-affiliated sisterhoods, women’s groups, and individual members within the district in closer cooperation and association with one another to further their respective activities.
PARTICIPATION. We help WRJ-affiliated sisterhoods, women’s groups, and individual members participate effectively in the activities of the district and WRJ.
ORGANIZATION. We assist in the organization of new WRJ-affiliated sisterhoods and women’s groups in the district.
There are several ways to become a member of the WRJ Northeast District.
Join a group that is affiliated with WRJ. Our sisterhoods and women's groups welcome new members. Use the sisterhood search (below) to find a group in the Northeast District.
Affiliate your group with WRJ. If your sisterhood or women's group is not affiliated with WRJ but is part of a Reform Jewish congregation, it is eligible to join WRJ. Apply for your sisterhood or women's group to join WRJ.
Join as an individual member. You can join WRJ as an individual member, that is, without belonging to a WRJ-affiliated group. Upon receipt of your application, WRJ Manager of Engagement Heather Lorgeree will contact you. Become an individual member of WRJ.
WRJ at the United Nations
In 1945, Dr. Jane Evans took a leave of absence from her post as executive director of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (the former name of Women of Reform Judaism) to become keynote speaker and State Department consultant to the U.S. delegation that took part in the drafting of the Charter of the United Nations. Our participation is ongoing.
Vivian Blumstein, WRJ Board member and past president of the Northeast District, attended a September 2021 meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. In her post-meeting report, Vivian wrote, in part:
"The focus was to connect climate change with the COVID pandemic and the debt crisis."
". . . those who have done the most harm to the environment are impacted the least.
". . . debts have made more people, communities, and women of the South much more vulnerable to the impact of climate change.
". . . women’s organizations fill gaps in essential services, advocate for gender-just policy responses, and demand accountability through protests and monitoring."
The Canadian Story
From a Canadian sister
My name is Ruthe Schipper and I am a past president of Holy Blossom Sisterhood in Toronto, Ontario. I did four years of a two-year term. I have just been installed as Corresponding Secretary of the Northeast District of WRJ.
When Trina Novak asked me to do the “Canadian Perspective,” I told her I was honoured – h‑o‑n‑o‑u‑r‑e‑d.
When my cheque is in the mail, it is spelled c‑h‑e‑q‑u‑e. When I see the word c‑h‑e‑c‑k, I want to check to make sure you are okay.
I live in a province, not a state. I have a postal code, not a zip code. My postal code has numbers… and letters!
When I order a Diet Coke, I am ordering a pop. When I hear the word “soda,” I think of Canada Dry Soda Water.
My wallet, keys, pens, and other miscellaneous items that I need to take with me each day go into my purse rather than a pocketbook.
My alphabet goes from A to zed.
Canada is now the world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace as pot prohibition ended on October 17, 2018.
Past Meetings & Conferences
Women from the Northeast District attend WRJ conferences and events along with Reform / Progressive Jewish women across North America and around the world.
The Northeast District of Women of Reform Judaism
Eastern Canada, New England, and New York State