Who We Are

Atlantic District

WRJ Atlantic District seeks to:

  • Promote the aims of Women of Reform Judaism and support its projects;
  • Bring the District sisterhoods into closer cooperation and association with one another; 
  • Further their respective activities to help sisterhoods participate most effectively in the activities of Women of Reform Judaism;
  • Serve as a liaison between local sisterhoods and Women of Reform Judaism, and
  • Assist in the organization of new sisterhoods in the District.

CLICK HERE to read Understanding Our Heritage, A District History of the Atlantic District.

CLICK HERE to read Understanding Our Purpose

CLICK HERE for the Jeannette Miriam Goldberg Youth Fund History

Our Leadership

President: Jan Shaw, Women of Rodef Shalom, Pittsburgh, PA

First Vice President: Abby Gilbert, Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen, PA

Vice Presidents:

Area Director VP - Susan Cohen, Women of Temple Sinai, Pittsburgh, PA

Marketing & Communications VP - Sharon Zydney, Temple Emanu-El, Westfield NJ 

Philanthropy VP - Cheryl Harper,   Main Line Reform Temple, Wynnewood, PA

Advocacy VP - Linda Kline, Old York Road Temple Beth Am, Abington, PA 

Secretary - Evelyn Fair, Old York Road Temple Beth Am, Abington, PA

Treasurer - Ellen Mirbach, Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen, PA

Assistant Treasurer - Carol Woolford, Women of Temple Sinai, Pittsburgh, PA

Immediate Past President - Lori Motis, Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen, PA

Area Directors/Sisterhoods

Area Directors (ADs) are your connection to the Atlantic District and WRJ.

Cindy Postilnick

  1. Women of Temple Shalom – Aberdeen, NJ
  2. Women of Temple Emanu-El – Edison, NJ
  3. Temple Beth-El Sisterhood – Hillsborough, NJ
  4. Women’s Connection of Temple Har Shalom – Warren, NJ
  5. Temple Sinai of Bergen County Sisterhood – Tenafly, NJ

Annice Benamy

  1. Temple Sholom of West Essex Sisterhood – Cedar Grove, NJ
  2. Barnert Temple Sisterhood – Franklin Lakes, NJ
  3. Adath Emanu-El – Mount Laurel, NJ
  4. Beth Am Shalom – Lakewood, NJ

Luisa Narins

  1. Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood – Westfield, NJ
  2. Women of Kol Dorot – Oradell, NJ
  3. Congregation B’nai Jeshurun Women’s Association – Short Hills, NJ
  4. Beth Haverim Sisterhood – Mahwah, NJ

Mindy Miller

  1. Kol Ami Sisterhood – Cherry Hill, NJ
  2. Monmouth Reform Temple Sisterhood – Marlborough, NJ
  3. Shirat Hayam – Ventnor, NJ
  4. Temple Shaari Emeth Sisterhood – Manalapan, NJ

Margie Kopins

  1. Temple Sholom Sisterhood – Broomall, PA
  2. Beth David Congregation Sisterhood – Gladwyne, PA
  3. Temple Brith Achim Sisterhood – King of Prussia, PA
  4. Beth Chaim Reform Congregation Sisterhood – Malvern, PA
  5. Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim Sisterhood – Wynnewood, PA

Terry Starrett

  1. Temple Ohev Shalom Sisterhood – Allison Park
  2. Temple Shalom Sisterhood, Wheeling, WV
  3. Women of Temple Sinai – Pittsburgh, PA
  4. Congregation Oheb Shalom Sisterhood – Wyomissing (Reading), PA

Rebekah Siegel

  1. Women of KI – Elkins Park, PA
  2. Sisterhood of Old York Road Temple-Beth Am – Abington, PA
  3. Women of Rodef Shalom - Pittsburgh, PA
  4. Temple Ohev Shalom Sisterhood – Harrisburg, PA

Susan Cohen

  1.  Congregation Keneseth Israel Sisterhood – Allentown, PA
  2. Congregation Beth Or Sisterhood – Maple Glen, PA
  3. Women of Shaarai Shomayim – Lancaster, PA
  4. Women of Shir Ami – Newtown, PA

Committee Chairs

Alumnae - Becky Markowitz

Budget - Janet Katz

District Documents Editor - Janet Katz

Electronic Archives & Digital Storage - Janet Katz

Photographer - Janet Katz

Fundraising/Philanthropy - District Funds & Tributes - Carol Woolford

Fundraising/Philanthropy - YES Fund - Heather Lorgeree

Retreats & Meeting Arrangements (2024 Interim) - Annice Benamy

Newsletter/E-blast Editor - Lori Motis

Speakers Bureau -  Anita Gordon

Sunshine/Caring Fund - Barbara Gibson

Membership/New Affiliates - Lori Motis

Fundraising/Philanthropy: Grant Writing - Annice Benamy

District Scholarship/Leadership Development - Amy Buondonno

Open chair positions:


District Convention: Local Arrangements

District Convention: Program Chairs

Or Ami/Incubator Grants 

Members of the WRJ Board of Directors:

  • Lori Motis
  • Lynn Magid Lazar
  • Lisa Schwartz
  • Leslie Brier
  • Jan Shaw
  • Abby Gilbert
  • Rosanne Selfon
  • Sharon Zydney
  • Luisa Narins