Mid-Atlantic District




Mental Health & Wellness Workshop Series

Save the Date - Part 2: Sunday, February 25th at 6 pm (ZOOM)

Emotional intelligence, mental health, and mental wellness are all big words for understanding and managing your emotions, taking care of your mental state, and supporting and helping those around you. All three are essential in our interactions with family and friends and living a happy and healthy life. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 20 adults experience serious mental illness each year, and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-14.

Sneak Peak into the Workshop:

  • What is Wellness?
  • How to Recognize Signs & Symptoms of Distress / Crisis
  • Complete a Personal Wellness Assessment (Will be sent out upon Registration)
  • Start a Wellness Plan

Join the District VP of Marketing & Communications, Holly Plotnick, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), as she facilitates these workshops!

Register for the Workshop HERE!

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Tuesday, December 5th, 7:30 ET (Zoom)

What is the relationship between charity and justice? In what ways are we all constantly benefiting from others, and are we cognizant of what we are receiving from others? Do we have a responsibility towards other human beings? And how does human dignity fit into all of it?

We will explore these and other questions after viewing a 10-minute video from Hanon Harchol’s animated series Jewish Food for Thought! on our own. (A link to the video will be sent to registrants ahead of time).

Hanon teaches Jewish ethics through thought-provoking animated conversations between Harchol and his Israeli parents and is used as an educational resource by countless schools and synagogues nationwide. These animations have been featured on websites ranging from NPR's, to, and

Register for this program HERE!!

Edible Resolutions: Schmooze and Healthy Recipes Share

Tuesday, December 19, 7:30 pm

Join Bernice Porrazzo, WRJ Mid-Atlantic District food maven, as she demonstrates how to make Artichoke Potato Latkes (Recipe to cook along) and hear why it is her family’s favorite New Year’s Day Brunch food. Following the cooking demo, recipes submitted will be presented and be the focus of the program. Send one or more of your favorite healthy holiday recipes (and include any fond memories you have about them) by December 17th to Bernice will moderate the recipe exchange during the Schmooze and Share portion of the program. Recipes submitted will be collated into a PDF Recipe Booklet and sent out to program participants. 

Register in advance for this event HERE!


Rededicating Ourselves to Democracy

Sunday, December 10, 3 pm - 5:30 pm

Temple Sinai

3100 Military Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015

A group of distinguished panelists will lead a discussion about democracy, the threats to it, the youth vote, and what each of us can do to help keep our democracy robust. There will be time for questions from the audience. To date, panelists include:

  • Congressman Jamie Raskin, D-MD 8th District
  • Andrea Miller, Center for Common Ground
  • Barbara Weinstein, Associate Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • Daniel I. Weiner, Director of the Brennan Center’s Elections and Government Program
  • Scot Wilson, Curriculum Consultant, Close Up Foundation

The panel will be moderated by Ron Klain, former Chief of Staff for President Joe Biden.

Following the program, we will light the Chanukah lights — truly rededicating ourselves through this work to keep our democracy healthy. We will also celebrate Rabbi Hannah Goldstein's 10th anniversary at Temple Sinai. Light refreshments will be served until 5:30pm.

Sign up to attend in person or virtually HERE!

Women of Temple Rodef Shalom

2100 Westmoreland Street

Falls Church, VA

Drop-In Mah Jongg Wednesdays, 1 - 4 PM

Each and every Wednesday, the Women of TRS welcome our own Temple Rodef Shalom members, as well as members of the community (new and experienced players) for some Mahj. We come to play the game, increase our skills (“practice makes perfect”), see old friends, and make new ones. We supply the tables and the Mah Jongg sets; you need to bring your own Mah Jongg card. [Sorry, ladies, we are not selling cards at Temple Rodef Shalom during Drop-In.] We would love for you to become a “regular.” No advance registration is required; just show up. All proceeds go to charity. This is a major fundraiser for the Women of TRS; it also fosters friendship and community since we all have a great time.

CONTACT: Debbie Droller, 703.790.9635 or Iva Gresko, 703.328.1606

COST: $5 per drop-in session


ARZA Solidarity Mission to Israel: Hear from WRJ Attendees

Wednesday, December 6

1:00pm ET | 10:00am PT

WRJ Vice President of Social Justice, Shoshana Dweck, and WRJ Board member Luisa Narins are participating in the ARZA Solidarity Mission to Israel November 26th-December 1st. Join us for this program to learn about their experiences in Israel.

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Fall 2023 WRJ Lilith Salon

Monday, December 11

8:00pm ET | 5:00pm PT

Join us for a discussion about the Fall 2023 issue, "Friendship Gets Its Due." The issue brings forth stories of identity, friendship, and more. We can't wait to have you in this lively discussion. Come, even if you have not read the issue!



From Respectful to Unlawful Behavior: Understanding the Continuum of Workplace Conduct, the Impacts, and Interventions

Tuesday, December 12

2:00pm ET | 11:00am PT

Presented by SRE, learn the four stages of workplace conduct: Respectful behavior (and its benefits), rude and uncivil behavior (and its costs), bullying or abusive behavior, and unlawful harassment.

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WRJ will be making the transition from Yammer/Viva Engage to Mighty Networks. Join us for office hours to learn about this new platform (no registration required):

• Evening Office Hours are on Tuesdays at 7:00pm ET: November 28, December 5, December 12, December 19. Join us HERE.

• Daytime Office Hours are on Thursdays at 2:00pm ET: November 30, December 7, December 21. Join us HERE.

During this event, attendees will participate in workshops, create connections, and network with other WRJ women, experience meaningful Shabbat worship and music, learn from experts and each other, and enjoy time with WRJ leaders and friends. FWC attendees will leave feeling rejuvenated and better prepared to guide their sisterhoods and serve as leaders in both Jewish and secular communities.

The WRJ Fried Women's Conference (FWC) is made possible in part by a generous endowment from WRJ Board member Joanne B. Fried.

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