Northeast

Eastern Canada, New England, and New York State

Applications are being accepted for Officers and Area Directors

Executive Committee Nominations

Are you looking for an exciting new challenge? Do you want to become more involved with WRJ at the district level? Want an opportunity to take your leadership skills to the next level? Then consider becoming an area director or an officer for the WRJ Northeast District.

The Northeast District Supports Women in the Workplace

Urge your senators to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act (HR.7/S.205) and end the gender pay gap once and for all. The Religious Actions Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC) has created a form that makes it easy to contact your senators. Send a message now.

This bill (HR.1065/S.1486) would require employers to provide reasonable temporary accommodations to pregnant workers so that they can remain in the workforce throughout their pregnancies. Urge your senators to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

"For you were strangers in the land of Egypt"

Support Refugee Resettlement

During the recent Passover seder, we read about the importance of internalizing the lessons of the Exodus and reflecting this awareness in our actions. Ask Congress to ensure that the U.S. remains committed to refugee resettlement.

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Recent Blog Posts from Women in the Northeast District

Go On A Journey with WRJ

May 5, 2022
For some of us, going anyplace together is the driving force – the camaraderie, the joy of being and experiencing together has been missing in our lives. Others are most looking forward to a chance to dive more deeply into the civil rights history of the United States. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel famously likened marching in Selma, Alabama, to praying with his feet. We all want to learn with our feet, our hearts, and our prayers by taking this journey together.

A Passover Message

April 15, 2022
In Exodus 12, verse 11 which concludes God’s commandment on how to observe the Passover sacrifice, God enjoins the Hebrew slaves of Egypt to eat the roasted lamb with “your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly: it is a passover offering

Is it Ok to Hug You?

April 8, 2022
Do you belong to a “Hug and Kiss” congregation? In our communities, we greet each other with big hugs often accompanied by a kiss. This is part of our culture. These actions are fine if the two people are in consensual agreement. But, what happens when community cultural behaviors cross the line?

Breaking up with Rape Culture

April 4, 2022
If you would have told 18-year-old Kate that she would one day openly talk about the most painful, and for a long time, “shameful” experience of her life to hundreds and hundreds of people, her jaw would still be on the floor. I am a survivor of sexual assault (yes, survivor, not victim).

Congratulations to Northeast District Groups Honored by WRJ

YES Fund Honor Roll 2020-2021

WRJ periodically recognizes groups that have gone above and beyond in their YES Fund donations. Thank you to YES Fund Honor Roll recipients in the Northeast District – for two Chai Honors, six Special Merits, and seven Honors.

Or Ami Winners

The WRJ Or Ami "Light of My People" Award for Special Achievement in Programming recognizes exemplary social justice, community service, and educational events. Congratulations to groups in the Northeast District – for a Gold Award, a Silver Award, and five Honorable Mentions presented in 2020.

Message from WRJ Northeast District President Sharon Sobel

Celebrating Our Stories – Our WRJ Northeast Journey

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We take pride in our ability to live the life we imagined for ourselves, to fulfill the plans we may have first dreamt about as children. And while some of those dreams might have been dashed by disappointments, we can cite only a few instances in our collective history when nearly all of us have been confronted with one unexpected event challenging nearly all our plans. Whatever filled our glasses at midnight on December 31, 2019, splashed back on us a couple of months later. But it awakened us to a new reality, still bubbling with possibility.

I’m proud to serve as your president of Women of Reform Judaism–Northeast District in such times, but even more honored to be numbered among the women who have committed so much of themselves to the story we have been celebrating for over a hundred years.

Our resolve has been strong and is a testament to our enduring mission. This is not the first pandemic to threaten us, and for a century WRJ has fought for women’s rights, the survival of the Jewish people, and against injustice throughout the world. We have given voice to those who could not tell their own story, and to those whose story becomes our story, as we amplify it a million times over, demanding to be heard.

Our reason for being goes beyond hosting membership dinners, running Judaica shops, and selling mahjong cards, as has been amply demonstrated over these many years. Those things and more give us pleasure, but the mission of Women of Reform Judaism gives us purpose. The events we’ve held this year, unlike all others, have clarified that for us and may very well impact our programming for years to come, even while we long to reconvene in a hotel, share Shabbat dinner with friends and sisters, and worship together in one room.

We are all, together, writing our narrative but it is only one chapter in a long and celebrated history. It takes place in all our sisterhoods and women’s groups, in each of our towns and cities in New England, New York, Eastern Canada, and extends to every place where there is work to be done and friends to be made. It is crafted by our Executive Committee, board members, sisterhood presidents, presenters, clergy, and all of you who choose to share your time and talents with us.

And it’s a good story, deserving to be celebrated because all of us will contribute to it with pages we may not yet imagine, and chapters not yet dreamt. As is true of many engaging tales, our narrative has been filled with challenges and disappointments, especially over the past year, but we are steadfast in our mission. Our voices are stronger together and we are resolved to accomplish great things.

You can make a difference!

Sharon Sobel
President, Northeast District


Click here to read a welcome message from Northeast District's Immediate Past President, Trina Novak.


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The Northeast District of Women of Reform Judaism

Eastern Canada, New England, and New York State