Welcome to the 126th year of the WRJ/B’rith Kodesh Sisterhood!
WRJ/B’rith Kodesh Sisterhood was organized in 1892 under the leadership of Miriam Landsberg, wife of Rabbi Max Landsberg. The first president was Mrs. R. Schatz. The first treasurer was Minnie Wolff Elsner. For more history, see Affirming the Covenant, by Peter Eisenstadt.
We are affiliated internationally with Women of Reform Judaism/The Federation of Temple Sisterhoods and regionally with WRJ Northeast District. Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) is the organizational umbrella for hundreds of affiliated sisterhoods, with tens of thousands of members across North America, Israel, and around the globe. The North American affiliates are grouped into eight geographic regions called Districts, which serve as liaisons between WRJ and the affiliated sisterhoods. As an integral part of the Reform Movement, WRJ works closely with the Union of Reform Judaism and its affiliates to strengthen Reform Jewish life. Founded in 1913 as an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, WRJ strengthens the voice of women worldwide and empowers them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values. To fulfill this vision, WRJ engages tens of thousands of women through a global network of hundreds of sisterhoods and women’s groups to ensure that these women make a difference in the world.
WRJ/B’rith Kodesh Sisterhood makes a difference at TBK and in the greater community.
If you are not already a member, please consider joining us! Even if you cannot be actively involved, it is a wonderful way of supporting the Women of Reform Judaism as we support temple. Membership dues and other donations to WRJ/B’rith Kodesh Sisterhood are important and make a difference for TBK. Your dues are used to enhance the activities and services of our congregation in many ways. Some of the things we do are:
- Support Temple and Religious School activities
- Send notes and make visits to homebound members
- Help to keep up the temple’s kitchen equipment
- Provide Onegs on Shabbats that do not have B’nai Mitzvot
- Provide gifts to B’nai Mitzvah celebrants and confirmands
- Co-sponsor Sunday Morning Kollel sessions
- Invite the interfaith community to an Annual Interfaith Event which continues to be a successful outreach
- Hold a Spirituality Retreat in the autumn, offering a meaningful Shabbat experience within a warm community of women
- Deliver flowers to congregants who are ill or in need of cheer
- Send care packages to college students at holiday times
- Operate the Judaica shop
- Provide campership and scholarship opportunities
- Organize shalach manot sales and deliveries to help celebrate Purim
To learn more about our programs or to receive information about joining and getting involved,
please contact the Sisterhood office at 244-7060, ext. 233 or by email at [email protected].