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Sisters of Beth Am (WRJ)

Temple Beth Am’s WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism) chapter is a diverse group of women whose purpose is to create a supportive community by providing opportunities for building friendships and developing leadership skills. We nurture, sustain, and support this community and Temple Beth Am through social activities that promote the values of Reform Judaism, enable us to perform tikkun olam, and expand the spiritual and intellectual growth of our members. Our goals are:

  • Establish a community of women that is inclusive, non-judgmental, and supportive of a diverse range of women
  • Engage in a variety of regular social activities to promote friendships and build community
  • Foster leadership development among the women of our congregation

When you join Sisters of Beth Am, you become part of a national and international network of 100,000 women in 14 countries who work to create a stronger worldwide Jewish community. You also become a partner in the work of Reform Judaism and its institutions (including the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and ARZA), an advocate of women's and children's rights, and a supporter of endangered Jewish communities. You take a stand on critical domestic and international issues.

Learn more about the national Women of Reform Judaism.

Membership is only $18 per year! For more information about membership, contact our Director of Community Engagement, Alexis Kort, at 206-525-0915.


Upcoming Events:

Crime After Crime: Film Screening and Discussion:
The Troubled Intersection of Domestic Violence and the Justice System
Thursday, October 25, Doors: 6:30 PM, 
Film and Discussion: 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Stroum Jewish Community Center 

Temple Beth Am is honored to be a community partner for this important film screening and discussion. 

Deborah Peagler experienced years of abuse by a violent boyfriend before being sentenced to life in prison for his murder. Crime After Crime, a Sundance Film Festival documentary, amplifies the stories of women, like Deborah, who survived domestic abuse only to be re-victimized by the U.S. judicial system. Through the voices of Deborah and her attorneys — one of whom is an Orthodox Jew channeling his values into his pro bono service —  the film shines a light on how public policy, criminal law, and civil law intersect and can escalate the violence and deepen the trauma survivors of domestic violence experience.

Join Jewish Family Service, the  Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence,  Stroum Jewish Community Center, and organizations from across the community for an important and timely screening of Crime After Crime. A post-film panel will discuss how we can better understand and reform our systems to provide increased protections for survivors and reduce the compounding trauma that results from relationship-based violence.

Register here.

Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer: 
CanCan Party with Sisters of Beth Am
Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Beth Am K’hilah Rm. 226

The Sisters of Beth Am are bringing an important program to our synagogue. Join us for The Rivkin Center’s CanCan education program, which is all about putting people into action about their health and giving them tools for early detection, prevention, and self-advocacy. For Jewish women of Ashkenazi backgrounds, this is a particularly important evening of learning, since breast cancer risk in the U.S. is slightly higher among Jewish women than among other women. This increased risk is likely due to the high prevalence of BRCA1 and BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) gene mutations in Jewish women of Eastern European descent. Come learn about this important topic in a comfortable environment. We'll have an opportunity to socialize and share a light nosh together at 6:30 PM before the program begins at 7:00 PM.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Join the Sisters of Beth Am Leadership Team
If you want to meet other amazing, involved Jewish women; help us plan a yearly calendar of events; and just have some fun, then the Sisters of Beth Am wants you! Contact Rebecca Fox or Stephanie Levine for more information on how to get involved.

Join our mailing list to keep updated on ongoing Sisters of Beth Am events.

Mon, October 22 2018 13 Cheshvan 5779