About WRJ

Women of Reform Judaism is the women's affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America.  Established in 1913, WRJ now represents more than 65,000 women in nearly 500 women's groups in North America, Israel and around the world.


Committed to God, Torah, Israel and Tikkum O'lam (repairing the world), WRJ promotes the centrality of the family and Synagogue, and respects the importance of the individual woman.


Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) is an affiliate of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ).  The URJ is a religious and educational organization dedicated to the principles of Reform Judaism.  WRJ is the founder of NFTY (the North American Federation of Temple Youth), and of the Jewish Braille Institute (JBI).  It serves as the women's agency of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and serves as the means for the Women of Reform Judaism to support the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)


With a mission to ensure the future of Reform Judaism, WRJ works to educate and train future sisterhood and congregational leadership about membership, fundraising, leadership skills, advocacy for social justice and innovative and spiritual programming.  Through our YES Fund (Youth, Education, and Special Projects), WRJ provides financial support to rabbinic and cantorial students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, to the youth programs of the Reform Movement, and to programs benefiting women and children in Israel, the former Soviet Union, and around the world.



Our Mission Statement

Women of 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.

WRJ Representation


WRJ is represented on committees and commissions of Reform judaism, including the following:

  • The Board of Trustees of URJ
  • The Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
  • The Executive Board of the World Union for Progressive Judaism
  • The Commission on Social Action for Reform Judaism

WRJ Affiliations


WRJ is the voice and presence of Reform Jewish women not only in the synagogue and the Jewish community but in the local, national, and international community.  WRJ represents Reform Jewish to numerous coalitions and commissions dealing with social concerns, including the following:

  • Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
  • American Jewish World Service
  • Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
  • Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
  • National Council on Aging