Susan C. Bass has been affiliated with the Reform Jewish Movement institutions during every phase of her life. She was installed as President of WRJ in March, 2018 for a 3-year term and brings much experience, enthusiasm and a focus on moving into the future that will serve WRJ well. With a new Strategic Plan, Susan is leading WRJ in re-orienting our mindset and practices around “you-centric” model that will allow us to build on creating a significant impact and better demonstrating WRJ’s relevance and resonance for the next generation. Susan will lead the women of our organization in proactive ways, reinterpreting and building on the successes of the past to ensure an even brighter future. Susan’s background includes being a member of her Temple Youth Group, attending regional conventions and kallot across the Southeast. After graduating from the University of Georgia, she joined The Temple Sisterhood in Atlanta, GA, holding many positions before serving 3 years as President from 1988-1991. She has also held numerous positions on the boards of the WRJ Southeast District, the WRJ North American Board, and the Union of Reform Judaism. An Atlanta native, Susan moved to Houston, TX in August 2004, where she joined Congregation Beth Israel. Active in her sisterhood there, she served as president from 2009 – 2011. Professionally, Susan was a teacher for eight years, spent seven years planning and helping to stage the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and then worked for management consulting firms as an administrative manager.
Blair C. Marks accomplished much as President of Women of Reform Judaism from 2014-2018, after serving a four-year term as WRJ First Vice President as well as terms as WRJ Vice President, WRJ Treasurer, Chair of WRJ’s first Audit Committee and Chair of the WRJ Budget Committee. Blair represented WRJ to the world in profound and impactful ways. She has also developed and delivered specialized training on YES Fund appeals for the WRJ Board and on “WRJ 101” for WRJ District leaders. Blair first became involved with sisterhood in the early 1990s at Kahal Kadosh BethElohim in Charleston, SC, eventually serving as that sisterhood’s President in 1994-1995 and has also then served in a number of executive roles in the WRJ Southeast District, ultimately serving as its President in 2008-2009. Currently active in her own sisterhood at Temple Kol Emeth (TKE) in Marietta, GA, Blair has, over the years, worked in programming, fundraising, and membership and helped at countless Purim carnivals, Chanukah festivals, art auctions, mystery dinners, and other events. She currently is a trustee on the TKE WRJ Board. Blair has also been active in the past with United Jewish Federation, serving as a trainer for the organization and as a member of the Young Leadership Council. She also serves on the board of the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers, an organization that strives to improve the quality of science and math education for elementary and middle school children. Blair, Joe, and their daughter Sasha make their home in Marietta, GA.
Julie Silver is one of the most celebrated and beloved performers in the world of contemporary Jewish music today. She tours throughout the world, and has been engaging audiences with her gorgeous compositions and liturgical settings, her lyrical guitar playing, her dynamic stage presence, and her megawatt smile for over 25 years. Although she resides in Southern California, Julie’s roots are deep in New England. She was raised in Newton, Massachusetts and by the time she was 18, she was leading raucous song sessions throughout the Reform Jewish movement and playing coffeehouses in and around Boston. Eventually, she would become one of the most sought-after song leaders in the country. She graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and was selected by her senior class to deliver the commencement address and sing an original song at Graduation in May, 1988. It was her first audience of thousands—the first of many.