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Oldest Jewish women's religious organization marks centennial at convention


New York, NY— Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) 49th Assembly and centennial celebration will take place Dec. 11-15, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. It will be the first time since its biennial conference began in 1913, registration will be open to any individual who wants to learn, celebrate, and worship with the Reform Jewish community.

The main WRJ Centennial celebration will be Saturday night when WRJ receives the URJ Eisendrath Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Reform Movement, and presents the WRJ Dr. Jane Evans: Pursuit of Justice Award (given to a woman of strength and action) to Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center and chairwoman of Women of the Wall.

“This Assembly culminates a year-long celebration of WRJ’s Centennial, which has been guided by the motto, ‘Inspired by the past, committed to the future’,” said WRJ Executive Director Rabbi Marla J. Feldman. “During the concurrent Assembly and Biennial conferences, we look forward to having the entire Jewish community join us to learn more about WRJ’s storied accomplishments and lay the foundation for WRJ’s next 100 years and beyond.”

The WRJ Assembly will be held concurrently with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)’s Biennial, ensuring that the more than 5,000 attendees of both conferences combined will study, worship, learn, network, and celebrate WRJ’s Centennial anniversary together.

Registration for the convention includes options for the public, WRJ-affiliated sisterhood members, rabbis, young adults, and active military for the entire conference or for specific days or events, such as Shabbat.

Other highlights of the 2013 WRJ Assembly will include educational workshops and learning sessions, forums, and speakers, including Ruth Calderon, Member of the Knesset; Jay Feinberg, founder and CEO of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation; Rabbi David Ellenson, retiring president of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR); and Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS). WRJ will also install its new board of directors during the Assembly.

 New to the Assembly this year are late-night activities in San Diego’s Gaslamp District, a Kikar Biennial (a “town square” with informal learning spaces, the WRJ Centennial exhibit, and places to socialize) and a Shabbat “lunch and learn” session with noted authors Maggie Anton, Anita Diamant, and Zoe Klein. For more information about and to register, visit http://www.WRJ.org/Assembly2013.


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