The Candle- March 2024

*President Message

*Event: Demystifying Disability - How to be an Ally

*Event: Bitterness: Maror During Passover: A Discussion

*News from the District and Beyond

Hello Holly,

President Message

March is Women’s History Month.


While reading numerous accounts of incredible women who have fought for women’s rights and social justice, I was reminded of an exchange between Abigail and John Adams, quoted in Jill Lepore’s book, These Truths. Abigail wrote to her husband, pleading for him to include women’s rights in the Declaration of Independence. “ I desire you would Remember the Ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors,” she wrote. “If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies, we are

determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.” John Adams’s response? “As to your extraordinary Code of Laws, I cannot but laugh.”

Progress for women has been slow and at times, painful. It took another 150 years from the Adams’ exchange for women to finally get the right to

vote. We haven’t yet achieved full equality and in more recent times, have seen some our had hard won rights taken away. With so many challenges facing the world, I am hard-pressed to understand why women and girls, who make up almost half of the world population, are left out of the

conversations looking for strategies and solutions to make things better and why their rights are violated in creating and enforcing policies.

According to the UN, “This pervasive injustice keeps women and girls out of school, the workforce and leadership positions; limits their agency and ability

to make decisions about their health and sexual and reproductive lives; and heightens their vulnerability to violence, harmful practices, and preventable

maternal death, with a woman dying every two minutes due to pregnancy or childbirth. We must advance gender equality to create a more just, resilient,

and sustainable world. The creativity, ingenuity, resources and power of women and girls are fundamental to addressing demographic and other

challenges that threaten our future, including climate change and conflict.”

This is a large part of why I became involved with Women of Reform Judaism. Even though I use my voice to lift women’s rights and other social justice

issues, I know it will be stronger, louder, and have reach beyond my individual capability when it is joined with thousands of others who identify as female, transgender, or non-binary. My convictions have been strengthened by my Jewish learnings and values.

I encourage all the women in the Mid-Atlantic District and beyond to consider attending the Fried Women’s Conference (FWC) in New Orleans this spring

from May 30 – June 2. FWC is a multi-day experience to hone leadership skills, further Jewish learning, partake in women-led worship and music, and

deepen connections with each other. 

For me the Fried Women’s Conference was a game changer. It was my first step in discovering all that WRJ has to offer. It was my springboard to getting

involved, pursing my passion for social justice, particularly women’s rights, building precious relationships and strengthening my bond to my Judaism.

Please take the first step by going to and reading all about it. And if you decide to go, please let me know. I will be waiting there to welcome you with open arms.

Demystifying Disability: How to be an Ally

Sunday, April 7th at 11:45 (In-Person)

Register by March 30th! Register HERE!

Bitterness: Maror During Passover: A Discussion

Thursday, April 11th at 7:30

As we prepare our homes for Passover, let’s take time to reflect on the symbolism of the items we include on our seder plates, in particular, the maror. The commandment to eat bitter herbs asks us to recall the bitterness of slavery. Are there other reasons to recall our collective bitterness annually? Are there incidents in modern times that you recall as you ingest the bitter herbs? How do you explain mixing charoset with maror? We will use the short animation by Hanon Harchol, Maror (Bitter Herbs) for Passover, which was created for the project Protecting Freedom: Cinematic Interpretations of the Haggadah, as the springboard for a robust discussion.


Animation link:

News from the District and Beyond ...

Fried Women’s Conference – New Orleans, LA

May 30 – June 2

Register Today

Join WRJ this spring to “unmask your potential” at what is sure to be an unforgettable, in-person (re)union at the Fried Women’s Conference (FWC)! WRJ’s flagship event, FWC is a multi-day experience to hone leadership skills, further Jewish learning, partake in women-led worship and music, and deepen connections with other sisterhoods, women, and WRJ at large.

We have transitioned from Yammer/Viva Engage to Mighty Networks

If you have not already done so, please follow this link to request an account on our new platform. Click here to sign up for Mighty Networks

This new site allows for us to more freely communicate with each other with some privacy. You can ask other members questions, share event or fundraising ideas, or see what events are coming up in the district. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Women of TRS Passover Cookbook:

More Than Just a Cookbook!

Celebrating and Creating Traditions: Passover Recipes & Ideas is a user-friendly digital cookbook that contains 120+ delicious recipes (also appropriate to make year-round). You’ll find soup-to-nuts sample Seder menus and a ‘how-to’ primer on setting the Seder table. This easy-to-use digital cookbook also makes a perfect shower gift for a bride-to-be. A PDF download costs $10; proceeds go to the charities WoTRS supports.

To place an order, Click HERE.

Mid-Atlantic District Good & Welfare

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WRJ Has a New Podcast

WRJ is proud to announce “Just for This,” a podcast that inspires women in leadership to talk about women and leadership with WRJ Executive Director Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch as your host!

Tune in and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts on Mondays at 12 pm ET.

WRJ E-Cards Now Available

WRJ is delighted to announce, for the first time ever, the ability to send e-cards. Our brand-new collection of beautifully crafted e-cards is now available for a small donation to WRJ.

They will be sent immediately to the recipient of your choice with a personalized message to celebrate special occasions, offer words of encouragement, or brighten one’s day. All proceeds go directly to WRJ’s sisterhood, spirituality, and social justice programming.

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