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Empowering the women of Beth El through stimulating social action programs and educational and social activities.

Beth El's Women of Reform Judaism is committed to women, our Congregation and to Judaism. We serve our synagogue, the community, and the Jewish world.

Members of Beth El's Women of Reform Judaism gain:

- New and lasting friendships
- New personal and professional growth and development
- An opportunity to learn more about Judaism
- A renewed sense of community
- A chance to develop talents and leadership skills

Contact the Sisterhood                                                              WRJ Membership Form At this time, in certain browsers you                                                                                      can fill this form in online, and in others you cannot. Also, we                                                                                    have not turned on the ability to pay online, so please print                                                                                      and send in with a check for now. We are working on it.


Mid-Atlantic District Board Meeting March 28-29, 2020
Hosted by the Women of Temple Solel, Bowie, MD.

   All women are welcome, but each sisterhood in the district is only entitled to one vote. The voting member does not have to be their sisterhood president. If one of your sisterhood members is a Mid-Atlantic District board member, your sisterhood still is entitled to vote. This is a great way to find out more about our district and what you can do to become more involved. Come on Saturday, March 28 to join in on the pre-meeting activities including Torah study, dinner, Havdalah, and a movie. Rooms have been reserved at the Hampton Inn, Bowie and will not be held after February 28. 
  Temple Solel supports the bean shelf at the Bowie Food Pantry. Please bring canned beans to support the social action project.
   RSVP by March 20 to Carol Newman –
   Please let us know if you will be joining us on Saturday afternoon.
   Send checks for $20 written to W.R.J. Mid-Atlantic District to:
Rhona Arbit

8 Botany Court
North Potomac, MD 20878

You probably heard about the important election coming up in the Fall of 2020, but did you know “AUNTIE SAM WANTS YOU!”

   Be among the women of strength, wisdom, personality, and commitment and add your name to the WRJ Mid-Atlantic District slate.
We’re looking for leaders with a passion for Reform Judaism and WRJ and a willingness to grow and learn with the job. We’re looking for women who work well with others and can share talents and skills.
   Why should you throw you hat in the ring? Because you have witnessed the special things that happen when WRJ women work together. You know the profound difference we make in the world within this organization.
   Please look at the job descriptions or talk to those who hold the office and fill out the application by May 1, 2020. It’s important that everyone who is interested in a position fill out an
application even if you are currently a board member.

The District officers include:

First Vice President
Vice President-Development and Special Projects
Vice President-Marketing and Communications
Area Vice Presidents
Area Directors
Assistant Treasurer
Corresponding Secretary
Recording Secretary


We hope to see you all at the March 29 WRJ Mid-Atlantic District Board Meeting in Bowie, MD.
Yours in Sisterhood,
Judy Silver Weisberg
Chair, Nominating Committee


WRJ Activities

Mah Jongg - Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 

ONEG or BIMAH FLOWER SPONSORSHIP: We ensure that each week there are beautiful flowers gracing our bimah. We also see to it that at every Erev Shabbat service there is a fresh loaf of challah and an array of delicacies for everyone to enjoy with their coffee or punch. Sponsoring an oneg or the Bimah flowers on weekends when there is no Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a wonderful opportunity for our congregants to honor someone they love, or to celebrate something special in their lives. Just think--you can give a gift and not worry about the wrapping.

If you would like to sponsor an Oneg or Bimah Flowers, please contact Jo Ann Allen .

Executive Board
Co-presidents – Pat Collins and Linda Shapiro
Vice Presidents – Dorrit Lowsen, Jo Ann Allen, and Sue Meisner
Treasurer – Dina Katz
Recording Secretary – Naomi Mercer
Corresponding Secretary/Photographer – Judy Jankowski
Immediate Past President – Jeanette Astrow
Counselor – Suzie Shalewitz
District Liaison, Pat Collins
Board Members and Committee Chairs
Book Club, Rita DiTrani
Book of Life, Barb and Sara Silversmith
Carpenter's Shelter, Karen Aftergut
Fundraising, Vacant
Judaica Shop Manager, Sara Deshong*
Judaica Shop Treasurer, Bobbie Gershman
Judaica Shop Liaison, Linda Shapiro*
Knitting Group, Elaine Marsh
Mah Jongg, Susan Whitman* and Sara DeShong*
Membership, Joanne Rhodes
Oneg Shabbat, Jo Ann Allen*
Procurement, (billing handled by Treasurer)
Programs, Vacant
Religious School Liaison, Debbie Katz
Social Action, Janet Garber
Social Justice & Religious Issues, Vacant
Sukkah on the Bimah Lead, Linda Shapiro

Judaica Shop

The Beth El Sisterhood Judaica shop specializes in selling a wide variety of ritual items as well as a collection of books. The shop strives to carry unique lines of Judaica Jewelry. We also specialize in personalized Judaica. We primarily purchase merchandise from Israel and American Jewish Artists.

We carry baby gifts, a stunning line of Kettubot and cards from Mickie Caspi and unique Judaic themed merchandise for everyone including pets. We have everything you'd need from Shabbat to Simchat Torah, High Holidays to Hanukkah. Make us your one stop shop for all your Judaic needs-personal and gift. Don't forget when you shop the shop you support WRJ Sisterhood. Remember paid up Sisterhood Members receive a 10% discount. If you are interested in making a monthly commitment and getting trained to volunteer in the shop please contact Sara Deshong-Rojas.

Judaica Shop Hours

During Religious School Year: Wednesday - 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
                                             Sunday - 10:00 AM - Noon
All Year: Friday - one-half hour prior to Shabba

Sun, March 29 2020 4 Nisan 5780