About the WRN

The Women’s Rabbinic Network (WRN), a constituent group of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), was created in 1975 by a group of female rabbinic students to provide the support and advocacy needed in the early years of women in the Reform rabbinate.

Since then, the organization has grown to include the more than 600women who have been ordained since 1972 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.The WRN has consistently worked to promote the personal and professional growth of female rabbis and rabbinic students within the Reform Movement.

Our goals include:

  • Development of a meaningful support system
  • Advocacy for equal opportunity with regard to employment, salary, and advancement within the Reform rabbinate
  • Pursuit of adequate representation of women in the administration and on the faculty of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), in the leadership of the CCAR, and the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ)
  • Monitoring of other issues which affect women in the rabbinate and the advocacy of programs that further awareness of these issues
  • Promotion of scholarship and educational resources on Jewish feminist issues
  • Development of social justice programming in response to issues affecting women and children.

4 thoughts on “About the WRN

  1. I’ve recently discovered your site/blog and would like to read more and to follow, but the white and pink lettering on black background is just so hard to read. Would you consider making it more readable??

  2. Private and Confidential
    (a) could you provide me with a list of Reform women Rabbis who have published books.
    (b) do you know of a Reform Rabbi in Toronto, Ontario that you could recommend

    • Marilyn, I’m sorry that I’m just seeing this now. I can’t get you the list you’ve requested, as I don’t have one. But you could start with the women who rabbis and are on faculty at HUC-JIR on all campuses. You can find that on http://www.huc.edu. Re Toronto rabbis, I recommend both Rabbi Yael Splansky and Rabbi Elyse Goldstein. Again, sorry for this delay. Happy New Year. Jackie Ellenson

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