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.