Who We Are

The Women’s Rabbinic Network (WRN) is a constituent group of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). It 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 over 650 women reform rabbis 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.

Women Rabbis have had a profound impact on the world Jewish community.  We have contributed to the growth of feminist biblical commentary and midrash, and have paved  the path for ritual innovation and creativity.  As rabbis in congregations, in Hillels, as chaplains in geriatric and hospital settings, as educators, teachers, healers, professors and poets, we are all making a significant contribution to our community.

The tallit that blesses and graces the pages of our site was painted by our members in attendance at our convention in Berkeley, CA in 1993, under the direction of Nancy Katz, tallit artist extraordinaire!

WRN 2015 Convention – The Inverness Hotel (Denver, CO), Sunday, May 31 – Wednesday, June 3

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Join colleagues and friends for four days of creating the rabbinate of your dreams.

Featuring Rabbi Jamie Korngold, the Adventure Rabbi, our scholar-in-residence.  Jamie will lead us in outdoor Jewish spiritual hiking experiences, a session on discerning our own theology, and a session on developing concrete steps towards developing our own vision.  *Hiking is optional.  There are two hikes of two hours each– one for beginners and one for experienced hikers.  If and when you are not hiking, a number of great study and learning opportunities will be available (see below).

And…

Creative worship with Rabbis Tirzah Firestone and Deborah Bronstein

A visit to Beit Izim, Boulder’s Interdenominational Jewish Goat Co-op

Panel on Manifesting Your Vision for your Rabbinate

Study with Morah Yehudis Fishman, Boulder’s beloved Renewal teacher

Study with other local scholars and teachers

Inspirational Worship at the Sunrise Amphitheater in Boulder

Kumsitz with local women cantors

Night out on the town in Boulder

Time with Israeli and international colleagues

Check out the 2015 Convention tab for program overview and registration information

Check back often for more details and updated convention news.