The Women’s Rabbinic Network began as two separate organizations in the early years of women students on the New York and Cincinnati campuses of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Women were such a minority on campus. There was a need for women to gather together, to find safe space to share their experiences, their hopes and dreams for their lives and their careers.
Over the years, as our numbers have increased, we continue to advocate for and address the needs of women in the Reform rabbinate. Our biennial convention, our annual dinners at CCAR conventions, gatherings at regional rabbinic meetings, and at URJ Biennials allow our members to join their voices in prayer, study, support and friendship.
Our teacher, Rabbi and Dr. Carole Balin has written a history of the WRN that was published in a special issue of the CCAR Journal, edited by Rabbi Donna Berman, in 1997.