What to Expect from WRJ's Spring Kallot & Area Days

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What to Expect from WRJ's Spring Kallot & Area Days

Smiling women sitting together at a Women for Reform Judaism event

Spring is just around the corner, and with that comes continued planning of district activities. For Women of Reform Judaism and our temple sisterhoods, Spring Kallot and Area Days are vital additions to any district calendar.

Spring Kallah is an important gathering that fills in the gap between district conventions and involves every sisterhood within the district. Area Days take place when a number of sisterhoods within a certain geographical area get together for a few hours, a day or a whole weekend. Area Directors work with the sisterhoods within their areas to help plan programming in which all can participate. Just like Spring Kallot, Area Days are an important part of the yearly cycle of district activities. All districts have Area Days throughout the year.

At Spring Kallot and Area Days, you can:

  • Get together with women from around the district or your area to exchange ideas and get new insights. Area Days can be as simple as an afternoon tea or something more involved like a Shabbaton.
  • Recharge your batteries so you can take your newfound enthusiasm for WRJ back to your sisterhood. It can be quite infectious!
  • Get updates from WRJ and district leadership on new initiatives that you can use as programming ideas to educate your sisterhood.
  • Obtain new skills in areas such as leadership, marketing, fundraising, conflict management and many more.
  • Worship with and find that spiritual bond that comes with being among your sisters.
  • Meet your district and WRJ leaders. Spring Kallot and Area Days are the perfect way to get involved on the district or even national level.
  • Participate in a new and creative way of raising money for the YES Fund and educate the women in your district or area about where the money you are raising goes.
  • Through Area Days, Sisterhoods can share common activities such as women’s seders or Shabbat services. There are so many activities that can be done jointly.
  • There is power in numbers. The speaker you can get or the programming one sisterhood could do alone is much more powerful when joined with other sisterhoods in the area. 

When sisterhoods get together, whether they are from all over the district or from a specific geographical area, everyone benefits. We all become enriched and learn so much from each other. This just backs up what WRJ means by the motto of “Stronger Together.” If you’re a member of my sisterhood’s area in the Mid-Atlantic District, I’ll see you at our next Area Day!

Rachel Maryn is a Women of Reform Judaism board member and Mid-Atlantic District immediate past president.

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Published: 3/10/2017

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