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The "Journey to 50" has begun! The upcoming 2021 WRN Convention is unlike any other. Meeting entirely online, we will assemble from across the globe, celebrating at what promises to be the largest gathering at a Convention yet. As one of hundreds of WRN rabbis, this is YOUR convention. We hope you will join us on our Journey!
Our "Journey to 50" convention celebrates and reflects on five decades of women in the rabbinate. Kicking off a year of commemorations, we honor Rabbi Sally Priesand's boundary-breaking 1972 ordination and the impact of all women rabbis. We also mark the numerous ways this historic accomplishment continues to inspire Jewish leaders of all identities. The convention includes keynotes with scholars and leaders in their fields, small group conversations, elective choices from arts and cooking to study and play, late night fun and games, and the traditional Roll Call.
Our convention includes the "Jubilee Inaugural: WRN Celebrates 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate" on Sunday, June 6, 2:30-4pm PT/5:30-7pm ET, which is open to the greater community. Registration for the Jubilee Inaugural is included in your convention registration. If you are unable to participate in our exciting 2021 WRN Convention, but would like to attend the Jubilee Inaugural, there is a separate registration found on the events page of our website.
Check out the WRN Convention 2021 page for extra details, including the full schedule.
Generous scholarships are available, while funds last. These scholarships are self-accessed during the registration process.
$150 early rate, until March 31, includes Jubilee Inaugural
$180 regular rate, until April 30, includes Jubilee Inaugural
$250 late rate, until convention ends, includes Jubilee Inaugural
No need to pack your bags or make travel arrangements. Simply register and join us from the comfort of your own home or office. The 2021 WRN Convention comes to YOU!
Please contact Mary Zamore (email@example.com) for any special needs or concerns.
Please know that your WRN membership MUST be current to register for the convention. Visit our website, www.womensrabbinicnetwork.org, to renew today. Contact Rabbi Mary Zamore, if you need assistance. No one is ever denied membership for financial reasons.
WRN is proud to invite our friends, supporters, and partners to join us on-line for the "Jubilee Inaugural: WRN Celebrates 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate." Together we celebrate and reflect on five decades of women in the rabbinate. Kicking off a year of commemorations, we honor Rabbi Sally Priesand's boundary-breaking 1972 ordination and the impact of all women rabbis. We also mark the numerous ways this historic accomplishment continues to inspire Jewish leaders of all identities.
Sunday, June 6, 2021
2:30-4pm PT/3:30-5pm MT/4:30-6pm CT/5:30-7pm ET/12:30-2am Israel Time
Access to the Jubilee Inaugural is $50.
If you are registered for the WRN Convention, this Jubilee Inaugural is included in your registration. Do not sign up again here.
WRN members and HUC-JIR students may contact Mary Zamore (firstname.lastname@example.org) for scholarships to attend the Jubilee.
During the Monday program of the 2021 convention, participants are asked to select one one-hour chug elective.
Time: 2pm PT / 3pm MT / 4pm CT / 5pm ET
Chug Electives and their Descriptions:
Creative Art: Decorative Glass Trays with Karla Gudeon
Registration is required by May 15th and registration is LIMITED for this Chug. Regisration for this Chug will close when all the spots are filled.*Open to participants in the Continental US only*
Use the classical art of decoupage combined with prints of curated Judaic symbols to create beautiful glass trays that can be used for jewelry, serving, desktop or simply an object d’art for the home!
Supplies will be shipped directly from the artist before the convention and include: Decorative Glass Tray, Modge Podge 4 oz., Paint 2 oz., Foam Brushes x2, Paper Template, Curated Printed Image Sheets, and Bumpers to protect surface. Attendees must provide their own scissors.
Engaging with the CCAR Journal with Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman
Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman ‘98, Editor of the CCAR Journal, invites all colleagues to learn about the wide range of articles, poetry and reviews included in the Journal. She will share insights for writers at all levels to consider submitting pieces.
Talmud Study with Rabbi Benay Lappe
Rabbi Benay Lappe is the the Founder and Rosh Yeshiva of SVARA.
The Jewish Polemic of Yeast with Rabbi Deborah Prinz
The annual elimination diet of the Jewish people doesn't prohibit chocolate, gluten or dairy. Rather, every year at Pesach since ancient times, it precludes leaven. This text study yields a surprising explanation for the Bible's yeast free zones, unravelling the familiar explanation for matzah: "the dough was not leavened." (Exodus 34:14)
Tkhines - A Window into the Rich Inner Prayer Life of our Yiddish-Speaking Foremothers with Rabbi Tracy Guren Klirs
Following a brief overview of the origins and development of the women’s Yiddish prayer genre known as Tkhines, participants will study and discuss several examples drawn from both the classical texts composed by popular women writers in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the more modern texts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Through these texts we hope to gain a glimpse into the hopes, fears, concerns and deepest beliefs of both their authors and their readers, and gain insight into this highly personal and expressive prayer tradition which was central to the spiritual lives of traditional Eastern European Jewish women in the previous four centuries.
All text will be presented in both their original Ivri-Taytsh (Yiddish) and English translation. All text and a bibliography will be made available to participants in advance of the session.
Tree of Life Yoga led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland
How might it feel to stand at Sinai, ready for revelation? To dance like Miriam at the Red Sea? Give yourself the gift of yoga during our WRN Convention. We will embody Etz Chayim as we bring our Torah narratives to life-in our bodies. You’ll walk away with a model of how to bring yoga to your community of adults or kids, and with many of us sitting more than ever, we will learn some movements to do during long days at the computer.
International Gathering of the Women’s Rabbinic Network Convention
WRN is proud to invite female-identified rabbis and rabbinical students for this program and Tefillah as part of our "Journey to 50" celebration, kicking off a year of commemorations. We honor Rabbi Sally Priesand's boundary-breaking 1972 ordination and the impact of all women rabbis. We also mark the numerous ways this historic accomplishment continues to inspire Jewish leaders of all identities.
This is open to all women rabbis and rabbinical students and is free of charge. The program will be in English. We hope to bring together the largest international gathering of women colleagues from across the globe, in as many time zones as possible.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
8am-10am PT/9am-11am MT/10am-noon CT/11am-1pm ET/6-8pm Israel
If you are registered for the WRN Convention, this event is included in your registration. Do not sign up again here.
During the Tuesday program of the 2021 convention, Chugim are offered in a two-hour time block. Please register here for one two-hour Chug OR for a one-hour Chug offered only in the first hour. There is a second sign-up for one-hour Chugim offered only in the second hour.
Introduction to Jewish Zentangle with Mindy Shapiro (2-hour Chug)-WITH SUPPLIES
You can't sign up for another elective if registering for this session.
Time: 2-4pm PT / 3-5pm MT / 4-6pm CT / 5-7pm ET
Zentangle® has been described as a spiritual art practice which enhances mindfulness and self-awareness, decreases stress and calms the mind. In this relaxing, creative, meditative and quite fun workshop, where no talent or experience is needed, you will learn 4 basic Zentangle® patterns. Each structured pattern will be broken down into small steps and what results are beautiful creative and unique images. You will leave class confident in your unique, creative expression and with new skills to continue tangling on your own. What makes this Jewish? You will be tangling inside the shape of a hamsa! The Zentangle® Method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Learn more at zentangle.com
$20.00 Supply fee for shipping supplies in the US includes: -Black Micron 01& 08 Trillion Golf pencil -Hamsa template printed out on beautiful paper -3 additional paper tiles for continued tangling. Register by May 15th if you want to pay the supply fee and have supplies shipped directly to you.
Introduction to Jewish Zentangle with Mindy Shapiro (2-hour Chug)-WITHOUT SUPPLIES
You must register for this option if you are outside the US OR if you register after May 15th. If you choose this option, you must purchase your own supplies as listed above. The template will be emailed to you.
Jewish Iraqi Cooking with the Wandering Chew, Sydney Warshaw and Kat Romanow (2-hour Chug)
The history of the Jews in Iraq stretches back approximately 2,500 years, making it one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. This long and rich history lives on among its members in the Jewish-Iraqi diaspora today. The cuisine is full of fragrant spices and a variety of culinary influences, and is one of the central ways its members maintain a connection to their Jewish-Iraqi heritage. Join Sydney Warshaw and Kat Romanow, of The Wandering Chew, for a virtual workshop during which you’ll get to cook and explore the cuisine of this community. During this workshop, they’ll teach you how to make two of their favourite Jewish-Iraqi dishes: Curried Chickpea Sambusak & Amba (a pickled mango chutney) and cardamom and rose water perfumed Massafan Cookies. You will receive the list of the ingredients and supplies you’ll need to cook along with us prior to the convention.
Turning the Cracks in Broken Hearts into Vessels of Peace with Rabbi Anne Brener (2-hour Chug)
In the days of The Temple it was understood that the term "mourner" referred, not only to a person grieving a death, but also to those who struggled with many other kinds of loss. The last year and a half has certainly affirmed this ancient wisdom as our communities have faced, both unexpected deaths and so many other kinds of losses. In this workshop we will explore not only our individual and collective grief, but also we will attempt to articulate a path through it that will lead to a healing that could create a necessary cultural transformation. We will be mindful of the understanding that the final stage of grief is not acceptance, but activism, and that it is no accident that the concluding paragraph of the Kaddish is a prayer for peace.
"When Being Right May Be Wrong: Tzedek Without Mishpat" Learning with Rabba Sara Hurwitz (first hour only)
As someone who strives for justice, to always try to do right, are there times where being right may be wrong? We will look at Biblical and Rabbinic texts that explore the question of whether justice is to be pursued at all costs or whether there are ethical limits.
Mah Jongg With Friends with Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman (first hour only)
Are you a Mah Jongg player? Gather with others to play Mah Jongg, which some see as a quintessential Jewish game. Basic knowledge of the game is required to play (or you can join in to watch).
Meditative Walk Outside with Rabbi Jamie Korngold (first hour only)
Rabbi Jamie Korngold aka: the Adventure Rabbi will lead a meditative walk for healing body and soul. Wherever you live, you will be able to walk with Jamie and listen in as she guides this mindful adventure.
This registration is for use when selecting a one-hour chug offered only during the second hour. If you have already registered for a two-hour Chug on Tuesday, do NOT register for an additional chug here.
Time: 3pm PT / 4pm MT / 5pm CT / 6pm ET
Integrating Sephardi/Mizrahi Repertoire Artfully and Respectfully with Dr. Galeet Dardashti (second hour only)
Join Dr. Dardashti to explore strategies for integrating Sephardi/Mizrahi melodies and texts into Jewish communal spaces for ritual and prayer with the utmost respect for these traditions.
Women Rabbis' Bee Hive: NY Times Spelling Bee and other word games with Rabbi Elisa Koppel (second hour only)
A fun opportunity for word mavens of the WRN to gather and do what we enjoy: puzzles!! We will do Monday's Spelling Bee puzzle together, and (time permitting) the crossword and other related puzzles. Through screen sharing, all will be able to participate, regardless of having a Times subscription (but feel free to bring your favorite device to do the puzzle on if you are a regular--or just bring paper and something to write with). No experience necessary!
Supplies: paper, pen or pencil, or the ability to do the puzzle online, creative thinking and a smile!
Knitting and other Handcraft Circle with Rabbi Liz Rolle (second hour only)
Bring your favorite craft and come chat with your sisters. Feel free to bring some of your latest projects to share.
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