Women of Reform Judaism - Temple Israel Sisterhood

Women joining together to serve and support our Temple, our community and our worldwide organization. 

Mission Statement

Women joining together to serve and support our Temple, our community and our worldwide organization.

Temple Israel Sisterhood

WRJ-Temple Israel Sisterhood is the organization of women from our congregation and the greater Jewish Memphis area who come together in friendship to benefit Temple Israel, the Jewish community and beyond. Sisterhood is the collective presence, voice and strength of women within the structure of our Congregation.  It provides the setting in which its members meet and work together to foster and further the highest ideals of Judaism.

WRJ provides you with the opportunity to put your talents, time and gifts to work for many causes, both large and small.  It will enable you to enrich your life as well as that of our congregation and community.  In order to meet these goals, Sisterhood needs the support of all women from our Congregation, including those with little or no time to spare.  

Women of Reform Judaism

As members of WRJ-Temple Israel Sisterhood, we are also part of a worldwide organization know as Women of Reform Judaism. WRJ strengthens the voices of women worldwide and empowers them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values.


With Our Dollars, We Support

Temple Israel

Wendy and Avron Fogelman Religious School

Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning Center


Henry S. Jacobs Camp


Plough Towers

University of Memphis Hillel

Manna House

Memphis Jewish Home

World Union for Progressive Judaism

Mother Bear Project

Memphis Community Schools Adopt-a-School

YES Fund 


                Board of Directors

                       2018 - 2020

Melissa Faber
 Vice Presidents
 Waynette Besser
Sarah Eckstein
Sondra Price
Kathy Wexler
 Gina Jolly
 Recording Secretary 
 Deborah Bilsky
 Corresponding Secretary
 Julie Boshwit

 Rochelle Fenton
 Lisa Frisch
 Jennifer Goldberg
Sheila Hahn
 Cathy Kessler
 Missy Lurie
Rena Rose
Laurie Scheidt
Membership Secretary
 Jennifer Ross
 Assistant Membership Secretary
 Wendy Lippin

 Immediate Past President
 Nancy Shainberg Kline
 WRJ International Board
 Debbie Jackson 
 WRJ Southwest District Board
 Waynette Besser
 Phyllis Gregory
Debbie Jackson
 Soozi Waxman



 Cathy Poulin


Women of Reform Judaism

Temple Israel Sisterhood

1376 E. Massey Road 

Memphis, TN 38120

Hotline:  901-937-2790



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